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2024 NASCAR Cup Series schedule revealed

After several delays, NASCAR has finally released the 2024 Cup Series calendar, starting 4 February.

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The year will begin with the pre-season exhibition race at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum for the third consecutive year, which will be 4 February at 8pm EST.

The NASCAR Mexico Series will join the event, competing just before the Cup Series race.

There are some changes to the schedule beyond the Daytona 500. There will be two drafting tracks back-to-back to open the 2024 championship with Atlanta Motor Speedway slated as the second race of the year. Auto Club Speedway has officially been removed, as expected.

As previously announced, Bristol Dirt is gone and the spring race has returned to the concrete.

However, it will no longer take place on Easter Sunday — that date will now go to Richmond Raceway.

Texas Motor Speedway has been removed from the playoffs. It previously opened the Round of 12 but in 2024, it will be the ninth race of the season on 14 April.

North Wilkesboro Speedway will get a repave before it hosts the All-Star Race for a second consecutive year on 19 May.

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Tyler Reddick, 23XI Racing, McDonald's Toyota Camry, Todd Gilliland, Front Row Motorsports, Georgia Peanuts Ford Mustang, and Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports, Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang

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Iowa Speedway is the only new track joining the schedule. As announced earlier this week, the first Cup Series race in the state of Iowa since 1953 will take place on 16 June.

The Chicago Street Course will be back for the second consecutive year, taking place on 7 July.

NASCAR's highly anticipated return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval marks the final race before the summer break.

Following the Brickyard 400 on 21 July, NASCAR will take two weeks off due to the Olympics and return with another primetime Richmond race on 11 August.

The next batch of races is where some of the biggest changes occur. Daytona International Speedway will not be hosting the regular season finale.

The Southern 500 at Darlington, which had previously been the first race in the playoffs, will now serve as the regular season finale. The 1 September race will have its usual time slot of 6pm EST with.

Daytona hasn't moved far, now the week before Darlington.

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The opening round of the playoffs will have a very different look, with the addition of Atlanta as the very first race. There will be two drafting tracks in the playoffs as it joins Talladega.

Watkins Glen International will make it two road courses as well, joining the Charlotte Roval in the playoffs for the first time and immediately following Atlanta in the Round of 16.

Kansas Speedway will take Texas' place as the opening race of the Round of 12, with the six races that conclude the season remaining unchanged.

Phoenix Raceway will again host the Championship 4 finale, which it has done since 2020. The finale will take place on 10 November.

“NASCAR is committed to delivering an annual schedule that continues to be bold and dynamic across all three national series while maintaining the famed destinations that our fans love,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Development and Strategy.

“The 2024 NASCAR National Series schedules strike a great balance between visiting many of our traditional tracks that continue to put on a great show, and newer locations like our first Cup race in Iowa and our highly anticipated return to the streets of Chicago that create ‘bucket list’ moments and attract new fans to America’s leading motorsport.”

Complete 2024 NASCAR Cup Schedule

Race # Track Date
-- [Pre-Season Exhibition Race] L.A. Memorial Coliseum 4 February
-- [Qualifying Duels at Daytona] Daytona International Speedway 15 February
1 [Daytona 500] Daytona International Speedway 18 February
2 Atlanta Motor Speedway 25 February
3 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 3 March
4 Phoenix Raceway 10 March
5 Bristol Motor Speedway 17 March
6 Circuit of the Americas 24 March
7 Richmond Raceway 31 March
8 Martinsville Speedway 7 April
9 Texas Motor Speedway 14 April
10 Talladega Superspeedway 21 April
11 Dover Motor Speedway 28 April
12 Kansas Speedway 5 May
13 Darlington Raceway 12 May
-- [All-Star Race] North Wilkesboro Speedway 19 May
14 [Coca Cola 600] Charlotte Motor Speedway 26 May
15 WWT Raceway [Gateway] 2 June
16 Sonoma Raceway 9 June
17 Iowa Speedway 16 June
18 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 23 June
19 Nashville Superspeedway 30 June
20 Chicago Street Race 7 July
21 Pocono Raceway 14 July
22 [Brickyard 400] Indianapolis Motor Speedway 21 July
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23 Richmond Raceway 11 August
24 Michigan International Speedway 18 August
25 Daytona International Speedway 24 August
26 [Southern 500 & Regular Season Finale] Darlington Raceway 1 September
27 [Round of 16] Atlanta Motor Speedway 8 September
28 [Round of 16] Watkins Glen International 15 September
29 [Round of 16 Elimination Race] Bristol Motor Speedway 21 September
30 [Round of 12] Kansas Speedway 29 September
31 [Round of 12] Talladega Superspeedway 6 October
32 [Round of 12 Elimination Race] Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval 13 October
33 [Round of 8] Las Vegas Motor Speedway 20 October
34 [Round of 8] Homestead-Miami Speedway 27 October
35 [Round of 8 Elimination Race] Martinsville Speedway 3 November
36 [Championship 4 title-decider] Phoenix Raceway 10 November

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