NASCAR announced the 2017 schedules for its three national series Thursday. The announcement came earlier than in years past and unlike years past included all three top series. The biggest change is a date swap between Talladega Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway in the fall. Talladega will become the second race in the Round of 12 in the Chase in 2017 on October 15; Kansas Speedway will now become the third and final race in that round October 22.
NASCAR said the early release of the schedules is thanks to unprecedented industry collaboration, specifically the five-year sanctioning agreement between NASCAR and its tracks. This allowed the sanctioning body finalized its 2017 schedules months ahead of previous years’ release. Last season the Sprint Cup schedule for the Sprint Cup and XFINITY series for 2016 was released in October last year. The Camping World Truck Series schedule several weeks later.
The NASCAR Cup Series 2017 schedule opens the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, scheduled for Sunday, February 26. The season ends with the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19.