NASCAR releases 2022 Xfinity, Truck schedules


The NASCAR Xfinity Series will race at Portland International Raceway for the first time in 2022. That was announced, along with next year’s Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series schedules.

The Xfinity race at the 1.964-mile Portland International Raceway marks the first time a NASCAR national series has raced there since the Trucks ran there in 1999 and 2000.

Back on the Camping World Truck Series schedule is a trip to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis – the first time the series has raced there since 2011. That event will open the Truck playoffs.

The Trucks also will race at Sonoma Raceway and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The series will return to Knxville Raceway for a race on dirt.

“For the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series, we loved the idea of being able to deliver new road courses to both schedules and a short track for the Camping World Trucks while still returning to our traditional venues and the new tracks we introduced in 2021,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice president of strategy and innovation, in a statement. “Not only do these changes continue to deliver on what our fans are asking for, but we feel they will create even more drama and intensity as drivers battle to win championships at Phoenix Raceway in November.”

The Xfinity Series will start Feb. 19 at Daytona International Speedway and end Nov. 5 at Phoenix Raceway.

The Camping World Truck Series will start Feb. 18 at Daytona and end Nov. 4 at Phoenix.

Times and TV information will be announced at a later date.


Date Race / Track
Saturday, February 19 Daytona
Saturday, February 26 Auto Club
Saturday, March 5 Las Vegas
Saturday, March 12 Phoenix
Saturday, March 19 Atlanta
Saturday, March 26 COTA
Saturday, April 2 Richmond
Friday, April 8 Martinsville
Saturday, April 23 Talladega
Saturday, April 30 Dover
Saturday, May 7 Darlington
Saturday, May 21 Texas
Saturday, May 28 Charlotte
Saturday, June 4 Portland International Raceway
Saturday, June 25 Nashville Superspeedway
Saturday, July 2 Road America
Saturday, July 9 Atlanta
Saturday, July 16 New Hampshire
Saturday, July 23 Pocono
Saturday, July 30 Indianapolis Road Course
Saturday, August 6 Michigan
Saturday, August 20 Watkins Glen
Friday, August 26 Daytona
Saturday, September 3 Darlington
Saturday, September 10 Kansas
Friday, September 16 Bristol
Saturday, September 24 Texas
Saturday, October 1 Talladega
Saturday, October 8 Charlotte Roval
Saturday, October 15 Las Vegas
Saturday, October 22 Homestead-Miami
Saturday, October 29 Martinsville
Saturday, November 5 Phoenix

Playoff races in bold





Date Race / Track
Friday, February 18 Daytona
Friday, March 4 Las Vegas
Saturday, March 19 Atlanta
Saturday, March 26 COTA
Thursday, April 7 Martinsville
Saturday, April 16 Bristol Dirt
Friday, May 6 Darlington
Saturday, May 14 Kansas
Friday, May 20 Texas
Friday, May 27 Charlotte
Saturday, June 4 World Wide Technology Raceway
Saturday, June 11 Sonoma
Saturday, June 18 Knoxville
Friday, June 24 Nashville Superspeedway
Saturday, July 9 Mid-Ohio
Saturday, July 23 Pocono
Friday, July 29 Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
Saturday, August 13 Richmond
Friday, September 9 Kansas
Thursday, September 15 Bristol
Saturday, October 1 Talladega
Saturday, October 22 Homestead-Miami
Friday, November 4 Phoenix

Playoff races in bold

Here is a transcript of Ben Kennedy’s session with reporters Wednesday answering questions about the Xfinity and Truck schedules

THE MODERATOR: Good afternoon, everybody. Thanks for joining us today to discuss the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series schedules. We’re joined by Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice president of strategy and innovation.

Ben, to get us started, top line, some of the new highlights of the 2022 schedules, what people can expect next year.

BEN KENNEDY: Thank you. First and foremost, appreciate all of you taking your time. Again, really appreciate it. Great to see a good turnout today and appreciate you continuing to cover our sport even in the midst of everything going on in today’s world. Thank you guys for taking the time.

To your point, excited to announce Xfinity and Truck Series schedule today on the heels of the Cup schedule a couple weeks ago. I think another great process that we’ve had both internally at NASCAR as well as working alongside our broadcast partners, OEMs, teams, tracks, and a handful of other stakeholders to get to where we’re at today and release the schedule.

