Sunday, February 9, 2014

Everything's Gonna' Be All Right!




                                        


The off-season is finally over! Life as we NASCAR fans know it begins again next week!

One of my friends commented with some disgust - "I suppose I'll have to avoid calling you on the weekends for the next flipping ten months?"

"Well," I said, "actually.....yes."

I can't wait to see the new paint schemes and the new teams and the new sponsors and the new drivers. I can't wait to see how the new qualifying rules add some pizazz to the pre-race activities. I can't wait to see who comes out of the box with a head start on making the new rules work for them. 
We will probably have some teams already in the Chase in the first few weeks with the new "Win And You're In" format. That will be a relief for those teams and their fans. How will it impact their strategy going forward? Will they be less conservative about taking chance to try to win again? 
Let the excitement begin!


Here's the Speed Weeks Schedule
                                                       

FRIDAY, FEB. 14:

ON TRACK-- 5 p.m.-5:45 p.m. ET, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)
-- 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final Sprint Unlimited practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)

SATURDAY, FEB. 15:

ON TRACK-- 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)
-- 1:30-3:20 p.m. ET, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)
-- 8 p.m. ET, The Sprint Unlimited (75 laps, 187.5 miles), FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)

SUNDAY, FEB. 16:

ON TRACK-- 1:05 p.m. ET, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole qualifying, FOX (Follow Live)

TUESDAY, FEB. 18:

ON TRACK-- 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice
-- 11:35 a.m.-12:35 p.m. ET, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour practice
-- 12:45-1:45 p.m. ET, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East final practice
-- 1:45-2:45 p.m. ET, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour final practice
-- 4 p.m. ET, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East qualifying
-- 4:45 p.m. ET, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour qualifying
-- 7 p.m. ET, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Battle At The Beach (150 laps, 55.5 miles), FOX Sports 2
-- 8:45 p.m. ET, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Battle At The Beach (150 laps, 55.5 miles), FOX Sports 2

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19:

ON TRACK-- 2:30-3:50 p.m. ET, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)
-- 4-5:30 p.m. ET, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)
-- 6:30-8 p.m. ET, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)

THURSDAY, FEB. 20:

ON TRACK-- Noon-1:20 p.m. ET, NASCAR Nationwide Series practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)
-- 1:30-2:50 p.m. ET, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)
-- 3-4:20 p.m. ET, NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)
-- 4:40-6 p.m. ET, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)
-- 7 p.m. ET, Budweiser Duels (60 laps, 150 miles each race), FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)

FRIDAY, FEB. 21:

ON TRACK-- 11:30 a.m.-12:55 p.m. ET, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)
-- 1:05 p.m. ET, NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole qualifying, ESPN2 (Follow Live)
-- 2:30-3:55 p.m. ET, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)
-- 4:05 p.m. ET, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole qualifying, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)
-- 7:30 p.m. ET, NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps, 250 miles), FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)

SATURDAY, FEB. 22:

ON TRACK-- 10-11:30 a.m. ET, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow Live)
-- 1:15 p.m. ET, DRIVE4COPD 300 (120 laps, 300 miles), ESPN (Follow Live)

SUNDAY, FEB. 23:

ON TRACK-- 1 p.m. ET, Daytona 500 (200 laps, 500 miles), FOX (Follow Live)