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2023 NASCAR Schedule: Which Changes Are Significant?

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NASCAR released its schedule for all three touring series on Wednesday. The Cup Series had already announced two significant changes — adding North Wilkesboro as the All-Star Race and replacing Road America with the Chicago Street Course. Besides that, there aren’t any major changes.

For the second time, the season will kick off in Los Angeles for the Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Easter is one week earlier in 2023, as is the Bristol Dirt race. It will follow Richmond in April, while Martinsville — now an afternoon race — is after. The Kansas spring race is also one week earlier, which follows a return to Dover Motor Speedway.

Richmond and the Indianapolis Road Course swapped summer dates — Richmond moving into late July and Indianapolis into mid-August. For the second year in a row, Watkins Glen and Daytona will conclude the regular season and the 10 playoff races remain exactly the same.

However, the Xfinity Series and the newly-rebranded Craftsman Truck Series have several changes. The Xfinity Series supports the Cup Series in 31 of its 33 races — the only exceptions being events at Portland and Road America. Xfinity heads to Sonoma for the first time in series history, while they’ll also race at the Chicago Street Course. NASCAR originally announced an IMSA series would race in Chicago.

The Xfinity Series will also have a new regular-season finale. Bristol moves into the first round of the playoffs while the Talladega fall race will be eliminated, resulting in an off-week in late September.

The first four events of the season remain the same for Trucks before heading to Texas Motor Speedway on April 1, where they’ll be in conjunction with the NTT IndyCar Series. The Trucks will accompany the Cup Series on All-Star weekend for a points race at North Wilkesboro and will end its regular season at Richmond.

Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park opens the playoffs while the Milwaukee Mile returns to NASCAR for the second race in the Round of 10. Sonoma and Knoxville are both off the Truck Series schedule.

The full schedules for all three series are below:

Nathan Solomon is a junior in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University. He serves as the managing editor for his campus newspaper, The BonaVenture, and as the programming director for his campus radio station, WSBU 88.3FM. The station is rated the No. 4 college radio station in the country by Princeton Review. Solomon started his journalism career in 2018 when he began covering hometown Cornell basketball for IvyHoopsOnline. In 2019, Solomon joined Empire Sports Media to contribute baseball content and started covering NASCAR for the outlet in 2020. In 2021, he covered his first two NASCAR races with Empire Sports Media. Solomon joined TPF in September of 2021 and became managing editor in spring of 2022. He is also an NMPA journalist.

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