NASCAR Reveals 2017 National Schedulesby Kyle Pokrefky May 5, 2016 0 comments
NASCAR has officially pulled the covers off of the schedules for its 2017 season for the Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series.
With the sanctioning agreements that are set to last through 2020 keeping the tracks currently on the schedule in place for years to come, the schedules for each series for next year haven’t undergone much of a change.
The biggest change on the Sprint Cup schedule for 2017 is a swap of two Chase dates. The Contender Round cutoff race that has traditionally been held at Talladega Superspeedway will now go to Kansas Speedway with Talladega’s new date taking the place of Kansas’s old date – the second race of the Contender Round.
Also new to the schedule will be a date change for Texas Motor Speedway’s spring date. Held in recent years on a Saturday night, the race will move to a Sunday for next year – a move that was made this year with Richmond International Raceway’s spring date.
The XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series’s standalone dates will remain unchanged for next year as well.
The XFINITY Series’s standalone dates are races at Iowa Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road America and Kentucky Speedway.
The Camping World Truck Series’s standalone dates will be events held at Texas, Gateway Motorsports Park, Eldora Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The aforementioned sanctioning agreements prove to be a benefit for not only NASCAR and the tracks, but for fans as well. The agreements allow for future schedules through 2020 to be released much earlier in advance, allowing tracks and fans more time to plan ahead for upcoming seasons.
“Announcing the 2017 national series schedules this early in the season is another example of the collaborative spirit across the NASCAR industry,” Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said. “It is an exciting time in NASCAR, with some of the most intriguing racing we’ve seen in years.
“With the 2017 schedule solidified, the industry can now concentrate on the remainder of this season, while planning for the future much earlier than in previous years.”
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