Home » NASCAR - Sprint Cup Series

NASCAR Pulls Wraps Off Of 2015 Schedule

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Tuesday, August 26 2014

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.

– The Kansas Chase race will move two weeks deeper into the schedule and be run on Oct. 18. “Being a part of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is exciting for our fans and with this new date,” Kansas president Pat Warren said, “we’ll still be a part of the Contender round with the remaining championship drivers trying to win the Hollywood Casino 400 to ensure that they move on to the next round.”

– Kentucky Speedway moves from late June to July 11. That bumps New Hampshire Motor Speedway one week later and eliminates the traditional July off-weekend.

– There will be three off weekends. They fall on April 5, June 21 and Aug. 30, which is two weeks before the Chase starts at Chicagoland Speedway.

– Texas Motor Speedway’s spring race returns to Saturday night after being scheduled for a Sunday this season. The move to Sunday was forced by the NCAA basketball tournament being held in the area this season.

– NASCAR will borrow from the NHRA early in the season when it adopts a Western Swing; only NASCAR is calling it the West Coast Swing. Las Vegas occupies its traditional third spot on the schedule and starts the three-race West Coast Swing that sees NASCAR’s premier series travel from Las Vegas to Phoenix and then to Fontana, California, on successive weeks.

Here’s the full Sprint Cup Series schedule for 2015:

Feb. 14 / Daytona International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited exhibition race)

Feb. 22 / Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500)

March 1 / Atlanta Motor Speedway

March 8 / Phoenix International Raceway

March 15 / Las Vegas Motor Speedway

March 22 / Auto Club Speedway

March 29 / Martinsville Speedway

April 5 / OFF WEEK

April 11 / Texas Motor Speedway

April 19 / Bristol Motor Speedway

April 25 / Richmond International Raceway

May 3 / Talladega Superspeedway

May 9 / Kansas Speedway

May 16 / Charlotte Motor Speedway (All-Star Race)

May 24 / Charlotte Motor Speedway (Coca-Cola 600)

May 31 / Dover International Speedway

June 7 / Pocono Raceway

June 14 / Michigan International Speedway

June 21 / OFF

June 28 / Sonoma Raceway

July 5 / Daytona International Speedway

July 11 / Kentucky Speedway

July 19 / New Hampshire Motor Speedway

July 26 / Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Aug. 2 / Pocono Raceway

Aug. 9 / Watkins Glen International

Aug. 16 / Michigan International Raceway

Aug. 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway

Aug. 30 / OFF

Sept. 6 / Darlington Raceway

Sept. 12 / Richmond International Raceway

Sept. 20 / Chicagoland Speedway

Sept. 27 / New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Oct. 4 / Dover International Speedway

Oct. 10 / Charlotte Motor Speedway

Oct. 18 / Kansas Speedway

Oct. 25 / Talladega Superspeedway

Nov. 1 / Martinsville Speedway

Nov. 8 / Texas Motor Speedway

Nov. 15 / Phoenix International Raceway

Nov. 22 / Homestead-Miami Speedway

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Tuesday, August 26 2014
No Comment

Comments are closed.