The green flag will drop for the first time in the 2015 NASCAR season on Friday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway at 3 p.m. MST (5 p.m. EST) when the Sprint Cup Series cars hit the track for the first practice session of the year, kicking off Budweiser Speedweeks. The 10-day schedule of racing action culminates with the Great American Race, the 2015 Daytona 500, on Sunday, February 22 at 11 a.m. MST (1 p.m. EST).
All of NASCAR’s stars, including 2014 Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, will compete to have their name etched onto the most coveted prize in stock car racing – the Harley J. Earl Trophy.
Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will be looking to open the final chapter in his legendary career in storybook fashion with a win in Daytona, while drivers such as Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart will be looking to break through and capture their first win in the sport’s most popular race.
The first race of Speedweeks is the Sprint Unlimited, a 75-lap exhibition race on Saturday, February 14 at 6 p.m. MST (8 p.m. EST) on FOX. The 25-car field will be comprised of each of the drivers who qualified for the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup, as well as every 2014 pole winner and past Sprint Unlimited winners.
The lead-up to the Daytona 500 truly begins with pole qualifying on Sunday, February 15, during which the first two starting positions will be decided. The remainder of the field for the Great American Race will be set based on the results of the Budweiser Duels on Thursday, February 19. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series start their seasons on Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21, respectively.
The spring race at Phoenix International Raceway, the CampingWorld.com 500, is set for Sunday, March 15 – a mere 31 days from today. Tickets for the CampingWorld.com 500, as well as for the entire PIR race weekend, are available at PhoenixRaceway.com or by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) beginning at $25.