A few surprises and shuffles as NASCAR reveals 2024 schedule

HAMPTON, GEORGIA - JULY 09: William Byron, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, leads Daniel Suarez, driver of the #99 Quaker State Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Available at Walmart at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 09, 2023 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

After a long wait, NASCAR officially released its full 2024 schedule on Wednesday. The list features a few surprises and more than a few shuffles.

“Another exciting day,” summed up NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Direction and Strategy Ben Kennedy.

“I know we all have a lot of anticipation in and around schedule announcement day, but an exciting day as we announce the 2024 schedule, and another great blend of some of the new markets that we’re going to be returning to, a new track that a lot of our fans have been asking for for a long time, and then a lot of historic racetracks that we get to celebrate as well.”

Some of the biggest surprises were actually already announced. The season will once again open with the Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which will feature the NASCAR Mexico Series as well. The Bristol dirt race is going away, with two concrete races at the Last Great Coliseum planned for next season. And the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is moving from the road course back to the oval.

But the biggest news, announced Tuesday before the schedule was released, is that the Cup Series will be visiting a new venue: Iowa Speedway, which has hosted IndyCar and the Trucks and Xfinity Series, will be hosting its first-ever Cup Series race in 2024.

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 03: A general view of racing as the sun sets during the NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 03, 2023 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

As for the schedule itself, the big changes are mostly just shuffling events around, particularly to make room for the two-week Olympic break in NBC’s coverage in late June and early August.

Those changes are most visible in the regular season conclusion, which will be at Darlington next year. This season, Daytona was the finale and Darlington was the opening round of the Playoffs. Instead, Daytona will be the second-to-last race before the Playoffs and the postseason will open at Atlanta. The opening round will be made even more unpredictable with the addition of the road course at Watkins Glen after Atlanta, with the round concluding once again at Bristol.

“The racing product and what we’ve seen so far, the positive fan sentiment that we’ve seen around what it looks like on track, and then we felt like it was an opportunity to introduce a little bit of variety to the schedule in the Playoffs,” Kennedy explained of what made NASCAR move Atlanta into the postseason.

“Introducing a drafting-style track like Atlanta to the Round of 16, to follow it up with Watkins Glen and then the Bristol Night Race is really going to test the variability of our drivers and their skills as they think about punching their ticket to the Round of 12.”

Atlanta Motor Speedway is the venue for another swap next season too: instead of heading straight from Daytona to the ‘west coast swing,’ the Cup Series will head to Atlanta after the Daytona 500 for another drafting track.

The other track with a change is Richmond, which will host two Sunday night races under the lights next season. The first will be on Easter Sunday and the second will be in early August.

One date that remained up in the air was the Chicago Street Race. With changing local politics in the city, whether NASCAR could continue its deal with the city looked uncertain. However, the race and festival will be returning to the Windy City, hopefully with less rain next season.

“To be back here in Chicago is going to be amazing. The event this year was unprecedented in a lot of ways, including our winner. To be able to come back next year is going to be another tentpole event for us,” Kennedy added.

“I’m really excited about it.”

Another venue that put on a highly publicized race last season with no guarantee of a return is North Wilkesboro, which will once again host the All Star Race. This time, though, the ageing track surface will be repaved before playing host to the million-dollar race.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 05: A general view of confetti after the conclusion of the NASCAR Clash at the Coliseum at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

As for future schedules, Ben Kennedy emphasized that changes don’t have to be permanent.

That’s true, for instance, of the decision to race on the Bristol concrete instead of the dirt. Though that means there won’t be any dirt racing in any of NASCAR’s national series next season, he said that there might be a return in some form the future.

“We haven’t, no. We’re certainly open to dirt racing, whether it be with our Cup Series, Xfinity Series or Craftsman Truck Series. Something we’re going to continue to consider.”

Kennedy emphasized, though, that the sanctioning body listened to fans’ complaints about the racing, and that all schedule changes were made with fan feedback in mind.

That does mean, for instance, that changes like Darlington as the regular season finale may stay if fan feedback is positive rather than reverting to Daytona, he added.

