The Sports Xchange

OBristol spring race pushed back in 2015

By Seth Livingstone

NASCAR Wire Service

Distributed by The Sports Xchange

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Bristol Motor Speedway's spring race weekend will move from March to April 18-19 for the 2015 season.

The announcement was made Friday by NASCAR vice president and chief communication officer Brett Jewkes, who also said the complete 2015 NASCAR schedules for all three national touring series will be announced Tuesday on Fox Sports 1's Race Hub and on NBC Sports Network's NASCAR America show.

The April 18-19 weekend, an open date on the 2014 schedule, would fall between races at Darlington and Richmond on the existing schedule and is designed to provide better spring weather for fans.

"This is a great day in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway thanks to our passionate fans," track general manager Jerry Caldwell said. "They've repeatedly asked that we be moved to a more traditional spring date.

Food City president and CEO Steve Smith, the race sponsor, said, "The April date better accommodates our guests traveling in their RVs from northern climates and provides our loyal Bristol fans with the best possible Food City 500 experience. It's been a tough last few years with some of the inconsistent weather we've had."

Jewkes suggested that the 2015 schedule in its entirety will be more fan-friendly.

"There will be some good changes to the schedule that will benefit all of the stakeholders and our great fans," he said.

ON THE BUBBLE, BIFFLE FOCUSES ON KEEPING CHASE POSITION

No driver sits more squarely on NASCAR's Chase Grid bubble than Greg Biffle.

Although winless this season, if the Chase were to begin today, Biffle would be part of the championship field, based on points.

But the Roush Fenway Racing driver is perched precariously at 16th on the 16-driver grid, just nine points ahead of Kasey Kahne and 22 ahead of Austin Dillon.

A victory by a still-winless driver in any of the next three races, including Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway could bump Biffle from Chase contender to Chase observer.

If Biffle has anything going for him, it's momentum with top-10 finishes in the last three Cup races.

"We've felt pressure all year because we haven't performed to our standards at Roush Fenway," Biffle said, displaying the team's new Ortho fire ant paint scheme that will debut next week at Atlanta. "But we've gotten much better in the last six weeks. I think we've turned the corner.