NASCAR has revealed its 2024 Cup Series schedule, which includes some significant changes and additions. Here’s a summary of the key points:
- New Playoff Tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway and the road course at Watkins Glen International have been added to the playoffs. This means both tracks will host crucial races in the postseason.
- Regular-Season Finale: The regular-season finale has been moved from Daytona to Darlington, South Carolina. The Southern 500 at Darlington will now serve as the final race of the regular season.
- Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval: Despite drivers’ wishes to remove the Roval from the schedule, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s hybrid oval/road course will return in 2024. The Roval will host a playoff elimination race in the round of 12.
- Schedule Adjustments: Texas Motor Speedway lost its playoff race, which it had hosted since 2004. Kansas Speedway moved its playoff race from the middle race in the round of 16 to the opening race in the round of 12.
- Other Changes: Richmond Raceway’s annual spring race will be on Easter Sunday, replacing Bristol, which is returning to a March date. Bristol is also removing the dirt surface. Iowa Speedway will host a Cup race, and the dirt at Bristol will be removed for its spring race.
- Break during Paris Olympics: Similar to IndyCar, NASCAR will have a two-week break during the Paris Olympics to accommodate broadcast partner NBC Sports.
Overall, these changes aim to enhance the excitement and competitiveness of the NASCAR Cup Series.
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