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NASCAR releases 2011 Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Truck schedules

NASCAR officials released the 2011 schedules for all three major touring series Wednesday.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule includes no new surprises after a week of announcements by tracks with new dates. The 2011 schedule includes a move of the second race of the season to Phoenix International Raceway; the change from two dates to one for Auto Club Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway; the addition of Kentucky Speedway to the schedule and an additional race at Kansas Speedway.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup will begin at Chicago and end at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"The adjustments and realignment of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule will make for an exciting race season next year," said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France in a news release. "The revised schedule provides better situated dates for the tracks, a more challenging lineup for the drivers and ultimately more intrigue for the fans."

The Nationwide schedule includes a second race at both Iowa Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway. The series will utilize its new-model car in all 34 races. Kentucky Speedway's former standalone race will now be coupled with the Cup event in July and the Nationwide and Truck series will run in conjunction, without the Cup series, on three weekends – twice at Nashville Superspeedway and also at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis.

The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will consist of 25 races, one of which will be announced at a future date. Phoenix is moving from the second-to-last race of the season to February. Darlington Raceway's event moves from August to March and Michigan's race will shift to August.

Here are the full schedules for all three series:

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule (with date and site of race)

Feb. 12, Daytona International Speedway (Budweiser Shootout At Daytona *)

Feb. 13, Daytona 500 Qualifying

Feb. 20, Daytona International Speedway

Feb. 27, Phoenix International Raceway

March 6, Las Vegas Motor Speedway

March 20, Bristol Motor Speedway

March 27, Auto Club Speedway

April 3, Martinsville Speedway

April 9, Texas Motor Speedway

April 17, Talladega Superspeedway

April 30, Richmond International Raceway

May 7, Darlington Raceway

May 15, Dover International Speedway

May 21, Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race *)

May 29, Charlotte Motor Speedway

June 5, Kansas Speedway

June 12, Pocono Raceway

June 19, Michigan International Speedway

June 26, Infineon Raceway

July 2, Daytona International Speedway

July 9, Kentucky Speedway

July 17, New Hampshire Motor Speedway

July 31, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Aug. 7, Pocono Raceway

Aug. 14, Watkins Glen International

Aug. 21, Michigan International Speedway

Aug. 27, Bristol Motor Speedway

Sept. 4, Atlanta Motor Speedway

Sept. 10, Richmond International Raceway

Sept. 18, Chicagoland Speedway

Sept. 25, New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Oct. 2, Dover International Speedway

Oct. 9, Kansas Speedway

Oct. 15, Charlotte Motor Speedway

Oct. 23, Talladega Superspeedway

Oct. 30, Martinsville Speedway

Nov. 6, Texas Motor Speedway

Nov. 13, Phoenix International Raceway

Nov. 20, Homestead-Miami Speedway

2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Schedule (with date and site of race)

Feb. 19, Daytona International Speedway

Feb. 26, Phoenix International Raceway

March 5, Las Vegas Motor Speedway

March 19, Bristol Motor Speedway

March 26, Auto Club Speedway

April 8, Texas Motor Speedway

April 16, Talladega Superspeedway

April 23, Nashville Superspeedway

April 29, Richmond International Raceway

May 6, Darlington Raceway

May 14, Dover International Speedway

May 22, Iowa Speedway

May 28, Charlotte Motor Speedway

June 4, Chicagoland Speedway

June 18, Michigan International Speedway

June 25, Road America

July 1, Daytona International Speedway

July 8, Kentucky Speedway

July 16, New Hampshire Motor Speedway

July 23, Nashville Superspeedway

July 30, O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis

Aug. 6, Iowa Speedway

Aug. 13, Watkins Glen International

Aug. 20, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montreal

Aug. 26, Bristol Motor Speedway

Sept. 3, Atlanta Motor Speedway

Sept. 9, Richmond International Raceway

Sept. 17, Chicagoland Speedway

Oct. 1, Dover International Speedway

Oct. 8, Kansas Speedway

Oct. 14, Charlotte Motor Speedway

Nov. 5, Texas Motor Speedway

Nov. 12, Phoenix International Raceway

Nov. 19, Homestead-Miami Speedway

2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule (with date and site)

Feb. 18, Daytona International Speedway

Feb. 25, Phoenix International Raceway

March 12, Darlington Raceway

April 2, Martinsville Speedway

April 22, Nashville Superspeedway

May 13, Dover International Speedway

May 20, Charlotte Motor Speedway

June 4, Kansas Speedway

June 10, Texas Motor Speedway

July 16, Iowa Speedway

July 22, Nashville Superspeedway

July 29, O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis

Aug. 6, Pocono Raceway

Aug. 20, Michigan International Speedway

Aug. 24, Bristol Motor Speedway

Sept. 2, Atlanta Motor Speedway

Sept. 16, Chicagoland Speedway

Sept. 24, New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Oct. 1, Kentucky Speedway

Oct. 15, Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Oct. 22, Talladega Superspeedway

Oct. 29, Martinsville Speedway

Nov. 4, Texas Motor Speedway

Nov. 18, Homestead-Miami Speedway

Note: one additional date to be added

* – Denotes non-point event.