DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 16, 1999) NASCAR also announced its fully-integrated marketing campaign implemented in 1999 will continue to highlight the tough and rugged nature of the series in 2000. 'The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will visit...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 16, 1999) NASCAR also announced its fully-integrated marketing campaign implemented in 1999 will continue to highlight the tough and rugged nature of the series in 2000. 'The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will visit four new venues in 2000 in a 24-race schedule, it was announced Tuesday by Dennis Huth, vice president of touring operations and international development for NASCAR. Daytona International Speedway, Dover Downs International Speedway, Chicago Motor Speedway and Kentucky Motor Speedway will each host an inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on the 2000 schedule.
The trucks will also run nine companion events with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, as well as three with the Pep Boys Indy Racing League and two with the Championship Auto Racing Teams Fed-Ex Championship series.
"We head into the new millennium with what we feel is our most exciting schedule in the six-year history of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series," Huth said. "With the four new tracks on our schedule, we can showcase truck racing to a new group of racing fans.
"We are especially excited to have increased the number of companion events with four different series including the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series."
The schedule opens on Feb. 18 at Daytona as part of Speedweeks 2000. It continues on Feb. 26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In March the circuit races on the 18th at Phoenix International Raceway and on the 25th at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.
In April the series races on the 8th with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia and on the 22nd at Portland International Raceway road course in Oregon, with CART.
In May it races on the seventh at Gateway International Raceway outside St. Louis; on the 13th at Memphis Motorsports Park in Western Tennessee; and on the 21st at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs, Colo.
In June the series is at Evergreen Raceway outside Seattle, Wash., on the third; at Texas Motor Speedway on the ninth; Kentucky on the 17th; and at the Watkins Glen International road course with the NASCAR Busch Series on the 24th.
In July the series goes to The Milwaukee Mile on the 1st with the NASCAR Busch Series; to New Hampshire International Speedway on the eighth with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series; to Nazareth Speedway on the 15th; and to Michigan Speedway on the 22nd.
The three stops in August include the annual trip to Indianapolis Raceway Park in conjunction with the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the third; to Nashville Speedway USA on the 12th; and to Chicago on the 27th.
The series joins with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series twice in September, in unique tripleheaders. On the seventh the series is at Richmond International Raceway and on the 22nd it is at Dover in Delaware for an inaugural event.
In October, the series returns to Texas on the 13th for another doubleheader with the IRL; and on the 28th the season finale will be California Speedway with CART for the second straight year.
Of the 24-race schedule, 21 events will be televised by ESPN/ESPN2, the exclusive cable network of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (16 on ESPN, five on ESPN2). Three races will be televised by CBS Sports.
NASCAR officials have also announced that its fully integrated media driven marketing campaign that was implemented for the 1999 season will continue to highlight the tough and rugged nature of the series in 2000.