2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
The Cup Series is the top level of NASCAR stock car racing.
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Xfinity Series and Truck Series calendars will follow later in the week.
*As at 16 January 2018*
2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
|11 Feb||Advance Auto Parts Clash||Daytona International Speedway||Daytona, Florida|
|15 Feb||Can-Am Duels||Daytona International Speedway||Daytona, Florida|
|18 Feb||Daytona 500||Daytona International Speedway||Daytona, Florida|
|25 Feb||Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500||Atlanta Motor Speedway||Hampton, Georgia|
|4 Mar||Pennzoil 400||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|11 Mar||TicketGuardian 400||ISM Speedway||Avondale, Arizona|
|18 Mar||Auto Club 500||Auto Club Speedway||Fontana, California|
|25 Mar||STP 500||Martinsville Speedway||Ridgeway, Virginia|
|8 Apr||O’Reilly Auto Parts 500||Texas Motor Speedway||Fort Worth, Texas|
|15 Apr||Food City 500||Bristol Motor Speedway||Bristol, Tennessee|
|21 Apr||Toyota Owners 400||Richmond Raceway||Richmond, Virginia|
|29 Apr||GEICO 500||Talledega Superspeedway||Lincoln, Alabama|
|6 May||AAA 400 Drive For Autism||Dover International Speedway||Dover, Delaware|
|12 May||Kansas||Kansas Speedway||Kansas City, Kansas|
|19 May||All-Star Race||Charlotte Motor Speedway||Concord, North Carolina|
|27 May||Coca-Cola 600||Charlotte Motor Speedway||Concord, North Carolina|
|3 Jun||Pocono 400||Pocono Raceway||Long Pond, Pennsylvania|
|10 Jun||FireKeepers Casino 400||Michigan International Speedway||Brooklyn, Michigan|
|24 Jun||Toyota / Save Mart 350||Sonoma Raceway||Sonoma, California|
|1 Jul||Chicagoland||Chicagoland Speedway||Joliet, Illinois|
|7 Jul||Coke Zero 400||Daytona International Speedway||Daytona, Florida|
|14 Jul||Quaker State 400||Kentucky Speedway||Sparta, Kentucky|
|22 Jul||New Hampshire 301||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||Loudon, New Hampshire|
|29 Jul||Overton’s 400||Pocono Raceway||Long Pond, Pennsylvania|
|5 Aug||Watkins Glen||Watkins Glen International||Watkins Glen, New York|
|12 Aug||Michigan||Michigan International Speedway||Brooklyn, Michigan|
|18 Aug||Bass Pro Shops Night Race||Bristol Motor Speedway||Bristol, Tennessee|
|2 Sep||Bojangles’ Southern 500||Darlington Raceway||Darlington, South Carolina|
|9 Sep||Big Machine Brickyard 400||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Speedway, Indiana|
|16 Sep||South Point 400||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|22 Sep||Federated Auto Parts 400||Richmond Raceway||Richmond, Virginia|
|30 Sep||Bank of America 500||Charlotte Motor Speedway||Concord, North Carolina|
|7 Oct||Dover||Dover International Speedway||Dover, Delaware|
|14 Oct||Alabama 500||Talledega Superspeedway||Lincoln, Alabama|
|21 Oct||Hollywood Casino 400||Kansas Speedway||Kansas City, Kansas|
|28 Oct||First Data 500||Martinsville Speedway||Ridgeway, Virginia|
|4 Nov||AAA Texas 500||Texas Motor Speedway||Fort Worth, Texas|
|11 Nov||Can-Am 500||ISM Speedway||Avondale, Arizona|
|18 Nov||Ford EcoBoost 400||Homestead-Miami Speedway||Homestead, Florida|
- A second visit to Las Vegas as part of the Playoffs.
- Richmond in the Playoffs.
- Indianapolis closes the regular season.
- Charlotte Playoff race is now on the infield road/oval course.
- Chicagoland out of the Playoffs into July.
- Loudon’s Playoff date.
The biggest shuffling of dates for a few years.
The first six rounds are a week earlier this year, possibly correcting a calendar drift but also to work around Easter which is a traditional NASCAR break, so the first ‘off week’ is April 1st this year rather than April 16th.
Indianapolis moves from July to early September, the Brickyard 400 having been made the final race of the ‘regular season’ before the playoffs. I like this, I bet there was a push to make this important race part of the playoffs, but this move enhances the importance of the race without debasing such a traditional venue as Indianapolis Motor Speedway with something such as the playoffs. Such things matter to fans of IMS.
Dover’s first visit is now May 6th, up from June last year, which creates a mid-season off week on June 17th.
The biggest reshuffle is with the races making up the Playoffs.
Into the Playoffs come Richmond’s autumn date (previously the last round of the regular season) and a new second annual visit to Las Vegas.
Out of the Playoffs goes Loudon (New Hampshire) which drops to one race per year, and Chicagoland which moves to Sunday July 1st, the Daytona 400 running a week later across a pair of important weekends either side of the July 4th holiday.
The final change is to run the Charlotte Motor Speedway Playoff round on their road course / oval ‘roval’ course – an interesting one. My feeling is they should run a ‘proper’ road course if they want that style of track in the Playoffs. Let’s see what develops.
I don’t follow enough of the series to know whether these are good changes – it isn’t easy to follow from the UK. Generally-speaking it seems positive, particularly the extra week off in the summer.
There are two major support championships for which I provide calendars and I’ll cover those together in another blog post later, these are:
- NASCAR Xfinity Series.
- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
NASCAR also sanctions regional series across the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe for which I currently do not provide calendars, this may change if I receive enough requests!