NASCAR’s big ambition is to expand abroad, particularly in the Americas.

“As we think about international venues in general, we still are bullish about finding our way either north of the border, whether that be in Montreal or Toronto or another market, or south of the border down into Mexico,” said Kennedy.

“As we’ve mentioned in the past, we want to bring our NASCAR Cup Series there at some point. We think it’s important for us to get outside of the United States with our series in some way, shape or form, so that’s something we’re going to keep our pulse on as we think about 2025 and beyond.”

PORTLAND, OREGON – JUNE 03: Sheldon Creed, driver of the #2 Whelen Chevrolet, leads the field during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pacific Office Automation 147 at Portland International Raceway on June 03, 2023 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

The Xfinity Series looks much the same as the Cup Series schedule for most of the year besides a stop at the Portland road course once again, except for a small Playoff shakeup: Bristol will be the final round of the regular season and Kansas will open the Playoffs, a swap from this year. In addition, the series will compete at Talladega in the Playoffs as well alongside the Cup Series, unlike this year, which replaces the series’ visit to the Road America road course.

For the Truck Series, Richmond will be the regular season finale, while the Milwaukee Mile is back on the schedule to open the Playoffs. The Truck Series also drops a road course, too, heading to Martinsville for a second time instead of Mid-Ohio.


2024 NASCAR Cup Schedule

Race Date Race Track Start time (ET) TV Radio
* Sun., Feb 4 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum Los Angeles Coliseum 8:00pm FOX MRN
* Wed., Feb 14 Daytona 500 qualifying Daytona International Speedway MRN
* Thu., Feb 15 Daytona 500 Duels Daytona International Speedway 7:00pm FS1 MRN
1 Sun., Feb 18 DAYTONA 500 Daytona International Speedway 2:30pm FOX MRN
2 Sun., Feb 25 Ambetter Health 400 Atlanta Motor Speedway 3:00pm FOX PRN
3 Sun., Mar 3 Pennzoil 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 3:30pm FOX PRN
4 Sun., Mar 10 United Rentals 500k Phoenix Raceway 3:30pm FOX MRN
5 Sun., Mar 17 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway 3:30pm FOX PRN
6 Sun., Mar 24 Echopark Texas Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas 3:30pm FOX PRN
7 Sun., Mar 31
Toyota Owners 400 Richmond Raceway 7:00pm FOX MRN
8 Sun., April 7 NOCO 400 Martinsville Speedway 3:00pm FS1 MRN
9 Sun, Apr 14 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 Texas Motor Speedway 3:30pm FS1 PRN
10 Sun., Apr 21 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway 3:00pm FOX MRN
11 Sun., April 28 Würth 400 Dover Motor Speedway 2:00pm FS1 PRN
12 Sun., May 5 AdventHealth 400 Kansas Speedway 3:00pm FS1 MRN
13 Sun., May 12
Mother’s Day
Goodyear 400 Darlington Raceway 3:00pm FS1 MRN
* Sun., May 19 All-Star Open North Wilkesboro Speedway FS1 PRN
* Sun., May 19 All-Star Race North Wilkesboro Speedway 8:00pm FS1 PRN
14 Sun., May 26 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway 6:00pm FOX PRN
15 Sun., Jun 2 Enjoy Illinois 300 World Wide Technology Raceway 3:30pm FS1 MRN
16 Sun., Jun 9 Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway 3:30pm FOX PRN
17 Sun., Jun 16
Father’s Day
TBA Iowa Speedway 7:00pm USA MRN
18 Sun., Jun 23 Crayon 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2:30pm USA PRN
19 Sun., Jun 30 Ally 400 Nashville Superspeedway 3:30pm NBC PRN
20 Sun., Jul 7 Grant Park 220 Chicago Street Course 4:30pm NBC MRN
21 Sun., Jul 14 HighPoint.com 400 Pocono Raceway 2:30pm USA MRN
22 Sun., Jul 21 Brickyard 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2:30pm NBC IMS
Sun., Jul 28 Off Week (Olympics)
Sun., Aug 4 Off Week (Olympics)
23 Sun., Aug 11 Cook Out 400 Richmond Raceway 6:30pm USA MRN
24 Sun., Aug 18 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway 2:30pm USA MRN
25 Sat., Aug 24 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Speedway 7:30pm NBC MRN
26 Sun., Sep 1 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway 6:00pm USA MRN
Playoffs Round of 16
27 Sun., Sep 8 Quaker State 400 Atlanta Motor Speedway 3:00pm USA PRN
28 Sun., Sep 15 Go Bowling at the Glen Watkins Glen International 3:00pm USA MRN
29 Sat., Sep 21 Bass Pro Shops Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30pm USA PRN
Playoffs Round of 12
30 Sun., Sep 29 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway 3:00pm USA MRN
31 Sun., Oct 6 YellaWood 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2:00pm NBC MRN
32 Sun., Oct 13 Bank of America ROVAL 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL 2:00pm NBC PRN
Playoffs Round of 8
33 Sun., Oct 20 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2:30pm NBC PRN
34 Sun., Oct 27 Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway 2:30pm NBC MRN
35 Sun. Nov 3 Xfinity 500 Martinsville Raceway 2:00pm NBC MRN
Championship Race
36 Sun., Nov 10 Season Finale 500 Phoenix Raceway 3:00pm NBC MRN

