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2011 Cup, Nationwide, Trucks schedule released

- jutter@charlotteobsberver.com
Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- With most of the big changes in NASCAR's 2011 Sprint Cup Series schedule already released, the remaining blanks were filled in Wednesday as the sanctioning body released its Cup, Nationwide and Trucks schedules for next season.

As expected, the biggest changes on the Cup schedule are the addition of two races next season – a new one at Kentucky Speedway and a second Cup date at Kansas Speedway.

To make room for those events, races at Atlanta (spring) and Auto Club Speedway of California (fall) were dropped from the schedule.

"The adjustments and realignment of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule will make for an exciting race season next year," said NASCAR Chairman Brian France.

"The revised schedule provides better situated dates for the tracks, a more challenging lineup for the drivers and ultimately more intrigue for the fans."

The other major change was Chicagoland Speedway moving its sole Cup event in July to the start of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup in September.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which previously had the first Chase date, will now have the second, on Sept. 25. Chicagoland is the only new race in the Chase, replacing the dropped race at Auto Club Speedway.

The Cup schedules remains at 36 points race and two non-points events (Budweiser Shootout and NASCAR All-Star Race), while the Nationwide Series will change from 35 to 34 races.

The Truck series will remain at 25 races, but one race remains to be set in the 2011 schedule.

As part of the Nationwide schedule changes, Iowa Speedway will host two races in 2011 and Chicagoland will host two races, including a separate standalone weekend.

Last season's inaugural event at the Road America road course in Wisconsin returns in 2011 and the previous standalone race at Kentucky Speedway will now become part of the track's inaugural Cup race weekend in June.

Kentucky Speedway will continue to host a standalone Truck race, as will Las Vegas Motor Speedway, both in October.

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