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2008 Sprint Cup Series Schedule

 

  • Earlier Start Time for Races This Year? UPDATE: [Humpy] Wheeler [president of Lowe’s Motor Speedway] said the start times for many Sprint Cup races this coming season will be earlier, a departure from the mid-afternoon green flags used to try and entice West Coast viewers. “I think we all yielded to pressure from the networks a little more than we should have,” Wheeler said. “We paid the price for it, and we’re getting back to sanity again.”(NASCAR.com)
    AND: Wheeler says, “It’s not a fancy sport. It’s guys with big hands and getting sweaty and getting out there and banging on each other and knocking each other around and all-American fans sitting there having a good time.” Earlier and more consistent starting times is the first move to correct that. When NASCAR announces starting times on Tuesday, races beginning at 2:00pm or earlier will go from 15 to 18 on the 36-race schedule.(1-22-2008)(ESPN.com)(1-22-2008)
    UPDATE: Broadcast times for the 2008 Sprint Cup Series season have been announced, beginning with FOX’s broadcast of the non-points Budweiser Shootout at 8:30pm/et on Feb. 9 at Daytona International Speedway. The 2008 season marks the second year of an eight-year partnership between NASCAR and FOX, TNT, ABC, ESPN and SPEED. This year, in an effort to standardize the start times and better accommodate the fans, 18 races on the 2008 Sprint Cup Series schedule will have a 2:00pm/et Sunday start time, up from 15 in 2007. All Sprint Cup Series points events will be seen on FOX, TNT, ABC and ESPN. In addition, two other non-points events – the Gatorade Duel at Daytona (2:00pm/et on Feb. 14) and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (7:30pm/et on May 17 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway), will be broadcast by SPEED. FOX will broadcast the first 13 Sprint Cup events, beginning with the 50th running of the Daytona 500 (Feb. 17, 3:20pm/et) and ending with the June 1 event at Dover International Speedway at 2:00pm/et. TNT will broadcast the next six series events, beginning with the Pocono 500 at 2:00pm/et on June 8 at Pocono Raceway and ending with Chicagoland Speedway’s first night race, July 12 at 8:00pm/et. ESPN and ABC will broadcast the final 17 Sprint Cup events. ESPN will broadcast six, beginning with the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at 2:00pm/et on July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and ending with the Aug. 31 event at California Speedway (8:00pm/et). ABC completes the season with 11 broadcasts, beginning with race No. 26, the cutoff event for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 6 at 7:30pm/et. ABC will also air the entire Chase, encompassing the final 10 series events. The season ends with ABC’s broadcast of the Ford 400 at 3:45:00pm/et on Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(NASCAR PR)(1-23-2008)
  • 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Scheduled Announced: The 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule was announced today, a 36-race slate that kicks off with the 50th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway. The 2008 season also marks NASCAR’s 60th year as stock car racing’s longest operating sanctioning body. Following the “Great American Race” the series travels to Southern California, then to the bright lights of Las Vegas before returning to the southeast for races at Atlanta and Bristol. The first scheduled off date for the series will be in March during the Easter holiday. Following the race in Martinsville, the series makes another swing to the southwest, racing at Texas and Phoenix in early April. The second scheduled off weekend occurs in mid-April. The series then picks back up with races at Talladega, Richmond and Darlington prior to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Challenge at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. “By running five consecutive points events before the first scheduled break in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the 2008 schedule is designed to be even more fan friendly,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. Another adjustment to the 2008 schedule is that the Chicago race will be run Saturday night. “Night racing provides an additional element of intrigue and excitement,” said France. “Running under the lights at Chicagoland on a Saturday night will be even more exciting for the fans in the stands as well as those watching from home.”
    Other key dates:
    * The 30th annual Budweiser Shootout at Daytona will be held on Feb. 9.
    * On Sunday, July 27, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will be held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    * On the evening of Saturday, Sept. 6, Richmond International Raceway will be the last opportunity for drivers to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    * The week after Richmond, on Sunday, Sept. 14, New Hampshire again will have the kick-off event in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which covers the season’s last 10 races and determines the series champion.
    * On Sunday, Nov. 16, Homestead-Miami Speedway will again host the season finale, where the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be crowned.(NASCAR PR)(9-26-2007)

