NASCAR announces 2017 race start times
The green flag waves in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).
By AMANDA VINCENT
On Wednesday, NASCAR released its 2017 race start times for its three national series — Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck. The release announcing the race start times also included announced that the date of the 2018 Daytona 500 would be Feb. 18, a week earlier than in recent years, including the upcoming 2017 race date.
In the time being, for 2017, race start times, in general, will be later with the aim of having races end closer to or in prime time. According to the NASCAR release, the decision was made to start races later to bring checkered flags to larger television audiences.
And speaking of TV audiences, 17 Sprint Cup races in 2017 will air on broadcast TV, as in they’ll be shown on NBC and FOX, while others will be shown, primarily, on FOX Sports 1 and the NBC Sports Network. Races to be shown on FOX or NBC include premier races like the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, the Brickyard 400 and Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Ford EcoBoost 400 season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“It’s our responsibility, collectively as an industry, to ensure the sport is healthy, strong and growing by delivering great racing in a way that best meets the needs of our fans,” NASCAR Senior Vice President of Broadcasting and Production Steve Herbst said.
Since race dates for 2017 were released earlier this year, dates have chanced for an Xfinity Series race and a Camping World Truck Series race. The Xfinity Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., has been moved to Aug. 27. Meanwhile, the Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park has been moved to Sept. 3, the same day as the Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
Here’s a look at the 2017 schedule, complete with race start times (times ET) for the Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck series:
2017 NASCAR Cup Series Schedule
(Date, Location, Network, Race Start Time)
The Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway FS1 8 p.m.
DAYTONA 500 Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway FOX 3 p.m.
Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway FS1 7 p.m.
DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway FOX 2 p.m.
3/5 Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX 2:30 p.m.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m.
Phoenix International Raceway FOX 3:30 p.m.
Auto Club Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m.
4/2 Martinsville Speedway FS1 2 p.m.
4/9 Texas Motor Speedway FOX 1:30 p.m.
Bristol Motor Speedway FOX 2 p.m.
Richmond International Raceway FOX 2 p.m.
5/7 Talladega Superspeedway FOX 2 p.m.
5/13 Kansas Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m.
5/20 All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 6 p.m.
5/28 Coca-Cola 600 atvCharlotte Motor Speedway FOX 6 p.m.
6/4 Dover International Speedway FS1 1 p.m.
6/11 Pocono Raceway FS1 3 p.m.
6/18 Michigan International Speedway FS1 3 p.m.
6/25 Sonoma Raceway FS1 3 p.m.
7/1 Daytona International Speedway NBC 7:30 p.m.
7/8 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
7/16 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m.
7/23 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBC 3 p.m.
Pocono Raceway NBCSN 3 p.m.
8/6 Watkins Glen International NBCSN 3 p.m.
Michigan International Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m.
Bristol Motor Speedway NBC 7:30 p.m.
9/3 Darlington Raceway NBCSN 6 p.m.
9/9 Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m.
Dover International Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m.
Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN 7 p.m.
Talladega Superspeedway NBC 2 p.m.
Kansas Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m.
Martinsville Speedway NBCSN 1 p.m.
Texas Motor Speedway NBC 2 p.m.
Phoenix International Raceway NBC 2:30 p.m.
Homestead-Miami Speedway NBC 2:30 p.m.