NASCAR Announces 2017 Schedule for 3 Major Series

The earliest schedule release in the history of NASCAR held very little differences from 2016 for the 2016 Season. As sprint is departing from the sport at the end of this season, many question what will replace the entitlement sponsor and that question has yet to be addressed by NASCAR officials. 2016 has been a very competitive year and hopefully we're just seeing the begining. With 2 photo finishes, wild endings,and just some of the best racing that's been seen in many years it may not be hard to find a replacement and with the NASCAR Schedules being released earlier it not only gives fans a chance to plan for 2017 it also gives NASCAR a little more focus on other issues in the sport. Some moves in the schedule needed to happen including Atlanta returning to the begining of March which is just because the start of the season has been pushed a week ahead. 2016 has been one of the best seasons in recent history and I feel 2017 has the opportunity to top 2016 and we haven't even made it to the halfway point of the season yet.

Notable Changes

  • Have you enjoyed seeing the drama of Talladega being an elimination race like it has been since the new chase format was introduced? Well that has changed and Talladega has been moved to the 2nd race of that round with Kansas Speedway becoming the new Elimination Race. This still can't comfort some drivers as Kansas is not a very good track for many of the sports drivers and going their in a must win situation will certainly be a sight to see. With Talladega being moved that just makes Charlotte even more important. 
  • Texas Motor Speedway’s spring Cup race shifts to Sunday (Apr. 9), a  move expected to produce great racing action like that seen after Richmond International Raceway switched to a Sunday race for the 2016 season. We are unaware on if the November race will remain a Transition Race (Day to Night).  
  • Dover International Speedway’s spring date move to June 4, a week after the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 28). Michigan International Speedway’s second race will return to its traditional early August slot, on Aug. 13. Both were changed for the 2016 Season but will change back next season. Bristol was moved to Michigan's spot this season to give BMS officials more time to set up for the Battle at Bristol football game. 
  • The Season begins one week later this year with the Daytona Exhibition Race (Sprint Unlimited) planned for Saturday February 18th. 
  • Off weekends drop from 3 in 2016 to 2 in 2017. Fans I am sure are glad to see that but many teams and media aren't. Also only 2 off weekends for the Xfinity Series next year. Xfinity will go 21 weekends without an off weekend. 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule for 2017 

2/18  Daytona International Speedway (Unlimited)
2/19  Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying)
2/23  Daytona International Speedway (Duel)
2/26  Daytona 500
3/5  Atlanta Motor Speedway
3/12  Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/19  Phoenix International Raceway

3/26  Auto Club Speedway
4/2  Martinsville Speedway
4/9  Texas Motor Speedway
4/23  Bristol Motor Speedway
4/30  Richmond International Raceway
5/7  Talladega Superspeedway
5/13  Kansas Speedway
5/20  Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR All-Star Race)
5/28  Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/4  Dover International Speedway
6/11  Pocono Raceway
6/18  Michigan International Speedway
6/25  Sonoma Raceway
7/1  Daytona International Speedway
7/8  Kentucky Speedway
7/16  New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/23  Indianapolis Motor Speedway
7/30  Pocono Raceway
8/6  Watkins Glen International
8/13  Michigan International Speedway
8/19  Bristol Motor Speedway
9/3  Darlington Raceway

9/9  Richmond International Raceway
9/17  Chicagoland Speedway
9/24  New Hampshire Motor Speedway
10/1  Dover International Speedway
10/7  Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/15  Talladega Superspeedway
10/22  Kansas Speedway
10/29  Martinsville Speedway
11/5  Texas Motor Speedway
11/12  Phoenix International Raceway
11/19  Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Xfinity Series Schedule

2/25  Daytona International Speedway
3/4  Atlanta Motor Speedway
3/11  Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/18  Phoenix International Raceway
3/25  Auto Club Speedway
4/8  Texas Motor Speedway
4/22  Bristol Motor Speedway
4/29  Richmond International Raceway
5/6  Talladega Superspeedway
5/27  Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/3  Dover International Speedway
6/10  Pocono Raceway
6/17  Michigan International Speedway
6/24  Iowa Speedway
6/30  Daytona International Speedway
7/7  Kentucky Speedway
7/15  New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/22  Indianapolis Motor Speedway
7/29  Iowa Speedway
8/5  Watkins Glen International
8/12  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
8/18  Bristol Motor Speedway
8/26  Road America
9/2  Darlington Raceway
9/8  Richmond International Raceway
9/16  Chicagoland Speedway
9/23  Kentucky Speedway
9/30  Dover International Speedway
10/6  Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/21  Kansas Speedway
11/4  Texas Motor Speedway
11/11  Phoenix International Raceway
11/18  Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule

2/24  Daytona International Speedway

3/4  Atlanta Motor Speedway

4/1  Martinsville Speedway

5/12  Kansas Speedway

5/19  Charlotte Motor Speedway

6/2  Dover International Speedway

6/9  Texas Motor Speedway

6/17  Gateway Motorsports Park

6/23  Iowa Speedway

7/6  Kentucky Speedway

7/19  Eldora Speedway

7/29  Pocono Raceway

8/12  Michigan International Speedway

8/16  Bristol Motor Speedway

8/27  Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

9/15  Chicagoland Speedway

9/23  New Hampshire Motor Speedway

9/30  Las Vegas Motor Speedway

10/14  Talladega Superspeedway

10/28  Martinsville Speedway

11/3  Texas Motor Speedway
11/10  Phoenix International Raceway
11/17  Homestead-Miami Speedway