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NASCAR: 2015 Cup, Nationwide and Truck schedules announced

NASCAR has announced next year's schedules for all three national-level championships, which bring some tweaks but no dramatic changes.
The complete schedules for the 2015 Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series championships have been unveiled by NASCAR.

While there are no major changes to the schedules - and crucially, no alterations to the ten-race Chase play-offs for the Cup championship - the sanctioning body has taken the opportunity to fine-tune a number of events in all three series.

At Cup level, the historic Southern 500 race at Darlington Raceway has been moved back to the September date it held for 53 years from 1950 to 2003 and will now once again be held on the Labor Day holiday weekend. Darlington's current April spot will now be taken be filled by the first race of the year at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Atlanta Motor Speedway, which has held the Labor Day weekend spot since 2010, will instead now host the year's second Cup race of the year at the start of March following the traditional curtain-raising Daytona 500. That precedes a three-week stint on the west coast in Las Vegas, Phoenix and California that will allow teams to avoid criss-crossing the country for events.

Elsewhere the second Daytona race of the year, the Coke Zero 400, will be moved from its traditional Saturday night spot to the Sunday instead in order to avoid a clash with July 4 celebrations. The event is expected to return to Saturday night on Independence Day weekend for the 2016 season.

The Nationwide Series schedule has been adjusted to fit in with the changes with the corresponding Cup venues, and also moves its Road America stand-along event from June to the end of August. That puts the event on a week off for the Cup series, and on the same weekend that the Truck Series heads to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario.

The Truck Series will expand from 22 to 23 races next season, with the addition of an early season visit to Atlanta after a two-year absence for the circuit from the line-up.

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule

February 14 - Daytona International Speedway: Sprint Unlimited
February 15 - Daytona International Speedway: Daytona 500 Qualifying
February 19 - Daytona International Speedway: Duel
February 22 - Daytona International Speedway: Daytona 500
March 1 - Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 8 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 15 - Phoenix International Raceway
March 22 - Auto Club Speedway
March 29 - Martinsville Speedway
April 11 - Texas Motor Speedway
April 19 - Bristol Motor Speedway
April 25 - Richmond International Raceway
May 3 - Talladega Superspeedway
May 9 - Kansas Speedway
May 16 - Charlotte Motor Speedway: Sprint All-Star Race
May 24 - Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 31 - Dover International Speedway
June 7 - Pocono Raceway
June 14 - Michigan International Speedway
June 28 - Sonoma Raceway
July 5 - Daytona International Speedway
July 11 - Kentucky Speedway
July 19 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
July 26 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
August 2 - Pocono Raceway
August 9 - Watkins Glen International
August 16 - Michigan International Speedway
August 22 - Bristol Motor Speedway
September 6 - Darlington Raceway
September 12 - Richmond International Raceway
September 20 - Chicagoland Speedway
September 27 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
October 4 - Dover International Speedway
October 10 - Charlotte Motor Speedway
October 18 - Kansas Speedway
October 25 - Talladega Superspeedway
November 1 - Martinsville Speedway
November 8 - Texas Motor Speedway
November 15 - Phoenix International Raceway
November 22 - Homestead-Miami Speedway

2015 NASCAR Nationwide Series Schedule

February 21 - Daytona International Speedway
February 28 - Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 7 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 14 - Phoenix International Raceway
March 21 - Auto Club Speedway
April 10 - Texas Motor Speedway
April 18 - Bristol Motor Speedway
April 24 - Richmond International Raceway
May 2 - Talladega Superspeedway
May 17 - Iowa Speedway
May 23 - Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 30 - Dover International Speedway
June 13 - Michigan International Speedway
June 20 - Chicagoland Speedway
July 4 - Daytona International Speedway
July 10 - Kentucky Speedway
July 18 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
July 25 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
August 1 - Iowa Speedway
August 8 - Watkins Glen International
August 15 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
August 21 - Bristol Motor Speedway
August 29 - Road America
September 5 - Darlington Raceway
September 11 - Richmond International Raceway
September 19 - Chicagoland Speedway
September 26 - Kentucky Speedway
October 3 - Dover International Speedway
October 9 - Charlotte Motor Speedway
October 17 - Kansas Speedway
November 7 - Texas Motor Speedway
November 14 - Phoenix International Raceway
November 21 - Homestead-Miami Speedway

2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule

February 20 - Daytona International Speedway
February 28 - Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 28 - Martinsville Speedway
May 8 - Kansas Speedway
May 15 - Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 29 - Dover International Speedway
June 5 - Texas Motor Superspeedway
June 13 - Gateway Motorsports Park
June 19 - Iowa Speedway
July 9 - Kentucky Speedway
July 22 - Eldora Speedway
August 1 - Pocono Raceway
August 15 - Michigan International Speedway
August 19 - Bristol Motor Speedway
August 30 - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
September 18 - Chicagoland Speedway
September 26 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
October 3 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway
October 24 - Talladega Superspeedway
October 31 - Martinsville Speedway
November 6 - Texas Motor Speedway
November 13 - Phoenix International Raceway
November 20 - Homestead-Miami Speedway


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