NASCAR 2014 schedule: Talladega gets May, October dates
by Joe Medley
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Last-lap multi-car wreck just past the finish line was one of the highlights during the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway in May. (Photo by Jeremy Miniard/The Anniston Star)
Last-lap multi-car wreck just past the finish line was one of the highlights during the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway in May. (Photo by Jeremy Miniard/The Anniston Star)
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TALLADEGA -- The traditional May and October weekends for Talladega Superspeedway will continue in 2014, NASCAR announced Tuesday.

NASCAR released its 2014 schedule, and Talladega’s Sprint Cup race weekends will be May 2-4 and Oct. 17-19. The Aaron’s Dream Weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be in May, and the October weekend will feature the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series.

“We have the same weekends in 2014 as we do this year, and that is a good thing for our fans as far as planning purposes,” Talladega Superspeedway chairman Grant Lynch said in a statement. “Both dates are also great in the fact that spring is in the air in early May and you can feel autumn in October.

“Temperatures are perfect for great racing and for family fun.”

In May of this year, the Aaron’s 499 Sprint Cup race and the Aaron’s 312 Nationwide race showcased last-lap passes for the win.

The Aaron’s 499 ended in a last-lap charge by Front Row Motorsports teammates David Ragan and David Gilliland, with Ragan taking the checkered flag. The Aaron’s 312 ended in a three-wide dash to the finish line, with Regan Smith coming out the winner.

Talladega will host its fall races this weekend, including the Camping World RV Sales 500 --- the sixth race in the Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship.

The weekend will also include the Fred’s 250 Camping World Truck Series race.

In other news Tuesday, NASCAR announced that Air Titan track dryers will be available at all of its Sprint Cup events in 2014.

“Having the Air Titan at each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend allows us to meet a very important goal set by our chairman and CEO, Brian France, to drastically decrease track-drying time to the best of our ability and ensure our fans in the stands and those watching on TV get to see each race on its scheduled day,” NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O’Donnell said.

2014 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES SCHEDULE

Feb. 15 Daytona International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited)

Feb. 16 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying)

Feb. 20 Daytona International Speedway (Duels)

Feb. 23 Daytona 500

March 2 Phoenix International Raceway

March 9 Las Vegas Motor

March 16, Bristol Motor Speedway

March 23, Auto Club Speedway

March 30, Martinsville Speedway

April 6 Texas Motor Speedway

April 12 Darlington Raceway

April 26 Richmond International Raceway

May 4 Talladega Superspeedway

May 10 Kansas Speedway

May 17 Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race)

May 25 Charlotte Motor Speedway

June 1 Dover International Speedway

June 8 Pocono Raceway

June 15 Michigan International Speedway

June 22 Sonoma Raceway

June 28 Kentucky Speedway

July 5 Daytona International Speedway

July 13 New Hampshire Motor Speedway

July 27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Aug. 3 Pocono Raceway

Aug. 10 Watkins Glen International

Aug. 17 Michigan International Speedway

Aug. 23 Bristol Motor Speedway

Aug. 31 Atlanta Motor Speedway

Sept. 6 Richmond International Raceway

Sept. 14 Chicagoland Speedway

Sept. 21 New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Sept. 28 Dover International Speedway

Oct. 5 Kansas Speedway

Oct. 11 Charlotte Motor Speedway

Oct. 19 Talladega Superspeedway

Oct. 26 Martinsville Speedway

Nov. 2 Texas Motor Speedway

Nov. 9 Phoenix International Raceway

Nov. 16 Homestead-Miami Speedway

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