2022 Schedule Brings Back Auto Club Speedway, Adds New Track

Alex Bowman

Getty Alex Bowman celebrates a win at Auto Club Speedway in 2020.

The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule has gotten into the hands of media members early, creating conversations about the significant changes. Chief among them is the return of Auto Club Speedway and the addition of a new track on the Cup Series circuit.

“The Athletic” obtained an early copy of the 2022 Cup schedule and posted it in its entirety on Tuesday, Sept. 14. The outlet revealed that NASCAR will return to the Fontana track after a one-year absence amid discussions of major renovations. The track owners have proposed changing Auto Club Speedway from a two-mile superspeedway to a half-mile short track. The proposed renovations would not be complete until 2023, but NASCAR can still host races at the Southern California track.

The last time the Cup Series went to Auto Club Speedway, Alex Bowman won. He took the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to Victory Lane after leading 110 laps and locked up a spot in the playoffs. He also revealed during a post-race interview that he had made a tattoo wager with members of the band Underoath in which he would have to get his number as a tattoo if he won.

The other major change to the schedule is that World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Motorsports Park will now host a  Cup Series race. The track near the St. Louis Arch served as the site of the first Truck Series playoff race in 2021, and then “The Athletic” reported that NASCAR was exploring a Cup race at the 1.25-mile track.

The 2022 Cup Series Schedule, Per ‘The Athletic’

Track Date
Clash at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Sunday, Feb. 6
Duel at Daytona International Speedway Thursday, Feb. 17
Daytona 500 Sunday, Feb. 20
Auto Club Speedway Sunday, Feb. 27
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, March 6
Phoenix Raceway Sunday, March 13
Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, March 20
Circuit of the Americas Sunday, March 27
Richmond Raceway Sunday, April 3
Martinsville Speedway Saturday, April 9
Bristol Motor Speedway (Dirt) Sunday, April 17 (Night)
Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, April 24
Dover International Speedway Sunday, May 1
Darlington Raceway Sunday, May 8
Kansas Speedway Sunday, May 15
All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday, May 22
Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday, May 29
World Wide Technology Raceway Sunday, June 5
Sonoma Raceway Sunday, June 12
Nashville Superspeedway Sunday, June 26
Road America Sunday, July 3
Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, July 10
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday, July 17
Pocono Raceway Sunday, July 24
Indianapolis Road Course Sunday, July 31
Michigan International Speedway Sunday, Aug. 7
Richmond Raceway Sunday, Aug. 14
Watkins Glen International Sunday, Aug. 21
Daytona International Speedway Saturday, Aug. 27
Darlington Raceway Sunday, Sept. 4
Kansas Speedway Sunday, Sept. 11
Bristol Motor Speedway (Night) Saturday, Sept. 17
Texas Motor Speedway Sunday, Sept. 25
Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, Oct. 2
Charlotte Roval Sunday, Oct. 9
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, Oct. 16
Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday, Oct. 23
Martinsville Speedway Sunday, Oct. 30
Phoenix Raceway Sunday, Nov. 6

Homestead-Miami Speedway is Back in the Spotlight

Homestead-Miami Speedway

GettyCup Series drivers race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Feb. 28.

One of the biggest changes for 2022 involves a track that has remained on the schedule for multiple years. However, it is shifting back to a place of prominence after two seasons away from the spotlight.

From 2002-2019, Homestead-Miami Speedway was the sight of championship weekend for the top three series in NASCAR. However, the sanctioning body switched up the schedule for 2020 and moved championship weekend to Phoenix, where it remained in 2021 and for 2022.

With the title races moving, Homestead-Miami became the site of just yet another race. The Dixie Vodka 400 took place on June 14 in 2020 and Feb. 28 in 2021. The drivers used the track as a place to lock up a spot in the playoffs instead of one to fight for the championship trophies.

In 2022, however, Homestead-Miami Speedway will serve as the site of a high-profile playoff race. The drivers will head to the Florida track on Oct. 23 for a Round of Eight race. This date will be the second-to-last before the field cuts to only four drivers for the championship race in Phoenix.

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