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NASCAR releases 2012 Cup schedule
NASCAR on Wednesday announced the 2012 schedule for the Sprint Cup Series, with a lineup featuring a number of adjustments from the 2011 edition.

"We believe the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will once again provide fans with what they've come to expect every season -- the world's most exciting and competitive form of motorsports," NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France said.. "Next year's schedule has a few adjustments that we think will be good for the fans and good for the overall flow of the season. One thing will remain constant, however, and that's the intense competition we see week in and week out from our drivers and race teams."

One of those adjustments takes place during NASCAR's playoffs -- the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup -- and could affect the strategy during the championship run. Talladega Superspeedway's Chase event moves up two weeks to Oct. 7, becoming the fourth race in the Chase. Often labeled as the wild-card track in the Chase, Talladega's grueling test is now staged during the first half of the Chase.

Talladega swaps its Chase date with Kansas Speedway (Oct. 21) to accommodate Kansas' repave, scheduled for after the track's spring event. As such, Kansas' spring date has also been moved. Kansas now will be the eighth race of the season on April 22. Talladega's spring event moves to May 6, and Dover International Speedway's spring event returns to its traditional spot on June 3.

As previously announced, the season-opening Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway will start one week later with the running of the preseason "non-points" Shootout at Daytona on Feb. 18. The 54th annual Daytona 500 will run on Feb. 26.

The race dates for Phoenix International Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway have likewise been moved a week later, to March 4 and March 11, respectively.

Two other featured adjustments to the 2012 schedule:

-- Texas Motor Speedway's spring date will be moved to April 14, to accommodate the traditional open week for the Easter holiday.

-- Daytona's summer event and Kentucky Speedway's race will swap weekends in 2012, as the July 4th holiday falls mid-week next year. Kentucky's race will be June 30; Daytona will run on July 7.

As in past years, FOX will broadcast the first 13 races of next year's schedule. TNT will follow, broadcasting the next six. ESPN/ABC will broadcast the final 17 events. Race start times will be announced at a later date.

NASCAR will also release the 2012 schedules for the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series at a later date.

2012 Schedule


Track TV Date Track TV Date Track TV
2/18 Daytona Shootout FOX 5/19 Charlotte All-Star SPEED 8/25 Bristol ABC
2/19 Daytona 500 Qualifying FOX 5/27 Charlotte FOX 9/2 Atlanta ESPN
2/23 Daytona Duel SPEED 6/3 Dover FOX 9/8 Richmond ABC
2/26 Daytona 500 FOX 6/10 Pocono TNT 9/16 Chicagoland ESPN
3/4 Phoenix FOX 6/17 Michigan TNT 9/23 New Hampshire ESPN
3/11 Las Vegas FOX 6/24 Infineon TNT 9/30 Dover ESPN
3/18 Bristol FOX 6/30 Kentucky TNT 10/7 Talladega ESPN
3/25 Auto Club FOX 7/7 Daytona TNT 10/13 Charlotte ABC
4/1 Martinsville FOX 7/15 New Hampshire TNT 10/21 Kansas ESPN
4/14 Texas FOX 7/29 Indianapolis ESPN 10/28 Martinsville ESPN
4/22 Kansas FOX 8/5 Pocono ESPN 11/4 Texas ESPN
4/28 Richmond FOX 8/12 Watkins Glen ESPN 11/11 Phoenix ESPN
5/6 Talladega FOX 8/19 Michigan ESPN 11/18 Homestead ESPN
5/12 Darlington FOX - - - - - -

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