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Atlanta moves to March, Darlington to Labor Day on NASCAR 2015 schedule

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Atlanta Motor Speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup date will move to March 1, the second race of the season, while the legendary Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway moves back to it's traditional Labor Day weekend date. / Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images for NASCAR
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – NASCAR announced today its national series schedules for the 2015 season, featuring date enhancements to races at some of its most storied tracks along with a pair of long-term broadcast partners that will provide the exciting action to the sport’s fans.

"The 2015 NASCAR national series schedules promise to provide our fans with the compelling competition and story lines 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 finales 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."

Key date changes featuring Darlington Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, some of NASCAR’s most tradition-laden tracks, highlight the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Following the 57th running of the Daytona 500 Feb. 22 on FOX, Atlanta Motor Speedway will host the season’s second race weekend (March 1), while Darlington returns to its traditional Labor Day weekend date (Sept. 6). The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Atlanta for the first time since 2012 as part of a unique doubleheader on Feb. 28 with the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Additionally, Daytona’s always-anticipated July race weekend takes on a different look as the Sunday, July 5 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race marks the return of broadcast partner NBC.

A big "west-coast swing" during the schedule’s early stages spotlights markets where NASCAR’s fan base is growing and sponsor opportunities are on the rise. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series run on three consecutive weekends, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7-8, Phoenix International Raceway on March 14-15 and Auto Club Speedway on March 21-22.

Bristol’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spring date moves deeper into the calendar from mid-March to April 19. Dates for the spring races at Phoenix and Texas Motor Speedway (April 11) step back one week from their 2014 schedule slots.

From the season-opening weekend at Daytona through June’s events, FOX and FOX Sports 1 will combine to serve as the broadcast home of all races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Starting in July at Daytona through the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, including each series’ championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NBC and NBCSN will carry the second-half action for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. The entire 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will be broadcast exclusively on FOX and FOX Sports 1. On radio, programming surrounding the 2015 NASCAR season along with the national series race calls can be heard on Motor Racing Network (MRN) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN). The Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s radio network will carry the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series events at IMS.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will feature 36 events including two standout non-points races – the Sprint Unlimited on Feb. 14 at Daytona and the 31st annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16. Soon to have a new entitlement partner, the NASCAR Nationwide Series once again contests 33 races, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series increases to 23 events next season with the addition of the Atlanta date.

When running concurrently during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series companion weekends, the date changes are also reflected on the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedules. There are nine companion weekends on the 2015 schedule that feature all three national series along with 18 combination weekends between the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series and seven dual events where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series run together.

There are six "stand-alones" on next year’s NASCAR Nationwide Series calendar, starting May 17 at Iowa Speedway. Included among those are two road-course races, at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 15 and Road America on Aug. 29. The later Road America date takes the place of the former Atlanta date. There are seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stand-alone races and two Wednesday appearances – on the dirt at Eldora Speedway on July 22 and at Bristol on Aug. 19. Iowa hosts the trucks three weeks earlier in 2015, on June 19. And the series again runs internationally on Aug. 30 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule (Subject To Change)
Feb. 14 -- Daytona (Sprint Unlimited) / FOX / MRN
Feb. 15 -- Daytona (Daytona 500 Qualifying) / FOX / MRN
Feb. 19 -- Daytona (Duel) / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
Feb. 22 -- Daytona / FOX / MRN
March 1 -- Atlanta / FOX / PRN
March 8 -- Las Vegas / FOX / PRN
March 15 -- Phoenix / FOX / MRN
March 22 -- Auto Club / FOX / MRN
March 29 -- Martinsville / FOX / MRN
April 11 -- Texas / FOX / PRN
April 19 -- Bristol / FOX / PRN
April 25 -- Richmond / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
May 3 -- Talladega / FOX / MRN
May 9 -- Kansas / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
May 16 -- Charlotte (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
May 24 -- Charlotte / FOX / PRN
May 31 -- Dover / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
June 7 -- Pocono / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
June 14 -- Michigan / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
June 28 -- Sonoma / FOX Sports 1 / PRN
July 5 -- Daytona / NBC / MRN
July 11 -- Kentucky / NBC Sports Network / PRN
July 19 -- New Hampshire / NBC Sports Network / PRN
July 26 -- Indianapolis / NBC Sports Network / IMS
Aug. 2 -- Pocono / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Aug. 9 -- Watkins Glen / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Aug. 16 -- Michigan / MRN / NBC Sports Network
Aug. 22 -- Bristol / NBC Sports Network / PRN
Sept. 6 -- Darlington / NBC / MRN /
Sept. 12 -- Richmond, NBC Sports Network / MRN
Sept. 20 -- Chicagoland / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Sept. 27 -- New Hampshire / NBC Sports Network / PRN
Oct. 4 -- Dover / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Oct. 10 -- Charlotte / NBC / PRN
Oct. 18 -- Kansas / NBC / MRN
Oct. 25 -- Talladega / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Nov. 1 -- Martinsville / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Nov. 8 -- Texas / NBC / PRN
Nov. 15 -- Phoenix / NBC / MRN
Nov. 22 -- Homestead-Miami / NBC / MRN

