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NASCAR 2015 scheduled has been released, bringing back the Southern 500

Varies tracks for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series featuring Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Dover, the Brickyard, Auto Club
Varies tracks for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series featuring Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Dover, the Brickyard, Auto Club
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The 2015 season for NASCAR was announced today, and it will have a different look. With key changes featuring Bristol Motor Speedway, Darlington Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Daytona summer race.

IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway
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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will have 36 race events including two non-points races, the Sprint Unlimited on February 14th at Daytona, and the 31st annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16th. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will highlight 33 races, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will increase to feature 23 events, adding Atlanta as the new date.

As in previous years from the season-opener at Daytona through the end of June in Sonoma, FOX and FOX Sports 1 will broadcast all races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The second half of the season from July in Daytona until the Chase for the Championship ends at Homestead-Miami, NBC and NBCSN will serve as the broadcast hub for the end of the season for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series.

FOX and FOX Sports 1 will broadcast exclusively the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. On the radio programming will be heard on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio, Motor Racing Network (MRN) as well as the Performance Racing Network (PRN). The Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s radio network will carry both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series events at IMS.

“The 2015 NASCAR National Series schedules promise to provide our fans with the compelling competition and storylines they so richly deserve,” said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “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 finale 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.

What this means is that Atlanta will be moved to the second race of the season (March 1), following the 57th running of the Daytona 500 on FOX. Along with the move to Atlanta will be a double-header with the Camping World Truck series with the Nationwide Series on February 28. The trucks have not race at the track since 2012.

The NASCAR’s premiere series features a west coast event with three weekends in March featuring Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 7-8), Phoenix International Raceway (March 14-15) and the Auto Club Speedway (March 21-22).

Bristol Motor Speedway will move to a later date from mid-March to April 19. And the Daytona race held on July 4th weekend Saturday night will be moved to Sunday night.

Darlington returns to the Labor Day weekend date of September 6, for the Southern 500, which was held at Darlington Raceway from 1950 to 2004. The Southern 500 begin as NASCAR’s first 500 mile race consisting of 367 laps, the only one until the Daytona 500 made its debut in 1959.

The schedules for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, inclusive of their respective broadcast network, are below.

2015 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES SCHEDULE
Date Site Network
2/14 Daytona International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited) FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
2/15 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying) FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
2/19 Daytona International Speedway (Duel) FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
2/22 Daytona 500 FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
3/1 Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
3/8 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
3/15 Phoenix International Raceway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
3/22 Auto Club Speedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
3/29 Martinsville Speedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
4/11 Texas Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
4/19 Bristol Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
4/25 Richmond International Raceway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
5/3 Talladega Superspeedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
5/9 Kansas Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
5/16 Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
5/24 Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
5/31 Dover International Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
6/7 Pocono Raceway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
6/14 Michigan International Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
6/28 Sonoma Raceway FOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM
7/5 Daytona International Speedway NBC, MRN, SiriusXM
7/11 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM
7/19 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM
7/26 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN, IMS, SiriusXM
8/2 Pocono Raceway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
8/9 Watkins Glen International NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
8/16 Michigan International Speedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
8/22 Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM
9/6 Darlington Raceway NBC, MRN, SiriusXM
9/12 Richmond International Raceway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
9/20 Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
9/27 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM
10/4 Dover International Speedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
10/10 Charlotte Motor Speedway NBC, PRN, SiriusXM
10/18 Kansas Speedway NBC, MRN, SiriusXM
10/25 Talladega Superspeedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
11/1 Martinsville Speedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
11/8 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, PRN, SiriusXM
11/15 Phoenix International Raceway NBC, MRN, SiriusXM
11/22 Homestead-Miami Speedway NBC, MRN, SiriusXM
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE