NASCAR Cup Series set for 2022’s only off-weekend

Daniel Suarez, Trackhouse, Chris Buescher, RFK Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Daniel Suarez, Trackhouse, Chris Buescher, RFK Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

After 16 points races, the one and only off weekend on the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule is slated to take place this weekend.

After 17 consecutive weekends of NASCAR Cup Series racing, starting with the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Cup Series drivers and teams are finally set to have the opportunity to take a deep breath.

Of course, not all 17 of these races were points races.

Texas Motor Speedway hosted the All-Star Race on Sunday, May 22, but you can hardly consider this an “off weekend” for the drivers and teams.

So after 16 points races, the Cup Series is set for its lone off weekend of the 2022 season.

The 2022 season got started a week later than the 2021 season (53 weeks later as opposed to 52) because of the fact that Presidents’ Day, which is annually observed on the third Monday of February, was the earliest it could have possibly been last year and the latest it could have possibly been this year.

But the season is still scheduled to end on the first Sunday in November, just like it did last year, as there is no two-week hiatus for the Summer Olympics this summer.

In fact, the Cup Series didn’t even have off for Easter weekend. Before this year, the series had not run a race on Easter Sunday since the 1989 season.

This weekend is Father’s Day weekend, and it is the final — and only — off weekend for the Cup Series prior to the 2022 season finale at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, November 6.

Beginning with next Sunday’s race at Nashville Superspeedway, the Cup Series is set for 20 consecutive weekends of racing, including 10 in the regular season and 10 in the playoffs, to determine this year’s champion.

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Action is scheduled to resume next Sunday, June 26 with the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. This race is set to be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET, making it NBC’s first race of the season. Begin your free trial of FuboTV today so you don’t miss any of the action!