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2015 NASCAR Schedules announced

All three major series
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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NASCAR released its 2015 schedule of races for all three of its national series on Tuesday, realigning the dates for several tracks, including moving the Southern 500 back to its traditional spot on Labor Day weekend.

Changes for Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway are among the major alterations to the 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, plus two non-points events. The season begins Feb. 22 with the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway and ends Nov. 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, site of the season finale since 2002.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will expand from 22 to 23 races next season, adding an early season date at Atlanta. The NASCAR Nationwide Series, which will gain new title sponsorship in 2015, remains at 33 races. The news was announced Tuesday on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Sports Network.

NASCAR Executive Vice President & Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell credited stakeholders across NASCAR with working together to put out all three national series schedules at once in August, earlier than the usual mid-September release date.

"It was really a result of some great collaboration from the entire industry," O'Donnell said. "The tracks recognized this was an opportunity for us if we could collectively, with NBC and FOX coming on board, look at some of the venues that may have had challenged dates and put them in a better position to succeed.

"We also knew that getting the schedule out early for all three series was really important for the fans. If we were able to get that out ahead of time, a lot of our fans plan vacations around races so getting them notice early was really the goal for the entire industry."

The move of Darlington's Sprint Cup date to Sept. 6 rekindles a sense of history for NASCAR's oldest superspeedway, which hosted stock-car racing's first 500-mile race in 1950. The crown-jewel event and the surrounding pageantry became a staple of early September in the South Carolina sandhills until 2003. Since then, the Southern 500 has been held in November (2004), on Mother's Day weekend (2005-13) and mid-April (this season).

Next season, Darlington will become the next-to-last race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason begins. "Back to its traditional roots of Labor Day, we anticipate an early afternoon start on Sunday for that event," O'Donnell said.

The 2015 Chase will be contested on the current 10 tracks, starting Sept. 20 at Chicagoland Speedway. Richmond International Raceway will remain host to the regular-season finale on Sept. 12.

Atlanta, which had held the Labor Day weekend spot since 2009, shifts its lone Sprint Cup race to March 1. The 1.54-mile track, which first hosted NASCAR's top division in 1960, had held stock-car races in either March or early April with regularity from 1963 to 2010. Atlanta also adds the Truck Series to its late winter weekend; the Hampton, Georgia track last hosted the circuit in 2012.

As announced last Friday at the World's Fastest Half-Mile, Bristol Motor Speedway's daytime Sprint Cup race will shift deeper into the spring on April 19, pushing it from race No. 4 this season to race No. 8 in 2015.

Other enhancements to the 2015 NASCAR schedules:

-- Instead of crisscrossing the country four times in the early part of the schedule as in recent years, Atlanta's move to race No. 2 on the Sprint Cup schedule allows for a Western swing before the calendar dives headlong into spring. Las Vegas Motor Speedway will remain the third race on the slate, but will be followed by Phoenix International Raceway (formerly race No. 2) and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, which stays put as the fifth race of the year. The Nationwide Series, which runs companion events with the Sprint Cup tour for races No. 1 through 5, shifts its schedule accordingly.

"In talking to both SMI and ISC, looking at the promotional efforts that could be put around three races in a row versus going east, west and back and forth, a lot of the marketing assets that a lot of the companies have in terms of hospitality, being able to do some really cool things for the fans," O'Donnell said. "Sometimes we weren't able to deliver that for each race market because of the travel back and forth. Now when you're out west for three straight weeks, the fans can expect that same cool NASCAR experience at all three venues."

-- The newly added truck race for Atlanta will form a rare same-day doubleheader with the Nationwide Series on Feb. 28. It's the first time that a scheduled doubleheader has run at the same track since 2009 at Auto Club. "We put together a full day of Trucks and then Cup practice and then a Nationwide race," O'Donnell said.

