Kansas Speedway retains races at night and in the Chase

08/26/2014 5:05 PM

08/26/2014 7:03 PM

Kansas Speedway will continue to have a Saturday night Sprint Cup race and again be part of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2015.

NASCAR announced its schedule for the 2015 season Tuesday. The dates for Kansas Speedway’s Sprint Cup races will be Saturday night, May 9 and Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18.

The 2015 spring race will mark the second straight year for a Saturday-night race on Mother’s Day weekend, while the fall event will be a week later than usual and serve as the fifth race in the Chase.

While Kansas Speedway officials had expressed a desire for a night race later in the spring or early summer, track president Pat Warren said he was content with the early May date.

“We had discussions about that,” Warren said of a later date, “but we were really happy with what happened in May. I didn’t push real hard for (a change). We’re happy where we are in the schedule. If at some point, somebody in that window where we were looking to move wanted to move, we might do it. But not if there is any negative impact on anyone else.”

The fall race will be on Oct. 18 because Charlotte Motor Speedway wanted Oct. 11, which precedes the Columbus Day holiday.

In addition to the Cup races at Kansas Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will run Friday night, May 8, while the NASCAR Nationwide Series will return to Kansas Speedway on Oct. 17 for the Kansas Lottery 300.

Other changes to NASCAR’s schedule included Darlington’s regaining its traditional Labor Day weekend race (Sept. 6) that it held for 53 years, and Atlanta hosting the second race weekend (March 1) following the Daytona 500. Atlanta will stage a doubleheader on Feb. 28 with the trucks and Nationwide series.

Bristol’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spring date will move deeper into the calendar from mid-March to April 19. Dates for the spring races at Phoenix and Texas Motor Speedway (April 11) were moved back one week from their 2014 slots.

There remain 36 points races in the Cup schedule. The season will open Feb. 22 at Daytona Beach, Fla., and conclude Nov. 22 at Homestead, Fla. The 10 races that make up the championship Chase remain the same.

McClatchy Newspapers contributed to this report.

To reach Randy Covitz, call 816-234-4796 or send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @randycovitz.

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