NASCAR Race Start Times For 2017 Schedule Unveiled (Update)

UPDATE NASCAR has pushed back its start times to later in the afternoon for better ratings. IndyCar had done the same thing. Now NASCAR will step all over the IndyCar broadcasts driving their ratings lower. IndyCar has the choice to move them to early afternoon, but that too will result in lower ratings. Make no mistake of NASCAR's double-win strategy.

07/27/16

NASCAR has released the starting times for 2017 races in all three national series.

Among the biggest changes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the first night race for next year will be May 13 at Kansas Speedway. The spring race at Texas Motor Speedway — typically run under the lights — moves to an afternoon green flag (1:30 p.m. ET).

Eight races from the first half of the season will move their afternoon starting times from 1 p.m. ET to 2 p.m. ET or later, including the season-opening Daytona 500 with a 2 p.m. ET start on Feb. 26, 2017.

The four races at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway move from 1 p.m. ET starts to 3 p.m. ET green flags.

The later starting time is also the case for most of the second half of the season. The green flag will drop at 3 p.m. ET next year at Watkins Glen International and the Chase opener at Chicagoland. The rest of the Chase looks more similar to 2015 with 2 p.m. ET starts at New Hampshire, Dover and Talladega, and a slightly later 3 p.m. start at Kansas Speedway.

The season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway will again begin at 2:30 p.m.

As for the XFINITY Series, there will be seven night races including a three-race swing from Iowa Speedway (June 24) to Daytona (June 30) and Kentucky (July 7).

Its two stand-alone road course races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Road America in Wisconsin will start at 3:30 p.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET, respectively.

Both its season-opening race at Daytona and finale at Homestead will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will have a decidedly night-time look with 14 of its 23 races held under the lights.

The season opens with a 7:30 p.m. ET green flag at Daytona. There is an eight-race swing of starts at 5 p.m. ET or later between the May 12 race at Kansas (8:30 p.m.) and culminating with the hugely popular event at Eldora Speedway (9 p.m.) on July 19.

See the full schedules below.

Note: All times listed are ET. Subject to change.

2017 SPRINT CUP SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE LOCATION NETWORK RACE START RADIO
2/18 The Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway FS1 8 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
2/19 Daytona 500 Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway FOX 3 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
2/23 Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway FS1 7 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
2/26 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway FOX 2 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
3/5 Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX 2:30 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
3/12 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
3/19 Phoenix International Raceway FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
3/26 Auto Club Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
4/2 Martinsville Speedway FS1 2 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
4/9 Texas Motor Speedway FOX 1:30 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
4/23 Bristol Motor Speedway FOX 2 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
4/30 Richmond International Raceway FOX 2 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
5/7 Talladega Superspeedway FOX 2 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
5/13 Kansas Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
5/20 NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 6 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
5/28 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX 6 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
6/4 Dover International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
6/11 Pocono Raceway FS1 3 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
6/18 Michigan International Speedway FS1 3 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
6/25 Sonoma Raceway FS1 3 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
7/1 Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway NBC 7:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
7/8 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
7/16 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
7/23 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBC 3 p.m. IMS/Sirius XM
7/30 Pocono Raceway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
8/6 Watkins Glen International NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
8/13 Michigan International Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
8/19 Bristol Motor Speedway NBC 7:30 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
9/3 Darlington Raceway NBCSN 6 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
9/9 Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
9/17 Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
9/24 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
10/1 Dover International Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
10/7 Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN 7 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
10/15 Talladega Superspeedway NBC 2 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
10/22 Kansas Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
10/29 Martinsville Speedway NBCSN 1 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
11/5 Texas Motor Speedway NBC 2 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
11/12 Phoenix International Raceway NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
11/19 Homestead-Miami Speedway NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM


2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE LOCATION NETWORK RACE START RADIO
2/25 Daytona International Speedway FS1 3:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
3/4 Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
3/11 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 4 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
3/18 Phoenix International Raceway FOX 4 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
3/25 Auto Club Speedway FS1 4 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
4/8 Texas Motor Speedway FOX 1:30 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
4/22 Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 12:30 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
4/29 Richmond International Raceway FS1 12:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
5/6 Talladega Superspeedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
5/27 Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 1 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
6/3 Dover International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
6/10 Pocono Raceway FOX 1 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
6/17 Michigan International Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
6/24 Iowa Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
6/30 Daytona International Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
7/7 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
7/15 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 4 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
7/22 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. IMS/Sirius XM
7/29 Iowa Speedway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
8/5 Watkins Glen International NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
8/12 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
8/18 Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
8/27 Road America NBC 3 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
9/2 Darlington Raceway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
9/8 Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
9/16 Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
9/23 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
9/30 Dover International Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
10/6 Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
10/21 Kansas Speedway NBC 3 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
11/4 Texas Motor Speedway NBCSN 8:30 p.m. PRN/Sirius XM
11/11 Phoenix International Raceway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
11/18 Homestead-Miami Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM


2017 CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE LOCATION NETWORK RACE START RADIO
2/24 Daytona International Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
3/4 Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 4:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
4/1 Martinsville Speedway FS1 2:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
5/12 Kansas Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
5/19 Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
6/2 Dover International Speedway FS1 5:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
6/9 Texas Motor Speedway FS1 8 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
6/17 Gateway Motorsports Park FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
6/23 Iowa Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
7/6 Kentucky Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
7/19 Eldora Speedway FS1 9 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
7/29 Pocono Raceway FS1 1 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
8/12 Michigan International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
8/16 Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
9/3 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park FS1 2:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
9/15 Chicagoland Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
9/23 New Hampshire Motor Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
9/30 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
10/14 Talladega Superspeedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
10/28 Martinsville Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
11/3 Texas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
11/10 Phoenix International Raceway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM
11/17 Homestead-Miami Speedway FS1 8 p.m. MRN/Sirius XM

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