DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The Brickyard 400 is moving to a new day.
The only Saturday afternoon fixture on the Winston Cup schedule will be run on a Sunday next year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 36-race schedule, which NASCAR released Tuesday, includes dates for Joliet, Ill., and Kansas City, Kan., previously announced as venues for next year.
The cars will race in Joliet on July 15 and in Kansas City on Sept. 30.
New television rights holders FOX Sports, FX, NBC Sports and TBS announced coverage plans, which include a record 28 Winston Cup events on network television and 10 races on cable.
"The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule, by virtue of the two new events and the total integration being brought to the sport by our new television partners, means that fans across the country will have more access and greater exposure to our drivers, teams and tracks than ever before," said Mike Helton, senior vice president and chief operating officer for NASCAR.
Fox Sports kicks off its inaugural season of NASCAR with 11 straight weeks of coverage, beginning with the non-points Bud Shootout on Feb. 11 and the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 18. Fox will air 15 races.,
Fox Sports' cable partner, FX, will offer three events live, including consecutive prime time telecasts May 5 from Richmond International Raceway and The Winston, NASCAR's annual all-star event, on May 19. Fox Sports Net will have first-time coverage of qualifying for the Daytona 500, scheduled for Feb. 15.
The NBC/TBS joint venture to cover NASCAR begins with NBC's coverage of the Pepsi 400, the primetime event from Daytona International Speedway scheduled for July 7. NBC Sports' package will have 13 races, including the inaugural runs at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet and the Kansas Speedway. NBC and TBS will air nine of the last 10 races TBS will have seven races, highlighted by four consecutive weeks of coverage starting Aug. 19 at Michigan International Speedway.
The schedule covers 23 tracks in 19 different states, with the final race set for Atlanta Motor Speedway on Nov. 18. It's the biggest schedule in the modern era of NASCAR. The schedule grew to 34 races with the addition in 1999 of an event in Homestead, Fla.
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