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2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule

  • FOX announces 2012 Broadcast Schedule: FOX Sports gears up for its 12th season of NASCAR coverage by unveiling the 2012 NASCAR on FOX broadcast schedule featuring 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup points races and 15 events total, highlighted by the 54th running of the Daytona 500, live on Sunday, Feb. 26 (1:00-5:30 pm/et) from Daytona International Speedway. Coverage of the “Great American Race” begins that day with a special one-hour pre-race program (12:00-1:00 pm/et) from the DIS infield and a completely remodeled Hollywood Hotel. The flag officially drops on FOX Sports’ 2012 Speedweeks coverage with the Budweiser Shootout, live on Saturday, Feb. 18 in prime time (8:00-10:00 pm/et), followed by live coverage of Daytona 500 Qualifying on Sunday, Feb. 19 (1:00-4:00 pm/et).
    Michael Waltrip, driver, owner and pitch-man extraordinaire, joins the FOX NASCAR SUNDAY prerace team, taking a seat in the famed Hollywood Hotel alongside big brother Darrell Waltrip and host Chris Myers. Darrell and former champion crew chief Larry McReynolds return to provide race analysis for all NASCAR on FOX Sprint Cup events, and Mike Joy returns as race announcer. Veteran analyst Jeff Hammond takes his extensive experience as a former championship-winning crew chief to the action in the garages and on pit road. Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda also return to cover pit road. NASCAR on FOX “storm scout” and meteorologist Rick Dickert of FOX-owned KTTV in Los Angeles rejoins the crew to provide weather updates to viewers on the FOX NASCAR SUNDAY prerace show as well as during race coverage.(FOX)(2-7-2012)
  • NASCAR releases race start times: Darlington Raceway has the only change in start time in the 2012 Sprint Cup Series schedule as its race will start at 7 p.m. Eastern instead of 7:30 p.m. as it did in 2011. The 7 p.m. start time is a departure from NASCAR’s attempt at consistent start times but one Darlington asked for so its race – the second-longest on the schedule at 501.322 miles – will end earlier. The race took 3 hours, 53 minutes to complete last year and 3 hours, 57 minutes in 2010. “We were able to move it 30 minutes, which is good,” Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning said. “We’re pleased about that. I think it will help our fans to get out of here a little bit quicker. That’s really good for us. The remainder of the Sprint Cup races remains the same. Daytime races will start at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Eastern depending on the location, except during the Chase For The Sprint Cup when races will start at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. Eastern. Night races will start at 7:30 p.m. Eastern with the exception of the Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m.) and now Darlington (7 p.m.).(Scene Daily), see the start times for all three series on the Sprint CupNationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series schedule pages.(2-5-2012)
  • NASCAR Releases 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule: NASCAR announced the 2012 schedule for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with a lineup featuring a number of adjustments from the 2011 edition.
    “We believe the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will once again provide fans with what they’ve come to expect every season – the world’s most exciting and competitive form of motorsports,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “Next year’s schedule has a few adjustments that we think will be good for the fans and good for the overall flow of the season. One thing will remain constant, however, and that’s the intense competition we see week in and week out from our drivers and race teams.”
    One of those adjustments takes place during NASCAR’s playoffs – the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – and could affect the strategy during the championship run. Talladega Superspeedway’s Chase event moves up two weeks to Oct. 7, becoming the fourth race in the Chase. Often labeled as the wild-card track in the Chase, Talladega’s grueling test is now staged during the first half of the Chase.
    Talladega swaps its Chase date with Kansas Speedway (Oct. 21) to accommodate Kansas’ repave, scheduled for after the track’s spring event. As such, Kansas’ spring date has also been moved. Kansas now will be the eighth race of the season on April 22. Talladega’s spring event moves to May 6, and Dover International Speedway’s spring event returns to its traditional spot on June 3.
    As previously announced, the season-opening Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway will start one week later with the running of the preseason “non-points” Shootout at Daytona on Feb. 18. The 54th annual Daytona 500 will run on Feb. 26. The race dates for Phoenix International Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway have likewise been moved a week later, to March 4 and March 11, respectively.
    Two other featured adjustments to the 2012 schedule: Texas Motor Speedway’s spring date will be moved to April 14, to accommodate the traditional open week for the Easter holiday. Daytona’s summer event and Kentucky Speedway’s race will swap weekends in 2012, as the July 4th holiday falls mid-week next year. Kentucky’s race will be June 30; Daytona will run on July 7. As in past years, FOX will broadcast the first 13 races of next year’s schedule. TNT will follow, broadcasting the next six. ESPN/ABC will broadcast the final 17 events. Race start times will be announced at a later date. NASCAR will also release the 2012 schedules for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at a later date.
    See the schedule on my 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule page(9-28-2011)
  • OFF weekends (2): (no Sprint Cup races scheduled)
    4/8
    7/22
  • Night Races (11): (all but noted scheduled to start approx 7:45pm/et)
    Texas – 4/14
    Richmond – 4/28
    Darlington – 5/12, 7:00pm/et
    All-Star Race – 5/19, 7:00pm/et
    Charlotte – 5/27 – 6:15pm/et
    Kentucky – 6/30
    Daytona – 7/7
    Bristol – 8/25
    Atlanta – 9/2
    Richmond – 9/8
    Charlotte – 10/13

