2006 schedule announced

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 2006 Schedule Announced Nationwide slate to again feature 36 races at 22 tracks in 19 states DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2005) -- The 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule was announced today, a 36-race slate starting...

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 2006 Schedule Announced
Nationwide slate to again feature 36 races at 22 tracks in 19 states

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2005) -- The 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule was announced today, a 36-race slate starting with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Daytona International Speedway and ending with the Ford 400 on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

In addition to those 36 "points" events, there also will be two "non-points" events -- the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona set for Feb. 11 and the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on May 20 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Also, the two 150-mile qualifying races for the Daytona 500 -- the Gatorade Duel at Daytona -- will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16.

There are no schedule changes from 2005 in terms of sites. Two tracks, though, have "swapped" race weeks.

Next season, Richmond International Raceway's spring race will be held on May 6, with Darlington Raceway's event on May 13; this season, Darlington preceded Richmond. Also, Kansas Speedway's 2006 event will be held Oct. 1, followed by Talladega on Oct. 8; this year, Talladega precedes Kansas. New Hampshire International Speedway again will host the initial event in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the 10-race stretch that ends the season -- and determines the series champion. The third annual "Chase" will commence Sept. 17 at NHIS.

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