NASCAR released its 2014 schedule, and Talladega’s Sprint Cup race weekends will be May 2-4 and Oct. 17-19. The Aaron’s Dream Weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be in May, and the October weekend will feature the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series.
“We have the same weekends in 2014 as we do this year, and that is a good thing for our fans as far as planning purposes,” Talladega Superspeedway chairman Grant Lynch said in a statement. “Both dates are also great in the fact that spring is in the air in early May and you can feel autumn in October.
“Temperatures are perfect for great racing and for family fun.”
In May of this year, the Aaron’s 499 Sprint Cup race and the Aaron’s 312 Nationwide race showcased last-lap passes for the win.
The Aaron’s 499 ended in a last-lap charge by Front Row Motorsports teammates David Ragan and David Gilliland, with Ragan taking the checkered flag. The Aaron’s 312 ended in a three-wide dash to the finish line, with Regan Smith coming out the winner.
Talladega will host its fall races this weekend, including the Camping World RV Sales 500 --- the sixth race in the Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship.
The weekend will also include the Fred’s 250 Camping World Truck Series race.
In other news Tuesday, NASCAR announced that Air Titan track dryers will be available at all of its Sprint Cup events in 2014.
“Having the Air Titan at each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend allows us to meet a very important goal set by our chairman and CEO, Brian France, to drastically decrease track-drying time to the best of our ability and ensure our fans in the stands and those watching on TV get to see each race on its scheduled day,” NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O’Donnell said.
2014 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES SCHEDULE
Feb. 15 Daytona International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited)
Feb. 16 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying)
Feb. 20 Daytona International Speedway (Duels)
Feb. 23 Daytona 500
March 2 Phoenix International Raceway
March 9 Las Vegas Motor
March 16, Bristol Motor Speedway
March 23, Auto Club Speedway
March 30, Martinsville Speedway
April 6 Texas Motor Speedway
April 12 Darlington Raceway
April 26 Richmond International Raceway
May 4 Talladega Superspeedway
May 10 Kansas Speedway
May 17 Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race)
May 25 Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 1 Dover International Speedway
June 8 Pocono Raceway
June 15 Michigan International Speedway
June 22 Sonoma Raceway
June 28 Kentucky Speedway
July 5 Daytona International Speedway
July 13 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
July 27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Aug. 3 Pocono Raceway
Aug. 10 Watkins Glen International
Aug. 17 Michigan International Speedway
Aug. 23 Bristol Motor Speedway
Aug. 31 Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sept. 6 Richmond International Raceway
Sept. 14 Chicagoland Speedway
Sept. 21 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sept. 28 Dover International Speedway
Oct. 5 Kansas Speedway
Oct. 11 Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct. 19 Talladega Superspeedway
Oct. 26 Martinsville Speedway
Nov. 2 Texas Motor Speedway
Nov. 9 Phoenix International Raceway
Nov. 16 Homestead-Miami Speedway