On Tuesday afternoon, NASCAR released the schedules for its three national series — Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck. There were significant changes to the Sprint Cup schedule, with some of those changes reflecting Cup schedules of old. Darlington (S.C.) Raceway’s Southern 500 returns to its traditional Labor Day weekend date. As a result, the one remaining Atlanta Motor Speedway date that had been on Labor Day weekend in recent years had to be removed. The Atlanta date is moving back to the beginning of the season, as the series will make its trip to Atlanta in the second weekend of the official season.
“The 2015 NASCAR national series schedules promise to provide our fans with the compelling competition and storylines they so richly deserve,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said. “These enhancements to our race dates, particularly in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will be of benefit to our fans and other stakeholders in our industry. From the start of the season at Speedweeks at Daytona culminated by our championship finales at Homestead-Miami, we’re looking forward to the great racing that will be delivered through our outstanding television network broadcast partners FOX, FOX Sports 1, NBC and NBCSN.”
There will also be date changes for Phoenix International Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. Among those changes are the Bristol spring race moving from March to April and the Kentucky race moving from the weekend before the July 4 weekend Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway weekend to the weekend after.
Also worth noting is a slight tweek to the July Daytona schedule. The race will still be a night race on July 4 weekend, but instead of being a Saturday night race, it will be a Sunday night show.
Here’s a look at the complete 2015 Sprint Cup schedule: