Darlington, Kansas Switch Spring Dates
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on October 11, 2013 | 10:34 A.M. EST
Kansas Speedway's spring NASCAR Sprint Cup race will move from April to May next season and be held at night. (Photo: Getty Images)
Kansas Speedway and Darlington Raceway will trade spring dates in 2014, both tracks announced Friday.
Kansas Speedway will move to Mother’s Day weekend and run at night next season. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will race there May 10. The Camping World Truck Series will race there May 9. That race also will be at night.
“Fans continually ask me about a night race, and I know that we will have tremendous support from our fans throughout the Midwest for our first Sprint Cup Series night race,’’ said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “Frankly, I look forward to seeing NASCAR under the lights at Kansas Speedway as much as our fans do!”
With Kansas moving to Mother’s Day weekend, Darlington Raceway moves to April. The Bojangles Southern 500 will be April 12 and be a night race. The Nationwide Series will race there April 11 and also be a night race.
“We’re making this change with the fan experience in mind,” Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said. “We’ve always enjoyed the tradition of racing on Mother’s Day weekend, but sometimes a change like this is necessary. We have the opportunity to get a fresh start and embrace a new date on the NASCAR calendar. This will give us a chance to implement many fun and exciting initiatives we’ll be rolling out to celebrate our 65th year of racing at the track ‘Too Tough To Tame.’ ”
Wile also notes the temperature change in moving to April. The average temperature in Darlington in April was 75.2 degrees. May’s average was 81 degrees.
“With the hotter temperatures and humidity in South Carolina in May, weather has always played a factor for our events,” Wile said. “Traditionally, April is a great weather month in our state and will potentially bring slightly cooler temperatures for our fans to enjoy.”
Tickets for Darlington’s races will go on sale Nov. 29.
Kansas Speedway officials also announced that it’s second Cup race next season will be Oct. 5, maintaining a spot in the Chase. The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series, Cooper Tire Prototype Lights and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge will run on Kansas’ road course June 7. Tickets for Kansas’ 2014 races will go on sale later this year.