2008 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Historic Tracks Highlight Calendar For Top Developmental Series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2007) -- Several new tracks join a list of historic venues that will make up the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series schedule, as the top developmental series in NASCAR presents a stronger, more geographically diverse mixture of short tracks, speedways and road courses across the United States. Also today, NASCAR announced that beginning in 2008, Camping World would be the new title sponsor for the sport's long-standing Grand National Division, East and West Series.
The NASCAR Camping World Series calendar will run on 23 tracks in 16 states, including a return trip to Iowa Speedway for a combination race between the East and West on the 7/8-mile tri-oval in Newton, Iowa. Last year's event drew almost 25,000 fans that witnessed an epic battle in which 17-year-old Joey Logano, the eventual 2007 East champion, outdueled 2007 Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick to claim the victory.
Five NASCAR Camping World Series events will run in conjunction with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends in 2008. Additional companion events are scheduled with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the Grand-Am Rolex Series.
"We've built upon the momentum of a very strong 2007 season by bolstering the calendar for 2008 with several exciting new race tracks on both sides of the Mississippi," said NASCAR's Managing Director of Racing Operations, George Silbermann. "With the support of Camping World, our new series sponsor, along with a great group of race promoters, some outstanding competitors, and a comprehensive national television package airing on Speed and HDNet, we are looking forward to a terrific 2008 season."
The schedules for the NASCAR Camping World Series East and West will each include 13 races.
The 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series season will kick off with the West opener at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. March 29. The East will take the green flag for the first race April 19 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C.
The East season will conclude Sept. 28 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway, while the West schedule wraps up Oct. 18 at the new Kern County facility in Bakersfield, Calif.
Other key dates:
* The 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series schedule includes races on four road courses. The East will run at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, in addition to the first trip to Watkins Glen International since 2004. The event at The Glen will run in conjunction with the Grand-Am Rolex Series. The West will run at Infineon Speedway in Sonoma, Calif. and Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
* The East includes return trips to a number of historic southern tracks: Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina -- where the series will open the season for the third year in a row -- Virginia's South Boston Speedway and the Music City Motorplex at the fairgrounds in Nashville, Tenn. The East will also maintain its northern roots by racing at Thompson International Speedway and the season finale at Stafford, both in Connecticut, as well as returning to Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y.
* Conjunction events with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series include two weekends at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (June 27 and Sept. 12) and Sept. 19 at Dover International Speedway for the East; the West will run in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series April 10 at Phoenix International Raceway and June 21 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
* The East events at Mansfield Motorsports Park Aug. 23 and Stafford Sept. 28 will be run in conjunction with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
* July will bring the West its annual northwest swing to Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Ore. (July 11) and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. (July 19). The West will make two trips to southern California's high-speed, multi-grooved, half-mile track of Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway (July 4 and Aug. 16). It will also return to northern California with a Sept. 13 stop at Altamont Motorsports Park in Tracy, Calif.
* In addition, the West stretches east with trips to Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas (April 19) and Colorado National Speedway in Erie (June 7).
The broadcast schedule for the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series aired on HD Net and Speed will be announced in the near future.