TV schedule, race start times released for 2014 Sprint Cup season

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NASCAR has released the broadcast schedule and start times for all 36 races on this year’s Sprint Cup Series schedule.

The season unofficially kicks off with the non-points Sprint Unlimited on Sat., Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET. The next day, Sun., Feb. 16, qualifying for the Daytona 500 will begin at 1 p.m. ET. Then, on Thurs., Feb. 20, the Budweiser Duels at Daytona will take place in primetime starting at 7 p.m. ET. All of that leads to “The Great American Race” on Sun., Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. ET.

Two events have seen major start time changes. The spring race at Texas Motor Speedway, which has moved to a Sunday afternoon to accommodate the NCAA Men’s Final Four at nearby AT&T Stadium, is set to begin Sun., Apr. 6 at 3 p.m. ET. Also, the spring race at Kansas Speedway – now a Saturday night event – shall begin on May 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

2014 Sprint Cup TV Schedule and Race Times

Also, the times for all other major events at Daytona Speedweeks this January and February have been announced as well:

  • Rolex 24 At Daytona (TUDOR United SportsCar Championship) – Jan. 25-26, 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Lucas Oil 200 (ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards) – Sat., Feb. 15, 4:15 p.m. ET
  • UNOH Battle At The Beach (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour) – Tues., Feb. 18, K&N East at 7 p.m. ET, Modifieds at approx. 8:45 p.m. ET
  • NextEra Energy Resources 250 (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) – Fri., Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • DRIVE4COPD 300 (NASCAR Nationwide Series) – Sat., Feb. 22, 1:15 p.m. ET

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.