NASCAR 2023 Schedule Highlights

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Daytona Beach, Fl — January 3, 2023

NASCAR is about to embark on its 75th anniversary season. 2022 was a spectacular year with 19 different drivers winners a race. Tying the all-time record for a season. The “Next-Gen” car produced exciting racing with close competition regardless of track configuration.

With a year’s experience for drivers and crews to become familiar with the new race car, 2023 should prove to be just as thrilling. Plus the schedule has some interesting adjustments for fans to look forward to. Let’s preview what’s in store.

Michigan International Speedway to Host NASCAR Cup Series for 55th Straight Year

For Michigan fans, this is news that brings the biggest smile. The FireKeepers Casino 400 will run on Sunday, Aug. 6 as part of NASCAR’s 75th Anniversary Season.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will race on Saturday, Aug. 5. The series has opened for the NASCAR Cup Series every year since 1992. The ARCA Menards Series will also return for the 34th consecutive season. The full weekend schedule and broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

“Michigan International Speedway is proud to have played an important role in NASCAR’s history and we can’t wait to celebrate the sport’s diamond anniversary with the fans next year,” said MIS President Joe Fowler. “We’re excited to build on the momentum MIS and NASCAR are experiencing and look forward to hosting our fans again next year.”

MIS Infield Camping
Infield Camping @ Michigan International Speedway

Tickets for the FireKeepers Casino 400 start at $39 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Kids 12 and under also get a free Sunday Pre-Race Pass courtesy of Henry Ford Health. Campsites are available starting at $130.

Tickets can be purchased via phone at 888-905-7223 or online at mispeedway.com. Fans can view the full 2023 NASCAR Cup Series schedule and purchase tickets at nascar.com/tickets.

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Brickyard Weekend Returning to August Date in 2023

NASCAR, INDYCAR To Compete in Three Races Aug. 11-13 on IMS Road Course one week after the Cup series visits MIS. The one-of-a-kind Brickyard Weekend will return to the month where it all started – August – for three exciting NASCAR and INDYCAR races in 2023 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Iconic Indy Pagoda at Night / Lasco Press Photo

Racing will take place August 11-13 on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile IMS road course in three series – the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The race lineup:

Saturday, August 12th

  • Gallagher Grand Prix: NTT INDYCAR SERIES
  • Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard: NASCAR Xfinity Series

Sunday, August 13th

  • Verizon 200 at the Brickyard: NASCAR Cup Series

The Brickyard 400 took place annually in August since Jeff Gordon won the inaugural race Aug. 6, 1994, until Jimmie Johnson earned his first Brickyard victory on August 6, 2006. The race weekend then took place in July or September for 16 of the last 17 years, with the exception being the first event with all three races on the road course in mid-August 2021.

“The Brickyard Weekend is such a unique event for race fans, with three exciting races among three top series on the IMS road course,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “August was the original home for the Brickyard 400 in 1994 and the original Brickyard Weekend with the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and NTT INDYCAR SERIES together in 2021, so we’re happy to see the races return to a date that’s popular with fans and with plenty of history.”

With the Brickyard Weekend returning to its original month, it’s also worth noting the 2023 event will take place on the eve of the 114th anniversary of the first motor race at IMS, a series of motorcycle races August 14, 1909, on the 2.5-mile oval.

Tyler Reddick won the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard, AJ Allmendinger captured the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard, and Alexander Rossi took the checkered flag in the Gallagher Grand Prix in late July during the 2022 Brickyard Weekend.

New Street Race Set for Chicago

The Chicago Street Race – a bold, first-of-its-kind schedule addition set in a globally renowned city is set for Sunday, July 2nd.

“The first-ever NASCAR Chicago Street Race Weekend will be even more exhilarating with the addition of the bright stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” said Julie Giese, President, Chicago Street Race. “As NASCAR celebrates its 75th anniversary season, the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series competing along the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago will be an historic moment for the sport.”

The first-ever NASCAR Cup Series street race will take place on Sunday, July 2, 2023, and will be preceded by the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday, July 1, 2023. Both races will be surrounded by music and entertainment options for all ages, making it one of the signature sporting and entertainment events of the year.

The NASCAR Chicago Street Race will transform DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Michigan Avenue, Columbus Drive and select surrounding thoroughfares into a 12-turn, 2.2-mile course. The start/finish line and pit road will be located along South Columbus Drive directly in front of Buckingham Fountain. The street race will pass through the famed Grant Park, as well as approach the northern edge of Soldier Field, one of the most notable and recognizable sports venues in the country – and the site of the only other Cup Series race to take place in Downtown Chicago, in 1956.

Graphic Sourtesy of NASCAR

Additional Highlights to the NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

  • NASCAR will head west for the final race on the two-mile version of Auto Club Speedway (Sunday, February 26th) before visiting Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Sunday, March 5th) and Phoenix Raceway (Sunday, March 12th).
  • As previously announced, NASCAR’s annual All-Star Race (Sunday, May 21) will be hosted by North Wilkesboro Speedway – the first time the track will welcome the Cup Series since 1996.
  • The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs will once again begin at Darlington Raceway (Sunday, September 3rd), with the NASCAR Championship Race set for Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, November 5th.

