NASCAR unveils 2017 schedule with a few tweaks

Apr 2, 2016; Martinsville, VA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) leads the race during the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 2, 2016; Martinsville, VA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) leads the race during the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 2, 2016; Martinsville, VA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) leads the race during the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

Sorting through the carnage at Talladega Superspeedway will no longer be the ultimate deciding factor for the third round of the Chase. NASCAR released the 2017 schedule on Thursday, with Talladega and Kansas swapping dates in October.

The move makes sense from a competition standpoint, especially considering what took place this past weekend. With 33 of the 40 cars involved in at least one wreck, Talladega is too much of a crapshoot to decide who advances in the postseason.

“Announcing the 2017 national series schedules this early in the season is another example of the collaborative spirit across the NASCAR industry,” Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer said in a release. “It is an exciting time in NASCAR, with some of the most intriguing racing we’ve seen in years. With the 2017 schedule solidified, the industry can now concentrate on the remainder of this season, while planning for the future much earlier than in previous years.”

Those future plans go for drivers, teams and NASCAR as a whole. After a 15-year sponsorship with Sprint (formerly Nextel), the top level is currently looking at changing its title sponsor with eight to 10 companies in the mix, according to NASCAR Chief Marketing Officer Steve Phelps, with an announcement date scheduled for September or October.

None of those names have been reported to this point, but NASCAR CEO Brian France spoke on the topic earlier this year with the Associated Press Sports Editors.

“We’re ahead of schedule, where normally these things take longer to do.” France said in April. “There’s no playbook when it comes to a billion-dollar sports deal.”

Along with the tweak during the Chase, the beginning of the season will see a slight change. Rather than taking a break after the “NASCAR Goes West” swing, the series will keep rolling into Martinsville and Texas before the first off weekend. The Cup series will then go 18 straight weeks from Bristol to Bristol before getting another break.

Here’s a look at the full schedules for all three series, courtesy of NASCAR.

2017 NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

2/18    Daytona International Speedway (Unlimited)
2/19    Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying)
2/23    Daytona International Speedway (Duel)
2/26    Daytona 500
3/5    Atlanta Motor Speedway
3/12    Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/19    Phoenix International Raceway
3/26    Auto Club Speedway
4/2    Martinsville Speedway
4/9    Texas Motor Speedway
4/23    Bristol Motor Speedway
4/30    Richmond International Raceway
5/7    Talladega Superspeedway
5/13    Kansas Speedway
5/20    Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR All-Star Race)
5/28    Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/4    Dover International Speedway
6/11    Pocono Raceway
6/18    Michigan International Speedway
6/25    Sonoma Raceway
7/1    Daytona International Speedway
7/8    Kentucky Speedway
7/16    New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/23    Indianapolis Motor Speedway
7/30    Pocono Raceway
8/6    Watkins Glen International
8/13    Michigan International Speedway
8/19    Bristol Motor Speedway
9/3    Darlington Raceway
9/9    Richmond International Raceway
9/17    Chicagoland Speedway
9/24    New Hampshire Motor Speedway
10/1    Dover International Speedway
10/7    Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/15    Talladega Superspeedway
10/22    Kansas Speedway
10/29    Martinsville Speedway
11/5    Texas Motor Speedway
11/12    Phoenix International Raceway
11/19    Homestead-Miami Speedway


2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Schedule

2/25    Daytona International Speedway
3/4    Atlanta Motor Speedway
3/11    Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/18    Phoenix International Raceway
3/25    Auto Club Speedway
4/8    Texas Motor Speedway
4/22    Bristol Motor Speedway
4/29    Richmond International Raceway
5/6    Talladega Superspeedway
5/27    Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/3    Dover International Speedway
6/10    Pocono Raceway
6/17    Michigan International Speedway
6/24    Iowa Speedway
6/30    Daytona International Speedway
7/7    Kentucky Speedway
7/15    New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/22    Indianapolis Motor Speedway
7/29    Iowa Speedway
8/5    Watkins Glen International
8/12    Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
8/18    Bristol Motor Speedway
8/26    Road America
9/2    Darlington Raceway
9/8    Richmond International Raceway
9/16    Chicagoland Speedway
9/23    Kentucky Speedway
9/30    Dover International Speedway
10/6    Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/21    Kansas Speedway
11/4    Texas Motor Speedway
11/11    Phoenix International Raceway
11/18    Homestead-Miami Speedway


2017 NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series Schedule

2/24    Daytona International Speedway
3/4    Atlanta Motor Speedway
4/1    Martinsville Speedway
5/12    Kansas Speedway
5/19    Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/2    Dover International Speedway
6/9    Texas Motor Speedway
6/17    Gateway Motorsports Park
6/23    Iowa Speedway
7/6    Kentucky Speedway
7/19    Eldora Speedway
7/29    Pocono Raceway
8/12    Michigan International Speedway
8/16    Bristol Motor Speedway
8/27    Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
9/15    Chicagoland Speedway
9/23    New Hampshire Motor Speedway
9/30    Las Vegas Motor Speedway
10/14    Talladega Superspeedway
10/28    Martinsville Speedway
11/3    Texas Motor Speedway
11/10    Phoenix International Raceway
11/17    Homestead-Miami Speedway