CLICK on the track location to go to that track’s past news and links page.
CLICK on the race name to go to the ‘next race’ page for each race (when available).
The ‘next race’ pages are added the week or so before the race
and cover the weekend schedule, TV, Qualifying, stats, schemes, odds, news etc

All times Eastern and are PM unless noted
All times are tentative and could change
Race# Scheduled
Race Date
Track Location Race Laps Track Size
(miles)
Race Length
(miles)
Television
and Radio
Time
Approx Green
Qualifying
Time/TV
Happy Hour
Time/TV
* 2/18
Sat
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL
Budweiser Shootout* 75 2.5 187.5 FOX
MRN
8:00
8:29
2/17 8:00
draw SPEED
2/17 6:30
SPEED
* 2/23
Thur
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL
Gatorade Duel 150’s* 60 2.5 150 SPEED
MRN
2:00
2:20
2/19 1:10
Fox
2/22 2:30
SPEED
1 2/26
Sun
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona 500 200 2.5 500 FOX
MRN
1:00
1:30
2/19 1:10
Fox
2/25 10:30a
SPEED
2 3/4
Sun
Phoenix International Raceway
Avondale, AZ
Subway Fresh Fit 500 (k) 312 1.00 312 FOX
MRN
3:00
3:14
3/3 2:35
SPEED
3/2 5:30
SPEED
3 3/11
Sun
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, NV
Kobalt Tools 400 267 1.5 400.5 FOX
PRN
3:00
3:16
3/9 6:40
SPEED
3/10 3:00
SPEED
4 3/18
Sun
Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol, TN
Food City 500 500 0.533 266.5 FOX
PRN
1:00
1:13
3/16 3:40
SPEED
3/17 12:00
SPEED
5 3/25
Sun
Auto Club Speedway
Fontana, CA
Auto Club 400 200 2.0 400 FOX
MRN
3:00
3:16
3/23 7:10
SPEED
3/24 3:30
SPEED
6 4/1
Sun
Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville, VA
Goody’s Fast Relief 500 500 0.526 263 FOX
MRN
1:00
1:13
3/31 11:40a
SPEED
3/30 3:30
SPEED
4/8
Sun
Easter – OFF Easter Bunny 500
7 4/14
Sat night
Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Worth, TX
Samsung Mobile 500 334 1.5 500.5 FOX
PRN
7:30
7:46
4/13 6:40
SPEED
4/13 3:00
SPEED
8 4/22
Sun
Kansas Speedway
Kansas City, KS
STP 400 267 1.5 400.5 FOX
MRN
1:00
1:16
4/21 12:10
SPEED
4/20 4:30
SPEED
Race# Scheduled
Race Date
Track Location Race Laps Track Size
(miles)
Race Length
(miles)
Television
and Radio
Time
Approx Green
Qualifying
Time/TV
Happy Hour
Time/TV
9 4/28
Sat Night
Richmond International Raceway
Richmond, VA
Capital City 400 400 0.75 300 FOX
MRN
7:30
7:43
4/27 5:35
SPEED
4/27 2:45
SPEED
10 5/6
Sun
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, AL
Aaron’s 499 188 2.66 500.08 FOX
MRN
1:00
1:19
5/5 12:10
SPEED (impound)
5/4 3:30
SPEED
11 5/12
Sat Night
Darlington Raceway
Darlington, SC
Bojangles’ Southern 500 367 1.366 501.3 FOX
