NASCAR's publication of the 2013 season schedule for the Sprint Cup Series has confirmed that there are only very minor changes to the calendar compared with 2012.

The season gets underway at Daytona International Speedway with the pre-season Shootout on February 16 the weekend before the first Cup race of the year, the Daytona 500 on February 24.

The first race of the 2013 Chase will once again be Chicagoland, next year scheduled for September 15; and the season will conclude as normal at Homestead on November 17.

The only alteration in the 2013 calendar compared with this season is the switching back of the running order of the Talladega and Kansas autumn races, which had been swapped around this year to accommodate the repaving project at Kansas Speedway.

The Sprint Cup races are the big 'tentpole' events around which facilities plan their entire year's activities, and circuits jealously guard their spots on the Sprint Cup schedule which is why there is usually very little change to the running order or the dates for race weekends.

Now that the Sprint Cup Series had confirmed its season line-up for 2013, the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series should be able to do likewise fairly quickly.

Also hoping to announce their provisional 2013 calendar this weekend is the IZOD IndyCar Series, which is reportedly set to reveal an 18-race line-up for next season.

2013 Sprint Cup schedule

February 16 - Daytona Shootout February 17 - Daytona 500 qualifying February 21 - Daytona Duel February 24 - Daytona 500
March 3 - Phoenix March 10 - Las Vegas March 17 - Bristol March 24 - Auto Club
April 7 - Martinsville April 13 - Texas April 21 - Kansas April 27 - Richmond
May 5 - Talladega May 11 - Darlington May 18 - Charlotte All-Star May 26 - Charlotte
June 2 - Dover June 9 - Pocono June 16 - Michigan June 23 - Sonoma June 29 - Kentucky
July 6 - Daytona July 14 - New Hampshire July 28 - Indianapolis
August 4 - Pocono August 11 - Watkins Glen August 18 - Michigan August 24 - Bristol
September 1 - Atlanta September 7 - Richmond September 15 - Chicagoland September 22 - New Hampshire September 29 - Dover
October 6 - Kansas October 12 - Charlotte October 20 - Talladega October 27 - Martinsville
November 3 - Texas November 10 - Phoenix November 17 - Homestead

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