NASCAR announces 2017 start times, moving closer to primetime

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NASCAR revealed the 2017 starting times for the Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday.

With consideration of the TV Partners and competition, the sanctioning body elected to move 17 national series events closer to primetime scheduling in an effort to expose the sport to a larger audience. Nearly half of the Cup point races will be featured on the primary networks of FOX and NBC — including the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, Coke Zero 400, Brickyard 400 and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 

“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.” 

Eight Xfinity and the fall truck race at Talladega Superspeedway will be televised on FOX. NASCAR has also changed two dates for NXS and NCWTS races. The NXS Road America race will be run on Sunday, Aug. 27, on NBC. The truck race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is scheduled for Sept. 3 on FS1 leading into the Southern 500 on NBCSN.

NASCAR also announced that the 2018 Daytona 500 will run on Feb. 18 over President’s Day weekend with the remainder of the Speedweeks schedule to follow.

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

Coca-Cola 600 at

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

Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at 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

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