In the recent release of the 2022 Cup Series schedule, NASCAR has added two new venues and made some changes to its 10-race playoffs.
One of the changes in the schedule is the change in venue for the preseason exhibition Clash race, which will now be held at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. A quarter-mile asphalt track will be built from the scratch for the February 6 race.
Another venue added to the Cup Series schedule is World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway as a replacement for one race at Pocono Raceway. The race is scheduled for June 5.
“As we demonstrated last year, we are committed to creating the most dynamic schedule for our fans, long term,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s senior vice president of strategy and innovation.
“With the addition of new and unique venues like the Coliseum and World Wide Technology Raceway, each in markets with passionate NASCAR fans, we’re continuing to build on bold changes to deliver the best racing in the world.
“This latest iteration of the schedule should lend itself to another season filled with drama and great racing on the track, starting with the Daytona 500 and culminating with NASCAR Championship weekend at Phoenix Raceway.”
Changes in the playoff schedule include the removal of Richmond Raceway after featuring for four years in the schedule. It will be replaced by Homestead-Miami Speedway. Additionally, the postseason race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will exchange dates with Texas Motor Speedway.
Also, Texas Motor Speedway is set to host the NASCAR All-Star Race for the second consecutive year. And, Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt-track event is staying in the schedule second straight year.