2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule

Hello sports fans and welcome to the first blog of 2014! This installment will feature the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule and a preview to the upcoming race campaign.

Please note that there are a few changes from last season. I will specifically address each change to the schedule at the bottom of the 2014 NASCAR Spring Cup schedule that you see listed below.

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule

Feb 23Daytona 500
Mar 02Phoenix Subway Fresh 500
Mar 09Las Vegas Kobalt Tools 400
Mar 16Bristol Food City 500
Mar 23California Auto Club 400
Mar 30STP Gas Booster 500
Apr 06Texas NRA 500
Apr 12Bojangles Southern 500
Apr 26Richmond 400
May 04Talladega Aaron's 499
May 10Kansas STP 400
May 17Sprint All Star Challenge
May 25Charlotte Coca Cola 600
Jun 01Dover Downs FedEx 400
Jun 08Party at the Pocono's 400
Jun 15Michigan Quicken Loans 400
Jun 22Toyota Savemart 350
Jun 28Kentucky Quaker State 400
Jul 05Daytona Coke Zero 400
Jul 13New Hampshire 300
Jul 27Brickyard 400
Aug 03GoBowling.com 400
Aug 10Cheez-It 355 at the Glen
Aug 17Pure Michigan 400
Aug 23Bristol Irwin Tools 500
Aug 31Atlanta AdvoCare 500
Sep 06Richmond Federated Auto Parts 400
Sep 14Chicagoland Geico 400
Sep 21New Hampshire Sylvania 300
Sep 28Dover AAA 400
Oct 05Kansas Hollywood Casino 400
Oct 11Charlotte Bank of America 500
Oct 19Talladega Good Sam Club 500
Oct 26Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
Nov 02Texas AAA 500 Race
Nov 09Phoenix AdvoCare 500
Nov 16Ford EcoBoost 400 - NASCAR Championship

The 2014 schedule remains the same through the first seven races. The first change you will notice on the schedule is the new slot for Darlington. In 2013 the Kansas spring race followed the spring race at Texas Motor Speedway. In 2014 the Southern 500 at Darlington will now follow the Texas race in April. The Kansas race and Darlington basically swap spots and Kansas will move back a couple weeks.

Remeber how I said there were a few changes? Well those were it. So not much change in 2014 to the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. It seems like NASCAR is constantly trying to change things so its nice to see things stay the same for the most part. Every year it seems there is a new tire, new points system, new schedule, or an entirely new race car!

What to look for in 2014

The giant elephant in the middle of the room is trying to figure out just how many fights Kyle Busch is going to start this season. Ha, just kidding. In all reality we have a chance to witness history yet again. I don't think anyone, including Jimmie Johnson, would have told you that the #48 team would be sitting here today with six championships. Well, they have six.

You will hear about the drive for 7 championships all year long. I never thought we would ever have this conversation again after Earnhardt. So I guess JJ deserves all the attention for his achievements. The only question that remains is will he tie The King and Dale, Sr?

I think the answer is yes and don't be surprised if he makes it 8 or 9 with an outside chance at 10. Johnson could end up rewriting the history books and become unarguably the best driver to ever get behind the wheel. I think that all NASCAR fans should take the time to appreciate this upcoming season and what it represents. We could be watching one of the most dominant athletes of his generation and possibly others.

Who will stand in his way?

Here are the drivers who have the best chance to unseat Johnson as the reigning champ.

1. Tony Stewart
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Joey Logano
4. Matt Kenseth
5. Dale Earnhardt

Dark Horse: Carl Edwards

I think these are the five best contenders in order of chance to succeed. Be on the lookout for Carl Edwards. He is coming off some hard times but he is still one of the best drivers out there. And don't forget about Tony Stewart. A bad accident kept him off the track for a good portion of 2013. He will be the most poised to make a run at Jimmie this year.

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