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2012 NASCAR, NHRA and IndyCar schedules include race dates, sanction, race number and location.
National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)
2012 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES SCHEDULE
[36 RACES]
Date    Race Number    Racetrack    TV coverage   
2/18    [xx]  Daytona International Speedway (Shootout)    FOX
2/19    [xx]  Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying)    FOX
2/23    [xx]  Daytona International Speedway (Duel)    SPEED
2/26    [01]  Daytona 500    FOX
3/04    [02]  Phoenix International Raceway    FOX
3/11    [03]  Las Vegas Motor Speedway    FOX
3/18    [04]  Bristol Motor Speedway    FOX
3/25    [05]  Auto Club Speedway    FOX
4/01    [06]  Martinsville Speedway    FOX
4/14    [07]  Texas Motor Speedway    FOX
4/22    [08]  Kansas Speedway    FOX
4/28    [09]  Richmond International Raceway    FOX
5/06    [10]  Talladega Superspeedway    FOX
5/12    [11]  Darlington Raceway    FOX
5/19    [xx]  NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (Charlotte Motor Speedway)    SPEED
5/27    [12]  Charlotte Motor Speedway    FOX
6/03    [13]  Dover International Speedway    FOX
6/10    [14]  Pocono Raceway    TNT
6/17    [15]  Michigan International Speedway    TNT
6/24    [16]  Infineon Raceway    TNT
6/30    [17]  Kentucky Speedway    TNT
7/07    [18]  Daytona International Speedway    TNT
7/15    [19]  New Hampshire Motor Speedway    TNT
7/29    [20]  Indianapolis Motor Speedway    ESPN
8/05    [21]  Pocono Raceway    ESPN
8/12    [22]  Watkins Glen International    ESPN
8/19    [23]  Michigan International Speedway    ESPN
8/25    [24]  Bristol Motor Speedway    ABC
9/02    [25]  Atlanta Motor Speedway    ESPN
9/08    [26]  Richmond International Raceway    ABC
9/16    [27]  Chicagoland Speedway    ESPN
9/23    [28]  New Hampshire Motor Speedway    ESPN
9/30    [29]  Dover International Speedway    ESPN
10/07    [30]  Talladega Superspeedway    ESPN
10/13    [31]  Charlotte Motor Speedway    ABC
10/21    [32]  Kansas Speedway    ESPN
10/28    [33]  Martinsville Speedway    ESPN
11/04    [34]  Texas Motor Speedway    ESPN
11/11    [35]  Phoenix International Raceway    ESPN
11/18    [36]  Homestead-Miami Speedway    ESPN

2012 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES SCHEDULE
[33 RACES]
Date    Race Number    Racetrack    TV coverage   
2/25    [01]  Daytona International Speedway    [xxx]
3/03    [02]  Phoenix International Raceway    [xxx]
3/10    [03]  Las Vegas Motor Speedway    [xxx]
3/17    [04]  Bristol Motor Speedway    [xxx]
3/24    [05]  Auto Club Speedway    [xxx]
4/13    [06]  Texas Motor Speedway    [xxx]
4/27    [07]  Richmond International Raceway    [xxx]
5/05    [08]  Talladega Superspeedway    [xxx]
5/11    [09]  Darlington Raceway    [xxx]
5/20    [10]  Iowa Speedway    [xxx]
5/26    [11]  Charlotte Motor Speedway    [xxx]
6/02    [12]  Dover International Speedway    [xxx]
6/16    [13]  Michigan International Speedway    [xxx]
6/23    [14]  Road America    [xxx]
6/29    [15]  Kentucky Speedway    [xxx]
7/06    [16]  Daytona International Speedway    [xxx]
7/14    [17]  New Hampshire Motor Speedway    [xxx]
7/22    [18]  Chicagoland Speedway    [xxx]
7/28    [19]  Indianapolis Motor Speedway    [xxx]
8/04    [20]  Iowa Speedway    [xxx]
8/11    [21]  Watkins Glen International    [xxx]
8/18    [22]  Circuit Gilles Villeneuve    [xxx]
8/24    [23]  Bristol Motor Speedway    [xxx]
9/01    [24]  Atlanta Motor Speedway    [xxx]
9/07    [25]  Richmond International Raceway    [xxx]
9/22    [26]  Kentucky Speedway    [xxx]
9/29    [27]  Dover International Speedway    [xxx]
10/07    [28]  Talladega Superspeedway    [xxx]
10/12    [29]  Charlotte Motor Speedway    [xxx]
10/20    [30]  Kansas Speedway    [xxx]
11/03    [31]  Texas Motor Speedway    [xxx]
11/10    [32]  Phoenix International Raceway    [xxx]
11/17    [33]  Homestead-Miami Speedway    [xxx]