A few highlights I’d like to share with you. Starting on the Xfinity Series, obviously I think the big kind of storyline event that we’re adding to the ’22 schedule is the addition of Portland International Raceway to the schedule. 22 years it will be since we’ve been in the Pacific Northwest with NASCAR.

It’s been an important part of our country that we felt like is important for us to be in. We’ve seen a lot of growth from a fan perspective in the Pacific Northwest. It’s important for us to get back there and do it in a meaningful way with Green Savoree Production and the rest of the teams out there.

On the Truck Series schedule, an addition, one new event to the schedule, going from 22 to 23 events. A lot of this is really a product from both our fans wanted to see some more Camping World Truck Series content and action. I think our Truck Series racing puts on some of the best racing we see in our sport. It was important to keep it at a really good number.

On top of that, too, we had a lot of teams reach out to us looking for additional content and additional weekends that we could have Truck Series racing. Wanted to add that 23rd race to the Truck schedule.

We’ll also see a few new venues as a part of that, one of those being Mid-Ohio where we’ve seen great racing with the Xfinity Series over the past eight years. Excited to bring the Truck Series there for the very first time ever next year on the July 9th weekend.

We’ll see the Camping World Truck Series go to Sonoma, as well. This has really been in collaboration with SMI and Jill Gregory and the team out in Sonoma to bring additional content and national series racing to that weekend, really make it a special weekend for all the fans coming out to northern California, make it a special weekend for FOX, too.

Lastly on the new venue front, I think one our fans are really looking forward to and have been asking for, for a long time, is Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. An iconic short track. We’ve obviously been there in the past with the Xfinity Series and the Truck Series. Excited to go to the 3.7 mile short track.

It will be on IMS weekend, so we’ll be there on Friday night, Xfinity and Cup on the big track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Really excited to go there. First race of the Playoffs next year. I know it’s put on some great racing in the past, in 2011 and before that. But know the Truck Series will put on a great show there, as well.

Last but certainly not least, didn’t want to leave this one open-ended, but wanted to address Canadian Tire. Unfortunately won’t be going back there in the ’22 season. A big reason for that is because of the current COVID restrictions and a lot of the planning, logistics and lead time that are required for our teams and our industry to travel outside of the country. We felt like it was in our collective best interests to go ahead and not have Canadian Tire on the schedule.

That said we’ve got great partners with Miles, Ron, the entire team up in Canadian Tire. Look forward to continuing to have conversations with them about what the future may look like.

A lot to look forward to on the Xfinity and Truck schedule. Certainly a lot to look forward to on the Cup schedule as well. Looking forward to answering some of your questions and talking about this.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Can you talk about the characteristic of Xfinity and Truck? When you make plans for a schedule, how do you look at it differently than, say, Cup? For example, Portland, is it an area that you want to try, a test, or it’s not?

BEN KENNEDY: I think the neat thing about the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, to your point, it’s the ability to not only bring some great racing to a lot of our Cup Series weekends and create a lot of those companion events but have some standalone weekends, too.

Mid-Ohio, Knoxville, Lucas Oil are all great examples of that. I think it gives us the ability to go to some of these tracks we wouldn’t otherwise have the ability to. It also gives us an opportunity, to your point, to test out some of these markets as we look at future iterations of the schedule. Excited about a lot of these new ones that we’re introducing in ’22.

Obviously we’ll be getting a lot of data and fan feedback coming out of those events and continue to look towards what the future of the schedule looks like based on how they all go.

Q. I understand what you were saying about Canada, the uncertainty there. Why not schedule it and then, if you have to change, change like you did this year? What precluded you from doing it that way?

BEN KENNEDY: I think it’s really some of the recent restrictions that went into place to get across the border. I think from a planning perspective, a lot of our teams like to get out front as soon as they can of these events. Canada takes an extra lead time. We felt like it was our collective kind of best decision to go ahead and not have Canadian Tire as a part of the schedule rather than waiting several months, seeing how restrictions play out, the number of unknowns around COVID, the current landscape of it and everything.

