NASCAR reveals 2018 stage lengths

Logan Whitton/NKP

By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

One week before the opening weekend of the season, NASCAR has unveiled the stage lengths for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series.

Cup Series

The Cup Series schedule remains virtually unchanged, mirroring the stages seen in the format’s inaugural run in 2017. The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) will again utilize a special fourth stage, running four 150-mile stages throughout the night.

The stage lengths for the tour’s unique new event – the road course race on the CMS Roval – will be determined at a later date.

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stages
Track Stage 1 (ends on lap) Stage 2 (ends on lap) Final Stage (ends on lap)
Daytona International Speedway 60 120 200
Atlanta Motor Speedway 85 170 325
Las Vegas Motor Speedway 80 160 267
ISM Raceway 75 150 312
Auto Club Speedway 60 120 200
Martinsville Speedway 130 260 500
Texas Motor Speedway 85 170 334
Bristol Motor Speedway 125 250 500
Richmond Raceway 100 200 400
Talladega Superspeedway 55 110 188
Dover International Speedway 120 240 400
Kansas Speedway 80 160 267
Charlotte Motor Speedway 100 200 Stage 3 on 300, Stage 4 on 400
Pocono Raceway 50 100 160
Michigan International Speedway 60 120 200
Sonoma Raceway 25 50 110
Chicagoland Speedway 80 160 267
Daytona International Speedway 2 40 80 160
Kentucky Speedway 80 160 267
New Hampshire Motor Speedway 75 150 301
Pocono Raceway 50 100 160
Watkins Glen International 20 40 90
Michigan International Speedway 2 60 120 200
Bristol Motor Speedway 2 125 250 500
Darlington Raceway 100 200 367
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 50 100 160
Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2 80 160 267
Richmond Raceway 2 100 200 400
Charlotte Motor Speedway 2 TBD TBD TBD
Dover International Speedway 2 120 240 400
Talladega Superspeedway 2 55 110 188
Kansas Speedway 2 80 160 267
Martinsville Speedway 2 130 260 500
Texas Motor Speedway 2 85 170 334
ISM Raceway 2 75 150 312
Homestead-Miami Speedway 80 160 267

XFINITY Series

Much like NASCAR’s top tour, the XFINITY Series stage lengths remain largely unchanged for 2017.

The lone notable alterations come in events at ISM Raceway and Dover International Speedway. The four races at Phoenix and Dover will now see stages ending on laps 45 and 90 as opposed to 60 and 120, cutting 15 laps off of each stage.

Similar to their Cup counterpart, the stage lengths for the race at the CMS Roval will be announced at a later date.

2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series Stages
Track Stage 1 (ends on lap) Stage 2 (ends on lap) Final Stage (ends on lap)
Daytona International Speedway 30 60 120
Atlanta Motor Speedway 40 80 163
Las Vegas Motor Speedway 45 90 200
ISM Raceway 45 90 200
Auto Club Speedway 35 70 150
Texas Motor Speedway 45 90 200
Bristol Motor Speedway 85 170 300
Richmond Raceway 75 150 250
Talladega Superspeedway 25 50 113
Dover International Speedway 45 90 200
Charlotte Motor Speedway 45 90 200
Pocono Raceway 25 50 100
Michigan International Speedway 30 60 125
Iowa Speedway 60 120 250
Chicagoland Speedway 45 90 200
Daytona International Speedway 30 60 100
Kentucky Speedway 45 90 200
New Hampshire Motor Speedway 45 90 200
Iowa Speedway 60 120 250
Watkins Glen International 20 40 82
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 20 40 75
Bristol Motor Speedway 85 170 300
Road America 10 20 45
Darlington Raceway 45 90 147
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 30 60 100
Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2 45 90 200
Richmond International Raceway 75 150 250
Charlotte Motor Speedway TBD TBD TBD
Dover International Speedway 45 90 200
Kansas Speedway 45 90 200
Texas Motor Speedway 45 90 200
ISM Raceway 2 45 90 200
Homestead-Miami Speedway 45 90 200

Truck Series

Continuing the trend of the other two tours, NASCAR’s smallest national series will also see similar stage lengths to 2017.

The biggest change for the Truck Series garage comes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where the tour will run two races with stages ending on Lap 40 and 80. At 134 total laps, the events will be 12 laps shorter than the 350-kilometer race contested by the tour in Las Vegas during recent years.

2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Stages
Track Stage 1 (ends on lap) Stage 2 (ends on lap) Final Stage (ends on lap)
Daytona International Speedway 20 40 100
Atlanta Motor Speedway 40 80 130
Las Vegas Motor Speedway 40 80 134
Martinsville Speedway 70 140 250
Dover International Speedway 45 90 200
Kansas Speedway 40 80 167
Charlotte Motor Speedway 40 80 134
Texas Motor Speedway 40 80 167
Iowa Speedway 60 120 200
Gateway Motorsports Park 35 70 160
Chicagoland Speedway 35 70 150
Kentucky Speedway 35 70 150
Eldora Speedway 40 90 150
Pocono Raceway 15 30 60
Michigan International Speedway 30 60 100
Bristol Motor Speedway 55 110 200
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 20 40 64
Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2 40 80 134
Talladega Superspeedway 20 40 94
Martinsville Speedway 2 50 100 200
Texas Motor Speedway 2 35 70 147
ISM Raceway 40 80 150
Homestead-Miami Speedway 40 80 134

All final stages for each series will have the potential to be increased in the event of NASCAR Overtime. All races become official at the end of Stage 2, meaning cancellation event for rain or another cause after that point would signify the end of the race.

The NASCAR season will begin on Feb. 16-18, with all three championships competing in their traditional opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *