CONCORD, N.C. -- As the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season races ahead, Tuesday afternoon, NASCAR announced the full slate for the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series.
And there are a handful of notable changes.
Starting at the beginning of the season, The Clash and Daytona 500 qualifying will now both be held on the same day -- Feb. 11, 2018 -- at Daytona International Speedway.
Additionally, the Daytona 500 has moved back to President's Day weekend.
Other changes include the first Richmond International Raceway event returning to Saturday night, shifting the Chicagoland Speedway weekend to the regular season and making the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the final race prior to the playoffs.
There are also alterations to the playoff schedule itself, including a second race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway kicking off the postseason. The second Richmond race -- previously the regular-season finale -- moves into the first round of the playoffs, which will now conclude with a trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Most notably, that Charlotte race will now be run on the venue's road course instead of its 1.5-mile oval.
One final change sees Dover International Speedway move to the first race of the second round of the playoffs.
The full 2018 NASCAR Cup Series schedule can be seen below.
|2018 NASCAR CUP SERIES SCHEDULE|
|Feb. 11||Daytona International Speedway (The Clash/Daytona 500 qualifying)|
|Feb. 15||Daytona International Speedway (Duels)|
|Feb. 18||Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500)|
|Feb. 25||Atlanta Motor Speedway|
|March 4||Las Vegas Motor Speedway|
|March 11||Phoenix International Raceway|
|March 18||Fontana, California|
|March 25||Martinsville Speedway|
|April 8||Texas Motor Speedway|
|April 15||Bristol Motor Speedway|
|April 21||Richmond International Raceway|
|April 29||Talladega Superspeedway|
|May 6||Dover International Speedway|
|May 12||Kansas Speedway|
|May 19||Charlotte Motor Speedway (All-Star Race)|
|May 27||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|June 3||Pocono Raceway|
|June 10||Michigan International Speedway|
|June 24||Sonoma Raceway|
|July 1||Chicagoland Speedway|
|July 7||Daytona International Speedway|
|July 14||Kentucky Speedway|
|July 22||New Hampshire Motor Speedway|
|July 29||Pocono Raceway|
|Aug. 5||Watkins Glen International|
|Aug. 12||Michigan International Speedway|
|Aug. 18||Bristol Motor Speedway|
|Sept. 2||Darlington Raceway|
|Sept. 9||Indianapolis Motor Speedway|
|Sept. 16||Las Vegas Motor Speedway|
|Sept. 22||Richmond International Raceway|
|Sept. 30||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Oct. 7||Dover International Speedway|
|Oct. 14||Talladega Superspeedway|
|Oct. 21||Kansas Speedway|
|Oct. 28||Martinsville Speedway|
|Nov. 4||Texas Motor Speedway|
|Nov. 11||Phoenix International Raceway|
|Nov. 18||Homestead-Miami Speedway|