Q. How did you decide upon Portland International Raceway as opposed to some other alternatives?

BEN KENNEDY: We had an opportunity to go out there, get a small group to go out to the Pacific Northwest over this summer. Looked at a number of different options.

I think both from the perspective of having a relationship with Green Savoree Productions and the Mid-Ohio space with the Xfinity Series, but also the opportunity to go out to a track that’s race-ready in 2022, has put on some great racing, if you look at the Camping World Truck Series back in the day. I think it will be a really good addition to the schedule.

We looked at a number of different options both in the Portland area and the Seattle area. Ultimately we narrowed it down to that. I think they’re in close proximity of each other.

Again, we’ve got a really growing fan base in that part of the country and we wanted to get there as soon as we can.

Q. The Truck Series schedule overall, it seems to be a little bit more front loaded. Is that by design because of FOX Sports, it helps them out a little bit?

BEN KENNEDY: I think it is naturally how the schedule came into play. I think every now and then we’ll have a schedule that’s a little more back heavy, some years it will be a little more front heavy.

Naturally a lot of it is dependent on where are those new venues that we’re going to, what makes sense from a scheduling perspective. To your point, it is working with our broadcast partners, looking at different TV windows, where might make the most sense to schedule a lot of those races.

Q. It seems we’re going in the direction or the trend seems to be hit a bunch of different markets rather than concentrate on going places twice, especially Michigan, Pocono, in the summer, it was one right on top of the other. One venue that keeps coming up is North Wilkesboro. If they get things back up to speed there, could we potentially be looking at returning to such an iconic track?

BEN KENNEDY: I think it’s a great question. I know there’s been a field of thoughts and questions around a handful of those historic venues.

What I will say is that’s something we’ll constantly continue to look at both in terms of does it make sense from a strategic point of view for the future of the schedule? Is it a market that we feel like is important to us and is not oversaturated? Is the facility in the condition that we feel like would put on a great race and be a great fan experience for our fans as well?

I think North Wilkesboro and a handful of other venues that have been mentioned are something that we continue to look at. Lucas Oil I will say is one that a lot of our fans have reached out to us over the past couple years, them really hoping to see that as a part of the future iteration of the Truck Series schedule. Excited to deliver that one.

Q. Regarding Sonoma, was the reason is that the Cup rookies struggle there and also you’re adding another event for the Trucks? What was the reason for getting a race for the Trucks at Sonoma?

BEN KENNEDY: I think this is really working, again, with SMI and Jill Gregory. I think Sonoma is a great part of our country that we race in. Obviously a lot of corporate interests and opportunities to host them out there.

I think we have a ton of fans that come out to that race weekend, as well. We felt like it was important for us to add additional content onto that weekend. It’s a big weekend for FOX as they close out their portion of the Cup Series schedule. Wanted to add the Truck Series out there, as well.

I think you bring up a good point, that having more of these experiences on some of these road courses and venues that the Truck and Xfinity Series go to, especially with the Trucks and Xfinity Series really being the breath of the future generation of NASCAR drivers, I think it gives them the ability to get a lot of experience at these tracks before they go Cup racing.

A lot of factors certainly went into that decision, but excited to be going out there with the Trucks. I think it will be a great part of the schedule.

Q. Folks in Indianapolis are excited to have Lucas Oil back on the schedule. There’s been clamoring about IRP getting back on the schedule for some time. Questions about infrastructure issues and so forth. What ultimately pushed you over the top and provided an agreement for ’22?

BEN KENNEDY: That’s a great question. I think to your point, Lucas Oil is something actually we’ve been looking at for a while now. Ultimately a lot of those conversations kind of came to a head over the summer. We felt like the timing made a lot of sense.

Obviously working with Doug Boles and the team out at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as well to make sure from a scheduling perspective that it made sense and that we can create a really special week-long schedule of events for the fans that are coming out for racing at Indianapolis.

I think from a timing perspective really all the stars aligned between working with NHRA, IMS on the scheduling side, working with their broadcast partners in FOX, and ultimately making that happen.

Looking forward to it. I know working with the track they certainly want to continue to make enhancements to that track, make sure that it’s a Camping World Truck Series facility. I know that they’ll be ready come July next year.

