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Season is almost here: The 2017 schedules for NASCAR’s top series

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Each day gets you closer to when the roar of engines return in NASCAR.

To get you ready, here are the schedules for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series, K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Peak Mexico Series all in one place.

Start times and TV networks are included for the Cup, Xfinity and Truck schedules to further help in your planning for the upcoming season.

Here is the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule:

2/18 Daytona International Speedway (The Clash) – 8 p.m. ET (FS1)
2/23 Daytona International Speedway (The Duels) – 7 p.m. ET (FS1)
2/26 Daytona 500 – 2 p.m. ET (FOX)
3/5 Atlanta Motor Speedway – 2:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
3/12 Las Vegas Motor Speedway – 3:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
3/19 Phoenix International Raceway – 3:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
3/26 Auto Club Speedway – 3:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
4/2 Martinsville Speedway – 2 p.m. ET (FS1)
4/9 Texas Motor Speedway – 1:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
4/23 Bristol Motor Speedway – 2 p.m. ET (FOX)
4/30 Richmond International Raceway – 2 p.m. ET (FOX)
5/7 Talladega Superspeedway – 2 p.m. ET (FOX)
5/13 Kansas Speedway – 7:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
5/20 Charlotte Motor Speedway (All-Star Race) – 6 p.m. ET (FS1)
5/28 Charlotte Motor Speedway – 6 p.m. ET (FOX)
6/4 Dover International Speedway – 1 p.m. ET (FS1)
6/11 Pocono Raceway – 3 p.m. (FS1)
6/18 Michigan International Speedway – 3 p.m. ET (FS1)
6/25 Sonoma Raceway – 3 p.m. ET (FS1)
7/1 Daytona International Speedway – 7:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
7/8 Kentucky Speedway – 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
7/16 New Hampshire Motor Speedway – 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
7/23 Indianapolis Motor Speedway – 3 p.m. ET (NBC)
7/30 Pocono Raceway – 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
8/6 Watkins Glen International – 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
8/13 Michigan International Speedway – 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
8/19 Bristol Motor Speedway – 7:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
9/3 Darlington Raceway – 6 p.m. ET (NBSCN)
9/9 Richmond International Raceway – 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
9/17 Chicagoland Speedway – 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
9/24 New Hampshire Motor Speedway – 2 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
10/1 Dover International Speedway – 2 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
10/7 Charlotte Motor Speedway – 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
10/15 Talladega Superspeedway – 2 p.m. ET (NBC)
10/22 Kansas Speedway – 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
10/29 Martinsville Speedway – 1 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
11/5 Texas Motor Speedway – 2 p.m. ET (NBC)
11/12 Phoenix International Raceway – 2:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
11/19 Homestead-Miami Speedway – 2:30 p.m. ET (NBC)

Here is the 2017 Xfinity Series schedule:

2/25 Daytona International Speedway – 3:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
3/4 Atlanta Motor Speedway – 1:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
3/11 Las Vegas Motor Speedway – 4 p.m. ET (FS1)
3/18 Phoenix International Raceway – 4 p.m. ET (FOX)
3/25 Auto Club Speedway – 4 p.m. ET (FS1)
4/8 Texas Motor Speedway – 1:30 p.m. (FOX)
4/22 Bristol Motor Speedway – 12:30 p.m. (FS1)
4/29 Richmond International Raceway – 12:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
5/6 Talladega Superspeedway – 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
5/27 Charlotte Motor Speedway – 1 p.m. ET (FS1)
6/3 Dover International Speedway – 1 p.m. ET (FS1)
6/10 Pocono Raceway – 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
6/17 Michigan International Speedway – 1:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
6/24 Iowa Speedway – 8:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
6/30 Daytona International Speedway – 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
7/7 Kentucky Speedway – 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
7/15 New Hampshire Motor Speedway – 4 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
7/22 Indianapolis Motor Speedway – 3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
7/29 Iowa Speedway – 3:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
8/5 Watkins Glen International – 2 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
8/12 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – 3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
8/18 Bristol Motor Speedway – 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
8/27 Road America – 3 p.m. ET (NBC)
9/2 Darlington Raceway – 3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
9/8 Richmond International Raceway – 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
9/16 Chicagoland Speedway – 3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
9/23 Kentucky Speedway – 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
9/30 Dover International Speedway – 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
10/6 Charlotte Motor Speedway – 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
10/21 Kansas Speedway – 3 p.m. ET (NBC)
11/4 Texas Motor Speedway – 8:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
11/11 Phoenix International Raceway – 3:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
11/18 Homestead-Miami Speedway – 3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Here is the 2017 Camping World Truck schedule (all races broadcast on Fox Sports 1 unless otherwise noted):