 

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CLICK on the race name to go to the ‘next race’ page for each race(when available).
The ‘next race’ pages are added the week or so before the race
and cover the weekend schedule, TV, Qualifying, news etc

All times Eastern and are PM unless noted and are RACE START TIMES
NOT when coverage begins for the pre-race.
All times are tenative and could change

Race# Date Location
(click track for info)
Race
(click name for race info
if available)
2007/2008 Winner
Laps Track
Size
Miles
Race
Length
Miles
TV
Radio
Race Start
TV Start
Time
Qualifying
Time/TV
Happy Hour
Final Prac
Time/TV
* 2/9
Sat
Daytona, FL Budweiser Shootout*
2008: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
70 2.5 175 Fox
MRN
8:30
8:00
2/7 7:00
draw SPEED 8:00
2/8 6:30
SPEED
* 2/14
Thur
Daytona, FL Gatorade Duels*
2008: 1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2) #11-Denny Hamlin
60 2.5 150 SPEED
MRN
2:10
2:00
2/10 1:15
Fox
2/13 2:05
SPEED
1 2/17
Sun
Daytona, FL Daytona 500
2008: #12-Ryan Newman
200 2.5 500 FOX
MRN
3:20
2:00
2/10 1:15
FOX
2/16 10:35a
SPEED
2 2/24
Sun
Fontana, CA Auto Club 500
2008: #99-Carl Edwards
250 2.0 500 Fox
MRN
4:00
3:30
2/22 6:40
SPEED
2/23 5:00
SPEED
3 3/2
Sun
Las Vegas, NV UAW-Dodge 400
2008: #99-Carl Edwards
267 1.5 400.5 Fox
PRN
4:30
3:30
2/29 6:40
SPEED
3/1 2:50
SPEED
4 3/9
Sun
Hampton, GA Kobalt Tools 500
2008: #18-Kyle Busch
325 1.54 500.5 Fox
PRN
2:00
1:30
3/7 6:45
SPEED
3/8 12:20
SPEED
5 3/16
Sun
Bristol, TN Food City 500
2008: #31-Jeff Burton
(Last race to use 2007 Owners Points)
500 0.533 266.5 Fox
PRN
2:00
1:30
3/14 3:40
SPEED
3/15 12:50
SPEED
  3/23
Sun
Easter – OFF Easter Bunny 500              
6 3/30
Sun
Martinsville, VA Goody’s Cool Orange 500
2008: #11-Denny Hamlin
(2008 Owners Points in effect)
500 0.526 263 Fox
MRN
2:00
1:30
3/28 3:40
SPEED
3/29 12:20
SPEED (t) 9:00
7 4/6
Sun
Fort Worth, TX Samsung 500
2008: #99-Carl Edwards
334 1.5 500.5 Fox
PRN
2:00
1:30
4/4 4:40
SPEED
4/5 1:20
SPEED
8 4/12
Sat night
Phoenix, AZ Subway Fresh Fit 500
2008: #48-Jimmie Johnson
312 1.00 312 Fox
MRN
8:30
8:00
4/10 8:10
SPEED
4/11 8:00
SPEED
4/20 OFF off weekend              
9 4/27
Sun
Talladega, AL Aaron’s 499
2008: #18-Kyle Busch
188 2.66 500.08 Fox
MRN
2:00
1:30
4/26 11:00a
SPEED
IMPOUND
4/25 4:00
SPEED
Race# Date Location
(click track for info)
Race
(click name for race info
if available)
2007 Winner
Laps Track
Size
Miles
Race
Length
Miles
TV
Radio
Race Start
TV Start
Time
Qualifying
Time/TV
Happy Hour