2012 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE
[22 RACES]
Date    Race Number    Racetrack    TV coverage   
2/24    [01]  Daytona International Speedway    SPEED
3/31    [02]  Martinsville Speedway    SPEED
4/15    [03]  Rockingham Speedway    SPEED
4/21    [04]  Kansas Speedway    SPEED
5/18    [05]  Charlotte Motor Speedway    SPEED
6/01    [06]  Dover International Speedway    SPEED
6/08    [07]  Texas Motor Speedway    SPEED
6/28    [08]  Kentucky Speedway    SPEED
7/14    [09]  Iowa Speedway    SPEED
7/21    [10]  Chicagoland Speedway    SPEED
8/04    [11]  Pocono Raceway    SPEED
8/18    [12]  Michigan International Speedway    SPEED
8/22    [13]  Bristol Motor Speedway    SPEED
8/31    [14]  Atlanta Motor Speedway    SPEED
9/15    [15]  Iowa Speedway    SPEED
9/21    [16]  Kentucky Speedway    SPEED
10/06    [17]  Talladega Superspeedway    SPEED
10/13    [18]  Las Vegas Motor Speedway    SPEED
10/27    [19]  Martinsville Speedway    SPEED
11/02    [20]  Texas Motor Speedway    SPEED
11/09    [21]  Phoenix International Raceway    SPEED
11/16    [22]  Homestead-Miami Speedway    SPEED

2012 NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION(NHRA)SERIES SCHEDULE
[23 races]
Date    Race Number    Racetrack    TV coverage   
2/12    [01]  Pomona, Calif.    [xxx]
2/19    [02]  Phoenix, Ariz.    [xxx]
3/11    [03]  Gainesville, Fla.    [xxx]
4/01    [04]  Las Vegas, Nev.    [xxx]
4/15    [05]  Charlotte, N.C.    [xxx]
4/29    [06]  Houston, Texas    [xxx]
5/06    [07]  Commerce, Ga.    [xxx]
5/20    [08]  Topeka, Kan.    [xxx]
6/02    [09]  Englishtown, N.J.    [xxx]
6/17    [10]  Bristol, Tenn.    [xxx]
7/01    [11]  Chicago, Ill.    [xxx]
7/08    [12]  Norwalk, Ohio    [xxx]
7/22    [13]  Denver, Colo.    [xxx]
7/29    [14]  Sonoma, Calif.    [xxx]
8/05    [15]  Seattle, Wash.    [xxx]
8/19    [16]  Brainerd, Minn.    [xxx]
9/03    [17]  Indianapolis, Ind.    [xxx]
9/16    [18]  Charlotte, N.C.    [xxx]
9/23    [19]  Dallas, Texas    [xxx]
9/30    [20]  St. Louis, Mo.    [xxx]
10/07    [21]  Reading, Pa.    [xxx]
10/28    [22]  Las Vegas, Nev.    [xxx]
11/11    [23]  Pomona, Calif.    [xxx]

