Many NASCAR traditions have changed during recent years, but at least one is coming back.
The Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway returning to its traditional Labor Day weekend date is among many changes NASCAR makes to its 2015 schedule for the Sprint Cup Series.
NASCAR officially released next year’s schedule for its premier series . Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and also the spring races at Phoenix International Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway have date changes too. The 400-mile event at Daytona in July continues to be moved from Saturday night to Sunday night.
The 500 will proceed to Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. A start time has not been set. The Darlington date was certainly one of just a handful of changes in next year’s Cup schedule.
Atlanta’s lone Cup race weekend, the newest track to occupy the Labor Day weekend, will proceed to the second race of the season.
The spring race weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, that has been beset by attendance problems, will proceed to a April 19 in 2015.
There remain 36 Cup points races. The season will open Feb. 22 at Daytona Beach, Fla., and conclude Nov. 22 at Homestead, Fla. The 10 races which make up the championship Chase stay the same.
Charlotte Motor Speedway again will host two points races – the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 and also the Oct. 10 Bank of America 500. The track will also host the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 16.
In the season-opening weekend at Daytona through the month of June, FOX and FOX Sports 1 will televise all Sprint Cup races. Starting in July at Daytona and concluding in November at Homestead, NBC and NBC Sports Network will broadcast the 2nd half of the season.
The Nationwide series, that will get a new name next season, again may have 33 races in 2015 with no new tracks on the schedule.
The Truck series schedule will increase to 23 races, with one event added to the Atlanta race weekend. The Truck race at Atlanta will operate on Saturday, Feb. 28, like a doubleheader with the Nationwide series.