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NASCAR Tweaks '14 Sprint Cup Schedule, But Major Moves Likely On Hold Until '15
Published October 16, 2013
DELAYING THE SHAKEUP: USA TODAY's Jeff Gluck notes there had been talk about "major changes" for the '14 schedule, but '15 -- when NBC joins with current partner Fox to replace ESPN and TNT as NASCAR broadcasters -- "seems like a better opportunity for a shakeup." O'Donnell said, "As ... all the television partners come in and make a really big bet on NASCAR, we're going to do the right thing and put events in the most successful position we believe they should be in." But he said that those changes "might not include more short tracks, a road course in the Chase or fewer races on the schedule." O'Donnell said that NASCAR is "pleased with its current variety of tracks and is comfortable with a 36-race schedule" (USA TODAY, 10/16). SPORTING NEWS' Bob Pockrass noted with NBC doing the final 20 Cup races in '15, it "likely would want a marquee event to kick off its schedule." The way it is now, that "would be Kentucky ... probably one that NBC would prefer not be where it celebrates its return to Cup racing for the first time" since '06. With Ford's 10-year deal to sponsor the season-ending event at Homestead-Miami Speedway expiring after '14, NASCAR "could more easily move that race." ISC also "controls the opening Chase for the Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway, where NASCAR fights significant competition in the market in mid-September" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 10/15).