Q. Pretty significant changes in the Playoff schedule, Gateway, Darlington, Vegas and Martinsville are off, Lucas Oil, Richmond, Kansas and Miami on. You could look at some of those tracks and say they’re fairly easy to identify by one replacing the other. Your perspective on the significant changes in the Playoff structure there?

BEN KENNEDY: To your point, definitely some changes to the Playoff structure. Pocono will be the regular-season cutoff, then we’ll have Lucas Oil, Richmond, Kansas, Bristol, Talladega, Miami. Ultimately all three of our series will be at Phoenix for the championship finale, which will be fantastic.

I think ultimately a lot of that came down to the process of scheduling, obviously trying to make sure that the schedule makes sense from a team perspective, make sense from a broadcast perspective. But then also we have a lot of exciting tracks within our Playoff schedule, too.

I think having two short tracks with Lucas Oil and Richmond, along with a mile-and-a-half track, will bring some diversity to that first portion of the Playoffs. Then going from Bristol to Talladega to Miami, which always puts on a fantastic race, I think it will be a really great and interesting part of that next round of Playoffs before we go to the championship at Phoenix.

Q. There seemed to be a lot of enjoyment with the Olympic break this year. Was there consideration given to the June 18th race at Knoxville not being held that weekend so the entire sport could have a week off?

BEN KENNEDY: Something we took a look at in scheduling that Knoxville race. Kind of the pieces of the puzzle fell together from a scheduling perspective, ultimately Knoxville did move up a couple weeks. Part of that was really making sure that from a time-of-year standpoint, especially with the weather and the sensitivity to track prep and the dirt, we looked at a handful of dates and ultimately ended up landing on June 18th. Hopefully we’ll put on a good show for the fans.

Q. With Pocono having lost one of its Cup dates, talk about the importance of making sure they still had an Xfinity and a Truck Series race, the fact that Pocono. The Truck race is going to be the final race of the regular season, any kind of a consolation for them losing one of the Cup dates?

BEN KENNEDY: Yeah, Nick Igdalsky and the team up at Pocono, they continue to do a great job there. Even though they are going down to one Cup weekend, I know they want to make that weekend special. Coming out of this year’s event, I think a lot of positive buzz around that.

That said, they want to create, continue to create, an elevated experience for a lot of their fans with some great racing content throughout the weekend. It was important for us to get the Truck and Xfinity Series there.

I think on top of that, too, having that as a cutoff race to the regular season for the Truck Series, naturally how it fell, I think it will be an exciting race for us all to watch, too.

Nick and the entire Mattioli family, they continue to be great partners of ours. Looking forward to being with them long-term in the future.

Q. Why did it take 20 years for you guys to come back to Portland? The last time the Truck races were at PIR was ’99 or 2000.

BEN KENNEDY: I think you’re right. ’99 and 2000 with the Truck Series.

I think we really started this scheduling journey and process with the NextGen schedule as part of the 2022 schedule. That was our biggest and boldest schedule in terms of new venues that we’ve had in over five decades of our sport. We saw a lot of those changes.

Pacific Northwest, especially when we started that process, is a part of the country where frankly we haven’t had any racing action at all, to your point, for over two decades. It felt like it was an important part of the country for us to get back to in some way, shape or form.

Ultimately Portland rose to the top in terms of options. Naturally from a timing perspective, 2022 made the most sense. I think kind of second year of our NextGen schedules, glad to have them on there.

Q. I want to ask about Watkins Glen. You still want to return to those tracks you reintroduced in ’21. Got positive looks on the Truck side, but not on the schedule. Any considerations to return? What track is it being replaced specifically by?

BEN KENNEDY: Yeah, can’t really get into which track it’s specifically being replaced by just because there’s so many moving parts and pieces in the schedule.

I think Watkins Glen obviously is an important part of the schedule. It always puts on a great race with our Cup Series and Xfinity Series. I think one of the considerations we had there is we have a lot of great content on that weekend and didn’t want to oversaturate that weekend with a ton of content.

I think naturally with some of these new venues coming on to the schedule, ultimately the shifts kind of have to come from somewhere. Unfortunately for Watkins Glen, the Camping World Truck Series race did come from there. That said I know we’ll have some exciting racing with Xfinity and Cup there on that weekend, a packed schedule as always.