2/24 Daytona International Speedway – 7:30 p.m. ET
3/4 Atlanta Motor Speedway – 4:30 p.m. ET
4/1 Martinsville Speedway – 2:30 p.m. ET
5/12 Kansas Speedway – 8:30 p.m. ET
5/19 Charlotte Motor Speedway – 8:30 p.m. ET
6/2 Dover International Speedway – 5:30 p.m. ET
6/9 Texas Motor Speedway – 8 p.m. ET
6/17 Gateway Motorsports Park – 8:30 p.m. ET
6/23 Iowa Speedway – 8:30 p.m. ET
7/6 Kentucky Speedway – 7:30 p.m. ET
7/19 Eldora Speedway – 9 p.m. ET
7/29 Pocono Raceway – 1 p.m. ET
8/12 Michigan International Speedway – 1 p.m. ET
8/16 Bristol Motor Speedway – 8:30 p.m. ET
8/27 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – 2:30 p.m. ET
9/15 Chicagoland Speedway – 8:30 p.m. ET
9/23 New Hampshire Motor Speedway – 1 p.m. ET
9/30 Las Vegas Motor Speedway – 8:30 p.m. ET
10/14 Talladega Superspeedway – 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
10/28 Martinsville Speedway – 1:30 p.m. ET
11/3 Texas Motor Speedway – 8:30 p.m. ET
11/10 Phoenix International Raceway – 8:30 p.m. ET
11/17 Homestead-Miami Speedway – 8 p.m. ET

Here is the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Series schedule (TV dates and times on NBCSN to be announced at a later date):

2/19 New Smyrna Speedway
4/8 Greenville Pickens Speedway
4/22 Bristol Motor Speedway
5/6 South Boston Speedway 1
5/6 South Boston Speedway 2
6/3 Memphis International Raceway
7/1 Berlin Raceway
7/8 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
7/15 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/28 Iowa Speedway
8/4 Watkins Glen International
9/2 TBA
9/16 New Jersey Motorsports Park
9/29 Dover International Speedway

Here is the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Series schedule (TV dates and times on NBCSN to be announced at a later date):

3/18 Tucson Speedway
3/23 Kern County Raceway Park
3/25 Irwindale Speedway 1
3/25 Irwindale Speedway 2
5/13 Spokane County Raceway
5/20 Orange Show Speedway
6/10 Colorado National Speedway
6/24 Sonoma Raceway
7/28 Iowa Speedway
8/12 Evergreen Speedway
8/26 Douglas County Speedway
9/30 Meridian Speedway
10/14 All American Speedway
11/4 Kern County Raceway Park

Here is the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified schedule (Select events will be broadcast on NBCSN. Those events will be announced at a later time):

3/18

Myrtle Beach Speedway

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

4/2

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

4/30

Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford, Conn.

5/13

TBA

TBA (southern race track)

6/14

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

6/24

Riverhead Raceway

Riverhead, N.Y.

7/14

New Hampshire Motor Speedway*

Loudon, N.H.

7/15

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, N.H.

7/22

New London-Waterford Speedbowl

Waterford, Conn.

8/4

Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford, Conn.

8/9

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

8/16

Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol, Tenn.

8/26

Seekonk Speedway

Seekonk, Mass.

9/2

Oswego Speedway

Oswego, N.Y.

9/16

Riverhead Raceway

Riverhead, N.Y.

9/23

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, N.H.

10/1

Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford, Conn.

10/5

Charlotte Motor Speedway*

Concord, N.C.

10/15

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

Here is the 2017 NASCAR Peak Mexico Series schedule:

Date

Track

Location

3/26

Autódromo Monterrey

Monterrey

4/23

Autódromo Potosino

San Luis Potosí

5/14

Autódromo Miguel E. Abed

Puebla

6/4

Autódromo Internacional Bernardo Obregón

Guadalajara

6/25

Autódromo de León

León

7/16

Autódromo Internacional de Aguascalientes

Aguascalientes

8/6

Autódromo Potosino / Autodromo Moisés Solana

San Luis Potosí / Pachuca

8/20

Autódromo del Ecocentro de la Unión Ganadera

Querétaro

9/10

Autódromo Internacional Bernardo Obregón

Guadalaraja

10/1

Súper Óvalo Chiapas

Tuxtla Gutiérrez

10/15

Autódromo Miguel E. Abed

Puebla

11/12

Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez

México City

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My Home Tracks: New Mexico’s the Land of Enchantment and home of Cardinal Speedway

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The state of New Mexico is known more for IndyCar racing, with the Unser family being the state’s favorite sons.

