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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™
The 2017 NASCAR season is getting set to launch, with the first of 41 competitive Cup-level events scheduled for Saturday, February 18 at the “World Center of Speed”–also known as Daytona International Speedway. Thirty-six of these events, of course will define the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship, following the “Chase” format adopted several years ago.
The five non-points events on the schedule include the “The Clash at Daytona” that kicks off the season. This invitational event is scheduled for Saturday night, February 18, with a field consisting of drivers meeting these criteria:
- Last season pole winners
- Former winners of this race (once upon a time known as “The Busch Clash”)
- Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time last season
- Drivers who comprised the full Chase for the Sprint Cup field last year
The other non-points events include the two Daytona 500 qualifying races (The Can-Am Duels), the May 19 “Showdown,” and the May 20 “NASCAR All-Star Race.”
FS1 and Fox will split-cover the February through June segment of the season, with NBC/MSNBC assuming command of television coverage July 1 at Daytona for the remainder of the season. Schedule breaks include Easter (April 16) and the weekend of August 26-27. Other than that, the racing is pretty continuous from February 18 through the Championship event in Homestead November 19. Thirty of the 41 Cup-level events will be run on Sundays, eight on Saturday nights, one of a Friday, and two (The Can-Am Duels) on a Thursday.
NASCAR Xfinity Series
The second-tier series will run 33 events in 2017, beginning with the February 25 POWERSHARES QQQ 300 at Daytona. Most of the Xfinity series events are staged as support races for the Cup series, with all but five falling into this category. The series races at three tracks that the Cup series does not visit: Iowa Speedway, Mid-Ohio, and Road America.
Similar to the Cup series, FS1 and Fox will split-cover the the first 14 events, with NBCSN taking over with the JUne 30 event at Daytona. From that point forward, it will be either NBCSN or NBC handing television coverage, with NBCSN carrying the lion’s share (15) of the final 19 events.
Camping World Truck Series
This final series in NASCAR’s top three-tier bracket will run 23 events in 2017, beginning with the NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES 250 at Daytona on February 24. Eight of these events will be support races for the Cup and Xfinity events on the same weekend, making it a true and absolute NASCAR weekend for those tracks fortunate enough to have the three series in town. They are: Daytona, Atlanta, Dover (June only), Kentucky , Bristol (August only), Chicagoland, Texas (November only), and Homestead-Miami.
Most of the Camping World Truck series events will be held on Friday’s (10), with nine scheduled for a Saturday, one on a Sunday (CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK), one on a Thursday (Kentucky in July), and two on Wednesdays (Eldora and Bristol’s August race). With the exception of Talladega on October 14, FS1 will provide television voverage. That Talladega event will be televised on Fox.
Get the Official Schedule
The fill NASCAR 2017 schedule can be downloaded from the sanctioning body’s site. Click here…