Q. I’m from the Michigan area. Going into there, I know they lost a race last year in the ’21 schedule. How important is that area, the metro Detroit area, and are there talks about possibly moving the Cup weekend out of there? Reassure people around here that they will have it.

BEN KENNEDY: Michigan is always an important part of our country. The Midwest in particular is another really important part. I think part of that speaks to the reasoning for why we’re going to St. Louis and why we’re bringing the Trucks to Lucas Oil Raceway, as well.

That said, Michigan certainly falls into that territory. We feel like it’s important for us to continue to be there. We have a couple of our OEM partners that are just down the street in Detroit, as well. They certainly love coming out to Michigan.

I think frankly, if you look at the race this year, it put on a fantastic show for our fans as well. Really exciting from a racing product perspective and something that we’ll continue to look at in the future.

Q. Going from Mid-Ohio hosting the Xfinity Series to the Trucks, why put the Trucks there over the Xfinity Series? Obviously Xfinity now going to Portland, but the Trucks going to Mid-Ohio.

BEN KENNEDY: Yeah, I think it was kind of a win-win situation for us. Gave us the opportunity and ability to bring the Xfinity Series out to Portland. Frankly it was a natural shift having the same promoters with Kevin Savoree and the team there. Made that shift on the Xfinity side.

That said, we wanted to continue to have racing at Mid-Ohio, and in Ohio in particular. It’s put on some great racing action with the Xfinity Series over the past eight years. Wanted to continue to have a presence at Mid-Ohio with NASCAR racing. We felt like it made a lot of sense to bring the Truck Series there.

Q. Can you give us any insight on how much practice and qualifying there will be for Xfinity and Trucks next year?

BEN KENNEDY: Yeah, nothing to share yet today. What we can say is there will be some sort of practice and qualifying next year. Still working on the details of what exactly that will look like for those series. We’ll share more at a later date.

Q. At what point do you balance how good a product is at a certain market, perhaps not just the oversaturation of that market because you have to balance or juggle relationships with people, long relationships, but at some point different venues behave better, put on better shows. The decision for IRP, to go back to grassroots. Hell, I was at the first Truck race and it was quite a race at that track. Doesn’t that need to be some of the reason to do make these decisions moving forward?

BEN KENNEDY: It absolutely is. It’s a big part of the reason that we are going back to Lucas Oil Raceway next year. To your point, if you look at some of the old videos, the sizzle video that the track put out today, there was some exciting racing at Lucas Oil. It always put on a great show for our fans. Naturally having it on the same weekend as our racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway made a lot of sense, too.

With that said, the racing product is something that we continue to look at and will continue to look at in the future. That said, there are a handful of different kind of variables that go into each one of our decisions, whether it’s the market, the facility itself, to your point the racing product, the timing of year, and then just overall efficiency for the industry, too.

Certainly a handful of things that go into Xfinity or Truck Series scheduling. Even more so on the Cup side, too. But the racing product is certainly one of a handful of different considerations we take a look at on these new tracks and markets.

Q. Does it seem to be moving up the list in priority? Seems like there’s a push from TV to prioritize the entertainment value.

BEN KENNEDY: Yeah, I think that’s for sure. To that end you look at some of these racetracks we go to, and they have consistently a great racing product. You look at others, and sometimes you’ll have a fantastic race, sometimes you might have an average race.

That said, there’s a ton of variables to look at in terms of what qualifies as a good racer, but what fans view as a good race in their lens.

It’s something that we look at. To that end I will say it’s probably higher on the priority list. That said, there’s still a number of different things we definitely take a look at.

THE MODERATOR: Thanks very much, Ben. Appreciate everybody joining us for the call today to talk about the schedule. Some great stuff, great content to look forward to. Thanks to our media for joining. We’ll talk to you all soon.

BEN KENNEDY: Thank you, guys. Appreciate it.


Dr. Diandra: How level is the playing field after 50 Next Gen races?


Last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 marks 50 Next Gen races. The 2022 season produced 19 different winners, including a few first-career wins. Let’s see what the data say about how level the playing field is now.

