NASCAR: When is the only off-weekend this season?

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There is only one off weekend on the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule. When is that lone weekend without on-track action set to take place?

With Presidents’ Day, which is observed annually on the third Monday in February, having been as late as it can possibly be this year on Monday, February 21, the start of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season was one week later than it was last year.

The 2022 season began on Sunday, February 20 with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

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Last year, the season began on Sunday, February 14, as Presidents’ Day was as early as it could possibly be on Monday, February 15.

However, the season is still scheduled to end on the first Sunday in November this year.

While there were 53 weeks between last year’s Daytona 500 and this year’s, there are just 52 weeks between last year’s season finale at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, November 7 and this year’s season finale at the same venue on Sunday, November 6.

This year, there is no two-week hiatus in the summer because of the Summer Olympics. And this year, there wasn’t even a break for Easter; the Cup Series had its first race on Easter Sunday since the 1989 season this past Sunday, ending a 32-year streak of avoiding clashes with the holiday.

This race, which was the first race actually scheduled for Easter Sunday since 1970, was the second annual dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The lone off weekend on the 2022 schedule from the season opener to the season finale is Father’s Day weekend, the weekend between the race at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 12 and the race at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday, June 26.

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Of course, the Cup Series does have a break from points racing in May as well with the All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway scheduled for Sunday, May 22, but that really isn’t much of an “off weekend”.