NASCAR releases 2012 lineup

Updated: September 29, 2011, 11:19 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NASCAR's 2012 schedule, released Wednesday, revealed some changes, including eliminating the off-week that traditionally had been in Week 3 of the season.

In addition, NASCAR wanted to avoid any chance of a conflict with the Super Bowl, especially when the NFL season was still in jeopardy during collective bargaining talks in the summer and the possibility the Super Bowl would be moved back a week from Feb. 5 to Feb. 11.

So NASCAR decided to start the season one ...

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