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NASCAR confirms 2014 Sprint Cup calendar

NASCAR has unveiled the full schedule for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series, with the calendar showing only one minor tweak compared to this year's itinerary.
NASCAR has confirmed that there will be little change to the Sprint Cup Series season schedule in 2014, with only one minor tweak to the running order compared with this year's calendar.

"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, NASCAR's senior vice president of racing operations.

The sole change is a swap for Darlington Raceway and Kansas Speedway in the spring. With Kansas planning its first night time event, the venue will benefit from a slightly later date and so takes up the May 10 spot when evening temperatures will be in the mid 50s Fahrenheit compared with the low 40s in its usual April 12 spot, which is taken up instead by the only Darlington outing of the year in a direct exchange.

While retaining its position in the running order, Texas moves its spring date forward a week and from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon on April 6 because of NCAA men's basketball sporting events taking place in Dallas over the same weekend.

The ten Chase races remain the same, with Richmond International Raceway on September 6 the last race before the play-offs begin at Chicagoland Speedway the following week, and the final race of the season being staged at the traditional Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16.

NASCAR also announced that it would be making its innovative new Air Titan track drying system available at every Cup race weekend in 2014, after its successful introduction in April this year at Martinsville and fine-tuning at further select events in 2013.

"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," said O'Donnell.

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule

February 15: Daytona International Speedway - Sprint Unlimited
February 16: Daytona International Speedway - Daytona 500 Qualifying
February 20: Daytona International Speedway - Duels
February 23: Daytona International Speedway - Daytona 500

March 2: Phoenix International Raceway - Subway Fresh Fit 500
March 9: Las Vegas Motor Speedway - KOBALT Tools 400
March 16: Bristol Motor Speedway - Food City 500
March 23: Auto Club Speedway - Auto Club 400
March 30: Martinsville Speedway - STP Gas Booster 500

April 6: Texas Motor Speedway - NRA 500
April 12: Darlington Raceway - Bojangles' Southern 500
April 26: Richmond International Raceway - Toyota Owners 400

May 4: Talladega Superspeedway - Aaron's 499
May 10: Kansas Speedway - STP 400
May 17: Charlotte Motor Speedway - Showdown/Sprint All-Star Race
May 25: Charlotte Motor Speedway - Coca-Cola 600

June 1: Dover International Speedway - FedEx 400
June 8: Pocono Raceway - Party in the Poconos 400
June 15: Michigan International Speedway - Quicken Loans 400
June 22: Sonoma Raceway - Toyota Save Mart 350
June 28: Kentucky Speedway - Quaker State 400

July 5: Daytona International Speedway - Coke Zero 400
July 13: New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Camping World RV Sales 301
July 27: Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Crown Royal Brickyard 400

August 3: Pocono Raceway - GoBowling.com 400
August 10: Watkins Glen International - Cheez-it 355 at The Glen
August 17: Michigan International Speedway - Pure Michigan 400
August 23: Bristol Motor Speedway - IRWIN Tools Night Race
August 31: Atlanta Motor Speedway - AdvoCare 500

September 6: Richmond International Raceway - Federated Auto Parts 400
September 14: Chicagoland Speedway - GEICO 400 *
September 21: New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Sylvania 300 *
September 28: Dover International Speedway - AAA 400 *

October 5: Kansas Speedway - Hollywood Casino 400 *
October 11: Charlotte Motor Speedway - Bank of America 500 *
October 19: Talladega Superspeedway - Camping World RV Sales 500 *
October 26: Martinsville Speedway - Goody's 500 *

November 2: Texas Motor Speedway - AAA Texas 500 *
November 9: Phoenix International Raceway - AdvoCare 500 *
November 16: Homestead-Miami Speedway - Ford EcoBoost 400 *

* denotes 2014 Chase play-off race
Race names shown reflect 2013 sponsorship



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