DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR officials have released start times upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
Among the changes is the playoff opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which will now be a night race. The event was held during the day in 2018.
“Moving the start time for the September race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is fitting because it will deliver a better experience for our fans attending the race, and kick off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs in primetime,” said Steve Herbst, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Broadcasting and Production. “Each race weekend, including Las Vegas, is unique, and we work collaboratively with broadcast partners, teams and tracks to ensure the ideal timing is selected for our events.”
The start time for the Speedweeks events at Daytona Int’l Speedway remain unchanged. Daytona 500 qualifying will again take place on the same day as The Clash invitational race and the Daytona 500 will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Among the other changes are the March 31 Texas Motor Speedway event beginning one hour later (3 p.m. ET), the July 22 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway starting one hour later (3 p.m. ET) and the Oct. 28 event at Martinsville Speedway will now begin at 3 p.m. ET.