NASCAR opts for largely-unchanged 2014 Sprint Cup calendar

NASCAR has unveiled an almost unchanged schedule for its 2014 Sprint Cup season, with only a handful of minor tweaks to the dates that form the current calendar

NASCAR opts for largely-unchanged 2014 Sprint Cup calendar

As was the case this year, the 36-race calendar will begin at Daytona and finish at Homestead, with the 10-event Chase retaining the same events in the same order.

The only modifications are a date swap between Kansas and Darlington in the spring, and the move of the Texas race from Saturday evening to Sunday afternoon.

In addition to confirming the schedule, NASCAR also announced that its Air Titan track drying system will be available at every race during 2014.

NASCAR's senior vice-president of racing operations Steve O'Donnell said this would allow the series to minimise the time lost to rain delays.

"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," O'Donnell said.

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule

Feb 15    Daytona International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited)
Feb 16    Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 qualifying)
Feb 20    Daytona International Speedway (Duels)
Feb 23    Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500)
March 2   Phoenix International Raceway
March 9   Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 16  Bristol Motor Speedway
March 23  Auto Club Speedway
March 30  Martinsville Speedway
April 6   Texas Motor Speedway
April 12  Darlington Raceway
April 26  Richmond International Raceway
May 4     Talladega Superspeedway
May 10    Kansas Speedway
May 17    Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race)
May 25    Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 1    Dover International Speedway
June 8    Pocono Raceway
June 15   Michigan International Speedway
June 22   Sonoma Raceway
June 28   Kentucky Speedway
July 5    Daytona International Speedway
July 13   New Hampshire Motor Speedway
July 27   Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Aug 3     Pocono Raceway
Aug 10    Watkins Glen International
Aug 17    Michigan International Speedway
Aug 23    Bristol Motor Speedway
Aug 31    Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sept 6    Richmond International Raceway
Sept 14   Chicagoland Speedway
Sept 21   New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sept 28   Dover International Speedway
Oct 5     Kansas Speedway
Oct 11    Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct 19    Talladega Superspeedway
Oct 26    Martinsville Speedway
Nov 2     Texas Motor Speedway
Nov 9     Phoenix International Raceway
Nov 16    Homestead-Miami Speedway
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