2018 Calendars: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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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

Date Race Track Location
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
Playoff Races:
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

In:

  • 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.

Out:

  • Chicagoland out of the Playoffs into July.
  • Loudon’s Playoff date.

What’s Changed?

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.

Support Series

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!

 

 

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