I’m comparing the first 50 Next Gen races (the 2022 season plus the first 14 races of 2023) to the 2020 season and the first 14 races of 2021. I selected those two sets of races to produce roughly the same types of tracks. I focus on top-10 finishes as a metric for performance. Below, I show the top-10 finishes for the 13 drivers who ran for the same team over the periods in question.

A table comparing top-10 rates for drivers in the Gen-6 and Next Gen cars, limited to drivers who ran for the same team the entire time.

Because some drivers missed races, I compare top-10 rates: the number of top-10 finishes divided by the number of races run. The graph below shows changes in top-10 rates for the drivers who fared the worst with the Next Gen car.

A graph showing drivers who have done better in the next-gen car than the Gen-6 car.

Six drivers had double-digit losses in their top-10 rates. Kevin Harvick had the largest drop, with 74% top-10 finishes in the Gen-6 sample but only 46% top-10 finishes in the first 50 Next Gen races.

Kyle Larson didn’t qualify for the graph because he ran only four races in 2020. I thought it notable, however, that despite moving from the now-defunct Chip Ganassi NASCAR team to Hendrick Motorsports, Larson’s top-10 rate fell from 66.7% to 48.0%.

The next graph shows the corresponding data for drivers who improved their finishes in the Next Gen car. This graph again includes only drivers who stayed with the same team.

A graph showing the drivers who have fewer top-10 finishes in the Next Gen car than the Gen-6 car

Alex Bowman had a marginal gain, but he missed six races this year. Therefore, his percent change value is less robust than other drivers’ numbers.

Expanding the field

I added drivers who changed teams to the dataset and highlighted them in gray.

A table comparing top-10 rates for drivers in the Gen-6 and Next Gen cars

A couple notes on the new additions:

  • Brad Keselowski had the largest loss in top-10 rate of any driver, but that may be more attributable to his move from Team Penske to RFK Motorsports rather than to the Next Gen car.
  • Christopher Bell moved from Leavine Family Racing to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2021. His improvement is likely overestimated due to equipment quality differences.
  • Erik Jones stayed even, but that’s after moving from JGR (13 top-10 finishes in 2020) to Richard Petty Motorsports (six top 10s in 2021.) I view that change as a net positive.

At the end of last season, I presented the tentative hypothesis that older drivers had a harder time adapting to the Next Gen car. Less practice time mitigated their experience dialing in a car so that it was to their liking given specific track conditions.

But something else leaps out from this analysis.

Is the playing field tilting again?

Michael McDowell is not Harvick-level old, but he will turn 39 this year. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is 35. Both have improved with the Next Gen Car. Chase Elliott (27 years old) and William Byron (25) aren’t old, either, but their top-10 rates have gone down.

Drivers running for the best-funded teams earned fewer top-10 finishes while drivers from less-funded teams (mostly) gained those finishes.

Trackhouse Racing and 23XI — two of the newest teams — account for much of the gains in top-10 finishes. Ross Chastain isn’t listed in the table because he didn’t have full-time Cup Series rides in 2020 or 2021. His 9.1% top-10 rate in that period is with lower-level equipment. He earned 27 top-10 finishes in the first 50 races (54%) with the Next Gen car.

This analysis suggests that age isn’t the only relevant variable. One interpretation of the data thus far is that the Next Gen (and its associated rules changes) eliminated the advantage well-funded teams built up over years of racing the Gen-5 and Gen-6 cars.

The question now is whether that leveling effect is wearing off. Even though parts are the same, more money means being able to hire the best people and buying more expensive computers for engineering simulations.

Compare the first 14 races of 2022 to the first 14 of 2023.

  • Last year at this time, 23XI and Trackhouse Racing had each won two races. This year, they combine for one win.
  • It took Byron eight races to win his second race of the year in 2022. This year, he won the third and fourth races of the year. Plus, he’s already won his third race this year.
  • Aside from Stenhouse’s Daytona 500 win, this year’s surprise winners — Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney — are both from major teams.

We’re only 14 races into the 2023 season. There’s not enough data to determine the relative importance of age versus building a notebook for predicting success in the Next Gen car.

But this is perhaps the most important question. The Next Gen car leveled the playing field last year.

Will it stay level?