-- Daytona will host its traditional mid-summer Coke Zero 400 on a Sunday next season. "Probably late afternoon to primetime for Sunday," O'Donnell said of a start time. "and celebrate an additional fireworks show so we thought it was a great opportunity for the fans."

-- The Sprint Cup schedule will add an idle weekend at the end of August, after Bristol's annual night race and before the Southern 500. Adding the break will provide respite for drivers and teams on what is currently a run of 17 races in 17 weeks to the end of the season. The off weekends are April 5 (Easter), June 21 (Father's Day) and August 30.

-- The third off weekend for the Sprint Cup tour will become a road-racing weekend for the other two national series. "(It's) really just a quirk in the schedule in terms of where the weekends fall out," O'Donnell said. "If you knew you wanted to end Homestead traditionally where we did for the season before Thanksgiving, and you backed that up and have Labor Day in there as well as an anchor date, it just fell in place for an additional off week for 2015." The Nationwide Series' now-annual trip to Road America in Wisconsin will slide from late June to late August, running the same weekend that the truck series returns for a third straight season to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario.

-- Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway will flip-flop their current October race weekends.

-- Kentucky Speedway's lone Sprint Cup race will return to early July. The track hosted its Sprint Cup debut on July 9, 2011, but has run in late June in every year since. It will continue as a tripleheader weekend for all three national series.

-- The addition of a Father's Day weekend off will move Sonoma Raceway's Sprint Cup date back one week, to the final weekend in June. O'Donnell said the Father's Day off week for the Cup Series was "a result of some stakeholder conversations with some other competing sporting events that happen to be going on that weekend as well so we just thought it was best for us. The timing worked out great for us from a Father's Day perspective to take that weekend off. A lot of our drivers are fathers. We'll take that week off and head into Sonoma."

-- The two non-points races will remain at the same dates and places on the schedule. The Sprint Unlimited kick-off race for the previous year's Coors Light Pole Award winners will be run at Daytona the week before the Daytona 500. The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race remains at Charlotte, one week ahead of the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend.

-- NASCAR will race on the Ohio dirt of Eldora Speedway for a third straight year with the Camping World Truck Series. The third annual Mudsummer Classic will be scheduled July 22.

-- When asked about a mid-week event for the Sprint Cup Series, O'Donnell said, "It's certainly worked for the Trucks with Eldora and in Bristol as well. It is something that we've looked at from time to time, but a Cup event is so big and there's so much effort into the travel and the assets that go into that event that I think that would be down the road if ever considered."

The 2015 NASCAR national series schedules (non-points races noted in parentheses):

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (36 points races, two non-points events)

Sat. Feb. 14 Daytona (Sprint Unlimited) FOX MRN, SiriusXM
Thurs. Feb. 19 Daytona (Duel) FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. Feb. 22 Daytona FOX MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. March 1 Atlanta FOX  PRN, SiriusXM
Sun. March 8 Las Vegas FOX PRN, SiriusXM
Sun. March 15 Phoenix FOX MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. March 22 Auto Club FOX MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. March 29 Martinsville FOX MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. April 11 Texas FOX PRN, SiriusXM
Sun. April 19 Bristol FOX PRN, SiriusXM
Sat. April 25 Richmond FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. May 3 Talladega FOX MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. May 9 Kansas FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. May 16 Charlotte (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. May 24 Charlotte FOX PRN, SiriusXM
Sun. May 31 Dover FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. June 7 Pocono FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. June 14 Michigan FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. June 28 Sonoma FOX Sports 1 PRN, SiriusXM
Sun. July 5 Daytona NBC MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. July 11 Kentucky NBC Sports Network PRN, SiriusXM
Sun. July 19 New Hampshire NBC Sports Network PRN, SiriusXM
Sun. July 26 Indianapolis NBC Sports Network
Sun. Aug. 2 Pocono NBC Sports Network MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. Aug. 9 Watkins Glen NBC Sports Network MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. Aug. 16 Michigan MRN, SiriusXM NBC Sports Network
Sat. Aug. 22 Bristol NBC Sports Network PRN, SiriusXM
Sun. Sept. 6 Darlington NBC MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Sept. 12 Richmond, NBC Sports Network MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. Sept. 20 Chicagoland NBC Sports Network MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. Sept. 27 New Hampshire NBC Sports Network PRN, SiriusXM
Sun. Oct. 4 Dover NBC Sports Network MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Oct. 10 Charlotte NBC PRN, SiriusXM
Sun. Oct. 18 Kansas NBC MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. Oct. 25 Talladega NBC Sports Network MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. Nov. 1 Martinsville NBC Sports Network MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. Nov. 8 Texas NBC PRN, SiriusXM
Sun, Nov. 15 Phoenix NBC MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. Nov. 22 Homestead-Miami NBC MRN, SiriusXM


