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Unanswered Questions About the 2025 NASCAR Schedule

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What’s Happening?

As the calendar turns to 2024, people anticipate what could happen in 2025. The 2025 schedule already has some unanswered questions thanks to the next TV deal (amongst other rumors). What are the unanswered questions about the 2025 schedule?

  • This article will be updated as the 2024 season goes on. Certain races may be announced before the full 2025 schedule is announced, and certain rumors will break as the season goes on. This will be the one-stop shop to hear the latest on these questions.
  • The 2025 schedule may be even more interesting and aggressive than the 2024 schedule was. The new TV deal, a potentially new race track, and a push to go international makes for a potentially interesting schedule.
  • Fans are always looking towards what the NASCAR schedule could look like in the future. These questions continue to be the subject of much speculation.

What to do with the All-Star Race?

The All-Star Race could undergo some changes in 2024. First off, it will have to move up in the schedule one way or another with Fox retaining rights to the first 14 races including the All-Star Race. On the 2024 schedule, it is the 15th event.

There is also the question of North Wilkesboro. Does NASCAR keep the race there, or do they move it to another track and give North Wilkesboro a points race? Either way, the All-Star Race may look different in 2025.

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What to do with the Clash?

The 3-year agreement between NASCAR and the LA Coliseum to hold the Clash is up this year. There is no guarantee the race will return to the venue in 2025. NASCAR needs to stay in the Southern California market with Fontana off the schedule, so, they have every motivation to keep the race there.

However, it is also an opportunity to take it to a new venue. If NASCAR wants to keep the race fresh, then keeping it at the LA Coliseum is important.

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Will NASCAR Go International?

In the wake of Garage 56, rumors and reports swirled that NASCAR was looking to go international. The most popular report was Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, but, that never materialized for 2024. However, NASCAR did not close the door on going international in the future.

Could 2025 finally be the year the Cup Series expands beyond the United States? It certainly seems possible, and it is a big rumor to watch as the season goes on.

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More Off Weekends?

In 2024, the Cup Series will have two off-weekends instead of one to accommodate the Olympics in the summer. The compact nature of the schedule has been a topic of conversation for years now. NASCAR has tried to cram the season in as tight of a window as possible to keep NASCAR in warmer weather months and from competing with the NFL for TV ratings.

If the slightly expanded schedule footprint works in 2024, maybe NASCAR could slot in an extra off-weekend. Maybe they could take a week off after the 12th and 24th points races to split the season up into even thirds. It will be interesting to see.

Will Tracks Lose Race Dates?

As NASCAR looks to expand to more race tracks, that comes at the expense of current tracks. Tracks like Dover, Pocono, and Texas have gone from two races per season to one, and tracks like Chicagoland, Kentucky, and Road America are off the schedule entirely. Could other tracks be on the chopping block?

Tracks that struggle to fill the stands with two race dates could be ones to watch. Las Vegas is one track that comes to mind. Moving down to one race seems to have helped tracks like Pocono who can pour more resources into the one race per year than spreading it out over two.

Will NASCAR Return to Dirt?

Bristol Dirt is gone from the 2024 NASCAR schedule in favor of the traditional spring date on concrete. This means NASCAR is gone from dirt for now, but, could it return in the future? Maybe it could, but, where could they go?

The issue is that many dirt tracks are not in major markets, and many have small grandstand capacity. While holding a dirt race at Bristol was interesting, it is not a dirt-specific venue, which caused some problems. Maybe NASCAR could return to dirt, but, finding the right venue could be tough.

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Will NASCAR Go Back to Fontana?

This question continues to get vague answers after vague answers from NASCAR. A short track is going to happen, seemingly, but, when it is still uncertain. Auto Club Speedway could return to the schedule as a short track, but, is 2025 the right year?

Things need to happen quickly for a return to Auto Club Speedway in 2025. If there is no meaningful construction on a track there, then it’s tough to see when a return could happen.

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We will monitor all of these questions as the season goes on. As rumors run rampant, we will continue to keep track of the 2025 schedule rumors.

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