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2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule Released

Through a new, social media-centered way of connecting with fans, NASCAR released the 2012 Sprint Cup schedule Wednesday afternoon. Vice President Steve O’Donnell accomplished the mission through a series of tweets, done by month and released about five minutes apart.

Fans, able to communicate directly with questions and concerns loved the new, “instant reaction” format. But the changes couched within this schedule are minimal; there are still 36 races at the same tracks and just a handful of dates switched around. Here’s a sneak peek at 2012, with specific changes described below.

NOTE: The Nationwide and Truck series schedules were NOT released. O’Donnell hopes to have something concrete for both by the end of next week.

2012 Sprint Cup Schedule
DayDateRace (Track)Laps
SaturdayFeb. 18Bud Shootout (Daytona – night)75
ThursdayFeb. 23Duel 150 Qualifying Races (Daytona)60
SundayFeb. 26Daytona 500200
SundayMarch 4Subway Fresh Fit 500K (Phoenix)312
SundayMarch 11Kobalt Tools 400 (Las Vegas)400
SundayMarch 18Food City 500 (Bristol)500
SundayMarch 25Auto Club 400 (California)200
SundayApril 1Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 (Martinsville)500
April 8 – OFF WEEKEND
SaturdayApril 14Samsung Mobile 500 (Texas – night)334
SundayApril 22STP 400 (Kansas)267
SaturdayApril 28TBA 400 (Richmond – night)400
SundayMay 6Aaron’s 499 (Talladega)188
SaturdayMay 12Showtime Southern 500 (Darlington – night)367
SaturdayMay 19Sprint Showdown (Charlotte – night)40
SaturdayMay 19Sprint All-Star Race (Charlotte – night)100
SundayMay 27Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte – night)400
SundayJune 3FedEx 400 (Dover – benefits Autism Speaks)400
SundayJune 10TBA 400 (Pocono)160
SundayJune 17Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 (Michigan)200
SundayJune 24Toyota/Save Mart 350K (Infineon)110
SaturdayJune 30Quaker State 400 (Kentucky – night)267
SaturdayJuly 7Coke Zero 400 (Daytona – night)160
SundayJuly 15Lenox Industrial Tools 301 (New Hampshire)301
July 22 – OFF WEEKEND
SundayJuly 29Crown Royal 400 (Indianapolis)160
SundayAug. 5Pennsylvania 400 (Pocono)160
SundayAug. 12Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen (Watkins Glen)90
SundayAug. 19Pure Michigan 400 (Michigan)200
SaturdayAugust 27thIRWIN Tools Night Race (Bristol – night)500
SundaySept. 2AdvoCare 500 (Atlanta – night)325
SaturdaySept. 8Wonderful Pistachios 400 (Richmond – night)400
SundaySept. 16GEICO 400 (Chicagoland)267
SundaySept. 23Sylvania 300 (New Hampshire)300
SundaySept. 30AAA 400 (Dover)400
SundayOct. 7AMP Energy 500 (Talladega)188
SaturdayOct. 13Bank of America 500 (Charlotte)334
SundayOct. 21Hollywood Casino 400 (Kansas)267
SundayOct. 28TUMS Bring It On 500 (Martinsville)500
SundayNov. 4AAA Texas 500 (Texas)334
SundayNov. 11Kobalt Tools 500K (Phoenix)312
SundayNov. 18Ford 400 (Homestead-Miami)267

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