NASCAR Race Weekend Central
  • 1. Daytona International Speedway

    Ryan Ellis: The season starting at Daytona is a great kickoff, and I don’t think anyone disagrees that it should continue to stay as the first event.

  • 2. Phoenix International Raceway

    Tanner Berryhill: One of the few tracks in this area and provides some good short-track racing.

  • 3. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

    Ellis: Laguna Seca is an awesome racetrack with great elevation changes. Also, a great area to find an excuse to go to Monterey Bay? I’ll take it.

  • 4. Texas Motor Speedway

    Ellis: Got to integrate a few 1.5-mile tracks in there, and Texas is a great area for our series to head to. Plus, it’s Texas. Texas is awesome.

  • 5. Road Atlanta

    Ellis: This track has already seen many teams testing there and has deserved a headlining event for a long time. Long straightaways, fast corners, elevation changes, everything a road course should be.

  • 6. Charlotte Motor Speedway

    Berryhill: Being a home race for most drivers, spirits are high and racing is fast.

  • 7. Bristol Motor Speedway

    Berryhill: The Last Great Coliseum. Enough said.

  • 8. Gateway Motorsports Park

    Berryhill: Gateway is Martinsville on steroids. It's a worn-out racetrack that fuels fun racing.

  • 9. Salem Speedway

    Berryhill: 33-degree-banked half-mile. The abrasive surface provides for great two- to three-lane racing.

  • 10. Dover International Speedway

    Ellis: I’m biased, but I love Dover. It's a track we really have to work hard on, and we’re flying around that place.

  • 11. Darlington Raceway

    Berryhill: Darlington -- The Lady in Black. It’s good to change your luck every once in a while.

  • 12. Daytona (second race)

    Ellis: I’d have a hard time taking away the July Daytona race. Every plate race provides some excitement and allows for the smaller teams to compete.

  • 13. Eldora Speedway

    Berryhill: Dirt, dirt, dirt! Life is better slideways.

  • 14. Kentucky Speedway

    Ellis: The repave should make for a whole different racetrack.

  • 15. Iowa Speedway

    Ellis: Iowa has done a great job supporting our XFINITY Series races, and the races usually provide a good bit of drama.

  • 16. Richmond International Raceway

    Ellis: Good area for the series to head to, and Richmond has been fun as of late.

  • 17. Nazareth Speedway

    Berryhill: Nazareth, home to a lot of good short-track racing. This track is a one-mile tri-oval racetrack that races much like Phoenix.

  • 18. Watkins Glen International (Full Course)

    Ellis: The current course has made for some exciting racing, but the full course will mix things up even more. There's a lot more low-speed corners that could lead to more contact and shifting, two things fans love about road course racing.

  • 19. New Hampshire Motor Speedway

    Berryhill: A fun little track in a beautiful area of the country.

  • 20. Slinger Speedway (Wisconsin)

    Berryhill: This quarter-mile bullring with 33-degree banking is the only track I've actually lost track of what corner I'm in.

  • 21. I-70 Speedway (Missouri)

    Berryhill: I-70 is unlike any other racetrack. It's high-banked like Bristol, but bumpier than anything. Provides a thrilling sensation for the drivers and fans.

  • 22. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

    Ellis: My favorite track of all time, and I’ll always push for more road courses. This track flows so well and is so much fun to drive. It's great place to catch a race.

  • 23. Road America

    Ellis: Beer, brats, cheese and a beautiful racetrack. One of the best road courses in the country with one of the best fan atmospheres. Deserves a Sprint Cup race.

  • 24. Nashville Superspeedway

    Berryhill: This 1.5-mile racetrack races more like a short track than any other. For that reason, we NEED it on the schedule.

  • 25. Talladega Superspeedway

    Ellis: Plate races are always exciting. Ever been to ‘Dega? If not, you need to head there to see why we could never take this off the list.

  • 26. Martinsville Speedway

    Ellis: The Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series shouldn’t get to have all the fun.

  • 27. Bristol (night race)

    Ellis: Do I really need to explain why Bristol deserves two races? Also, having Martinsville and Bristol back-to-back could lead to some real drama.

  • 28. Pocono Raceway

    Ellis: A lot of fun to drive, and the Tricky Triangle provides a challenge for many drivers. It really races like a road course.

  • 29. Homestead-Miami Speedway (Chase cutoff race)

    Ellis: This keeps Miami as a headlining event without keeping it as a championship race.

  • 30. Winchester Speedway (Chase Race No. 1)

    Berryhill: The high banks of Winchester. It features gritty racing on the fence. Doesn’t get any better.

  • 31. Circuit of the Americas (Chase Race No. 2)

    Ellis: We need a road course in the Chase, and this is a high profile one.

  • 32. Auto Club Speedway (Chase Race No. 3)

    Ellis: Over the last couple years, California has provided some of the best races NASCAR has seen.

  • 33. Knoxville Raceway (Chase Race No. 4)

    Berryhill: Do we need to give a reason?

  • 34. Darlington Raceway (Chase Race No. 5 - the season-finale)

    Ellis: Darlington. 100- or 150-lap race for the championship. Need I say more?

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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