2013 Nationwide schedule announced

NASCAR officials released the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule Tuesday, adding a trip to Mid-Ohio for the first time in series history.

Mid-Ohio, a 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course in Lexington, marks the return of NASCAR to the state home base of sponsor, Nationwide Insurance.

“With Mid-Ohio on the schedule, the NASCAR Nationwide Series has another opportunity to lead the way at a new venue,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “This gives us the opportunity to bring the series’ signature side-by-side racing to a new fan base, and build enthusiasm among race fans that have yet to experience the unparalleled experience of attending a NASCAR event.

“This is a competitive and well-balanced schedule that challenges our drivers and teams with a variety of different tracks and distances. It’s a schedule that the fans will enjoy.”

The series will have six standalone races: Iowa Speedway (June 8 and Aug. 3), Chicagoland Speedway (July 21), Kentucky Speedway (Sept. 21), Road America (June 22) and Mid-Ohio (Aug. 17).

Here is the full schedule for 2013:

2/23, Daytona International Speedway
3/2, Phoenix International Raceway
3/9, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/16, Bristol Motor Speedway
3/23, Auto Club Speedway
4/12, Texas Motor Speedway
4/26, Richmond International Raceway
5/4, Talladega Superspeedway
5/10, Darlington Raceway
5/25, Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/1, Dover International Speedway
6/8, Iowa Speedway
6/15, Michigan International Speedway
6/22, Road America
6/28, Kentucky Speedway
7/5, Daytona International Speedway
7/13, New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/21, Chicagoland Speedway
7/27, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
8/3, Iowa Speedway
8/10, Watkins Glen International
8/17, Mid-Ohio
8/23, Bristol Motor Speedway
8/31, Atlanta Motor Speedway
9/6, Richmond International Raceway
9/14, Chicagoland Speedway
9/21, Kentucky Speedway
9/28, Dover International Speedway
10/5, Kansas Speedway
10/11, Charlotte Motor Speedway
11/2, Texas Motor Speedway
11/9, Phoenix International Raceway
11/16, Homestead-Miami Speedway

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