Final Prac
Time/TV
10 5/3
Sat Night
Richmond, VA Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400
2008: #07-Clint Bowyer
400 0.75 300 Fox
MRN
7:30
7:00
5/2 5:40
SPEED
IMPOUND
5/2 11:00a
SPEED 1:00(t)
11 5/10
Sat Night
Darlington, SC
Mother’s Day Weekend
Dodge Challenger 500
2008: #18-Kyle Busch
367 1.366 501.3 Fox
MRN
7:20
7:00
5/9 5:15
SPEED
5/9 2:00
SPEED
* 5/17
Sat Night
Lowe’s Motor Speedway Sprint Showdown*
2008: #84-AJ Allmendinger
40
20/20
1.5 45 SPEED
MRN
7:30
7:00
5/16 5:10
SPEED
5/16 12:00
SPEED
* 5/17
Sat Night
Lowe’s Motor Speedway Sprint All-Star Race*
2008: #9-Kasey Kahne
100
25/25/25/25
1.5 135 SPEED
MRN
~9:00
7:00
5/16 6:15
SPEED
5/16 1:30
SPEED
12 5/25
Sun night
Lowe’s Motor Speedway Coca-Cola 600
2008: #9-Kasey Kahne
400 1.5 600 Fox
PRN
5:30
5:00
5/22 7:00
SPEED
5/24 6:00
SPEED
13 6/1
Sun
Dover, DE Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks
2008: #18-Kyle Busch
400 1.0 400 Fox
MRN
2:00
1:30
5/30 3:10
SPEED
5/31 1:20
SPEED
14 6/8
Sun
Pocono, PA Pocono 500
2008: #9-Kasey Kahne
200 2.5 500 TNT
MRN
2:00
12:30
6/6 3:40
SPEED
6/7 11:20a
SPEED 5:30(t)
15 6/15
Sun
Brooklyn, MI LifeLock 400
2008: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
200 2.0 400 TNT
MRN
2:00
12:30
6/13 3:10
SPEED
6/14 1:20
SPEED
16 6/22
Sun
Sonoma, CA Toyota/Save Mart 350
2008: #18-Kyle Busch
110 1.99 224 TNT
PRN
5:00
3:30
6/20 7:05
SPEED
6/21 1:50
SPEED
17 6/29
Sun
Loudon, NH Lenox Industrial Tools 301
2008: #2-Kurt Busch
300 1.058 317.4 TNT
MRN
2:00
12:30
6/27 3:10
SPEED
6/28 11:45a
SPEED
18 7/5
Sat Night
Daytona, FL
Coke Zero 400
2008: #18-Kyle Busch
160 2.5 400 TNT
MRN
8:00
6:30
7/4 4:10
SPEED
IMPOUND
7/3 6:35
SPEED
19 7/12
Sat
Joliet, IL LifeLock 400
2008: #18-Kyle Busch
267 1.5 400.5 TNT
MRN
8:00
6:30
7/10 8:40
SPEED
7/11 6:20
SPEED
7/20 OFF off weekend              
Race# Date Location
(click track for info)
Race
(click name for race info
if available)
2007 Winner
Laps Track
Size
Miles
Race
Length
Miles
TV
Radio
Race Start
TV Start
Time
Qualifying
Time/TV
Happy Hour
Final Prac
Time/TV
20 7/27
Sun
Indianapolis, IN Allstate 400
2008: #48-Jimmie Johnson
160 2.5 400 ESPN
IMS
2:00
1:00
7/26 10:00a
ESPN2
7/26 2:00
ESPN2
21 8/3
Sun
Pocono, PA Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500
2008: #99-Carl Edwards
200 2.5 500 ESPN
MRN
2:00
1:00
8/1 3:40
ESPN2
8/2 11:20a
ESPN2
22 8/10
Sun
Watkins Glen, NY Centurion Boats at The Glen
2008: #18-Kyle Busch
90 2.45 220.5 ESPN
MRN
2.00
1:00
8/8 3:40
ESPN2
8/9 1:20
ESPN2
23 8/17
Sun
Brooklyn, MI 3M Performance 400
