2023 Xfinity Series and Truck Series schedules released too, my top 5 takeaways from them

Not only was the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series schedule released on Wednesday but so was the NASCAR Xfinity Series as well as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series’ too. Here are my takeaways from them.

Xfinity Series Road Warriors

As for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, a pair of road courses join the schedule for the first time in its four-decade history, as Names Will Be Made at Sonoma Raceway (June 10) and the Chicago Street Race (July 1). They’ll join COTA (March 25), Portland (June 3), Road America (July 29), Indianapolis (Aug. 12), Watkins Glen (Aug. 19) and the Charlotte ROVAL (Oct. 7) on the schedule.

MORE: Top takeaways from the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series schedule

That’s 8 of 33 races (24%) taking place on road courses.


SONOMA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: Tyler Reddick, driver of the #8 Childress Vineyards Chevrolet, and Chris Buescher, driver of the #17 Fastenal Ford, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 06, 2021 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Xfinity/Truck Swap Out Sonoma

Last year was the return of the Truck Series to Sonoma. However, it was a one-and-done. Next year though, it’s the Xfinity Series turn in wine country.

For the first time ever, the NASCAR Xfinity Series will challenge the picturesque rolling hills of Sonoma Raceway at the DoorDash 250 on Saturday, June 10, 2023.

NASCAR announced today the Xfinity Series will join the NASCAR Cup Series race weekend at Sonoma Raceway next year for the first time in the history of the series as part of its full 2023 season schedule release.  The Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup Series race will return to Sonoma Raceway on Sunday June 11, 2023.

The Xfinity Series is a proving ground for up-and-coming NASCAR Cup Series drivers and has produced some of NASCAR’s biggest stars. Fans will be treated to three days of racing action over the weekend.

“We are thrilled to have the Xfinity Series racing here in Sonoma for the first time ever,” said raceway executive vice president and general manager Jill Gregory. “This is part of our promise to our fans to keep raising the bar.  And we expect several of the Cup Series racers to pull double duty and run the Xfinity Series race as well.”

The 2023 date remains fixed on the same weekend as this past June. The Toyota/Save Mart 350 will span 110 laps and will run the historically popular chute configuration, adding to the fan experience with more opportunities for passing and on-track action.

Practice and qualifying times, other companion events and TV broadcast information will be provided at a later date.

This event comes a week after the Portland race.


AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 12: Trevor Bayne, driver of the #18 Devotion Nutrition Toyota, leads the field to start the NASCAR Xfinity Series United Rentals 200 at Phoenix Raceway on March 12, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Xfinity Series Playoffs

This is also a change as Bristol moves from the regular season finale to an opening round race. Talladega moves out of the playoffs to make this work meaning Round 1 will be Bristol, Texas, Charlotte ROVAL with Round 2 being Las Vegas, Homestead and Martinsville. The series will culminate with its championship race at Phoenix Raceway on Saturday, Nov. 4.


Milwaukee Is Back In Trucks, New Races Getting Put In Playoffs

This past year, IRP was brought back to the schedule. As the date and luck would have it, the race would lineup as the playoff opener. This year, Milwaukee makes a return. They’ll now be the 2nd race of the playoffs.

NASCAR is strategic. By bringing old tracks back, they’re doing so by giving them important dates on the schedule which further boosts attention to it.

What’s old is new for the ‘Tough Trucks’ as CRAFTSMAN returns to the series, as does a race at the historic Milwaukee Mile. Trucks will make a return to the Milwaukee Mile Speedway for the second race of the Round of 10 on Sunday, August 27. The visit will mark the first time the Trucks have returned to Brew City since 2009.

Knoxville Traded For Bristol

Knoxville is now off the schedule but instead of not having a dirt race for just the 2nd time since 2013, they added the Truck Series to the Bristol weekend again.

2023 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE

DateRace / Track
Saturday, February 18Daytona
Saturday, February 25Auto Club
Saturday, March 4Las Vegas
Saturday, March 11Phoenix
Saturday, March 18Atlanta
Saturday, March 25COTA
Saturday, April 1Richmond
Saturday, April 15Martinsville
Saturday, April 22Talladega
Saturday, April 29Dover
Saturday, May 13Darlington
Saturday, May 27Charlotte
Saturday, June 3Portland
Saturday, June 10Sonoma
Saturday, June 24Nashville Superspeedway
Saturday, July 1Chicago Street Race
Saturday, July 8Atlanta
Saturday, July 15New Hampshire
Saturday, July 22Pocono
Saturday, July 29Road America
Saturday, August 5Michigan
Saturday, August 12Indianapolis Road Course
Saturday, August 19Watkins Glen
Friday, August 25Daytona
Saturday, September 2Darlington
Saturday, September 9Kansas
Friday, September 15Bristol
Saturday, September 23Texas
Saturday, October 7Charlotte Roval
Saturday, October 14Las Vegas
Saturday, October 21Homestead-Miami
Saturday, October 28Martinsville
Saturday, November 4Phoenix (Championship)

2023 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE

DateRace / Track
Friday, February 17Daytona
Friday, March 3Las Vegas
Saturday, March 18Atlanta
Saturday, March 25COTA
Saturday, April 1Texas
Saturday, April 8Bristol Dirt
Friday, April 14Martinsville
Saturday, May 6Kansas
Friday, May 12Darlington
Saturday, May 20North Wilkesboro
Friday, May 26Charlotte
Saturday, June 3World Wide Technology Raceway
Friday, June 23Nashville Superspeedway
Saturday, July 8Mid-Ohio
Saturday, July 22Pocono
Saturday, July 29Richmond
Friday, August 11Lucas Oil IRP
Sunday, August 27Milwaukee
Friday, September 8Kansas
Thursday, September 14Bristol
Saturday, September 30Talladega
Saturday, October 21Homestead-Miami
Friday, November 3Phoenix (Championship)

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