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A Driver’s Perspective: 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Fantasy Schedule

After the release the 2017 NASCAR schedules, one thing is clear: there are very few changes across the sport’s three national divisions.

As expected, five-year deals with racetracks at the Sprint Cup Series level prevented any major changes. Additionally, there were few changes in the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series.

Over time, the Truck Series schedule has developed into its own commodity, with its short season and differing events from the other two tiers in NASCAR.

However, the XFINITY Series has increasingly become more like the Cup Series. With just four standalone events in 2017, the schedule lacks a parity that makes it rare.

As the debate continues over what tracks should be taken out or added to the XFINITY Series, multi-series driver Ryan Ellis and XFINITY Series part-timer Tanner Berryhill put their heads together to give us a fantasy schedule for 2017.

Note that not all of the tracks listed are under consideration by NASCAR for possible race dates. In order to add a track to a top division, NASCAR must make sure that SAFER barriers are in place throughout the facility, along with appropriate grandstands, accommodations for fans and drivers, a proper location, etc.

Here is the actual 2017 XFINITY Series schedule, for comparison:

Race No. 1 – Feb. 25: Daytona
Race No. 2 – March 4: Atlanta
Race No. 3 – March 11: Las Vegas
Race No. 4 – March 18: Phoenix
Race No. 5 – March 25: Auto Club
-Off Weekend-
Race No. 6 – April 7: Texas
-Off Weekend-
Race No. 7 – April 22: Bristol
Race No. 8 – April 29: Richmond
Race No. 9 – May 6: Talladega
-Off Weekend-
-Off Weekend-
Race No. 10 – May 27: Charlotte
Race No. 11 – June 3: Dover
Race No. 12 – June 10: Pocono
Race No. 13 – June 17: Michigan
Race No. 14 – June 24: Iowa Speedway
Race No. 15 – June 30: Daytona
Race No. 16 – July 7: Kentucky
Race No. 17 – July 15: New Hampshire
Race No. 18 – July 22: Indianapolis
Race No. 19 – July 29: Iowa
Race No. 20 – Aug. 5: Watkins Glen
Race No. 21 – Aug. 12: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Race No. 22 – Aug. 18: Bristol
Race No. 23 – Aug. 26: Road America
Race No. 24 – Sept. 2: Darlington
Race No. 25 – Sept. 8: Richmond
Race No. 26 – Sept. 16: Chicagoland
Race No. 27 – Sept. 23: Kentucky
Race No. 28 – Sept. 30: Dover
Race No. 29 – Oct. 6: Charlotte
-Off Weekend-
Race No. 30 – Oct. 21: Kansas
-Off Weekend-
Race No. 31 – Nov. 4: Texas
Race No. 32 – Nov. 11: Phoenix
Race No. 33 Nov. 18: Homestead-Miami

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