The Frontstretch: 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule Released by Thomas Bowles -- Thursday October 17, 2013

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2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule Released

Thomas Bowles · Thursday October 17, 2013

 

This week, NASCAR announced next year’s Sprint Cup schedule with just minor adjustments. Still at 36 races, the season begins in February at Daytona, includes the ten-race Chase playoff (with the same ten tracks) and concludes at Homestead-Miami Speedway in mid-November.

The full schedule, with television partners is listed below for your convenience. Feel free to copy, paste, and save to your calendar! Any major adjustments to last year’s schedule are marked in RED and noted at the bottom of the list.

2014 Sprint Cup Schedule
36 Races (plus two non-points events)

Saturday night, February 15th: Sprint Unlimited at Daytona
(EXHIBITION)
TV: FOX Sports 1
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

Sunday, February 16th: Daytona 500 Qualifying
TRACK: Daytona International Speedway
TV: FOX
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

Thursday, February 20th: Daytona Duel Qualifying Races
TV: FOX Sports 1
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

1) Sunday, February 23rd: Daytona 500
TV: FOX
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

2) Sunday, March 2nd: Phoenix 500K
TV: FOX
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

3) Sunday, March 9th: Las Vegas 400
TV: FOX
RADIO: PRN, SIRIUSXM

4) Sunday, March 16th: Bristol 500
TV: FOX
RADIO: PRN, SIRIUSXM

5) Sunday, March 23rd: Auto Club 400
TV: FOX
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

6) Sunday, March 30th: Martinsville 500
TV: FOX
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

7) Sunday, April 6th: Texas 500
TV: FOX
RADIO: PRN, SIRIUSXM

8) Saturday night, April 12th: Southern 500 at Darlington
TV: FOX
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

April 20th – EASTER (OFF WEEK)

9) Saturday night, April 26th: Richmond 400
TV: FOX
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

10) Sunday, May 4th: Talladega 500
TV: FOX
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

11) Saturday night, May 10th: Kansas 400
TV: FOX
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

Saturday night, May 17th: Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte
TV: FOX Sports 1
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

12) Sunday, May 25th: Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte
TV: FOX
RADIO: PRN, SIRIUSXM

13) Sunday, June 1st: Dover 400
TV: FOX
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

14) Sunday, June 8th: Pocono 500
TV: TNT
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

15) Sunday, June 15th: Michigan 400
TV: TNT
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

16) Sunday, June 22nd: Sonoma Road Race
TV: TNT
RADIO: PRN, SIRIUSXM

17) Saturday night, June 28th: Kentucky 400
TV: TNT
RADIO: PRN, SIRIUSXM

18) Saturday night, July 5th: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona
TV: TNT
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

19) Sunday, July 13th: New Hampshire 301
TV: TNT
RADIO: PRN, SIRIUSXM

Sunday, July 20th (OFF WEEK)

20) Sunday, July 27th: Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis
TV: ESPN
RADIO: IMS, SIRIUSXM

21) Sunday, August 3rd: Pocono 400
TV: ESPN
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

22) Sunday, August 10th: Watkins Glen Road Race
TV: ESPN
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

23) Sunday, August 17th: Michigan 400
TV: ESPN
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

24) Saturday night, August 23rd: Bristol Night Race (500)
TV: ABC
RADIO: PRN, SIRIUSXM

25) Sunday, August 31st: Atlanta 500
TV: ESPN
RADIO: PRN, SIRIUSXM

26) Saturday night, September 6th: Richmond 400 (Regular Season Finale)
TV: ABC
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

27) Sunday, September 14th: Chicagoland 400 (Chase begins)
TV: ESPN
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

28) Sunday, September 21st: New Hampshire 300
TV: ESPN
RADIO: PRN, SIRIUSXM

29) Sunday, September 28th: Dover 400
TV: ESPN
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

30) Sunday, October 5th: Kansas 400
TV: ESPN
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

31) Saturday night, October 11th: Charlotte 500
TV: ABC
RADIO: PRN, SIRIUSXM

32) Sunday, October 19th: Talladega 500
TV: ESPN
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

33) Sunday, October 26th: Martinsville 500
TV: ESPN
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

34) Sunday, November 2nd: Texas 500
TV: ESPN
RADIO: PRN, SIRIUSXM

35) Sunday, November 9th: Phoenix 500K
TV: ESPN
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

36) Sunday, November 16th: Homestead-Miami 400
TV: ESPN
RADIO: MRN, SIRIUSXM

SCHEDULE NOTES: Kansas has been moved to Mother’s Day Weekend, swapped with Darlington and turned into a Saturday night race. It’ll be the first night race in Kansas history. Darlington, meanwhile will move into Kansas’ old mid-April slot and still run its 500-mile race on a Saturday night.

Last but not least, Texas’ Spring race will be run on a Sunday, not a Saturday night so as not to conflict with the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. That event, along with Martinsville moves “up” a week as NASCAR’s off weekend remains paired with Easter.

In addition to the schedule, NASCAR Vice President Steve O’Donnell announced Tuesday the Air Titan will be made available at all racetracks beginning next season. What the sport touts as revolutionary technology, this machine dramatically speeds track-drying after a rain delay and is being developed for use not just at the Cup level, but across all divisions.

“We suffered more than ever before this year with rain-outs at our weekly series tracks,” O’Donnell explained. “Our goal is to develop this so that it’s feasible for a short track to be able to purchase one of these or be given the technology and use that for their tracks as well. It’s really a game-changer not only at the national series [level], but all throughout racing.”

No financial terms were disclosed as to how NASCAR “sold” the Air Titan nationally. The equipment was unavailable last month at Chicagoland, due to cost concerns which helped contribute to a messy rain delay that saw a day race end at near midnight ET. As for the schedule itself, O’Donnell acknowledged officials are looking at possible major changes, in coordination with new TV partner NBC coming on board in 2015 but claims any type of adjustment, to either the Chase or racetracks themselves is a long-term process.

“It’s not as easy as just flipping the switch and moving one,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that come into play with weather, TV calendars, travel. So it’s something that we’re taking a bigger look at every year. I think that we’re more open than we’ve ever been to looking at those things.”

The Nationwide and Truck Series schedules are expected to be released next week. NASCAR and Eldora have confirmed their dirt race will return, for a second season in the Truck Series on Wednesday, July 23rd.

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