2012 (Indy Racing League) IZOD IndyCar Series Schedule
[15 races]
Date    Race Number    Racetrack    TV coverage   
3/25    [01]  St. Petersburg, Fla.    [xxx]
4/01    [02]  Birmingham, Ala.    [xxx]
4/15    [03]  Long Beach, Calif    [xxx]
4/29    [04]  Sao Paulo, Brazil    [xxx]
5/27    [05]  Indianapolis, Ind.    [xxx]
6/03    [06]  Detroit, Mich.    [xxx]
6/09    [07]  Fort Worth, Texas    [xxx]
6/23    [08]  Newton, Iowa    [xxx]
7/08    [09]  Toronto, Ontario    [xxx]
7/22    [10]  Edmonton, Canada    [xxx]
8/05    [11]  Lexington, Ohio    [xxx]
8/19    [12]  Qingdao, China    [xxx]
8/26    [13]  Sonoma, Calif.    [xxx]
9/02    [14]  Baltimore, Md.    [xxx]
9/15    [15]  Fontana, Calif.    [xxx]

2012 Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Schedule
[20 races]
Date    Race Number    Racetrack    TV coverage   
2/18    [01]  Daytona Beach, Fla.    SPEED
3/10    [02]  Mobile, Ala.    [No TV]
4/29    [03]  Salem, Ind.    [No TV]
5/04    [04]  Talladega, Ala.    SPEED
5/20    [05]  Toledo, Ohio    SPEED
6/02    [06]  Elko, Minn.    [No TV]
6/09    [07]  Long Pond, Pa.    SPEED
6/15    [08]  Brooklyn, Mich.    SPEED
6/24    [09]  Winchester, Ind.    [No TV]
7/01    [10]  Millville, N.J.    [No TV]
7/13    [11]  Newton, Iowa    SPEED
7/21    [12]  Joliet, Ill.    SPEED
TBD    [13]  Clermont, Ind.    SPEED
8/04    [14]  Long Pond, Pa.    SPEED
8/11    [15]  Marne, Mich.    [No TV]
8/19    [16]  Springfield, Ill.    [No TV]
8/26    [17]  Oregon, Wisc.    [No TV]
9/03    [18]  DuQuoin, Ill.    [No TV]
10/27    [19]  Salem, Ind.    [No TV]
10/19    [20]  Kansas City, Kan.    SPEED

Schedule Status--Announcements
2012 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES SCHEDULE
[36 RACES]

Earlier Talladega Chase Race Among Next Year’s Lineup Adjustments

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.


2012 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES SCHEDULE
[33 RACES]

2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Dates Announced For 30th Anniversary Season

Inaugural Brickyard Race, Montreal Return, Star Power Highlight Milestone Year

Highlighted by an inaugural visit to one of the most historic race tracks in motorsports, a return trip to Montreal and plenty of driver star power, NASCAR announced today the 2012 schedule for the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Full-time rides for Danica Patrick and Austin Dillon plus the addition of action sports superstar Travis Pastrana who plans to run the majority of the schedule, give the 2012 season a huge dose of anticipation.

“From the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway to the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the 2012 schedule has a great mix of tracks that will continue to deliver great racing for our fans,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “We're excited to bring the NASCAR Nationwide Series to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, along with the addition of a second date at Kentucky Speedway.”

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season features 33 race dates, including the series’ first visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of a companion weekend with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing. The inaugural Brickyard event will take place on July 28.

Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – a fan-favorite that has evolved into a “crown jewel” for the series – returns for a fifth-consecutive season, on Aug. 18. The 14-turn layout is one of three road-course events on the calendar, joining Road America (June 23) and Watkins Glen International (Aug. 11).

Additional 2012 schedule highlights:

· Daytona International Speedway again opens the season, on Feb. 25, a week later than past years.

· Iowa Speedway hosts the series’ first stand-alone event on May 20, with a second date on Aug. 4.

