DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR released the 2011 schedule for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, highlighted by a second race at Iowa Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway.
All three national series – NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – will begin their seasons at Daytona International Speedway’s "Speedweeks," with a weekend culminated by the Daytona 500.
All three series will end their seasons with another tradition – Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 18-20.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will consist of 34 races, all featuring the new car that is being run a total of four times this season.
Iowa Speedway, which joined the schedule in 2009, receives a second date in 2011. The series will visit the Newton, Iowa, facility for the first time on Sunday, May 22 and return on Saturday, Aug. 6.
A new date has been added at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, June 4. The series returns on Saturday, Sept. 17 as part of a NASCAR national series tripleheader featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Sept. 18 and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, Sept. 16.
Last season’s successful inaugural event at the Road America road course in Wisconsin returns in 2011 on Saturday, June 25, the weekend before the Friday, July 1 race at Daytona International Speedway.
A previous standalone event at Kentucky Speedway now will be part of the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup/NASCAR Nationwide Series weekend on Friday, July 8.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be paired with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on three weekends, at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, April 23 and Saturday, July 23 and at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis on Saturday, July 30.
2011 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES SCHEDULE
|Feb. 19||Daytona International Speedway|
|Feb. 26||Phoenix International Raceway|
|March 5||Las Vegas Motor Speedway|
|March 19||Bristol Motor Speedway|
|Mar 26||Auto Club Speedway|
|April 8||Texas Motor Speedway|
|April 16||Talladega Superspeedway|
|April 23||Nashville Superspeedway|
|April 29||Richmond International Raceway|
|May 6||Darlington Raceway|
|May 14||Dover International Speedway|
|May 22||Iowa Speedway|
|May 28||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|June 4||Chicagoland Speedway|
|June 18||Michigan International Speedway|
|June 25||Road America|
|July 1||Daytona International Speedway|
|July 8||Kentucky Speedway|
|July 16||New Hampshire Motor Speedway|
|July 23||Nashville Superspeedway|
|July 30||O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis|
|Aug. 6||Iowa Speedway|
|Aug. 13||Watkins Glen International|
|Aug. 20||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montreal|
|Aug. 26||Bristol Motor Speedway|
|Sept. 3||Atlanta Motor Speedway|
|Sept. 9||Richmond International Raceway|
|Sept. 17||Chicagoland Speedway|
|Oct. 1||Dover International Speedway|
|Oct. 8||Kansas Speedway|
|Oct. 14||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Nov. 5||Texas Motor Speedway|
|Nov. 12||Phoenix International Raceway|
|Nov. 19||Homestead-Miami Speedway|