NASCAR Nationwide Series (33 points races)
Sat. Feb. 21 Daytona FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Feb. 28 Atlanta FOX Sports 1 PRN, SiriusXM
Sat. March 7 Las Vegas FOX Sports 1 PRN, SiriusXM
Sat. March 14 Phoenix FOX MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. March 21 Auto Club FOX Sports 1  MRN, SiriusXM
Fri. April 10 Texas FOX Sports 1 PRN, SiriusXM
Sat. April 18 Bristol FOX Sports 1 PRN, SiriusXM
Fri. April 24 Richmond FOX Sports 1  MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. May 2 Talladega FOX MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. May 17 Iowa FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. May 23 Charlotte FOX PRN, SiriusXM
Sat. May 30 Dover FOX MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. June 13 Michigan FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. June 20 Chicagoland FOX Sports 1  MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. July 4 Daytona NBC Sports Network  MRN, SiriusXM
Fri. July 10 Kentucky NBC Sports Network PRN, SiriusXM
Sat. July 18 New Hampshire NBC Sports Network PRN, SiriusXM
Sat. July 25 Indianapolis NBC IMS, SiriusXM
Sat. Aug. 1 Iowa NBC Sports Network MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Aug. 8 Watkins Glen NBC Sports Network  MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Aug. 15 Mid-Ohio NBC Sports Network  MRN, SiriusXM
Fri. Aug. 21 Bristol NBC Sports Network PRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Aug. 29 Road America NBC Sports Network MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Sept. 5 Darlington NBC MRN, SiriusXM
Fri. Sept. 11 Richmond NBC Sports Network MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Sept. 19 Chicagoland NBC Sports Network MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Sept. 26 Kentucky NBC Sports Network PRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Oct. 3 Dover NBC Sports Network MRN, SiriusXM
Fri. Oct. 9 Charlotte NBC Sports Network PRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Oct. 17 Kansas NBC Sports Network MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Nov. 7 Texas NBC PRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Nov. 14 Phoenix NBC Sports Network MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Nov. 21 Homestead-Miami NBC MRN, SiriusXM


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (23 points races)
Fri. Feb. 20 Daytona FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Feb. 28 Atlanta FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. March 28 Martinsville FOX Sports 1  MRN, SiriusXM
Fri. May 8 Kansas FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Fri. May 15 Charlotte FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Fri. May 29 Dover FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Fri. June 5 Texas FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. June 13 Gateway FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Fri. June 19 Iowa FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Thurs. July 9 Kentucky FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Wed. July 22 Eldora FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Aug. 1 Pocono FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Aug. 15 Michigan FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Wed. Aug. 19 Bristol FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sun. Aug. 30 Canada FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Fri. Sept. 18 Chicagoland FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Sept. 26 New Hampshire FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Oct. 3 Las Vegas FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Oct. 24 Talladega FOX MRN, SiriusXM
Sat. Oct. 31 Martinsville FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Fri. Nov. 6 Texas FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Fri. Nov. 13 Phoenix FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM
Fri. Nov. 20 Homestead-Miami FOX Sports 1 MRN, SiriusXM

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