* Non-points event
All races on SiriusXM NASCAR.
All times Eastern.

2024 NASCAR Xfinity  Schedule

Race Date 2023 Race Name Track Start time (ET) TV Radio
1 Sat., Feb.17 Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300 Daytona International Speedway 5:00p.m. FS1 MRN
2 Sat., Feb. 24 Raptor King of Tough 250 Atlanta Motor Speedway 5:00p.m. FS1 PRN
3 Sat., Mar. 2 Alsco Uniforms 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 5:00p.m. FS1 PRN
4 Sat., Mar. 9 United Rentals 200 Phoenix Raceway 4:30p.m. FS1
Sat., Mar. 16 Off Week
5 Sat., Mar. 23 Pit Boss 250 Circuit of the Americas 5:00p.m. FS1 PRN
6. Sat., Mar. 30 ToyotaCare 250 Richmond Raceway 1:30p.m. FS1 MRN
7 Sat., Apr. 6 Call811.com 250 Martinsville Speedway 7:30 p.m. FS1 MRN
8 Sat., Apr. 13 Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 Texas Motor Speedway 1:30p.m. FS1 PRN
9 Sat., Apr. 20 Ag-Pro 300 Talladega Superspeedway 4:00p.m. FOX MRN
10 Sat., Apr. 27 A-Game 200 Dover Motor Speedway 1:30p.m. FS1 PRN
Sat., May 4 Off Week
11 Sat., May 11 Shriners Children’s 200 Darlington Raceway 1:30p.m. FS1 MRN
Sat., May 18 Off Week
12 Sat., May 25 Alsco Uniforms 300 Charlotte Motor Speedway 1:00p.m. FOX PRN
13 Sat., June 1 Pacific Office Automation 147 Portland International Raceway 4:30p.m. FS1 MRN
14 Sat., June 8 DoorDash 250 Sonoma Raceway 8:00p.m. FS1 PRN
15 Sat., June 15 N/A Iowa Speedway 3:30p.m. USA MRN
16 Sat., June 22 Ambetter Health 200 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 3:30p.m. USA PRN
17 Sat., June 29 Tennessee Lottery 250 Nashville Superspeedway 5:00p.m. USA PRN
18 Sat., July 6 The Loop 121 Chicago Street Course 2:30p.m. USA MRN
19 Sat., July 13 Explore The Pocono Mountains 225 Pocono Raceway 3:00p.m. USA MRN
20 Sat., July 20 Pennzoil 150 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 3:30p.m. USA IMS
Sat., July 27 Off Week
Sat., Aug. 3 Off Week
Sat., Aug. 10 Off Week
21 Sat. Aug. 17 Cabo Wabo 250 Michigan International Speedway 3:30p.m. USA MRN
22 Fri., Aug. 23 Wawa 250 Daytona International Speedway 7:30p.m. USA MRN
23 Sat., Aug. 31 Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help a Hero 200 Darlington Raceway 3:30p.m. USA MRN
24 Sat., Sep. 7 Alsco Uniforms 250 Atlanta Motor Speedway 3:00p.m. USA PRN
25 Sat., Sep. 14 Shriners Children’s 200 Watkins Glen International 3:00p.m. USA MRN
26 Fri., Sep. 20 Food City 300 Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30p.m. USA PRN
Playoffs Begin
Round of 12
27 Sat., Sep. 28 Kansas Lottery 300 Kansas Speedway 3:30p.m. USA MRN
28 Sat., Oct. 5 N/A Talladega Superspeedway 3:30p.m. USA MRN
29 Sat., Oct. 12 Drive for the Cure 250 Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval 3:30p.m. USA PRN
Round of 8
30 Sat., Oct. 19 Alsco Uniforms 302 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 3:00p.m. NBC PRN
31 Sat., Oct. 26 Contender Boats 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway 3:00p.m. NBC MRN
32 Sat., Nov. 2 Dead On Tools 250 Martinsville Raceway 3:00p.m. USA MRN
Championship Race
33 Sat., Nov. 9 Xfinity Series Championship Phoenix Raceway 6:00p.m. USA MRN