NASCAR weekend schedule at World Wide Technology Raceway, Portland


NASCAR’s top three series are racing this weekend in two different locations. Cup and Craftsman Truck teams will compete at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, and the Xfinity Series will compete at Portland International Raceway.

World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Cup and Trucks)

Weekend weather

Friday: Partly cloudy with a high of 87 degrees during Truck qualifying.

Saturday: Sunny. Temperatures will be around 80 degrees for the start of Cup practice and climb to 88 degrees by the end of Cup qualifying. Forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 93 degrees around the start of the Truck race.

Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high of 92 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the Cup race.

Friday, June 2

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 1 – 8 p.m. Craftsman Truck Series
  • 4 – 9 p.m. Cup Series

Track activity

  • 6 – 6:30 p.m. — Truck practice (FS1)
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. — Truck qualifying (FS1)

Saturday, June 3

Garage open

  • 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  — Cup Series
  • 12:30 p.m. — Truck Series

Track activity

  • 10 – 10:45 a.m. — Cup practice (FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. — Cup qualifying  (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 1:30 p.m. — Truck race (160 laps, 200 miles; FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, June 4

Garage open

  • 12:30 p.m. — Cup Series

Track activity

  • 3:30 p.m. — Cup race (240 laps, 300 miles; FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)


Portland International Raceway (Xfinity Series)

Weekend weather

Friday: Mostly sunny with a high of 77 degrees.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high of 73 degrees and no chance of rain around the start of the Xfinity race.

Friday, June 2

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 6-11 p.m. Xfinity Series

Saturday, June 3

Garage open

  • 10 a.m.  — Xfinity Series

Track activity

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. — Xfinity practice (No TV)
  • 12 – 1 p.m. — Xfinity qualifying (FS1)
  • 4:30 p.m. — Xfinity race (75 laps, 147.75 miles; FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

NASCAR Cup playoff standings after Coca-Cola 600


The severe penalty to Chase Briscoe and his Stewart-Haas Racing team Wednesday for a counterfeit part dropped Briscoe from 17th to 31st in the season standings. Briscoe now must win a race to have a chance at the playoffs.

The penalty came a day after NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott one race for his retaliation in wrecking Denny Hamlin in Monday’s Coca-Cola 600. Elliott is 28th in the points. The 2020 Cup champion also needs to win to have a chance to make the playoffs.

Ten drivers have won races, including Coca-Cola 600 winner Ryan Blaney. That leaves six playoff spots to be determined by points at this time. With 12 races left in the regular season, including unpredictable superspeedway races at Atlanta (July 9) and Daytona (Aug. 26), the playoff standings will change during the summer.

Among those without a win this season are points leader Ross Chastain and former champions Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Elliott.

Here’s a look at the Cup playoff standings heading into Sunday’s Cup race at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Drivers in yellow have won a race and are in a playoff position. Those below the red line after 16th place are outside a playoff spot in the graphic below.

NASCAR issues major penalties to Chase Briscoe team for Charlotte infraction


NASCAR fined crew chief John Klausmeier $250,000 and suspended him six races, along with penalizing Chase Briscoe and the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team 120 points and 25 playoff points each for a counterfeit part on the car.

The issue was a counterfeit engine NACA duct, said Elton Sawyer, NASCAR senior vice president of competition. That is a single-source part.

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The team stated that it accepts the L3 penalty.

“We had a quality control lapse and a part that never should’ve been on a car going to the racetrack ended up on the No. 14 car at Charlotte,” said Greg Zipadelli in a statement from the team. “We accept NASCAR’s decision and will not appeal.”

Asked how then piece could have aided performance, Sawyer said Wednesday: “Knowing the race team mentality, they don’t do things that would not be a benefit to them in some way, shape or form from a performance advantage.”

The penalty drops Briscoe from 17th in the season standings to 31st in the standings. Briscoe goes from having 292 points to having 172 points. He’ll have to win to make the playoffs. Briscoe has no playoff points at this time, so the penalty puts him at -25 playoff points should he make it.

Briscoe’s car was one of two taken to the R&D Center after Monday’s Coca-Cola 600 for additional tear down by series officials.

The penalty comes a day after NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott one race for wrecking Denny Hamlin in last weekend’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.