· Homestead-Miami Speedway will once again host the season-finale, on Nov. 17.

· For the first time, Kentucky Speedway will have two NASCAR Nationwide race dates, on June 29 and Sept. 22.

· Chicagoland Speedway also returns with two dates, one a stand-alone affair on July 22.

· Daytona’s summer event and Kentucky Speedway’s race will swap weekends in 2012, as the July 4th holiday falls mid-week next year. Daytona will run on July 6.

· In conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ schedule shift, Kansas Speedway’s date moves to Oct. 20 to accommodate the track’s repave, scheduled for April of 2012.


2012 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE
[22 RACES]

A Return To Rockingham, Two Trips To Iowa Short Track Highlight 18th Season

NASCAR announced the 2012 schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, highlighted by the sport’s return to historic Rockingham Speedway for the first time since 2004 and a number of familiar venues known for the typically intense battles among the tough trucks.

“The 2012 schedule has a great mix of tracks that will continue to deliver great racing for our fans," said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "We're excited to bring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to the famed Rockingham Speedway, along with the addition of a second date at Iowa Speedway. Looking ahead, interest in the truck series continues to grow in a number of different markets and we’re excited about what the future holds for next season and beyond.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race at Rockingham for the first time in its 17-year history, marking the first time the 1.017-mile track will host a NASCAR national series race since February of 2004.

Next season’s schedule, which features 22 races, opens with the traditional Daytona International Speedway Friday night bout, on Feb. 24. The championship will once again be decided at the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16.

With a nod to the sport’s – and the series’ – roots, the trucks will race on short tracks five times, at three different tracks, next season. Martinsville Speedway hosts the first short-track event, on March 31, with a return engagement on Oct. 27.

Iowa Speedway, the popular 7/8th-mile short track, also hosts two NASCAR Camping World Truck events next season – on July 14 and Sept. 15. Bristol Motor Speedway’s high banks will hold its traditional Wednesday night show, on Aug. 22.

For the third consecutive season, the series will race at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway triangle for its fast 50-lapper.


2012 NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION(NHRA)SERIES SCHEDULE
[23 races]

NHRA ANNOUNCES CHANGE TO 2012 FULL THROTTLE DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE

NHRA announced that the 2012 return of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series to Gateway Motor Sports Park near St. Louis will be moved up one week. The inaugural NHRA Midwest Nationals will take place Sept. 28-30, 2012.

As a result, the 28th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway will be held the following week, Oct. 4-7.

Both events remain in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six-race playoffs to determine world champions in the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories. NHRA worked with officials at both tracks to accommodate the request for the date swap, which better suited their individual 2012 season schedules.


2012 (Indy Racing League) IZOD IndyCar Series Schedule
[15 races]

A first-ever event in China and two venues that return after multi-year absences highlight the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule for 2012 announced.

The 2012 season, which will feature the return of engine manufacturer competition and a new universal chassis produced by Dallara Automobili, kicks off Sunday, March 25, with the eighth Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The IZOD IndyCar Series again presents the most diverse schedule in motorsports with the challenges of races on temporary street circuits, permanent road courses, superspeedways and short ovals in four countries.

“To be crowned IZOD IndyCar Series champion, the driver must be able to master a diversified race schedule that truly challenges the best in the world,” INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard said. “The 2012 schedule offers our drivers and teams the test of conquering both ovals and road and street races. Adding to the diversity of the season, we’re excited with the launch of three engine manufacturers vying for the Manufacturers Trophy.”

The scenic Belle Isle park circuit will be the site of the recently announced Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Sunday, June

3. The IZOD IndyCar Series had competed at the Raceway at Belle Isle in 2007 and ’08. Also returning to the schedule is the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway oval in Fontana, Calif., for a race under the lights Saturday, Sept. 15. INDYCAR sanctioned four races at Auto Club Speedway between 2002 and ’05, while CART hosted events at the track from 1997 to 2002.

