2008 Nationwide Series Schedule

  • 2008 Schedule Announced For Nationwide Series: As NASCAR celebrates its 60th anniversary, the 2008 season will bring a new name – the NASCAR Nationwide Series to the nation’s second-most popular series.
    In 2008, the series – currently known as the Busch Series but in its final year of sponsorship from Anheuser-Busch – will again start its season at Daytona International Speedway (Saturday, Feb. 16) and end at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Saturday, Nov. 15).
    For the second consecutive season, there will be two international events. The series will return to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Aug. 2. And for a fourth consecutive year, the schedule includes a race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course in Mexico City, Mexico. However, for the first time in the brief history of the event, it will move from its previous date on the first Sunday in March to April 20.
    Some of the key changes to the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule include:
    * A historic doubleheader at California Speedway with the Craftsman Truck Series on Saturday, Feb. 23.
    * The Mexico City race trades slots with the event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.
    * Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s race will now fall one week earlier on March 1 and starts an early-season domino effect where three other races precede their dates by one week from last season – Atlanta Motor Speedway (March 8), Bristol Motor Speedway (March 15) and Nashville Superspeedway (March 22).
    * The order of the two races following the first open week of the season (March 29) also moves up one week. The spring race at Texas Motor Speedway will be April 5 with the Phoenix event on April 11.
    * Also, the addition of lights at Chicagoland Speedway will facilitate an inaugural Friday night show for the series there on July 11.
    There will be nine “stand-alone” events: Nashville (March 22 and June 7), Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (April 20), Kentucky Speedway (June 14), the Milwaukee Mile (June 21), Gateway International Raceway (July 19), O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis (July 26), Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (August 2) and Memphis Motorsports Park (Oct. 25).
    The Nationwide Series is scheduled for 35 races in 2008 – 26 combination events with the Sprint Cup Series and three in conjunction with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. There are 26 race tracks on the schedule divided among 20 states, Canada and Mexico. The 2008 season will mark the 60th anniversary of NASCAR, which was incorporated on Feb. 21, 1948.(NASCAR PR)(10-3-2007)


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    All times Eastern and are PM unless noted
    All times are tenative and could change

    Race# Date Race Track Network TV Start Race Start Radio Laps Miles Track Size
    1 Sat., February 16 Camping World 300 Daytona International Speedway ESPN2 12:00pm 1:15pm MRN 120 300 2.5
    2 Sat., February 23 Stater Bros. 300 California Speedway ESPN2 7:00pm 7:30pm MRN 150 300 2
    3 Sat., March 1 Sam’s Town 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway ESPN2 4:00pm 4:30pm PRN 200 300 1.5
    4 Sat., March 8 Nicorette 300 Atlanta Motor Speedway ESPN2 1:30pm 2:00pm PRN 195 300.3 1.54
    5 Sat., March 15 Sharpie Mini 300 Bristol Motor Speedway ABC 2:00pm 2:30pm PRN 300 159.9 0.533
    6 Sat., March 22 Pepsi 300 Nashville Superspeedway ESPN 2:30pm 3:00pm MRN 225 300 1.333
      Sat., March 29 Off
    7 Sat., April 5 O'Reilly 300 Texas Motor Speedway ESPN2 2:30pm 3:00pm MRN 200 300 1.5
    8 Fri., April 11 Bashas Supermarkets 200 Phoenix International Raceway ESPN2 9:30pm 9:45pm MRN 200 200 1
    9 Sun., April 20 Corona 200 Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City ESPN 1:30pm 2:00pm MRN 80 201.44 2.518
    10 Sat., April 26 Aaron's 312 Talladega Superspeedway ABC 2:30pm 3:00pm MRN 117 311.22 2.66
    11 Fri., May 2 Lipton Tea 250 Richmond International Raceway ESPN2 7:00pm 7:30pm MRN 250 187.5 .075
    12 Fri., May 9 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 Darlington Raceway
    Mother's Day Weekend
    ESPN2 7:00pm 7:30pm MRN 147 200 1.366
      Sat., May 16 Off
    13 Sat., May 24 CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 Lowe's Motor Speedway ESPN2 7:00pm 7:30pm PRN 200 300 1.5
    14 Sat., May 31 Heluva Good! 200 Dover International Speedway ESPN2 2:30pm 3:00pm MRN 200 200 1
    15 Sat., June 7 Federated Auto Parts 300 Nashville Superspeedway
    ESPN2 7:00pm 7:30pm MRN 225 300 1.333
    16 Sat., June 14 Meijer 300 Kentucky Speedway ESPN2 8:00pm 8:30pm MRN 250 300 1.5
    17 Sat., June 21 Camping World RV Rental 250 The Milwaukee Mile ESPN2 8:00pm 8:30pm MRN 250 250 1
    18 Sat., June 28 Camping World 200 New Hampshire International Speedway ABC 2:30pm 3:00pm MRN 200 211.6 1.058
    19 Fri., July 4 Winn-Dixie 250 Daytona International Speedway
    ESPN2 7:30pm 8:00pm MRN 100 250 2.5
    20 Fri., July 11 Dollar General 300 Chicagoland Speedway ESPN 7:30pm 8:00pm MRN 200 300 1.5
    21 Sat., July 19 Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 Gateway International Raceway ESPN2 9:00pm 9:30pm MRN 200 250 1.25
    22 Sat., July 26 Kroger 200 O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis ESPN 7:30pm 8:00pm MRN 200 137.2 0.686
    23 Sat., August 2 NAPA Auto Parts 200 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal ESPN2 3:00pm 3:30pm MRN 74 200.54 2.710
    24 Sat., August 9 Zippo 200 Watkins Glen International ABC 2:30pm 3:00pm MRN 82 200.9 2.45
    25 Sat., August 16 CarFax 250 Michigan International Speedway ESPN2 3:00pm 3:30pm MRN 125 250 2
    26 Fri., August 22 Food City 250 Bristol Motor Speedway ESPN 7:30pm 8:00pm PRN 250 133.25 0.533
    27 Sat., August 30 Camping World 200 California Speedway ESPN2 9:30pm 10:00pm MRN 150 300 2
    28 Fri., September 5 Emerson Radio 250 Richmond International Raceway ESPN2 7:30pm 8:00pm MRN 250 187.5 0.75
      Sat., September 13 Off
    29 Sat., September 20 Camping World RV Sales 200 Dover International Speedway ESPN2 3:00pm 3:30pm MRN 200 200 1
    30 Sat., September 27 Kansas Lottery 300 Kansas Speedway ESPN2 3:00pm 3:30pm MRN 200 300 1.5
      Sat., October 4 Off
    31 Fri., October 10 Dollar General 300 Lowe's Motor Speedway ESPN2 7:30pm 8:00pm PRN 200 300 1.5
      Sat., October 18 Off
    32 Sat., October 25 Kroger On Track for the Cure 250 Memphis Motorsports Park ESPN Classic
    SPEED
    3:00pm 3:30pm MRN 250 187.5 0..75
    33 Sat., November 1 O'Reilly Challenge Texas Motor Speedway ESPN2 3:00pm 3:30pm PRN 200 300 1.5
    34 Sat., November 8 Hefty Odor Block 200 Phoenix International Raceway ESPN2 4:00pm 4:30pm MRN 200 200 1
    35 Sat., November 15 Ford 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway ESPN2 4:00pm 4:30pm MRN 200 300 1.5
    Race# Date Race Track Network TV Start Race Time Radio Laps Miles Track
    Size


    Schedule subject to change.


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