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Darlington on Labor Day among changes announced on 2015 Sprint Cup Series schedule

As previewed this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR announced the 2015 Sprint Cup Series schedule on Tuesday.

One of the biggest highlights of the new schedule is that Darlington Raceway gets its traditional Labor Day weekend date back. Darlington has been on the schedule since 1950, and had hosted a race every Labor day weekend until 20o3, when the date was moved to December for 20o4. The fall date was cut off in 2005, with Darlington just keeping one race a year on Mother’s Day weekend. However, going back on the traditions of the sport per the fan’s request, Darlington will run on Labor Day weekend, trading dates with Kansas Speedway.

Atlanta Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway also swapped dates, with Atlanta now a week after the Daytona 500, and Phoenix’s first date on the schedule slotted in at week four.

As announced this past weekend, Bristol has been moved to mid-April versus mid-March in hopes for warmer temperatures and less wet weather. To accomplish this, NASCAR swapped Bristol and Auto Club Speedway around, so now ACS will be the fifth race of the season.

Kentucky Speedway’s date was moved slightly, with it being moved a week after the July Daytona race, versus being before the race.

Lastly, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway will trade their fall dates, with no other changes made within the Chase for the Sprint Cup.



2015 Sprint Cup Series Schedule

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015  Sprint Unlimited, FOX

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015  Daytona 500 Qualifying, FOX

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015  Duel, FOX Sports 1

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015  Daytona 500, FOX

Sunday, March 1, 2015  Atlanta, FOX

Sunday, March 8, 2015  Las Vegas, FOX

Sunday, March 15, 2015  Phoenix, FOX

Sunday, March 22, 2015  California, FOX

Sunday, March 29, 2015  Martinsville, FOX

Sunday, April 5, 2015  Off

Saturday, April 11, 2015 — Texas, FOX

Sunday, April 19, 2015  Bristol, FOX

Saturday, April 25, 2015  Richmond, FOX Sports 1

Sunday, May 3, 2015  Talladega, FOX

Saturday, May 9, 2015  Kansas, FOX Sports 1

Saturday, May 16, 2015  Sprint All-Star, FOX Sports 1

Sunday, May 24, 2015  Charlotte, FOX

Sunday, May 31, 2015  Dover, FOX Sports 1

Sunday, June 7, 2015  Pocono, FOX Sports 1

Sunday, June 14, 2015  Michigan, FOX Sports 1

Sunday, June 21, 2015  Off

Sunday, June 28, 2015  Sonoma, FOX Sports 1

Sunday, July 5, 2015  Daytona, NBC

Saturday, July 11, 2015  Kentucky, NBCSN

Sunday, July 19, 2015  New Hampshire, NBCSN

Sunday, July 26, 2015  Indianapolis, NBCSN

Sunday, August 2, 2015  Pocono, NBCSN

Sunday, August 9, 2015  Watkins Glen, NBCSN

Sunday, August 16, 2015  Michigan, NBCSN

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015  Bristol, NBCSN

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015  Off      

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015  Darlington, NBC

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015  Richmond, NBCSN

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015  Chicagoland, NBCSN

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015  New Hampshire, NBCSN

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015  Dover, NBCSN

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015  Charlotte, NBC

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015  Kansas, NBC

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 — Talladega, NBCSN

Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015  Martinsville, NBCSN

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015  Texas, NBC

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015  Phoenix, NBC

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015  Homestead, NBC

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