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2013 Sprint Cup season schedule confirmed

NASCAR has published the schedule for the 2013 season of the Sprint Cup championship starting in Daytona in February, which reveals little change from this year.
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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