2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is upon us. Last year was the inaugural year for Monster Energy and stage point racing in NASCAR. Martin Truex Jr. took advantage of the stage wins (19) and was able to use them to vault himself to win his Championship. The big question is will the other drivers give more respect to those stage wins and make racing even better in 2018?

NASCAR has made some significant changes to the schedule. The Brickyard 400 will end the regular season. The Playoff opener will no longer start in Chicago; it will kick off in Las Vegas. This will be followed up at the ¾ mile short track at Richmond VA. But that is nothing though compared to NASCAR taking the third race in the Playoff to the road course of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Not only will this be the first road course race in the playoff but also the first run at Charlotte.

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

Date Location Network Race Start Radio
11-Feb Daytona 500 Qualifying FOX 12 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
11-Feb The Clash at DIS FS1 3 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
15-Feb The Duel Qualifying Races at DIS FS1 7 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
18-Feb DAYTONA 500 FOX 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
25-Feb Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
4-Mar Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
11-Mar ISM Raceway (Phoenix) FOX 3:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
18-Mar Auto Club Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
25-Mar Martinsville Speedway FS1 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
8-Apr Texas Motor Speedway FS1 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
15-Apr Bristol Motor Speedway FOX 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
21-Apr Richmond Raceway FOX 6:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
29-Apr Talladega Superspeedway FOX 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
6-May Dover International Speedway FS1 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
12-May Kansas Speedway FS1 8 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
19-May All-Star Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 6 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
19-May All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 8 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
27-May Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX 6 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
3-Jun Pocono Raceway FS1 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
10-Jun Michigan International Speedway FOX 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
24-Jun Sonoma Raceway FS1 3 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
1-Jul Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
7-Jul Daytona International Speedway NBC 7 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
14-Jul Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
22-Jul New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
29-Jul Pocono Raceway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
5-Aug Watkins Glen International NBC 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
12-Aug Michigan International Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
18-Aug Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
2-Sep Darlington Raceway NBCSN 6 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
9-Sep Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. ET IMS/SiriusXM
16-Sep Las Vegas Motor Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
22-Sep Richmond Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
30-Sep Charlotte Motor Speedway NBC 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
7-Oct Dover International Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
14-Oct Talladega Superspeedway NBC 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
21-Oct Kansas Speedway NBC 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
28-Oct Martinsville Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
4-Nov Texas Motor Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
11-Nov ISM Raceway (Phoenix) NBC 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
18-Nov Homestead Miami Speedway NBC 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM

Check out the schedule and make your travel plans to attend a race or two. Don’t forget to check out to see if there is a companion event for the XFINITY or Camping World Truck Series. Hope to see you there.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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