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Changes to NASCAR’s premier series are minimal for 2014, but major changes could still be coming for the following year.
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Sprint Cup drivers in practice for April's race in Martinsville. In 2014, Martinsville will host races on March 30 and Oct. 26.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There were no surprises Tuesday when NASCAR revealed the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule because a date swap between Darlington and Kansas had already been announced by the respective tracks.
NASCAR did confirm that its track drying system Air Titan will be at all Sprint Cup events next season.
If any major changes are coming, it won’t happen until 2015. That’s when NBC takes over the final 20 races of the Cup schedule and NASCAR could have some flexibility with race dates.
The Martinsville spring race will be on March 30, 2014. It was in April this year. The fall race will once again be the seventh leg of the Chase for the Cup, and will be held Oct. 26, 2014.
Elsewhere in the region, the races at Bristol will be on March 16, 2014 and Aug. 23, 2014. Richmond will host its two races on April, 26, 2014, and Sept. 6, 2014. As usual, the fall race in Richmond is the final event before the Chase begins a week later in Chicago.
The 2014 schedule has only two changes: Darlington and Kansas swapped spring dates, and Texas’ spring race went from a Saturday night event to Sunday to avoid a conflict with the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four in Dallas that weekend.
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