NASCAR just crowned three brand-new champions over the weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in all three of its National Series. That means we head into the long offseason over the next three months as everyone recuperates and prepares for the upcoming 2018 season.
There are several key dates and events that all fans should be marking down on their calendar.
The first event in NASCAR’s offseason will be Champion’s Week in Las Vegas from November 28 through November 30. The week will offer numerous activities to celebrate many achievements earned throughout the long and grueling Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season in 2017.
Full Champions Week Schedule:
NASCAR Fan HQ at The Park LOCATION: The Park DATE: Tuesday, November 28th – Thursday, November 30th TIME: Open Daily from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST
NASCAR Fan Lounge at Beerhaus Presented by Coors Light LOCATION: The Park, Beerhaus DATE: Tuesday, November 28th – Thursday, November 30th TIME: Open Daily from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST Join us for Champion’s Week Kicko with 2017 MENCS, NXS and NCWTS Champions DATE: Tuesday, November 28th TIME: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST
NASCAR Drivers Autograph Session LOCATION: NASCAR Fan HQ at The Park DATES: Tuesday, November 28th, and Thursday, November 30th TIMES: Tuesday 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM PST, Thursday 11:30 AM -1:00 PM PST
APPRECI88ION, An Evening with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Presented by Nationwide LOCATION: Rose. Rabbit. Lie at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas DATE: Tuesday, November 28th TIME: 9:00 PM PST – 10:30 PM PST
NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards LOCATION: Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas DATE: Wednesday, November 29th TIME: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST
NASCAR Victory Lap™ Fueled by Sunoco LOCATION: Las Vegas Blvd /Toshiba Plaza at T-Mobile Arena DATE: Wednesday, November 29th TIME: 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM PST
NASCAR Aer the Lap™ Supporting the Vegas Strong Fund DATE: Wednesday, November 29th LOCATION: The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan TIME: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM PST
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards LOCATION: Wynn Las Vegas DATE: Thursday, November 30th TIME: Red Carpet – 4:00PM PST Awards – 5:00 PM PST Broadcast live on SiriusXM and MRN Broadcast on NBCSN, 9:00PM EST/ 6:00PM PST
On December 9, the NASCAR Camping World Truck and NASCAR XFINITY Series will celebrate their champions and all of their achievements throughout 2017. This will be held at the Crown Ballroom inside the Charlotte Convention Center.
On January 19 in Charlotte, NASCAR will induct Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday, Ken Squier and Robert Yates into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. This special night will highlight all of their achievements made while working in the sport of NASCAR.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour in Charlotte will take place January 22-24. This date is important because many teams will talk about how they’re feeling going into the brand-new season. Some teams will also use the media tour to announce last minute driver changes, sponsor additions, or crew changes for the upcoming race season.
In 83 days, on February 11, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on-track action will return at Daytona International Speedway for the Advance Auto Parts Clash. The unofficial season opener event will take place shortly after qualifying for the 60th annual Daytona 500.
On Thursday, February 15, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will go green for the first of two Duel 150 races at 7:00 p.m. ET. on FS1. The two races will determine the rest of the starting field for the 60th annual ‘Great American Race’. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of both races.
On Friday, February 16, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will kick-off its season at Daytona International Speedway. A starting time and broadcast channel for the Nextra Energy Resources 250 will be announced at a later date.
On Saturday, February 17, the NASCAR XFINITY Series will begin its season at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. Like the Camping World Truck Series season opener, a starting time or broadcast channel for the Power Shares QQQ 300 has yet to be announced.
And then the big day. The Daytona 500. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will officially begin its season with the biggest stock car race in the world on February 18. The 60th annual event will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET. live on FOX and MRN.
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