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NASCAR Releases 2024 Cup Schedule

NASCAR revealed the 2024 schedule for the NASCAR Cup Series, the sanctioning body announced Oct. 4.

Previous confirmations for the Cup schedule include the season-opening Busch Light Clash at the L.A. Coliseum on Feb. 4, as well as returns to North Wilkesboro Speedway for the All-Star Race (May 19) and the second race at the Chicago street course (July 7).

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In celebration of 30 years of NASCAR at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the series will return to the oval configuration on July 21 after three seasons on the road course layout.

Iowa Speedway will host its first-ever Cup race, as well as welcome the NASCAR Xfinity Series back for the first time since 2019. The track replaces Auto Club Speedway on the schedule, which is being converted into a short track. Iowa’s inaugural Cup event will be held on June 16.

Additionally, Bristol Motor Speedway will host two races on its concrete surface after its spring date played host to a dirt race the past three seasons. The spring date moves to March 17 while the fall race on Sept. 21 will remain as the Round of 16 cutoff.

Bristol’s dirt race was held on Easter Sunday the past two years, a date that will have Richmond Raceway in its stead on March 31. Richmond will continue to host two Cup races, with both serving as night races.

With the 2024 Summer Olympics on tap, teams and drivers will have a two-week break from July 22 to August 10 before a four-race push to the playoffs. That event drastically changes the way the regular season finale and Round of 16 will look.

Daytona International Speedway slides back a week to host the penultimate race of the regular season after four seasons of hosting the regular season finale.

Remaining with its Labor Day tradition, Darlington Raceway will now be the final race before the playoffs on Sept. 1. Darlington has been the playoff opener since 2020.

In its slot, Atlanta Motor Speedway will commence the Cup playoffs. It is the first time since 2008 the track has hosted a playoff race. Atlanta’s spring date also moves to the second race of the regular season on Feb. 25, a spot it held from 2015 to 2019.

Also looking drastically different in the Round of 16 is the addition of Watkins Glen International, the first time since 1965 the track has not hosted a race in August. The Glen replaces Kansas Speedway as the second race of the opening round, with Kansas moving to the first race of the Round of 12.

Texas Motor Speedway’s lone date will shift to April 14. It will be the first time since 2005 that the 1.5-mile track has not hosted a playoff race.

The rest of the playoffs remain intact, including the return of the Charlotte ROVAL, meaning there will be two superspeedway and road course races in the playoffs. For the fifth consecutive season, Phoenix Raceway will serve as the championship race.

Here is the 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule and Craftsman Truck Series schedule.

2024 NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

Feb. 4: LA Memorial Coliseum (Clash)

Feb. 15: Daytona International Speedway (Duels)

Feb. 18: Daytona (Daytona 500)

Feb. 25: Atlanta Motor Speedway

March 3: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

March 10: Phoenix Raceway

March 17: Bristol Motor Speedway

March 24: Circuit of the Americas

April 7: Martinsville Speedway

April 14: Texas Motor Speedway

April 21: Talladega Superspeedway

April 28: Dover Motor Speedway

May 5: Kansas Speedway

May 12: Darlington Raceway

May 19: North Wilkesboro Speedway (All-Star Race)

May 26: Charlotte Motor Speedway (Coca-Cola 600)

June 2: World Wide Technology Raceway

June 9: Sonoma Raceway

June 16: Iowa Speedway

June 23: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

June 30: Nashville Superspeedway

July 7: Chicago street course

July 14: Pocono Raceway

July 21: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Aug. 11: Richmond Raceway

Aug. 18: Michigan International Speedway

Aug. 24: Daytona

Sept. 1: Darlington (Southern 500)

Sept. 8: Atlanta

Sept. 15: Watkins Glen International

Sept. 21: Bristol

Sept. 29: Kansas

Oct. 6: Talladega

Oct. 13: Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL

Oct. 20: Las Vegas

Oct. 27: Homestead-Miami Speedway

Nov. 3: Martinsville

Nov. 10: Phoenix

About the author

Luken Glover joined the Frontstretch team in 2020 as a contributor, furthering a love for racing that traces back to his earliest memories. Glover inherited his passion for racing from his grandfather, who used to help former NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey in his Richmond, Va. garage. A 2023 graduate from the University of the Cumberlands, Glover is the author of "The Underdog House," contributes to commentary pieces, and does occasional at-track reporting. Additionally, Glover enjoys working in ministry, coaching basketball, playing sports, and karting.

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Yep! They listened to the fan!. And the start times on the east coast will verify that!

Bill B

You bastard! LOL.
You made me look.
I thought you were serious but it was just sarcasm (which I love). Forget about listening to fans, I hoped they’d just used common sense and start the races early to provide a larger window for weather issues. I hope it F-in rains every week at 3:00. What a bunch of idiots.


1/2 the season schedule on secondary channels. But yet Nascar buckles to these networks with the start times. Guess we know who’s running the show.


Atlanta in February? It’s a setup for failure and a snow postponement to April. Another genius decision by the Brian Trust!


Absolutely, apparently its not possible for the people who develop the schedule to look at the locations plus the expected weather and sort it out from there. Martinsville – once upon a time – had its races around Easter and again in mid October – weather was usually good. Then they moved the first one to March. I sat in the freezing mist for one race because I always enjoy seeing races there in person but after that I simply refused to travel for it.

It’s a shame for the tracks & for the fans.


they had a blizzard in april in atlanta once. what the heck. They make no sense. Also, ten bucks my home track rip, auto club speedway is not coming back.

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