Ready for 2023

“As we prepare to celebrate our 75th anniversary season, we are committed to delivering a schedule that acknowledges the deep history and tradition of our sport while establishing a bold future that brings the best racing in the world to new markets and new fans,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Development and Strategy. “The 2023 schedules are a product of continued collaboration across our industry and partners. We are incredibly proud of what our sport will have to offer fans next season, and excited to celebrate this milestone season with the most diverse compilation of tracks in motorsports.”

The 2023 Cup season will get underway with “round two” of the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum, which will take place in East Coast primetime on Sunday, February 5th on FOX. Two weeks later, on Sunday, Feb. 19, the 65th annual DAYTONA 500 will unfold live on FOX from Daytona International Speedway.

2023 NASCAR CUP SERIES SCHEDULE

Date Race / Track
Sunday, February 5 Clash (L.A. Memorial Coliseum)
Thursday, February 16 Duel at Daytona
Sunday, February 19 DAYTONA 500
Sunday, February 26 Auto Club
Sunday, March 5 Las Vegas
Sunday, March 12 Phoenix
Sunday, March 19 Atlanta
Sunday, March 26 COTA
Sunday, April 2 Richmond
Sunday, April 9 Bristol Dirt
Sunday, April 16 Martinsville
Sunday, April 23 Talladega
Sunday, April 30 Dover
Sunday, May 7 Kansas
Sunday, May 14 Darlington
Sunday, May 21 North Wilkesboro (All-Star Race)
Sunday, May 28 Charlotte
Sunday, June 4 World Wide Technology Raceway
Sunday, June 11 Sonoma
Sunday, June 25 Nashville Superspeedway
Sunday, July 2 Chicago Street Race
Sunday, July 9 Atlanta
Sunday, July 16 New Hampshire
Sunday, July 23 Pocono
Sunday, July 30 Richmond
Sunday, August 6 Michigan
Sunday, August 13 Indianapolis Road Course
Sunday, August 20 Watkins Glen
Saturday, August 26 Daytona
Sunday, September 3 Darlington
Sunday, September 10 Kansas
Saturday, September 16 Bristol
Sunday, September 24 Texas
Sunday, October 1 Talladega
Sunday, October 8 Charlotte Roval
Sunday, October 15 Las Vegas
Sunday, October 22 Homestead-Miami
Sunday, October 29 Martinsville
Sunday, November 5 Phoenix (Championship)

For tickets to 2023 NASCAR events, please visit www.nascar.com/2023schedule.

The FOX Sports and NBC Sports family of networks will again broadcast the 2023 NASCAR season.

2023 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE

Date Race / Track
Saturday, February 18 Daytona
Saturday, February 25 Auto Club
Saturday, March 4 Las Vegas
Saturday, March 11 Phoenix
Saturday, March 18 Atlanta
Saturday, March 25 COTA
Saturday, April 1 Richmond
Saturday, April 15 Martinsville
Saturday, April 22 Talladega
Saturday, April 29 Dover
Saturday, May 13 Darlington
Saturday, May 27 Charlotte
Saturday, June 3 Portland
Saturday, June 10 Sonoma
Saturday, June 24 Nashville Superspeedway
Saturday, July 1 Chicago Street Race
Saturday, July 8 Atlanta
Saturday, July 15 New Hampshire
Saturday, July 22 Pocono
Saturday, July 29 Road America
Saturday, August 5 Michigan
Saturday, August 12 Indianapolis Road Course
Saturday, August 19 Watkins Glen
Friday, August 25 Daytona
Saturday, September 2 Darlington
Saturday, September 9 Kansas
Friday, September 15 Bristol
Saturday, September 23 Texas
Saturday, October 7 Charlotte Roval
Saturday, October 14 Las Vegas
Saturday, October 21 Homestead-Miami
Saturday, October 28 Martinsville
Saturday, November 4 Phoenix (Championship)

 

 2023 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE

Date Race / Track
Friday, February 17 Daytona
Friday, March 3 Las Vegas
Saturday, March 18 Atlanta
Saturday, March 25 COTA
Saturday, April 1 Texas
Saturday, April 8 Bristol Dirt
Friday, April 14 Martinsville
Saturday, May 6 Kansas
Friday, May 12 Darlington
Saturday, May 20 North Wilkesboro
Friday, May 26 Charlotte
Saturday, June 3 World Wide Technology Raceway
Friday, June 23 Nashville Superspeedway
Saturday, July 8 Mid-Ohio
Saturday, July 22 Pocono
Saturday, July 29 Richmond
Friday, August 11 Lucas Oil IRP
Sunday, August 27 Milwaukee
Friday, September 8 Kansas
Thursday, September 14 Bristol
Saturday, September 30 Talladega
Saturday, October 21 Homestead-Miami
Friday, November 3 Phoenix (Championship)

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, LLC (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series™, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour™), one local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series™) and three international series (NASCAR Pinty’s Series™, NASCAR Mexico Series™, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series™).

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