The 2024 NASCAR Cup Series schedule is here with yet another splash set for the sport’s mapped path through the next year.
Dazzling changes dot the calendar in another milestone year for the Cup Series, highlighted by a trip to Iowa Speedway on June 16, the circuit’s inaugural visit to the 0.875-mile oval and first venture to the Hawkeye State since 1953.
Additionally, the opening Round of 16 in the NASCAR Playoffs takes on a new look for the 2024 slate and will come a week later than usual. Atlanta Motor Speedway (Sept. 8) becomes the first race of the Cup Series’ postseason in a round that now features Watkins Glen International (Sept. 15) before closing out with the Bristol Motor Speedway night race (Sept. 21).
“I think having an Atlanta, a Watkins Glen and then a Bristol night race in that Round of 16 — three very different types of tracks — it’s going to test our drivers quite a bit as they think about the Round of 12 and continuing through the playoffs,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing development and strategy. “I’m excited to see the change for Atlanta. I think it’s a testament to the great racing product that we’ve seen the last year or two.”
Watkins Glen replaces Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Playoffs as Texas moves to the spring for an April 14 date, an opportunity Kennedy said the scheduling saw “to shake up the playoff schedule a little bit.”
“We’ve had kind of status quo the past few years, and I know we shook it up a ton three or four years ago,” Kennedy said. “I think the diversity that we have and types of tracks in that first round is going to be fun to watch.”
Kansas Speedway will host the opening race of the Round of 12 on Sept. 29 ahead of Talladega Superspeedway and the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course. The Round of 8 features a familiar run of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Martinsville Speedway ahead of the Nov. 10 finale at Phoenix Raceway.
The regular season will come to an end on Labor Day Weekend on Sept. 1 at Darlington Raceway with the storied Southern 500 marking the final opportunity for drivers to qualify for a championship run. Daytona International Speedway’s second date held that slot since 2020 but slides back to Saturday night, Aug. 24, as race No. 25 on the schedule of 36 points-paying events.
The 66th annual Daytona 500 will kick off the Cup schedule on Feb. 18 before a trip to Atlanta, which returns to the second date on the circuit for the first time since 2019. Atlanta held that position from 2015-19 and returns in place of Auto Club Speedway as the former 2-mile track undergoes renovations.
“I think now that we’ve seen Atlanta play out and how the racing product has frankly evolved there,” Kennedy said, “Having it come out of our biggest event of the year in the Daytona 500 and then carrying that momentum to Atlanta … I think it’s going to be something really special.”
Bristol’s first date on the NASCAR schedule returns to the concrete surface on March 17, 2024, after three years of dirt racing. Richmond Raceway, a 0.75-mile tri-oval, moves to Easter Sunday — 7 p.m. ET on March 31 on FOX — in place of the Bristol dirt race. The second Richmond race will also be in primetime at 6 p.m. ET on Aug. 11 (USA).
The Chicago Street Race, site of the Cup Series’ inaugural street-course event, returns for a sophomore year with Cup cars ready to charge into the downtown metropolis on July 7. Two weeks later, NASCAR returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval for the 30th anniversary of the Brickyard 400 on July 21, preceding a two-week hiatus for the sport during the 2024 Summer Olympics.
“We’ve seen the road course play out for a handful of years at Indianapolis,” Kennedy said. “And what better way to return to the oval than the 30th anniversary of the Brickyard 400 and really make it something special again? And again, I think the way that these Next Gen cars are racing on a lot of these tracks, I’m excited to see what the racing product looks like for the first time when the Next Gen cars run around the oval.”
The exhibition Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is back to open NASCAR festivities in southern California on Feb. 4, while the series’ other non-points event — the storied NASCAR All-Star Race — returns to the historic North Wilkesboro Speedway on May 19.
One piece absent from the 2024 schedule is an international race on the Cup docket, but efforts remain ongoing for future expansion outside the United States.
“We haven’t ruled it out. It’s something that we’ve continued to explore,” Kennedy said. “We’ve been exploring this since we put the scheduling group together several years ago. We’ve explored it for ’22, ’23, ’24. Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything that necessarily came together around ’24. I think that said, as we think about ’25 and beyond, we’re still bullish on taking the Cup Series international.”
|Date||Race/Track||Network||Start time (ET)||Radio|
|Sunday, February 4||Clash (L.A. Memorial Coliseum)||FOX||8 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Thursday, February 15||Duel at Daytona||FS1||7 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, February 18||DAYTONA 500||FOX||2:30 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, February 25||Atlanta Motor Speedway||FOX||3 p.m.||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, March 3||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||FOX||3:30 p.m.||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, March 10||Phoenix Raceway||FOX||3:30 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, March 17||Bristol Motor Speedway||FOX||3:30 p.m.||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, March 24||COTA||FOX||3:30 p.m.||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, March 31||Richmond Raceway||FOX||7 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, April 7||Martinsville Speedway||FS1||3 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, April 14||Texas Motor Speedway||FS1||3:30 p.m.||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, April 21||Talladega Superspeedway||FOX||3 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, April 28||Dover Motor Speedway||FS1||2 p.m.||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, May 5||Kansas Speedway||FS1||3 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, May 12||Darlington Raceway||FS1||3 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, May 19||All-Star Race (N. Wilkesboro)||FS1||8 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, May 26||Charlotte Motor Speedway||FOX||6 p.m.||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, June 2||World Wide Technology Raceway||FS1||3:30 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, June 9||Sonoma Raceway||FOX||3:30 p.m.||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, June 16||Iowa Speedway||USA||7 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, June 23||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||USA||2:30 p.m.||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, June 30||Nashville Superspeedway||NBC||3:30 p.m.||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, July 7||Chicago Street Race||NBC||4:30 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, July 14||Pocono Raceway||USA||2:30 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, July 21||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||NBC||2:30 p.m.||IMS/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, August 11||Richmond Raceway||USA||6 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, August 18||Michigan International Speedway||USA||2:30 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Saturday, August 24||Daytona International Speedway||NBC||7:30 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, September 1||Darlington Raceway||USA||6 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, September 8||Atlanta Motor Speedway||USA||3 p.m.||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, September 15||Watkins Glen International||USA||3 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Saturday, September 21||Bristol Motor Speedway||USA||7:30 p.m.||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, September 29||Kansas Speedway||USA||3 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, October 6||Talladega Superspeedway||NBC||2 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, October 13||Charlotte Roval||NBC||2 p.m.||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, October 20||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||NBC||2:30 p.m.||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, October 27||Homestead-Miami Speedway||NBC||2:30 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, November 3||Martinsville Speedway||NBC||2 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, November 10||Phoenix Raceway||NBC||3 p.m.||MRN/SiriusXM|