The 2013 NASCAR schedule? An attempt to guess next year's calendar

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule isn't official yet, but to help you with travel plans for next season, here's a guess at how things will look.

Many of the dates are now certain, so you won't get burned by booking hotels. The dates in BOLD are ones which have either been confirmed by the track or are a lock due to the calendar (like the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend). The dates in regular type (like this) without a question mark are probable.

The schedule will remain virtually the same as this year's version, except Kansas and Talladega swapped Chase dates back to where they were in 2011. The tracks switched weekends this season because Kansas needed the extra time to repave its track, so they'll change back next year.

Feb. 16: Daytona Shootout (Night race)

Feb. 24: Daytona 500

March 3: Phoenix

March 10: Las Vegas

March 17: Bristol

March 24: Fontana

March 31: Off weekend (Easter)

April 7: Martinsville

April 13: Texas (Night race)

April 21: Kansas

April 27: Richmond (Night race)

May 5: Talladega

May 11: Darlington (Night race)

May 18: All-Star Race at Charlotte (Night race)

May 26: Coca-Cola 600 (Night race)

June 2: Dover

June 9: Pocono

June 16: Michigan

June 23: Sonoma

June 29: Kentucky (Night race)

July 6: Daytona (Night race)

July 14: New Hampshire

July 21: Off weekend

July 28: Indianapolis

Aug. 4: Pocono

Aug. 11: Watkins Glen

Aug. 18: Michigan

Aug. 24: Bristol (Night race)

Sept. 1: Atlanta (Night race)

Sept. 7: Richmond (Night race)

------ CHASE BEGINS ------

Sept. 15: Chicagoland

Sept. 22: New Hampshire

Sept. 29: Dover

Oct. 6: Kansas

Oct. 12: Charlotte (Night race)

Oct. 20: Talladega

Oct. 27: Martinsville

Nov. 3: Texas

Nov. 10: Phoenix

Nov. 17: Homestead

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