BRISTOL, Tenn. — official report — NASCAR photo — Bristol Motor Speedway’s spring race weekend will move from March into mid-April for 2015, according to NASCAR officials.
Next season the Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event will be scheduled for Sunday, April 19, one day after the Nationwide Series event at BMS. That’s the latest a Sprint Cup race has been run at “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” since 1983 when the first of two races that season was contested on May 21.
For the past nine seasons, the track’s spring date has fallen in March. Weather conditions have varied from warm and spring-like to snowfall. The average temperature for the area in mid-April is 68 degrees.
NASCAR also announced that the 2015 Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series schedules will be announced on Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1’s “NASCAR RaceHub” and NBC Sports Network’s “NASCAR America.”
There was no Sprint Cup race on the weekend of April 19th this season as it was Easter holiday weekend. Easter will fall on April 5 in 2015.
Bristol Motor Speedway hosts two NASCAR weekends annually — in addition to the spring races, the track’s annual August night races are among the most anticipated of the season.
Before last August’s Irwin Tools Night Race, BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell discussed the topic of a date change with the Bristol (Tennessee) Herald Courier.
“It’s something that the fans really want, and we’re hopeful that something is going to happen,” Caldwell said.
“I think everyone understands from a NASCAR standpoint and obviously within SMI that moving the date for our March race is a game-changer for all of us. I just remind [NASCAR officials] what we’re dealing with and what the race fans need.”
Earlier this year, the track and the sprint Sprint Cup race’s title sponsor announced a five-year extension of their longtime relationship, which includes entitlement of Friday’s Food City 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series event.
“The latest extension takes the partnership between Food City and Bristol Motor Speedway beyond the 25-year mark, and when a relationship lasts that long you begin to view each other as more than business associates,” Caldwell said. “You become friends and family.”