Night races also will be held at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 9, and the .875-mile Iowa Speedway on Saturday, June 23.

The Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, with Pole Day on Saturday, May 19.

The IZOD IndyCar Series returns to Barber Motorsports Park for the third consecutive year on Sunday, April 1, and the 38th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be held Sunday, April 15. Also, the series will compete on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the third time on Sunday, April 29, as the lead-in to Indianapolis 500 activities.

Back-to-back races in Canada highlight July – on the streets of Exhibition Place in Toronto on Sunday, July 8, and on the exciting City Centre Airport circuit in Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday, July 22.

The permanent road courses of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Sunday, Aug. 5) and Infineon Raceway (Sunday, Aug. 26) also retain their traditional dates. INDYCAR will sanction a race in China for the first time Sunday, Aug. 19, on a 3.87-mile street circuit in Qingdao. On Sunday, Sept. 2, the IZOD IndyCar Series will electrify the streets of downtown Baltimore for the second consecutive year.

“INDYCAR is excited about the confirmed races announced today,” Bernard sad. “With the new car and engine manufacturer competition, we believe they will be tremendous events that will help INDYCAR grow.

“We are exploring adding additional events to the 2012 schedule. We’re in the process of confirming a 16th event, while also considering adding a 17th race to the calendar.”

In addition to the race schedule, the series’ annual preseason Open Test will be held at Sebring International Raceway on March 5-8.

The television lineup and event start times will be announced soon. Also, the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights schedule will be announced soon.


2012 Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Schedule
[20 races]

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards

Releases Full Schedule for 60th Anniversary Season

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) has released the 2012 schedule for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Twenty events - up from 19 in 2011 - will comprise the diverse combination of speedways, short tracks, dirt tracks, and a road course in the series' 60th Anniversary Season.

"Each of the venues on the 2012 schedule is very important to the identity and industry position of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards," said ARCA president Ron Drager. "The geographic coverage represented by the markets we'll be racing in and the overall number of races are good fits for the series."

In the ARCA Racing Series' 49th consecutive February Speedweeks appearance, Daytona International Speedway will host the season-opening Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on Saturday, February 18. The race will precede that evening's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Shootout at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

The 2012 ARCA Racing Series schedule will conclude with the series' championship event at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 19. In between, the series will appear in 18 other races at a wide variety of venues, setting the most versatile schedule in motorsports.

ARCA's first visit to Mobile International Speedway in Alabama will be the season's second race on Saturday, March 10. Another new track - Minnesota's Elko Speedway - appears on the ARCA schedule for the first time, with a race on Saturday, June 2. The ARCA Racing Series has never raced in Minnesota, adding significance to the June visit to Elko and establishing the North Star State as the 29th visited by ARCA's premier national tour since 1953.

Toledo Speedway - ARCA's home track - will host the series on Sunday, May 20.

ARCA Racing Series teams will compete in July at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis over the Brickyard 400 weekend, following ARCA's 2011 return to the track for the first time in 26 years. The exact date of the race will be determined shortly.

Additional short tracks returning to the ARCA Racing Series schedule include Salem (Ind.) Speedway on two weekends, Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Berlin (Mich.) Raceway, and Madison (Wis.) International Speedway.

Talladega Superspeedway will host its 50th ARCA Racing Series race on Friday, May 4, and Pocono Raceway will host two race dates for the 25th consecutive year, in June and August. Additional speedway events scheduled to return in 2012 include races at Michigan International Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway.

Contributing to the long-recognized diversity of the ARCA schedule will be the traditional mile dirt races in August at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and in September at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. Road course racing is in the plan for the fifth consecutive year, as the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway at New Jersey Motorsports Park will host ARCA on the first day of July.

Companion events in 2012 include race weekends with the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World Truck Series, as well as the USAC Silver Crown Series, the ARCA CRA Super Series, and the ARCA Truck Series.


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