MRN
7:00
7:16
5/11 5:10
SPEED
5/11 2:00
SPEED
* 5/19
Sat Night
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Concord, NC
Sprint Showdown* 40 1.5 60 SPEED
MRN
7:30 5/18 5:00
SPEED
5/18 12:00
SPEED
* 5/19
Sat Night
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Concord, NC
Sprint All-Star Race* 90 1.5 135 SPEED
MRN
~9:00 5/18 6:00
SPEED
5/18 1:30
SPEED
12 5/27
Sun night
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Concord, NC
Coca-Cola 600 400 1.5 600 FOX
PRN
6:00
6:16
5/24 7:00
SPEED
5/26 1:00
SPEED
13 6/3
Sun
Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE
FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks 400 400 1.0 400 FOX
MRN
1:00
1:15
6/2 12:10
SPEED
6/1 2:45
SPEED
14 6/10
Sun
Pocono Raceway
Long Pond, PA
Pocono 400 160 2.5 400 TNT
MRN
1:00
1:18
6/9 11:10a
SPEED
6/8 3:30
SPEED
15 6/17
Sun
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, MI
Quicken Loans 400 200 2.0 400 TNT
MRN
1:00
~1:17
6/16 1:00
SPEED
6/15 3:30
SPEED
16 6/24
Sun
Sonoma
Sonoma, CA
Toyota/Save Mart 350 110 1.99 224 TNT
PRN
3:00
~3:15
6/22 6:40
SPEED 11:00(t)
6/23 1:45
SPEED 11:00(t)
The Race to the Chase
Race# Scheduled
Race Date
Track Location Race Laps Track Size
(miles)
Race Length
(miles)
Television
and Radio
Time
Approx Green
Qualifying
Time/TV
Happy Hour
Time/TV
17 6/30
Sat night
Kentucky Speedway
Sparta, KY
Quaker State 400 267 1.5 400.5 TNT
PRN
7:30
7:46
6/29 5:10
SPEED
6/29 1:30
SPEED
18 7/7
Sat Night
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL
Coke Zero 400 160 2.5 400 TNT
MRN
7:30
7:48
7/6 4:10
SPEED
(impound)
7/5 6:35
SPEED
19 7/15
Sun
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH
Lenox Industrial Tools 301 301 1.058 318.485 TNT
PRN
1:00
1:15
7/13 3:40
SPEED
7/14 11:20a
SPEED
7/22
Sun
OFF Summer Heat 500
20 7/29
Sun
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Speedway, IN
Crown Royal Presents
the Curtiss Shaver 400
at the Brickyard
160 2.5 400 ESPN
IMS
1:00
1:19
7/28 2:10
ESPN
7/28 10:30a
ESPN2
21 8/5
Sun
Pocono Raceway
Long Pond, PA
Pennsylvania 400 160 2.5 400 ESPN
MRN
1:00
1:18
8/4 10:40a
ESPN2
8/3 3:40
SPEED
22 8/12
Sun
Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, NY
Finger Lakes 355(k) 90 2.45 220.5 ESPN
MRN
1:00
1:18
8/11 11:40a
ESPN2
8/10 4:10
SPEED
23 8/19
Sun
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, MI
Pure Michigan 400 200 2.0 400 ESPN
MRN
1:00
1:16
8/17 4:10
SPEED
8/18 11:00a
SPEED
24 8/25
Sat Night
Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol, TN
IRWIN Tools Night Race 500 0.533 266.5 ABC
PRN
7:30
~7:43
8/24 5:10
ESPN2
8/24 2:45
