NASCAR Sets Start Times For Next Year

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NASCAR announced start times for all 2017 races in its three national series. (HHP/Alan Marler Photo)
NASCAR announced start times for all 2017 races in its three national series. (HHP/Alan Marler Photo)
NASCAR announced start times for all 2017 races in its three national series. (HHP/Alan Marler Photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — More than six months before the start of the 2017 NASCAR season, the sanctioning body and its television networks have announced the starting times for all events on next season’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series schedules.

Through collaborative efforts with broadcast partners (FOX Sports and NBC Sports), race teams and tracks, NASCAR finalized full 2017 start times for all three national series almost six months earlier than in recent seasons.

Seventeen national series events will start closer to primetime, helping to bring NASCAR’s photo finishes and close, side-by-side racing to larger audiences.

Seventeen NASCAR Cup Series points races will air on broadcast television next year, including the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on FOX; and the Brickyard 400 and the NASCAR Cup Series championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway, on NBC.

“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.”

Since the initial release of the 2017 schedule, NASCAR and its partners have shifted two dates for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Road America will move to Sunday, Aug. 27, on NBC. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park will now take place on Sunday, Sept. 3, airing on FS1 prior to the NASCAR Cup Series event at Darlington Raceway on NBCSN.