Al Unser won four Indianapolis 500s, brother Bobby three and Al’s son Al Jr. a two-time winner (this weekend’s 500 marks the 25th anniversary of Little Al’s second 500 triumph).

But there’s a strong grassroots racing scene in the Land of Enchantment, particularly in the far southeast corner of the state at Cardinal Speedway, a half-mile dirt track in the little town of Eunice.

NASCAR America continues its My Home Track series of 50 states in 50 shows.

Wednesday, we visit New York state.

2018 NASCAR schedule changes: EVP Steve O’Donnell breaks it down (video)

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On Tuesday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell joined us to discuss the NASCAR Cup schedule changes in 2018, including running a road race at Charlotte and having Indianapolis be the final race before the playoffs.

“I’m real excited about these changes,” said O’Donnell, who cited unprecedented cooperation between NASCAR, its teams, drivers and sponsors to reach agreement on the schedule changes.

Among the key changes: Las Vegas will kick off the 10-race playoffs in 2018 (Chicagoland Speedway, which will have hosted the last seven playoff openers, will return to its more traditional race date in early July/late June and serve as a run-up to the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona.

Several other changes include:

  • The fall playoff race at Charlotte will move up a couple weeks in the schedule and also incorporate competition on both the infield road course and part of the speedway itself.
  • After 14 years as the deciding race to qualify for the NASCAR Cup playoffs, Richmond International Raceway will now become the second race of the playoffs.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway will see it’s Brickyard 400 go from late July to become the final qualifying race for the playoffs in early September.

Catch up on all the changes in the above video.

Tony Stewart pulled over by state trooper, but it’s not for speeding

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Retired NASCAR Cup driver and team co-owner Tony Stewart was stopped by an Illinois State Trooper over the weekend near DeKalb, Ill., about 90 minutes west of Chicago.

But before you think Stewart was stopped for speeding by Trooper Damein Cunningham, he wasn’t.

Rather, Cunningham pulled Stewart over for improper lane usage, although exactly what the infraction was is unclear.

After getting a verbal warning, Stewart gladly posed with Cunningham for a selfie, which the trooper promptly tweeted out.

“Just pulled over NASCAR LEGEND Tony Stewart on I-88 in DeKalb, IL, what you think I got him for? #NASCAR #ISP”

But according to the Chicago Tribune, Cunningham’s bosses apparently didn’t have a sense of humor about the incident or realize the good PR it meant for the Illinois State Police.

That, or they’re not Stewart or NASCAR fans. They ordered Cunningham to delete the tweet, which he did.

It’s unclear what Stewart, who was stopped on his 46th birthday, was doing in the Land of Lincoln.

But his luck went from bad to worse a few hours later. According to USA Today, Stewart and others were stuck in an elevator in a Madison, Wisconsin hotel for about 20 minutes before being rescued by firefighters.

We can just imagine what the elevator riders talked about while trapped.

How much do you want to bet Stewart said, “Man, do I have a story about a cop that I have to tell you.”

Cunningham then posted another tweet on Sunday after attending church services.

 

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All-Star Race will remain at Charlotte in 2018

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NASCAR confirmed that the All-Star Race will be held again at Charlotte Motor Speedway despite more of a push from competitors and others to move the event.

Criticism was raised after last weekend’s 70-lap event featured only three lead changes. Kyle Busch took the lead on the restart to begin the final 10-lap stage and went on to win. It marked the fourth time in the last five years the All-Star winner led every lap in the final stage. In 12 All-Star Races at Charlotte since the track was repaved, there have been two lead changes in the final five laps.

Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, was clear in a call with reporters Tuesday that the All-Star Race is set for Charlotte.

“We’ve finished our discussions for ’18,” he said. ” We’ll begin looking at ’19 and beyond in the near future.”

The All-Star Race debuted at Charlotte in 1985, moved to Atlanta in 1986 and returned to Charlotte the following year. It has been held at Charlotte ever since.

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