DAYTONA BEACH, FL – NASCAR announced today the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule for the 2014 season, the 66th year of racing for the sport’s premier series.In addition to the schedule unveiling, NASCAR announced that its revolutionary Air Titan track drying system will be available at every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend throughout the 2014 season.
For the 13th consecutive year, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will consist of 36 points races as well as two additional weekends featuring non-points events. The Sprint Unlimited (Feb. 15) and two Daytona 500 qualifying races (both on Feb. 20) will take place before the season officially gets underway. The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will take place on May 17, broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
“This season has delivered plenty of drama and excitement, and we’re anticipating even more for our fans in 2014 now that the Gen-6 car has competed at every track,” said Steve O’Donnell, senior vice president of racing operations. “Having the Air Titan at each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend allows us to meet a very important goal set by our Chairman and CEO, Brian France: to drastically decrease track-drying time to the best of our ability and ensure our fans in the stands and those watching on TV get to see each race on its scheduled day.”
The season will open with the 56th running of the Daytona 500 live on FOX on Feb. 23 before moving west to Phoenix International Raceway (March 2) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 9). Four tracks will undergo spring date changes: Texas Motor Speedway will hold its event one week earlier and move from Saturday to Sunday (April 6). Darlington Raceway will feature its race on April 12. Kansas Speedway will hold its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Saturday night race, with its event shifting to May 10, while Martinsville Speedway will host the series on March 30, a week earlier than in 2013.
For the fourth consecutive season, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will start at Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 14) and conclude live on ESPN on Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Developed in-house at NASCAR’s R&D Center, the Air Titan progressed quickly following France’s directive to improve the racing product and fan experience in every form. Following testing in the summer and fall of 2012, Phase 1 of the technology was on-site at Daytona International Speedway in February. The 2012 Daytona 500 was the first to be postponed to the following day because of inclement weather.
Its race event debut was in April at Martinsville where it successfully decreased drying time in order to hold NASCAR Sprint Cup practice rather than have it cancelled. Air Titan’s biggest save to date was at Talladega Superspeedway’s rainy spring races where it shaved nearly an hour off drying time for both the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, allowing those events to be completed on their scheduled days. It also was in use Oct. 3 at Kansas for track conditioning purposes while also trimming nearly 45 minutes from drying time prior to the Goodyear zone tread tire test.
2014 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES SCHEDULE
Date Site Network
2/15 Daytona International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited) FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
2/16 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying) FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
2/20 Daytona International Speedway (Duels) FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
2/23 Daytona 500 FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
3/2 Phoenix International Raceway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
3/9 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
3/16 Bristol Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
3/23 Auto Club Speedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
3/30 Martinsville Speedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
4/6 Texas Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
4/12 Darlington Raceway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
4/26 Richmond International Raceway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
5/4 Talladega Superspeedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
5/10 Kansas Speedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
5/17 Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
5/25 Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
6/1 Dover International Speedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
6/8 Pocono Raceway TNT, MRN, SiriusXM
6/15 Michigan International Speedway TNT, MRN, SiriusXM
6/22 Sonoma Raceway TNT, PRN, SiriusXM
6/28 Kentucky Speedway TNT, PRN, SiriusXM
7/5 Daytona International Speedway TNT, MRN, SiriusXM
7/13 New Hampshire Motor Speedway TNT, PRN, SiriusXM
7/27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway ESPN, IMS, SiriusXM
8/3 Pocono Raceway ESPN, MRN, SiriusXM
8/10 Watkins Glen International ESPN, MRN, SiriusXM
8/17 Michigan International Speedway ESPN, MRN, SiriusXM
8/23 Bristol Motor Speedway ABC, PRN, SiriusXM
8/31 Atlanta Motor Speedway ESPN, PRN, SiriusXM
9/6 Richmond International Raceway ABC, MRN, SiriusXM
9/14 Chicagoland Speedway ESPN, MRN, SiriusXM
9/21 New Hampshire Motor Speedway ESPN, PRN, SiriusXM
9/28 Dover International Speedway ESPN, MRN, SiriusXM
10/5 Kansas Speedway ESPN, MRN, SiriusXM
10/11 Charlotte Motor Speedway ABC, PRN, SiriusXM
10/19 Talladega Superspeedway ESPN, MRN, SiriusXM
10/26 Martinsville Speedway ESPN, MRN, SiriusXM
11/2 Texas Motor Speedway ESPN, PRN, SiriusXM
11/9 Phoenix International Raceway ESPN, MRN, SiriusXM
11/16 Homestead-Miami Speedway ESPN, MRN, SiriusXM
The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race – Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race No. 6 – will take place at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.
About NASCAR: The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series, three international series and GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, both known for competition on road courses. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information, visit www.nascar.com and follow NASCAR at www.facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.
From Kerry Tharp / NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications