NASCAR Pulls Wraps Off Of 2015 Schedule
The Southern 500 will be returning to what many think is its rightful place on the schedule. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
There were no bombshells when NASCAR unveiled its 2015 schedule on Tuesday – much to the dismay of those who wanted a road race in the Chase –but there was a cherry bomb or two.
On the move again, is the Cup date at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Moved to Labor Day Weekend a couple years back in hopes of increasing interest in an event which at one time closed out the season, Atlanta in 2015 will host its race on March 1 where it will be the second race of the year.
Moving into the Labor Day Weekend slot is the second Darlington Raceway event. It was on that date that Southern 500 become one of Cup’s crown jewel events, but falling attendance forced a move. This year, the Darlington Race, with Southern 500 name long dropped, was held in April.
As announced earlier, Bristol Motor Speedway’s spring race weekend will move later into the season beginning next year. For the past nine seasons, Bristol’s spring date has been run in March amid varied weather conditions.
Among minor moves are:
– The July race at Daytona will be run on Sunday night instead of Saturday night on Fourth of July Weekend.
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