2005 Cup Schedule Announced

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Officials of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today the next phase in the sanctioning body's schedule realignment process. Keeping pace with the increasing demands of NASCAR's nationwide growth in popularity, the 36-race 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule has been adjusted to address that growth, via the following changes:

  • New NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race dates have been sanctioned at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. Texas Motor Speedway's new event will be held on Nov. 6; as the season's 34th event, it will be crucial in the 10-race "Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup" that determines the series champion. Phoenix International Raceway's new race will be on Saturday night, April 23. Texas retains its spring date (April 17), while Phoenix retains the next-to-last slot on the schedule (Nov. 13).

  • North Carolina Speedway will not be on the schedule after this season.

  • Speedway Motorsports, Inc. ("SMI") will purchase North Carolina for $100.4 million, as per the terms of a settlement agreement in the Ferko/Vaughn litigation ("Settlement Agreement") filed with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division ("the Court"). The Settlement Agreement releases ISC and NASCAR from all claims related to the litigation. The released claims include, but are not limited to, allegations or assertions with respect to the awarding and/or sanctioning of races, the effect of the common control of NASCAR and ISC residing in the France Family Group, and the market power either individually or jointly of NASCAR and ISC.

  • Darlington Raceway now will have one date on the schedule, with the track’s fall race moving from November to the evening of Saturday, May 7.

  • California Speedway will have the first of its two events on Feb. 27, one week after the season-opening Daytona 500 - the date previously held by North Carolina Speedway. Thus, the series will now travel from the season's biggest race to the nation's second-largest market. California's other race will remain on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4).

  • ISC will acquire the assets of Martinsville Speedway, which hosts two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events annually, for $192 million. The acquisition will be funded by $100.4 million in proceeds from the sale of the assets of North Carolina Speedway ("North Carolina"), which currently hosts one NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event annually, and $91.6 million in cash.

    In January 2003, NASCAR announced "Realignment 2004 and Beyond." The plan calls for regular review of race dates and locations in order to continue bringing the most competitive racing in the world to the widest possible audience, and providing the kind of value that has proven NASCAR to be one of the very best sports properties.

    "The 2005 schedule marks an important milestone in NASCAR's realignment efforts because it provides opportunities for more fans to experience first-hand NASCAR NEXTEL Cup events near their hometowns," said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.

    The schedule continues to reflect the increasing demand for races throughout the country. In 2005, the Southeast will continue to be well-served with great racing in Richmond, Charlotte, Atlanta, Daytona Beach and many others; additionally, NASCAR continues to reach out to new fans in the Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, and the West.

    The 2005 season - NASCAR's 57th - will open on Sunday, Feb. 20 with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

    In addition, NASCAR officials announced that the NASCAR Preseason Thunder test sessions will return to Daytona International Speedway in January 2005.

    Tentative 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule:

    Date Site

    Feb. 12 Budweiser Shootout – Daytona International Speedway

    Feb. 20 Daytona International Speedway

    Feb. 27 California Speedway

    March 13 Las Vegas Motor Speedway

    March 20 Atlanta Motor Speedway

    April 3 Bristol Motor Speedway

    April 10 Martinsville Speedway

    April 17 Texas Motor Speedway

    April 23 Phoenix International Raceway

    May 1 Talladega Superspeedway

    May 7 Darlington Raceway

    May 14 Richmond International Raceway

    May 21 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge – Lowe’s Motor Speedway

    May 29 Lowe’s Motor Speedway

    June 5 Dover International Speedway

    June 12 Pocono Raceway

    June 19 Michigan International Speedway

    June 26 Infineon Raceway

    July 2 Daytona International Speedway

    July 10 Chicagoland Speedway

    July 17 New Hampshire International Speedway

    July 24 Pocono Raceway

    August 7 Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    August 14 Watkins Glen International

    August 21 Michigan International Speedway

    August 27 Bristol Motor Speedway

    September 4 California Speedway

    September 10 Richmond International Raceway

    September 18 New Hampshire International Speedway

    September 25 Dover International Speedway

    October 2 Talladega Superspeedway

    October 9 Kansas Speedway

    October 15 Lowe’s Motor Speedway

    October 23 Martinsville Speedway

    October 30 Atlanta Motor Speedway

    November 6 Texas Motor Speedway

    November 13 Phoenix International Raceway

    November 20 Homestead-Miami Speedway

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