Interest builds around possible changes to NASCAR schedule

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Wait so we installed lights at Martinsville, gave them a night race, ran it for 2 years and now we're going back to only using the lights as backup? Lol
Wish they could switch Martinsville & Sonoma's dates to be honest. Early to mid April for a night race in Virginia is not ideal weather.

Absolutely love Homestead, Martinsville, Phoenix to finish the season. That is what the fans deserve
 

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I definitely agree with Charlotte.
Charleston is being taken over in that way pretty quickly as well. I know I'm a country Midwesterner but the woman is a local and it's just disappointing to see that charm lost in these cities by hip millennials with no kids and too much money changing everything up.
 

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to get this back on track...... its cool Milwaukee will see NASCAR racing again. Iconic place to see a race
It's good to see some more standalone races for Xfinity and Trucks. The trucks should be a mostly short track series with only 5-8 raecs on larger tracks, IMO.
Definitely a TV thing. Saturday night races are finished. Only the summer Daytona and Bristol races are left.
Won't miss them.
 

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From my subscription to the Athletic: ( credit By Jordan Bianchi)
Previously announced races at the new downtown Chicago street course and a return to the revered North Wilkesboro track will highlight an otherwise largely unchanged 2023 NASCAR Cup Series schedule when it is released later Wednesday, The Athletic has learned.

The 2023 Cup playoffs will remain identical to this year’s version, and there is just one notable date shift (Richmond’s second race moves from August to July, and the Indianapolis road course race moves from July to August).


In reviewing copies of all three national series (Cup, Xfinity, Truck) schedules, other items of interest include:

— The final race on the 2-mile layout at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California. NASCAR had previously not given any indications on the timeline for converting the facility into a short track, but is now saying the February race there will be the last one on the current track.

— The Chicago street course and North Wilkesboro Speedway are the new venues on the Cup schedule. Chicago is hosting its first race on July 2, while the non-points All-Star Race will be held at North Wilkesboro on May 21.

— The 10-race Cup playoffs remain unchanged from 2022. The cutoff races (Bristol, Charlotte Roval and Martinsville) and championship finale (Phoenix) also stay as is.

— With Texas Motor Speedway losing the All-Star Race, the track will host just a single Cup race weekend for the first time since 2004.

— The spring Martinsville Cup race shifts from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon.

— The Xfinity Series will also race on the Chicago street course. Previously, NASCAR stated that an unspecified IMSA class would serve as the support series for Cup that weekend.

— Although Cup won’t be returning to Road America in 2023, Xfinity will continue to race on the popular Wisconsin track as it has since 2010. Altogether, there are eight road courses on the Xfinity schedule.

— Bristol shifts from concluding the Xfinity regular season this year to the playoff opener in 2023. The regular season wraps Sept. 9 at Kansas Speedway.

— Sonoma Raceway will host its first ever Xfinity race on June 10. The Truck Series will not return to Sonoma in 2023.

— For the first time since 1996, North Wilkesboro will host a NASCAR points race when the Truck Series visits the fabled short track on May 20.


— The Milwaukee Mile also returns to the Truck schedule, hosting its first NASCAR national series race since 2009.

— Bristol is the only dirt track on the Truck schedule, with Knoxville Raceway falling off.
I think this is a mistake.
 

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Isn't that Roger's decision?
Maybe Roger has already been talked to about a return to the oval? I’d like to believe Ben wouldn’t offer a prediction like that without having had discussions with The Captain first
 

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Maybe Roger has already been talked to about a return to the oval? I’d like to believe Ben wouldn’t offer a prediction like that without having had discussions with The Captain first

It’s probably Ben’s personal feelings and they’ll be at the RC for the next 50 years haha.
 

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It’s apparent pretty much no one in the city wanted this but Lori. I’m not sure how well that bodes for the reception next summer, as well as the long-term viability of the event.

I keep hearing more and more that both IndyCar and NASCAR are looking to run on the streets of Denver.
 
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