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2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Schedule

While the Sprint Cup schedule remained larfely static for the last two years the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule once again sees some significant changes from the 2012 edition of the calendar. Once again 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season will welcome a new race track to the schedule and say farewell to another race track that is no longer part of the Nationwide Series.

First The Losses

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will not be returning to the road course of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. The Nationwide series had raced in Montreal since 2007.

This event was the only top NASCAR touring series event held outside of the United States. It held that honor since it replaced Mexico on the schedule after the 2006 season.

As has become a familiar story in the last couple of years race officials in Montreal said that the Nationwide series race was unsustainable without a Sprint Cup event. This is the same thing that Nashville race officials said last season when they declined to host the Nationwide series in 2012.

NASCAR could not promise the twisty and entertaining Montreal road course a Sprint Cup weekend so Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is not on the 2013 calendar.

With this change there are no longer any races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series held outside of the United States.

Now The Gains

NASCAR officials have replaced the Montreal road race in August with a road course event at Mid-Ohio on the same weekend. Mid-Ohio features fifteen turns over 2.4 miles. Not accidentally, Ohio is also the home state of series sponsor Nationwide Insurance.

Marketing opportunities notwithstanding this is a great event for the Nationwide Series and I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of show they will put on next August at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio.

Another Tweak

A couple of other final tweaks to the schedule include the move of the first Iowa Speedway event from May 20th down to June 8th and the move of the Kansas event in the fall a couple weeks early to match up with the Sprint Cup schedule change.

The Sprint Cup change for Kansas was actually a return to the traditional Kansas weekend. Last year the Kansas race weekend swapped with Talladega in order to give the new Kansas racing surface more time to cure before the event. Now that the new Kansas pavement has a full year under its belt Kansas will return to its normal fall racing weekend.

The rest of the 2013 Nationwide schedule looks exactly the same as 2012 including 27 companion events with the Sprint Cup series.

After the break is the complete 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.

2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Schedule

Date Track
Feb. 23 Daytona International Speedway
Mar. 2 Phoenix International Raceway
Mar. 9 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Mar. 16 Bristol Motor Speedway
Mar. 23 Auto Club Speedway (California)
Apr. 12 Texas Motor Speedway
Apr. 26 Richmond International Raceway
May 4 Talladega Superspeedway
May 10 Darlington Raceway
May 25 Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 1 Dover International Speedway
June 8 Iowa Speedway
June 15 Michigan International Speedway
June 22 Road America
June 28 Kentucky Speedway
July 5 Daytona International Speedway
July 13 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
July 21 Chicagoland Speedway
July 27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Aug. 3 Iowa Speedway
Aug. 10 Watkins Glen International
Aug. 17 Mid-Ohio
Aug. 23 Bristol Motor Speedway
Aug. 31 Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sept. 6 Richmond International Raceway
Sept. 14 Chicagoland Speedway
Sept. 21 Kentucky Speedway
Sept. 28 Dover International Speedway
Oct. 5 Kansas Speedway
Oct. 11 Charlotte Motor Speedway
Nov. 2 Texas Motor Speedway
Nov. 9 Phoenix International Raceway
Nov. 16 Homestead-Miami Speedway

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