NASCAR rolled out its 2015 schedule Tuesday with a few changes.
Among them is the annual race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, which moves from a late June weekend back to its original position in July, when the race was first held in 2011.
Kentucky Speedway's 2015 Quaker State 400 is set for July 11, capping a NASCAR tripleheader that features a Camping World Truck Series race on July 9 and a Nationwide Series race on July 10.
"The way the calendar falls in 2015 requires us to move back to our 2011 summer position of immediately after the Daytona Fourth of July weekend instead of before it" track General Manager Mark Simendinger exclaimed.
Other key date changes will feature a stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second race of the season on March 1, and Darlington Raceway returning to its traditional Labor Day weekend date (Sept. 6) after an 11-year absence.
As usual, the season will open at Daytona International Speedway with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, and then go to Atlanta. Then it's a three-race West Coast swing through Phoenix, Las Vegas and Fontana, Calif.
One of the bigger changes came to Daytona's second race date, traditionally held on the Saturday night of July 4th weekend. That race will now be on Sunday, July 5. That change is for 2015 only, though, as track President Joie Chitwood said the date would return to Saturday night in 2016.
There were no changes to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, which will again begin at Chicagoland Speedway and end at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Next season marks the first year of NASCAR's new $8.2 billion television package, which is split between Fox and NBC. There had been hope by many fans that the return to NBC would bring a shakeup to the schedule, but moving Darlington to its traditional date was the only major change.
Fox holds the rights to the first 20 races, and seven of those will be aired on cable channel Fox Sports 1.
NBC takes over the schedule at Daytona in July and will air the July 5 race on NBC.