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MADISON, IL - AUGUST 30: A view of turn one and two as trucks race during the CarShield 200 presented by CK Power for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series at World Wide Technology Raceway on August 30, 2020 in Madison, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images) | Getty Images
MADISON, IL - AUGUST 30: A view of turn one and two as trucks race during the CarShield 200 presented by CK Power for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series at World Wide Technology Raceway on August 30, 2020 in Madison, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images) | Getty Images

2022 Cup Schedule Released Next Week? Adding Gateway? Pocono losing a race? UPDATE

UPDATE: The best quality of the folks at World Wide Technology Raceway is, fittingly, drive.

Led by owner Curtis Francois, they have worked diligently, passionately and creatively to grow the track’s presence in racing.

And the culmination will be revealed Wednesday — a news conference at Ballpark Village to announce that a NASCAR Cup Series race is coming to the track just across the Mississippi River in Illinois, beginning in 2022. Multiple sources confirmed the reports to the Post-Dispatch on Monday.

The Sports Business Journal previously reported, per unnamed sources, that St. Louis was expected to get a Cup race, and that Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania would lose one.

Told of the news Monday night, retired NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace — a St. Louis native and local racing legend — texted: “This is a really big deal for St. Louis and the surrounding communities. … Our Wallace family grew up racing cars in a ball-and-stick town. Very seldom did we get a lot of love for auto racing. I feel like I’m living a good dream to hear the NASCAR Cup Series is coming to St. Louis. The Cup series is the highest division of motorsports in America.”

ORIGINAL POST 9-8-0021: Sports Business Journal’s Adam Stern reports that NASCAR could release the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule next week.

Possible changes to the schedule include holding the Clash at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the addition of World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis, and Pocono Raceway losing a race date.

AND: Sources have told 5 On Your Side sports director Frank Cusumano Tuesday night that World Wide Technology Raceway is on the cusp of landing a race on the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, which is expected to be released next week. Sources said the event would likely happen in June of 2022

— KSDK —