Dover hosts the first race of the Round of 12
Next season, the final regular season race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be contested at iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Round of 16 kicks off at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR has added a second short track to the playoff slate, as the historic ¾-mile Richmond International Raceway hosts the second playoff race, and Charlotte Motor Speedway has the first cutoff race, with an intriguing twist — and turn. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will race on the road course oval at Charlotte, the first time the playoffs will see a road-course layout among its 10 races.
Dover International Speedway hosts the first race of the Round of 12 — another playoff first.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series joins NASCAR Goes West, the annual three-race trek to the West Coast, making March 2-4 a triple-header weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Dover’s races will be May 4-6 and Oct. 5-7.
The fall weekend at Las Vegas ends the regular season for the XFINITY Series.
The fall Bristol race will finalize the playoff field for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, with Round of 8 races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Las Vegas and Talladega.
Mike Tatoian, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway, said NASCAR has a big challenge trying to keep everyone happy at all the tracks.
“While the first weekend in May is not consistent with our historical spring race weekend dates, our fans know that our team will deliver a great experience for them as they arrive in Dover,” he said.
Daytona celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2018 and returns to its traditional Presidents Day weekend Feb. 18.
Speedweeks kicks off with an action-packed Sunday, Feb. 11 at Daytona International Speedway, with a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season-opening doubleheader featuring the Clash and Daytona 500 pole qualifying.
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said fan feedback was a major driver in these schedules, and NASCAR worked very closely with the industry to set the stage for an exciting 2018 season.
“This season has delivered more dramatic moments to fans, and with the adjustments to the 2018 schedules we’re in a great position to build upon that success,” he said.
All races will air on either FOX or NBC, MRN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.