Darlington, US west coast highlight 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar
|By Mark Glendenning||Wednesday, August 27th 2014, 08:20 GMT|
A date reshuffle for some of NASCAR's most storied events and a three-race swing through western America are the main features of the 2015 Sprint Cup schedule, which was released on Tuesday.
Darlington will return to its traditional Labor Day weekend date in early September for the first time in 11 years, while Bristol's spring race will be shuffled back a few weeks from mid-March to mid-April.
Following the season-opening Daytona 500 on February 22 and the second race at Atlanta, the series will head west to visit Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fontana on consecutive weekends in March; returning to that side of the country again in August for the road course race at Sonoma.
"I like the western swing and how they have a bigger track, short track, bigger track," said points leader Jeff Gordon.
"I haven't talked to the team about how they would possibly coordinate that, but it is possible to make sort of a western hub and bring some equipment from the shop so you don't have to go back and forth, which could be a big help."
Three weekends off have been incorporated; the final coming in late August just before the Chase begins. The season will close at Homestead on November 22.
2015 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SCHEDULE
Feb 14 Daytona International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited) Feb 15 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 qualifying) Feb 19 Daytona International Speedway (Duels) Feb 22 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500) Mar 3 Atlanta Motor Speedway Mar 8 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Mar 15 Phoenix International Raceway Mar 22 Auto Club Speedway Mar 29 Martinsville Speedway Apr 11 Texas Motor Speedway Apr 19 Bristol Motor Speedway Apr 25 Richmond International Raceway May 3 Talladega Superspeedway May 9 Kansas Speedway May 16 Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR Sprint All-Star race) May 24 Charlotte Motor Speedway May 31 Dover International Speedway Jun 7 Pocono Raceway Jun 14 Michigan International Speedway Jun 28 Sonoma Raceway Jul 5 Daytona International Speedway Jul 11 Kentucky Speedway Jul 19 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Jul 26 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Aug 2 Pocono Raceway Aug 9 Watkins Glen International Aug 16 Michigan International Speedway Aug 22 Bristol Motor Speedway Sep 6 Darlington Raceway Sep 12 Richmond International Raceway Sep 20 Chicagoland Speedway Sep 27 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Oct 4 Dover International Speedway Oct 10 Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct 18 Kansas Speedway Oct 25 Talladega Superspeedway Nov 1 Martinsville Speedway Nov 8 Texas Motor Speedway Nov 15 Phoenix International Raceway Nov 22 Homestead-Miami Speedway