2019 NASCAR Cup calendar revealed

The NASCAR Cup series has released its 2019 calendar

2019 NASCAR Cup calendar revealed

Its dates are almost identical to last year's calendar, with a minor change coming as the Easter break takes place on April 20-21 next year.

It means that the season will open with the Daytona 500 on February 17 and end at Homestead-Miami on November 17. The playoffs will again start at Las Vegas on Sept 15.

As per last year, the 36-race season will have three off weekends in 2019.

NASCAR's calendar has come under criticism in 2018 with Kevin Harvick notably calling the repeated finale at Homestead "stale."

The series does not typically make wholesale changes to its calendar season-by-season, although for 2018 it did add Charlotte's 'roval' layout, because it signed five-year contracts with its circuits in 2015.

Further stumbling blocks to a calendar revamp include NASCAR having to have the track owner's consent to move a race beyond a couple of weeks from its current date.

2019 NASCAR calendar

February 10 Daytona (Clash)
February 14 Daytona (Duels)
February 17 Daytona 500
February 24 Atlanta
March 3 Las Vegas
March 10 Phoenix
March 17 Fontana
March 24 Martinsville
March 31 Texas
April 7 Bristol
April 13 Richmond
April 28 Talladega
May 5 Dover
May 11 Kansas
May 18 Charlotte (All-Star Race)
May 26 Charlotte
June 2 Pocono
June 9 Michigan
June 23 Sonoma
June 30 Chicago
July 6 Daytona
July 13 Kentucky
July 21 New Hampshire
July 28 Pocono
August 4 Watkins Glen
August 11 Michigan
August 17 Bristol
September 1 Darlington
September 8 Indianapolis
September 15 Las Vegas
September 21 Richmond
September 29 Charlotte
October 6 Dover
October 13 Talladega
October 20 Kansas
October 27 Martinsville
November 3 Texas
November 10 Phoenix
November 17 Homestead

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