The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season was definitely different for a number of reasons. First and foremost, motorsport fans are rarely treated at this level. In the opening 16-point races of the season, 12 different drivers have taken at least one checkered flag, the youngest being Daniel Suarez, the first Mexican-born winner in Cup Series history. However, a dozen winners in 16 races is still one of the all-time records. In 2003 there were 13 different winners in 16 races.
And of those 12, only four — Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano — have more than four top-five finishes.
But parity, which according to this author was quite entertaining, wasn’t the only thing that was a bit different this season, as the Cup Series schedule isn’t what we’ve seen in previous years. For one, the season had its last start in five years when the February 20th saw the Daytona 500. A year ago it took place on Valentine’s Day.
NASCAR also held a Cup Series race on Easter Sunday this year for the first time since 1989 and ran the divisive dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a controversial decision that left many unhappy. For the second time in a row, a race was also held on Mother’s Day Sunday, which traditionally was not a regular event.
But drivers have Father’s Day off as it’s the only off week of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. And no, the All-Star weekend doesn’t count as most of the drivers are still at the start. That’s why you won’t find a NASCAR race on your screens on Sunday.
The Xfinity series is also out, but the truck series is at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.
The remaining schedule for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series
Unlike a year ago, when the NASCAR Cup Series paused for two weeks because of the Tokyo Olympics, there is only a one-week hiatus this season. There are 10 races left in the regular season, which concludes with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on August 27th. The Round of 16 NASCAR Playoffs begin the following week at Darlington Raceway.
Here’s how the rest of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series regular season goes.
- Sunday, June 26: Ally 400 – Nashville Superspeedway
- Sunday, July 3: Kwik Trip 250 – Road America
- Sunday, July 10: Quaker State 400 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
- Sunday, July 17: Ambetter 301 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
- Sunday, July 24: Fan Appreciation 400 by M&M – Pocono Raceway
- Sunday, July 31: Verizon 200 at Brickyard – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Sunday, August 7: Firekeepers Casino 400 – Michigan International Speedway
- Sunday 14 August: Federated Auto Parts 400 – Richmond Raceway
- Sunday 21st August: Bowling at the Glen – Watkins Glen International
- Saturday, August 27: Coke Zero Sugar 400 – Daytona International Speedway
Schedule courtesy of NASCAR.com
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