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The Addition of Mid-Ohio Highlights the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Schedule

November 13th, 2012 at 10:52 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Tuesday NASCAR released the official 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule which features 33 races. The only new track that will be joining the schedule is the Mid-Ohio road course that will take the place of the Montreal road course.

Mid-Ohio, a 2.4 mile, 15 turn track in Lexington, Ohio, will be the third of three road course races on the schedule. Road America and Watkins Glen are the other two. The race on August 17 will be the first time that NASCAR makes a trip to the state of Ohio since 2008 when the Camping World Truck Series raced at Mansfield Motorsports Park. 

"With Mid-Ohio on the schedule, the 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."

The 2013 season will be the sixth in the last nine that the Nationwide Series has had an inaugural race.

The season gets underway at Daytona International Speedway on February 23 and concludes at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16. On July 27 the Nationwide Series will make its second trip to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"This is a competitive and well-balanced schedule that challenges our drivers and teams with a variety of different tracks and distances," O'Donnell said. "It's a schedule that the fans will enjoy."

Twenty-seven of the 33 races will be on weekends when the Sprint Cup Series is at the same track. The six standalone events are both races at Iowa Speedway, Chicagoland, Kentucky, Road America, and Mid-Ohio.

While not a lot has changed on the schedule it will be another competitive season for sure and will also be the first season that Chevrolet uses the Camero.

Tags: Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, indianapolis motor speedway, Iowa Speedway, Mansfield Motorsports Park, Motorsports, NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Road America

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