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NASCAR releases familiar-looking 2012 Cup schedule

October 19, 2011, Official Release,

Notable changes: Daytona starts later, Kansas and Talladega swap Chase dates

NASCAR on Wednesday announced the 2012 schedule for the Sprint Cup Series, with a lineup featuring a number of adjustments from the 2011 edition.

"We believe the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will once again provide fans with what they've come to expect every season -- the world's most exciting and competitive form of motorsports," NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France said.. "Next year's schedule has a few adjustments that we think will be good for the fans and good for the overall flow of the season. One thing will remain constant, however, and that's the intense competition we see week in and week out from our drivers and race teams."

* 2012 Sprint Cup Series Schedule

One of those adjustments takes place during NASCAR's playoffs -- the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup -- and could affect the strategy during the championship run. Talladega Superspeedway's Chase event moves up two weeks to Oct. 7, becoming the fourth race in the Chase. Often labeled as the wild-card track in the Chase, Talladega's grueling test is now staged during the first half of the Chase.

Talladega swaps its Chase date with Kansas Speedway (Oct. 21) to accommodate Kansas' repave, scheduled for after the track's spring event. As such, Kansas' spring date has also been moved. Kansas now will be the eighth race of the season on April 22. Talladega's spring event moves to May 6, and Dover International Speedway's spring event returns to its traditional spot on June 3.

As previously announced, the season-opening Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway will start one week later with the running of the preseason "non-points" Shootout at Daytona on Feb. 18. The 54th annual Daytona 500 will run on Feb. 26.

The race dates for Phoenix International Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway have likewise been moved a week later, to March 4 and March 11, respectively.

Two other featured adjustments to the 2012 schedule:

-- Texas Motor Speedway's spring date will be moved to April 14, to accommodate the traditional open week for the Easter holiday.

-- Daytona's summer event and Kentucky Speedway's race will swap weekends in 2012, as the July 4th holiday falls mid-week next year. Kentucky's race will be June 30; Daytona will run on July 7.

As in past years, FOX will broadcast the first 13 races of next year's schedule. TNT will follow, broadcasting the next six. ESPN/ABC will broadcast the final 17 events. Race start times will be announced at a later date.

NASCAR also will release the 2012 schedules for the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series at a later date.

2012 Sprint Cup Series Schedule

DateTrackTV DateTrackTV DateTrackTV
2/19Daytona 500 QualifyingFOX 5/27CharlotteFOX 9/2AtlantaESPN
2/23Daytona DuelSPEED 6/3DoverFOX 9/8RichmondABC
2/26Daytona 500FOX 6/10PoconoTNT 9/16ChicagolandESPN
3/4Phoenix FOX 6/17MichiganTNT 9/23New HampshireESPN
3/11Las Vegas FOX 6/24InfineonTNT 9/30DoverESPN
3/18Bristol FOX 6/30KentuckyTNT 10/7TalladegaESPN
3/25Auto Club FOX 7/7DaytonaTNT 10/13CharlotteABC
4/1Martinsville FOX 7/15New HampshireTNT 10/21KansasESPN
4/14TexasFOX 7/29IndianapoilisESPN 10/28MartinsvilleESPN
4/22KansasFOX 8/5PoconoESPN 11/4TexasESPN
4/28RichmondFOX 8/12Watkins GlenESPN 11/11PhoenixESPN
5/6Talladega FOX 8/19MichiganESPN 11/18HomesteadESPN

* Q&A: NASCAR's O'Donnell discusses logistics of scheduling