NASCAR makes several changes in 2022 Cup Series schedule

The NASCAR Cup Series announced its 2022 schedule on Wednesday, detailing a plethora of changes for next season.

Most notably, NASCAR is moving one Cup Series date to WWT Raceway from Pocono Raceway. WWT Raceway has never held a Cup Series event but has previously hosted the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series. WWT Raceway will host the Cup Series on June 5 while Pocono will host its lone race on July 24.

An early-season change NASCAR made is moving the COTA race to March. With the Cup Series headed back to Auto Club on February 27, it leaves the series without an early road course. NASCAR raced the Daytona Road Course as the second race this season instead of Auto Club, but will not race the road course at all in 2022.

NASCAR also shook up the playoffs a bit. Richmond Raceway’s “fall” race is now on August 14, outside of the playoffs. Homestead-Miami is again a playoff race after a two-year absence, but as a race in the Round of 8. The fall Kansas race moves from the Round of 8 to the Round of 16, scheduled for September 11.

Dover’s lone 2022 race is set for May 1, two weeks earlier than this season. Watkins Glen and Michigan switch dates in 2022, Michigan racing on August 7 and Watkins Glen on August 21 as the penultimate race of the regular season. Bristol returns as a dirt race in 2022 on April 17, a primetime race on Easter Sunday.

The Cup Series has just one off-week on the 2022 calendar, that coming the week of June 19.

NASCAR’s Clash exhibition race is on February 6 inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a kick-off to Super Bowl week in California. The All-Star race goes to Texas Motor Speedway for the second-straight year, scheduled for May 22.

Start times and network schedules are TBD. The Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series schedules will release in the coming weeks.

The full Cup Series schedule is below:

Sunday, February 6 Clash (L.A. Memorial Coliseum)
Thursday, February 17 Duel at Daytona
Sunday, February 20 DAYTONA 500
Sunday, February 27 Auto Club
Sunday, March 6 Las Vegas
Sunday, March 13 Phoenix
Sunday, March 20 Atlanta
Sunday, March 27 COTA
Sunday, April 3 Richmond
Saturday, April 9 Martinsville
Sunday, April 17 Bristol Dirt
Sunday, April 24 Talladega
Sunday, May 1 Dover
Sunday, May 8 Darlington
Sunday, May 15 Kansas
Sunday, May 22 All-Star (Texas)
Sunday, May 29 Charlotte
Sunday, June 5 World Wide Technology Raceway
Sunday, June 12 Sonoma
Sunday, June 26 Nashville Superspeedway
Sunday, July 3 Road America
Sunday, July 10 Atlanta
Sunday, July 17 New Hampshire
Sunday, July 24 Pocono
Sunday, July 31 Indianapolis Road Course
Sunday, August 7 Michigan
Sunday, August 14 Richmond
Sunday, August 21 Watkins Glen
Saturday, August 27 Daytona
Sunday, September 4 Darlington
Sunday, September 11 Kansas
Saturday, September 17 Bristol
Sunday, September 25 Texas
Sunday, October 2 Talladega
Sunday, October 9 Charlotte Roval
Sunday, October 16 Las Vegas
Sunday, October 23 Homestead-Miami
Sunday, October 30 Martinsville
Sunday, November 6 Phoenix

**Boldface denotes playoff race**

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