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CUP: NASCAR Announces 2013 Cup Schedule

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NASCAR announced today the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule for the 2013 season, a highly anticipated campaign that will welcome redesigned race cars to the track.

Though unveiled and tested throughout the 2012 season, the new models – Chevrolet’s SS, Ford’s Fusion and Toyota’s Camry – will make their official entrance into NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition on Feb. 16 with the preseason non-points Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. Qualifying for the “Great American Race” will take place on Feb. 17, followed by the season-opening 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24.

“The new NASCAR Sprint Cup cars for next season have dominated fan conversation for more than a year, and the time is approaching to unleash them on the race track,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “Next year’s schedule again will offer a strong mix of challenges for our talented drivers, and we believe fans will continue to enjoy what they’ve come to expect – the most exciting and competitive racing in the world.”

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, marking the 65th season for NASCAR’s premier series, will have a familiar feel, opening with the Daytona 500 before moving west to Phoenix International Raceway (March 3) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 10) for races Nos. 2 and 3. For the third consecutive season, NASCAR’s playoffs – the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – will start at Chicagoland Speedway, near one of the country’s biggest markets. The Chase will conclude with the season finale on Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

With Kansas Speedway’s repave project now complete, next season’s Talladega Super-speedway autumn event will return to its traditional spot on the calendar. Talladega’s 2013 Chase race, No. 6 during the 10-race stretch, will run Oct. 20. Kansas will host its 2013 Chase event on Oct. 6.

Below is the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule in its entirety.

2013 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES SCHEDULE

2/16 Daytona International Speedway (Shootout)

2/17 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying)

2/21 Daytona International Speedway (Duel)

2/24 Daytona 500

3/3 Phoenix International Raceway

3/10 Las Vegas Motor Speedway

3/17 Bristol Motor Speedway

3/24 Auto Club Speedway

4/7 Martinsville Speedway

4/13 Texas Motor Speedway

4/21 Kansas Speedway

4/27 Richmond International Raceway

5/5 Talladega Superspeedway

5/11 Darlington Raceway

5/18 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (Charlotte Motor Speedway)

5/26 Charlotte Motor Speedway

6/2 Dover International Speedway

6/9 Pocono Raceway

6/16 Michigan International Speedway

6/23 Sonoma

6/29 Kentucky Speedway

7/6 Daytona International Speedway

7/14 New Hampshire Motor Speedway

7/28 Indianapolis Motor Speedway

8/4 Pocono Raceway

8/11 Watkins Glen International

8/18 Michigan International Speedway

8/24 Bristol Motor Speedway

9/1 Atlanta Motor Speedway

9/7 Richmond International Raceway

9/15 Chicagoland Speedway

9/22 New Hampshire Motor Speedway

9/29 Dover International Speedway

10/6 Kansas Speedway

10/12 Charlotte Motor Speedway

10/20 Talladega Superspeedway

10/27 Martinsville Speedway

11/3 Texas Motor Speedway

11/10 Phoenix International Raceway

11/17 Homestead-Miami Speedway