Later start times, schedule changes announced by NASCAR for 2017 and beyond

 

The 2017 Daytona 500 will start an hour later in 2017 and a week later in 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The 2017 Daytona 500 will start an hour later in 2017 and a week later in 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

We may not know exactly what the Cup series will be called in 2017, but we do know that many of the races will start later in the day, and that for 2018 the NASCAR season will start a week earlier.

NASCAR, FOX Sports and NBC Sports revealed the start times for the 2017 season Wednesday for the Cup, Xfinity and Truck series. The 2017 schedules had been announced in May.  A total of 17 national series events will start closer to primetime, a move that allows NASCAR racing to reach larger audiences.

In addition, a total of 17 NASCAR Cup Series points races will air on broadcast television, including the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on FOX. The Brickyard 400 and the NASCAR Cup Series championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway, will be on NBC.

“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,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “Earlier insight on start times benefits not only fans, but also our teams and tracks, as it provides more opportunities to plan travel and to purchase race tickets.”

As part of Wednesday’s announcement two dates were shifted since the initial release of the 2017 schedule in May. The NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Road America will move to Aug. 27 on NBC, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park will now take place on Sept. 3, airing on FS1 prior to the NASCAR Cup Series event at Darlington Raceway on NBCSN.

Also revealed Wednesday, the 2018 Daytona 500 will move to Feb. 18 during Presidents Day weekend.  The season opener held a traditional Presidents Day weekend until 2011 when it was moved forward a week to avoid a potential conflict with the NFL Super Bowl.  NASCAR said it and its partners are still working on the rest of the 2018 schedule.

2017 NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

Date Location Network Race Start Radio
2/18 The Unlimited at

Daytona International Speedway

FS1

 

8 p.m.

 

MRN / SiriusXM
2/19 DAYTONA 500 Qualifying at

Daytona International Speedway

FOX

 

3 p.m.

 

MRN / SiriusXM
2/23 Can-Am Duel at

Daytona International Speedway

FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
2/26 DAYTONA 500 at

Daytona International Speedway

FOX 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
3/5 Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX 2:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
3/12 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
3/19 Phoenix International Raceway FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
3/26 Auto Club Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
4/2 Martinsville Speedway FS1 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
4/9 Texas Motor Speedway FOX 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
4/23 Bristol Motor Speedway FOX 2 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
4/30 Richmond International Raceway FOX 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/7 Talladega Superspeedway FOX 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/13 Kansas Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/20 NASCAR All-Star Race at

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FS1 6 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/28 Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX 6 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
6/4 Dover International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/11 Pocono Raceway FS1 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/18 Michigan International Speedway FS1 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/25 Sonoma Raceway FS1 3 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
7/1 Daytona International Speedway NBC 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
7/8 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
7/16 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
7/23 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBC 3 p.m. IMS / SiriusXM
7/30 Pocono Raceway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/6 Watkins Glen International NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/13 Michigan International Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/19 Bristol Motor Speedway NBC 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
9/3 Darlington Raceway NBCSN 6 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/9 Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/17 Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/24 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
10/1 Dover International Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
10/7 Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN 7 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
10/15 Talladega Superspeedway NBC 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
10/22 Kansas Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
10/29 Martinsville Speedway NBCSN 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/5 Texas Motor Speedway NBC 2 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
11/12 Phoenix International Raceway NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/19 Homestead-Miami Speedway NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM

 

2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule 

Date Location Network Race Start Radio
2/25 Daytona International Speedway FS1 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
3/4 Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
3/11 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 4 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
3/18 Phoenix International Raceway FOX 4 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
3/25 Auto Club Speedway FS1 4 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
4/8 Texas Motor Speedway FOX 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
4/22 Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 12:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
4/29 Richmond International Raceway FS1 12:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/6 Talladega Superspeedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/27 Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 1 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
6/3 Dover International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/10 Pocono Raceway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/17 Michigan International Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/24 Iowa Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/30 Daytona International Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
7/7 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
7/15 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 4 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
7/22 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. IMS / SiriusXM
7/29 Iowa Speedway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/5 Watkins Glen International NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/12 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/18 Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
8/27 Road America NBC 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/2 Darlington Raceway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/8 Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/16 Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/23 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
9/30 Dover International Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
10/6 Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
10/21 Kansas Speedway NBC 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/4 Texas Motor Speedway NBCSN 8:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
11/11 Phoenix International Raceway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/18 Homestead-Miami Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM

 

2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule

Date Location Network Race Start Radio
2/24 Daytona International Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
3/4 Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 4:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
4/1 Martinsville Speedway FS1 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/12 Kansas Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/19 Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/2 Dover International Speedway FS1 5:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/9 Texas Motor Speedway FS1 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/17 Gateway Motorsports Park FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/23 Iowa Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
7/6 Kentucky Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
7/19 Eldora Speedway FS1 9 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
7/29 Pocono Raceway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/12 Michigan International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/16 Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/3 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park FS1 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/15 Chicagoland Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/23 New Hampshire Motor Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/30 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
10/14 Talladega Superspeedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
10/28 Martinsville Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/3 Texas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/10 Phoenix International Raceway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/17 Homestead-Miami Speedway FS1 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM

 

All times eastern. Subject to change.

 

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