The 2013 NASCAR season may still be going on, but it’s getting ready for next year.
NASCAR released the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule Tuesday. For the 66th season, the schedule will consist of 36 points races. Coming back in 2014 are the Sprint Unlimited on February 15 and the two Daytona 500 qualifying races on February 20 to kick off the Daytona 500. The Sprint All-Star race will also return to Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17.
The season will officially kick off with the 56th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb.23.
Some changes were made on the schedule. Texas Motor Speedway will hold their spring race a week earlier and move from Saturday to Sunday. Darlington Raceway will have its race moved to April 12. Martinsville Speedway will also move up a week earlier on the schedule to March 30. Kansas Speedway will be hosting its first-ever Cup night race on May 10.
As for the championship playoff format known as the Chase, it will kick off the 10-race playoff format at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14. The season is set to conclude at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16. In 2014, the Air Titan track drying system will be making its full-time season debut and will be available at every Cup race on the schedule.
Within some of the changes for 2014 and Kansas going to a night race, it should change the style of racing that has been seen over the past few races. Also, the Air Titan going to every race track should help not only speed up the drying process, but speed up the rain delays. With the Air Titan now available at the tracks, it should allow more races to get done on race day and more quickly compared to what occurred at the Chase kickoff this year.
The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule will be the following:
2/15 Daytona International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited)
2/16 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 qualifying)
2/20 Daytona International Speedway (Duels)
2/23 Daytona 500
3/2 Phoenix International Raceway
3/9 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/16 Bristol Motor Speedway
3/23 Auto Club Speedway
3/30 Martinsville Speedway
4/6 Texas Motor Speedway
4/26 Richmond International Raceway
5/4 Talladega Superspeedway
5/10 Kansas Speedway
5/17 Charlotte Motor Speedway (All-Star Race)
5/25 Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/1 Dover International Speedway
6/8 Pocono Raceway
6/15 Michigan International Speedway
6/22 Sonoma Raceway
6/28 Kentucky Speedway
7/5 Daytona International Speedway
7/13 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
8/3 Pocono Raceway
8/10 Watkins Glen International
8/17 Michigan International Speedway
8/23 Bristol Motor Speedway
8/31 Atlanta Motor Speedway
9/6 Richmond International Raceway
9/14 Chicagoland Speedway
9/21 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
9/28 Dover International Speedway
10/5 Kansas Speedway
10/11 Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/19 Talladega Superspeedway
10/26 Martinsville Speedway
11/2 Texas Motor Speedway
11/9 Phoenix International Raceway
11/16 Homestead-Miami Speedway