Sunday, February 20, 2011

Daytona 500 Will Run on Feb. 26

2012 the NASCAR season opener will move to Feb. 26, International Speedway officials announced. Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III announced NASCAR will lose the March off week that this year follows the third Sprint Cup race of the season, in Las Vegas.
To maintain the end of season schedule, the off Sprint Cup weekend typically scheduled in March will now be eliminated.

Daytona 500 Will Run on Feb. 26

Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations said : "When we look at the schedule in general, we've historically had an off week in that fourth week, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that hurts our momentum throughout the season. By being able to move the date back a week, we close up that off week, [and] NASCAR's able to keep the momentum throughout the season, which is great,"

The Super Bowl is a big event, and so is the Daytona 500, and this gives fans a chance to see both.” NASCAR’s 36-race Sprint Cup season will not be extended by the later start because the series will not take off a week in mid-March as it does now. “The decision to kick off the NASCAR racing season one week later was made in close partnership with NASCAR

The 2012 NBA all-star weekend is scheduled for nearby Orlando, which could create a conflict for fans and television viewers.

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