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New cars, familiar turf for Sprint Cup in '13

January 03, 2013, Zack Albert,

The 36-race schedule has minimal changes for NASCAR's new-look racer

A largely familiar schedule will greet largely unfamiliar cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2013.

NASCAR's slate again features 36 points races for its premier division, which will debut all-new cars beginning at the Feb. 24th Daytona 500. All 23 tracks from the 2012 schedule will return.

The newest look will be the cars on those tracks. The Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry will still have a racy stance but with a much more recognizable body style to their street-model counterparts.

"The new NASCAR Sprint Cup cars for next season have dominated fan conversation for more than a year, and the time is approaching to unleash them on the race track," said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO.

The only shift is a swap of late-season dates between Talladega Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway. Kansas, currently race No. 6 in the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, will return to its slot as the fourth postseason event on Oct. 6. Talladega will move two weeks deeper into the schedule on Oct. 20. The two had traded dates this season to give Kansas Speedway more time to complete its midseason repaving project.

Homestead-Miami Speedway will host the season finale for the 12th straight year on Nov. 17.