2014 Nationwide Series Schedule Released
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR today announced the 2014 schedule for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the 33rd season of racing for the second-most popular motorsports series in the United States.
“As it continues to provide great racing for our fans, the NASCAR Nationwide Series is also a launching pad for our rising talent,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “It’s exciting to watch the growth of current and former series drivers Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. among others in their progression to challenge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars like Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick. Those former NASCAR Nationwide Series champions also make up a majority of this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers.”
For the third consecutive season, the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule will consist of 33 races on intermediate venues, road courses and short tracks. Three road course races will again be showcased, including Road America (June 21), Watkins Glen Int’l (Aug. 9) and Mid-Ohio (Aug. 16), which is located less than 60 miles from Nationwide Insurance’s Columbus, Ohio headquarters.
ESPN networks will continue to provide live broadcasts of the entire schedule in 2014.
Changes to next season’s schedule include three date shifts from the 2013 edition: Darlington Raceway will hold its race a month earlier (April 11), while the first Iowa Speedway event is now slated for May 18 (it had previously been held in June). Texas Motor Speedway’s date moved one week earlier in the calendar to April 4; the Texas and Darlington date changes coincide with the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule released earlier this week. Chicagoland Speedway’s standalone event on July 19 will return to a night race for the first time since hometown driver Justin Allgaier won there in 2011.
Daytona Int’l Speedway hosts the season opener on Feb. 22 while the series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway is set for Nov. 15. Six “standalone” dates are also included on the 2014 schedule. These races have been a major part of the series’ identity throughout its history, putting the spotlight squarely on series regulars vying for the championship. Iowa Speedway will host two standalones (May 18 and Aug. 2), along with Chicagoland, Kentucky Speedway (Sept. 20), Road America and Mid-Ohio.
For the sixth straight year, NASCAR and Nationwide Insurance will partner to bring back the popular “Dash 4 Cash” bonus program for drivers and fans alike. The unique program rewards and recognizes NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship contenders and adds elements of unpredictability and drama leading up to and during the designated “Dash 4 Cash” races. An announcement on the complete 2014 program details will be released at a later date.
2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Schedule
Date – Track – Location
Feb. 22 – Daytona Int’l Speedway – Daytona Beach, Fla.
March 1 – Phoenix Int’l Raceway – Avondale, Ariz.
March 8 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, Nev.
March 15 – Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tenn.
March 22 – Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, Calif.
April 4 – Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth, Texas
April 11 – Darlington Raceway – Darlington, S.C.
April 25 – Richmond Int’l Raceway – Richmond, Va.
May 3 – Talladega Superspeedway – Talladega, Ala.
May 18 – Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa
May 24 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, N.C.
May 31 – Dover Int’l Speedway – Dover, Del.
June 14 – Michigan Int’l Speedway – Brooklyn, Mich.
June 21 – Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wis.
June 27 – Kentucky Speedway – Sparta, Ky.
July 4 – Daytona Int’l Speedway – Daytona Beach, Fla.
July 12 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, N.H.
July 19 – Chicagoland Speedway – Joliet, Ill.
July 26 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, Ind.
Aug. 2 – Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa
Aug. 9 – Watkins Glen Int’l – Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Aug. 16 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, Ohio
Aug. 22 – Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tenn.
Aug. 30 – Atlanta Motor Speedway – Hampton, Ga.
Sept. 5 – Richmond Int’l Raceway – Richmond, Va.
Sept. 13 – Chicagoland Speedway – Joliet, Ill.
Sept. 20 – Kentucky Speedway – Sparta, Ky.
Sept. 27 – Dover Int’l Speedway – Dover, Del.
Oct. 4 – Kansas Speedway – Kansas City, Kan.
Oct. 10 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, N.C.
Nov. 1 – Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth, Texas
Nov. 8 – Phoenix Int’l Raceway – Avondale, Ariz.
Nov. 15 – Homestead-Miami Speedway – Homestead, Fla.