NASCAR Reveals Cup Series Schedule and Start Times for the 2022 Season

Published 11/03/2021, 1:27 AM EDT
Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

There is just one race left until the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season draws to a close. From there, a new era will dawn for the drivers with the debut of the Next Gen cars. Aside from that, the LA Memorial Coliseum track will also make its grand debut next year. In fact, NASCAR has decided to kick off the season with the same track.


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Of course, with the 2022 season on the horizon, the authorities have revealed the schedule for the Cup Series. Here are the timings and networks that will broadcast the races.

February 6LA Memorial Coliseum8:00 PM (ET)FS1
February 17Daytona International Speedway7:00 PM (ET)FS1
February 20Daytona International Speedway2:30 PM (ET)FOX
February 27Auto Club Speedway3:30 PM (ET)FOX
March 6Las Vegas Motor Speedway3:30 PM (ET)FOX
March 13Phoenix Raceway3:30 PM (ET)FOX
March 20Atlanta Motor Speedway3:30 PM (ET)FOX
March 27Circuit of the Americas3:30 PM (ET)FOX
April 3Richmond Raceway3:30 PM (ET)FOX
April 9Martinsville Speedway7:30 PM (ET)FS1
April 17Bristol Motor Speedway (Dirt)7:00 PM (ET)FOX
April 24Talladega Superspeedway3:00 PM (ET)FOX
May 1Dover International Speedway3:00 PM (ET)FS1
May 8Darlington Raceway3:30 PM (ET)FS1
May 15Kansas Speedway3:00 PM (ET)FS1
May 22Texas Motor Speedway8:00 PM (ET)FS1
May 29Charlotte Motor Speedway6:00 PM (ET)FOX
June 5World Wide Technology Raceway3:30 PM (ET)FS1
June 12Sonoma Raceway4:00 PM (ET)FS1
June 26Nashville Superspeedway5:00 PM (ET)NBC
July 3Road America3:00 PM (ET)USA
July 10Atlanta Motor Speedway3:00 PM (ET)USA
July 17New Hampshire Motor Speedway3:00 PM (ET)USA
July 24Pocono Raceway3:00 PM (ET)USA
July 31Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course2:30 PM (ET)NBC
August 7Michigan International Speedway3:00 PM (ET)USA
August 14Richmond Raceway3:00 PM (ET)USA
August 21Watkins Glen International3:00 PM (ET)USA
August 27Daytona International Speedway7:00 PM (ET)NBC
September 4Darlington Raceway6:00 PM (ET)USA
September 11Kansas Speedway3:00 PM (ET)USA
September 17Bristol Motor Speedway7:30 PM (ET)USA
September 25Texas Motor Speedway3:30 PM (ET)USA
October 2Talladega Superspeedway2:00 PM (ET)NBC
October 9Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval2:00 PM (ET)NBC
October 16Las Vegas Motor Speedway2:30 PM (ET)NBC
October 23Homestead-Miami Speedway2:30 PM (ET)NBC
October 30Martinsville Speedway2:00 PM (ET)NBC
November 6Phoenix Raceway3:00 PM (ET)NBC


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What to expect from the 2022 NASCAR Cup season?

With the new cars, the slate could be potentially wiped clean. However, the real question is, will the usual suspects, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs, and Team Penske dominate again? Or will there be new contenders rising to the occasion? Additionally, how will the drivers tackle the newcomer, the LA Coliseum?

Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Of course, all of these questions will only be answered when the 2022 season arrives. Until then, everyone is firmly focused on closing out the 2021 season with the finale at Phoenix this weekend. This time, the question is, who will be the champion? Will it be Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, or Martin Truex Jr?


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