WWTR joins NASCAR Cup schedule for 2022
The NASCAR Cup Sequence will race at World Large Know-how Raceway for the primary time subsequent yr.
The collection took the wraps off its 2022 schedule on Wednesday, unveiling a 39-race calendar that continues to construct upon its latest push so as to add new venues for NASCAR’s premier collection.
The WWTR occasion, which comes on the expense of one of many races that beforehand shaped a doubleheader at Pocono, is scheduled to happen on June 5. Whereas it will likely be the primary time that Cup automobiles have visited a observe that has turn into an IndyCar fan favourite for the reason that open-wheel collection returned in 2017, the 1.25-mile oval has hosted the Truck Sequence since 1998, and was on the Xfinity Sequence calendar between 1997 and 2010.
Information of the observe previously often called Gateway’s place on the 2022 Cup schedule comes lower than a day after NASCAR introduced that subsequent yr’s Conflict will transfer from Daytona to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
“As we demonstrated final yr, we’re dedicated to creating probably the most dynamic schedule for our followers, long run,” mentioned Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice chairman of technique and innovation. “With the addition of recent and distinctive venues just like the Coliseum and World Large Know-how Raceway, every in markets with passionate NASCAR followers, we’re persevering with to construct on daring modifications to ship one of the best racing on the earth.
“This newest iteration of the schedule ought to lend itself to a different season crammed with drama and nice racing on the observe, beginning with the Daytona 500 and culminating with NASCAR Championship Weekend at Phoenix Raceway.”
In one other change, Homestead will rejoin the playoffs to host the second of the Spherical of 8 occasions on October 23. Texas and Las Vegas have swapped playoff dates and can now function the kick-off venues for the Spherical of 12 and the Spherical of 8 respectively. Kansas has additionally been shifted up within the Playoffs schedule to turn into the second race within the Spherical of 16.
As well as, Kansas will transfer up within the Playoffs schedule, turning into the second race within the Spherical of 16 (Sept. 11). Richmond, which beforehand held that slot, drops out of the playoffs combine.
The Bristol dust race race returns, however this time might be held below lights on Easter Sunday, whereas the All-Star Race will once more be held at Texas, however shifted earlier within the season to Could 22. On the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the street course will once more function the staging floor when the collection arrives on the final weekend in July.
Phoenix Raceway will host the title decider for the third consecutive yr on November 4-6.
Begin occasions and particular networks might be introduced at a later date, as will the 2022 schedules for the NASCAR Xfinity and NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence.