On Wednesday (September 15th) NASCAR announced the release of its 2022 Cup Series schedule. The organization revealed it made some slight adjustments to the rotation of tracks in the 10-race playoffs.
“2022. Let’s get it,” NASCAR officials declared in a Twitter post. The racing organization also asked fans on Instagram to name the track they are most excited to see in 2022.
Prior to the announcement, NASCAR confirmed that its annual pre-season exhibition “The Clash” is going to officially be at a special track inside of Los Angeles’ Memorial Coliseum. However, the racing event is usually at the Daytona International Speedway. It has been at Daytona since 1979.
Ben Kennedy, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, spoke about the race’s new location. “Los Angeles is synonymous with major sports and entertainment events. So we seized an innovative opportunity to showcase NASCAR at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to take center stage in this market as we get our 2022 season underway.”
What’s New on the 2022 NASCAR Racing Schedule?
According to a press release from NASCAR, the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway is the only new venue on the schedule of 36 points-paying events. The Raceway is notably located in Madison, Illinois, just outside of St. Louis. It previously hosted Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series events.
NASCAR further revealed that the list of points-paying events will kick off with the Daytona 500 on February 20, 2022, and close at the Phoenix Raceway on November 6, 2022. The Phoenix Raceway will host the final race of the season for the third consecutive year. Other new tracks from 2021 will be hosting, including Circuit of the Americas, Nashville Superspeedway, and Road America.
Speaking about the schedule, NASCAR’s Kennedy said, “The process has been very refreshing for me personally to see everyone work together from all the different industry stakeholders, getting feedback from our teams. And then a lot of feedback from our fans from different studies that we’ve done, too. So it’s been a very collaborative process, and it’s been really neat to see how it’s been received, both the 2021 schedule and looking forward to [seeing] how everyone reacts to ’22.”
Kennedy further explains that the 2022 schedules for the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series is going to be available in two to three weeks. He also says that he believes NASCAR has a really strong playoff slate currently. “We want to keep it fresh. We want to keep it new and we want to keep it exciting. I think with a lot of the great tracks that we have online, a lot of great tracks that we already have in our schedule, I think we’ve got a bunch of options to play with in the future.”
Kennedy then adds that he is so excited about some of the changes NASCAR will see in 2022.