“I set myself some ambitious goals when I took over the racetrack, and seeing them come true is a dream come true,” said Curtis Francois, who bought closed Gateway Motorsports Park in 2012 and reopened the facility. “I’m proud to welcome the NASCAR Cup Series to the St. Louis region. I can’t wait to celebrate this incredible victory with our fans.”
The Cup series will be 36 races as always, but Pocono Raceway lost one of its two dates to get the race near St. Louis. Louis. Pocono hosted two races a year from 1982 to 2021, but for the past two years, the events were double-edged on the same weekend.
The 2022 season officially opens on February 20 with the Daytona 500, but NASCAR said Tuesday that its exhibit, Made-for-TV Clash, which typically opens Speedweeks in Daytona, will instead be held on February 6 on a temporary quarter-mile oval inside and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
This is the first time Clash has not been held at Daytona International Speedway since its inception in 1979. This year, NASCAR ran the race on Daytona’s roadway.
NASCAR will be driving on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second year in a row as part of a shared weekend with the IndyCar Series on July 31st. But NASCAR wants races back on the oval, and IMS officials said Wednesday it will consider moving races – potentially rotating with the roadway – as fans and drivers are attracted to the famous speedway.
The Brickyard 400 was held at the 2.5-mile Indy Oval for 27 years before moving to the roadway this year.
NASCAR also returns to dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, the first Easter Day race since 1989. This year, Bristol experimented with covering its 0.533-mile track in dirt as part of radical NASCAR changes to the 2021 schedule.
The Tennessee track announced during the March race that it would be on dirt again next year, but it is moving a month later to avoid weather problems that have plagued the track for years.
The race will be in prime time, as Bristol general manager Jerry Caldwell said will allow viewers to tune in “after many have finished their Easter traditions.”
“For those who join us on the track, in addition to the exciting racing, we will also have lots of fun activities lined up during the day so our guests can celebrate Easter Bristol style and create lots of wow moments and cherished memories , “Caldwell added.
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