2015 NASCAR Nationwide Series Schedule (Subject To Change)
Feb. 21 -- Daytona / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
Feb. 28 -- Atlanta / FOX Sports 1 / PRN
March 7 -- Las Vegas / FOX Sports 1 / PRN
March 14 -- Phoenix / FOX / MRN
March 21 -- Auto Club / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
April 10 -- Texas / FOX Sports 1 / PRN
April 18 -- Bristol / FOX Sports 1 / PRN
April 24 -- Richmond / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
May 2 -- Talladega / FOX / MRN
May 17 -- Iowa / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
May 23 -- Charlotte / FOX / PRN
May 30 -- Dover / FOX / MRN
June 13 -- Michigan / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
June 20 -- Chicagoland / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
July 4 -- Daytona / NBC Sports Network / MRN
July 10 -- Kentucky / NBC Sports Network / PRN
July 18 -- New Hampshire / NBC Sports Network / PRN
July 25 -- Indianapolis / NBC / IMS
Aug. 1 -- Iowa / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Aug. 8 -- Watkins Glen / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Aug. 15 -- Mid-Ohio / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Aug. 21 -- Bristol / NBC Sports Network / PRN
Aug. 29 -- Road America / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Sept. 5 -- Darlington / NBC / MRN
Sept. 11 -- Richmond / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Sept. 19 -- Chicagoland / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Sept. 26 -- Kentucky / NBC Sports Network / PRN
Oct. 3 -- Dover / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Oct. 9 -- Charlotte / NBC Sports Network / PRN
Oct. 17 -- Kansas / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Nov. 7 -- Texas / NBC / PRN
Nov. 14 -- Phoenix / NBC Sports Network / MRN
Nov. 21 -- Homestead-Miami / NBC / MRN

2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Subject To Change)
Feb. 20 -- Daytona / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
Feb. 28 -- Atlanta / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
March 28 -- Martinsville / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
May 8 -- Kansas / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
May 15 -- Charlotte / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
May 29 -- Dover / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
June 5 -- Texas / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
June 13 -- Gateway / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
June 19 -- Iowa / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
July 9 -- Kentucky / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
July 22 -- Eldora / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
Aug. 1 -- Pocono / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
Aug. 15 -- Michigan / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
Aug. 19 -- Bristol / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
Aug. 30 -- Canada / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
Sept. 18 -- Chicagoland / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
Sept. 26 -- New Hampshire / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
Oct. 3 -- Las Vegas / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
Oct. 24 -- Talladega / FOX / MRN
Oct. 31 -- Martinsville / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
Nov. 6 -- Texas / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
Nov. 13 -- Phoenix / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
Nov. 20 -- Homestead-Miami / FOX Sports 1 / MRN
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