All races on SiriusXM NASCAR.
All times Eastern.

2024 NASCAR Truck Series  Schedule

Race # Date 2023 Race Name Track Start Time TV
1 Fri., Feb. 16 NextEra Energy 250 Daytona International Speedway 7:30pm FS1
2 Sat., Feb. 24 FR8 Auctions 208 Atlanta Motor Speedway 2:00pm FS1
3 Fri., March 1 Victoria’s Voice 200 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 9:00pm FS1
4 Sat., March 16 WEATHER GUARD Bristol Motor Speedway 8:00pm FS1
5 Sat., March 23 XPEL 225 Circuit of the Americas 1:30pm FS1
6 Fri., Aprill 6 Long John Silver’s 200 Martinsville Speedway 7:30pm FS1
7 Sat., April 13 SpeedyCash.com 250 Texas Motor Speedway 8:30pm FS1
8 Sat., May 4 Heart of America 200 Kansas Speedway 8:00pm FS1
9 Fri., May 10 Buckle Up South Carolina 200 Darlington Raceway 7:30pm FS1
10 Sat., May 18 Tyson 250 North Wilkesboro Speedway 1:30pm FS1
11 Fri., May 25 NC Education Lottery 200 Charlotte Motor Speedway 8:30pm FS1
12 Sat., June 1 Toyota 200 presented by CK Power World Wide Technology Raceway 1:30pm FOX
13 Fri., Jun. 28 Rackley Roofing 200 Nashville Superspeedway TBA FS1
14 Fri., July 12 CRC Brakleen 150 Pocono Raceway 5:30pm FS1
15 Fri. July 19 TSport 200 Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis 8:30pm FS1
16 Fri., July 29 Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation Richmond Raceway 7:30pm FS1
17 Sun., Aug. 27 Clean Harbors 175 Milwaukee Mile 4:00pm FS1
18 Thurs., Sep. 19 UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics Bristol Motor Speedway 8:00pm FS1
19 Fri. Sep. 27 Kansas Lottery 200 Kansas Speedway 8:30pm FS1
20 Sat., Oct.5 Love’s RV Stop 250 Talladega Superspeedway 5:00pm FS1
21 Sat., Oct. 26 Baptist Health 200 Homestead-Miami Speedway 12:00pm FS1
22 Fri., Nov. 1 TBA Martinsville Speedway 6:00pm FS1
Championship Race
22 Fri., Nov. 8 Lucas Oil 150 Phoenix Raceway 8:00pm FS1

All races on SiriusXM NASCAR.
All times Eastern.

Owen Johnson