2002 opening race at Daytona

The official NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2002 schedule has been announced by NASCAR in Daytona Beach, Florida. There will be 23 races on the calendar; beginning and ending at the two ISC Florida speedways. The opening race at Daytona ...

The official NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2002 schedule has been announced by NASCAR in Daytona Beach, Florida. There will be 23 races on the calendar; beginning and ending at the two ISC Florida speedways.

The opening race at Daytona International Speedway will again be a NASCAR triple-header with the Craftsman Truck Series joining the already scheduled Winston Cup Series and Busch Grand National Series. The 3rd Annual Daytona Speedweek CTS race will run on Friday, February 15. This will add to the action-pack week long festivities planned by Daytona International Speedway for the racing fans who attend Speedweek. The Budweiser Shootout starts the "race" action Sunday, February 10. The Gatorade Twin 125s take place on their traditional Thursday. The Busch race is on Saturday and Winston Cup on Sunday to wrap-up the week long festival of racing.

Bobby Dotter and Coy Gibbs. Photo by Bob Kozel.

Michigan International Speedway has been added back onto the schedule for July 27. The Truck series raced at MIS in 1999 and 2000.

NASCAR may have five additional triple-headers at Darlington Raceway (March), Dower Downs International Speedway (May/June), Richmond International Raceway (September), Phoenix International Raceway (November), and the season finale for all three series at Homestead-Miami Speedway November 15th. The Busch series still has TBA shown for several 2002 events -- Motorsport.com will update as the when the schedule is finally official for the Busch series.

The Craftsman Truck series will be paired with Winston Cup at Martinsville Speedway in April and New Hampshire International Speedway in July. They will pair with the Busch series at Milwaukee Mile in June and Indianapolis Raceway Park in August.

Texas Motor Speedway, is the only track to host a pair of races in 2002, June 7 and September 13.

The rest of the races will take place on a combination of short tracks and one-mile plus speedways including South Boston Speedway, Memphis Motorsports Park, Pikes Peak, Kentucky Speedway, and Nashville Superspeedway.

ESPN and ESPN2 are scheduled to televise all 23 races.

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