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).
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.
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
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Luken Glover arrived on the Frontstretch scene in 2020. He has been an avid NASCAR fan for the majority of his life, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who used to help former team owner Junie Donlavey in his garage. Glover covers news for the site and took over "The Underdog House" column in 2021. In addition to being a college junior, his hobbies include volunteering at church, playing basketball and tennis, racing go-karts, and helping at his high school alma mater.
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