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2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule

After a pretty significant shuffle in last season's NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule NASCAR officials kept the tinkering to a minimum when they put together the 2012 version of the calendar. There are no new tracks on the 2012 schedule and no race tracks gave up any races or disappeared from the schedule completely.

The biggest change on this season's calendar involves Kansas Speedway. Kansas intends to repave the speedway after their spring event. In order to have the new surface ready to race on before their fall race NASCAR moved the spring Kansas race earlier in the season and pushed the fall race deeper into the schedule. This should allow the new surface time to age so it will be ready to go.

To allow the repaving to get started as soon as possible Talladega Superspeedway adjusted their dates to make way for Kansas. Talladega was the eighth race of the season but now Kansas takes over that April 22nd date and Talladega's spring race is the first weekend in May.

At the other end of the schedule Talladega again was affected. Talladega and Kansas swapped Chase races moving Talladega's "Wild Card" show up to October 7th as the fourth Chase event while Kansas will run two weeks later as the 6th Chase race on October 21st.

Other minor changes to the schedule include a one week later start to the season in Daytona, Dover returning to it's first weekend in June slot after Charlotte and some minor shuffling to accommodate Easter and the Fourth of July.

After the break is the complete 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.

Date TV Race Track
Feb. 18 Fox Budweiser Shootout Daytona
Feb. 23 SPEED Gatorade Duel at Daytona Daytona
Feb. 26 Fox Daytona 500 Daytona
Mar. 4 Fox Subway Fresh Fit 500 Phoenix
Mar. 11 Fox Kobalt Tools 400 Las Vegas
Mar. 18 Fox Food City 500 Bristol
Mar. 25 Fox Auto Club 400 Auto Club (California)
Apr. 1 Fox Goody's Fast Relief 500 Martinsville
Apr. 14 Fox Samsung Mobile 500 Texas
Apr. 22 Fox STP 400 Kansas
Apr. 28 Fox Capital City 400 Richmond
May 6 Fox Aaron's 499 Talladega
May 12 Fox Bojangles' Southern 500 Darlington
May 19 SPEED NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Charlotte
May 27 Fox Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte
June 3 Fox FedEx 400 Dover
June 10 TNT Pocono 400 Pocono
June 17 TNT Quicken Loans 400 Michigan
June 24 TNT Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sonoma
June 30 TNT Quaker State 400 Kentucky
July 7 TNT Coke Zero 400 Daytona
July 15 TNT LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Loudon
July 29 ESPN Brickyard 400 Indianapolis
Aug 5 ESPN Pennsylvania 400 Pocono
Aug. 12 ESPN Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen Watkins Glen
Aug. 19 ESPN Pure Michigan 400 Michigan
Aug. 25 ABC Irwin Tools Night Race Bristol
Sept. 2 ESPN AdvoCare 500 Atlanta
Sept. 8 ABC Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond
Sept. 16 ESPN GEICO 400 Chicagoland
Sept. 23 ESPN Sylvania 300 Loudon
Sept. 30 ESPN AAA 400 Dover
Oct. 7 ESPN Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 Talladega
Oct. 13 ABC Bank of America 500 Charlotte
Oct. 21 ESPN Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas
Oct. 28 ESPN TUMS Fast Relief 500 Martinsville
Nov. 4 ESPN AAA Texas 500 Texas
Nov. 11 ESPN AdvoCare 500 Phoenix
Nov. 18 ESPN Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead

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