SPEED
25 9/2
Sun Night
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton, GA
AdvoCare 500 325 1.54 500.5 ESPN
PRN
7:30
~7:46
8/31 6:10
SPEED
9/1 5:30
SPEED
26 9/8
Sat Night
Richmond International Raceway
Richmond, VA
Federated Auto Parts 400 400 0.75 300 ABC
MRN
7:30
~7:43
9/7 5:35
ESPN2
9/7 2:45
ESPN2
The 10 Chase Races
Race# Scheduled
Race Date
Track Location Race Laps Track Size
(miles)
Race Length
(miles)
Television
and Radio
Time
Approx Green
Qualifying
Time/TV
Happy Hour
Time/TV
27 9/16
Sun
Chicagoland Speedway
Joliet, IL
Geico 400 267 1.5 400.5 ESPN
MRN
2:00
~2:16
9/15 1:40
SPEED
9/14 4:00
ESPN2
28 9/23
Sun
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH
Sylvania 300 300 1.058 317.4 ESPN
PRN
2:00
~2:15
9/21 3:40
SPEED SDD 10:00
9/22 11:00
SPEED
29 9/30
Sun
Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE
AAA 400 400 1.0 400 ESPN
MRN
2:00
~2:15
9/29 1:40
SPEED
9/28 2:40
SPEED
30 10/7
Sun
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, AL
Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 188 2.66 500.08 ESPN
MRN
2:00
~2:20
10/6 12:15
SPEED
10/5 4:00
SPEED
31 10/13
Sat Night
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Concord, NC
Bank of America 500 334 1.5 501 ABC
PRN
7:30
~7:46
10/11 7:10
ESPN2
10/12 5:55
ESPN2
32 10/21
Sun
Kansas Speedway
Kansas City, KS
Hollywood Casino 400 267 1.5 400.5 ESPN
MRN
2:00
~2:16
10/19 5:10
ESPN2
10/20 1:50
SPEED
33 10/28
Sun
Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville, VA
Tums Fast Relief 500 500 0.526 263 ESPN
MRN
1:30
~1:43
10/26 3:40
SPEED
10/27 12:00
SPEED
34 11/4
Sun
Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Worth, TX
AAA Texas 500 334 1.5 500.5 ESPN
PRN
3:00
~3:16
11/2 4:40
ESPN2
11/3 5:45
SPEED
35 11/11
Sun
Phoenix International Raceway
Avondale, AZ
AdvoCare 500(k) 312 1.00 312 ESPN
MRN
3:00
~3:15
11/9 6:10
SPEED
11/10 2:00
SPEED
36 11/18
Sun
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead, FL
Ford Ecoboost 400 267 1.5 400 ESPN
MRN
3:00
~3:15
11/16 6:10
SPEED
11/17 3:00
SPEED
Race# Scheduled
Race Date
Track Location Race Laps Track Size
(miles)
Race Length
(miles)
Television
and Radio
Time Qualifying
Time/TV
Happy Hour
Time/TV

All times Eastern and are PM unless noted

Schedule confirmed and updated 9-28-2011 when NASCAR released the 2012 schedules

*Non-Points Race
(t) = tape delayed


Television Links
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ABC
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TNT

Radio Links
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Born on Date: February 20, 2011