NASCAR is shaking up its schedule again.
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - SEPTEMBER 11: Fireworks erupt as members of the military and first responders hold the American flag and the 9/11 flag Never forget in pre-race ceremonies before NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 Tribute to First Responders at Richmond Raceway on September 11, 2021 in Richmond, Va. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton / Images)
After added several new titles to Cup Serie s in 2021, next season will begin with the very first Clash exhibition race held on a temporary track inside the LA Coliseum and will see the Worldwide Technology Raceway outside St. Louis showcased for the first time.
The Auto Club Speedway of California also made a surprise return on February 27, the week following the Daytona 500. NASCAR believed it had its last race on the 2 mile oval in 2020 , after which it must have been redeveloped into a short track , but plans have been put on hold. Fontana, Calif., Track will occupy the spot held this year by Miami-Homestead, which will once again become a playoff venue as the second race of the Round of 8 on October 23. and move the Kansas Raceway to its location on September 11.
Changes to the 39-race list also include the double-title Pocono Raceway weekend becoming a single-race event, the Bristol Dirt race taking place on the evening of Easter Sunday, April 17, and the on-road race.te at Watkins Glen becoming the penultimate race of the regular season.
The Daytona Road Course is the only 2021 venue that will not return.
In addition to the updated schedule, the Cup Series will also launch its brand new Next Gen car in 2022 .
Here is the full 2022 schedule with all the changes:
Sunday February 6 - Clash (LA Memorial Coliseum)
Thursday February 17 - Duel in Daytona
Sunday February 20 - DAYTONA 500
Sunday February 27 - Auto Club
Sunday March 6 - Las Vegas
Sunday March 13 - Phoenix
Sunday March 20 - Atlanta
Sunday March 27 - COTA
Sunday April 3 - Richmond
Saturday April 9 - Martinsville
Sunday April 17 - Bristol Dirt
Sundaynche April 24 - Talladega
Sunday May 1 - Dover
Sunday May 8 - Darlington
Sunday May 15 - Kansas
Sunday 22 May - All-Star (Texas)
Sunday May 29 - Charlotte
Sunday June 5 - World Wide Technology Raceway
Sunday June 12 - Sonoma
Sunday June 26 - Nashville Superspeedway
Sunday July 3 - Road America
Sunday July 10 - Atlanta
Sunday July 17 - New Hampshire
Sunday July 24 - Pocono
Sunday July 31 - Indianapolis Road Course
Sunday August 7 - Michigan
Sunday August 14 - Richmond
Sunday, August 21 - Watkins Glen
Saturday August 27 - Daytona
Sunday September 4 - Darlington
Sunday September 11 - Kansas
Saturday September 17 - Bristol
Sunday September 25 - Texas
Sunday October 2 - Talladega
Sunday October 9 - Charlotte Roval
Sunday October 16 - Las Vegas
Sunday October 23 - Homestead-Miami
Sunday October 30 - Martinsville
Sunday November 6 - Phoenix