2008: #99-Carl Edwards
200 2.0 400 ESPN
MRN
2:00
1:00
8/15 3:40
SPEED
8/16 1:50
SPEED
24 8/23
Sat Night
Bristol, TN Sharpie 500
2008: #99-Carl Edwards
500 0.533 266.5 ESPN
PRN
8:00
7:00
8/22 3:30
SPEED
8/22 6:00
SPEED
25 8/31
Sun Night
Fontana, CA Pepsi 500
2008: #48-Jimmie Johnson
250 2 500 ESPN
MRN
8:00
7:00
8/29 6:30
SPEED
8/30 8:00
SPEED
26 9/6
Sat Night
Richmond, VA Chevy Rock n. Roll 400
2008: #48-Jimmie Johnson
400 0.75 300 ABC
MRN
7:30
7:00
9/5 6:00
ESPN2
IMPOUND
9/5 11:00a
ESPN2
The Chase Starts
Race# Date Location
(click track for info)
Race
(click name for race info
if available)
2007 Winner
Laps Track
Size
Miles
Race
Length
Miles
TV
Radio
Race Start
TV Start
Time
Qualifying
Time/TV
Happy Hour
Final Prac
Time/TV
27 9/14
Sun
Loudon, NH Sylvania 300
2008: #16-Greg Biffle
300 1.058 317.4 ABC
PRN
2:00
1:00
9/12 3:00
ESPN2
9/13 12:00
ESPN2 (t) 6:00
28 9/21
Sun
Dover, DE Camping World RV 400
2008: #16-Greg Biffle
400 1.30
1:00
400 ABC
MRN
2:00
1:00
9/19 3:00
ESPN2
9/20 1:20
ESPN2(t) 6:00
29 9/28
Sun
Kansas City, KS Camping World RV 400
2008: #48-Jimmie Johnson
267 1.5 400.5 ABC
MRN
2:00
1:00
9/26 4:10
ESPN2
9/27 1:50
ESPN2(t) 6:30
30 10/5
Sun
Talladega, AL AMP Energy 500
2008: #20-Tony Stewart
188 2.66 500.08 ABC
MRN
2:00
1:00
10/4 12:15
SPEED
IMPOUND
10/3 3:45
SPEED
31 10/11
Sat Night
Charlotte, NC Bank of America 500
2008: #31-Jeff Burton
334 1.5 501 ABC
PRN
7:25
7:00
10/9 7:00
ESPN2
10/10 6:30
ESPN2
32 10/19
Sun
Martinsville, VA TUMS QuikPak 500
2008: #48-Jimmie Johnson
500 0.526 263 ABC
MRN
1:30
1:00
10/17 3:30
ESPN2
10/18 ?
ESPN2(t) 7:00
33 10/26
Sun
Hampton, GA Pep Boys Auto 500
2008: #99-Carl Edwards
325 1.54 500.5 ABC
PRN
2:00
1:00
10/24 7:00
ESPN2
10/25 12:00
ESPN2(t) 6:00
34 11/2
Sun
Fort Worth, TX Dickies 500
2008: #99-Carl Edwards
334 1.5 500.5 ABC
PRN
3:30
3:00
10/30 4:40
ESPN2
11/1 1:50
ESPN2(t) 6:00
35 11/9
Sun
Phoenix, AZ Checker Auto Parts 500(k)
2008: #48-Jimmie Johnson
312 1.00 312 ABC
MRN
3:45
3:00
11/7 5:40
ESPN2
11/8 2:50
ESPN2
36 11/16
Sun
Homestead, FL Ford 400
2008: #99-Carl Edwards
267 1.5 400 ABC
MRN
3:45
3:00
11/14 3:10
ESPN2
11/15 3:00
ESPN2
Race# Date Location
(click track for info)
Race
(click name for race info
if available)
2007/2008 Winner
Laps Track
Size
Miles
Race
Length
Miles
TV
Radio
Race Start
TV Start
Time
Qualifying
Time/TV
Happy Hour
Final Prac
Time/TV

All times Eastern and are PM unless noted
All times are scheduled RACE START TIMES; NOT when coverage begines for the pre-race.
*Non-Points Race
(t) = tape delayed
SC = SPEED