The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season has definitely been different for a number of reasons. First and foremost, motorsports fans are being treated to parity rarely seen at this level. Through the season’s first 16 points races, 12 different drivers have taken at least one checkered flag, the most recent being Daniel Suarez, the first Mexican-born winner in Cup Series history. However, a dozen winners through 16 races is still one short of the all-time record. There were 13 different winners through 16 races in 2003.
And of those 12, only four — Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano — have more than four top-five finishes.
But the parity, which has been quite entertaining in this writer’s opinion, hasn’t been the only thing that’s been a little different with this season, as the Cup Series schedule isn’t what we’ve seen in past years. For one, the season had its latest start in five years, with the Daytona 500 taking place on February 20. It was held on Valentine’s Day a year ago.
NASCAR also held a Cup Series race on Easter Sunday this year for the first time since 1989, running the divisive dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a controversial decision that many were unhappy about. For the second straight year, a race was also run on Mother’s Day Sunday, which traditionally hasn’t been a regular thing.
But the drivers will have Father’s Day off as this marks the only off week of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. And, no, All-Star weekend doesn’t count as most drivers are still competing. So that’s why you won’t find a NASCAR race on your screens on Sunday.
The Xfinity Series is also off, but the Truck Series is at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.
The remaining schedule for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series
Unlike a year ago, when the NASCAR Cup Series took two weeks off due to the Tokyo Olympics, there’s only a one-week hiatus this season. There are 10 races left in the regular season, ending with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on August 27. The NASCAR Playoffs’ Round of 16 begins the following week at Darlington Raceway.
Here’s how the remainder of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series regular season shakes out.
- Sunday, June 26: Ally 400 — Nashville Superspeedway
- Sunday, July 3: Kwik Trip 250 — Road America
- Sunday, July 10: Quaker State 400 — Atlanta Motor Speedway
- Sunday, July 17: Ambetter 301 — New Hampshire Motor Speedway
- Sunday, July 24: M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 — Pocono Raceway
- Sunday, July 31: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard — Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Sunday, August 7: Firekeepers Casino 400 — Michigan International Speedway
- Sunday, August 14: Federated Auto Parts 400 — Richmond Raceway
- Sunday, August 21: Go Bowling at the Glen — Watkins Glen International
- Saturday, August 27: Coke Zero Sugar 400 — Daytona International Speedway
Schedule courtesy of NASCAR.com