Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that standardized starting times for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races could become a thing of the past this season. A year ago, Sunday afternoon Sprint Cup events took the green flag at approximately 1:18 PM ET. Not all tracks were happy with that standardized starting time, however, and the move was blamed by some for a drop in television ratings.
Sources tell Sirius Speedway that starting times for events in the second half of the 2011 season have yet to be finalized, as NASCAR decides whether to put the decision back into the hands of its individual tracks. It is expected that next month’s season-opening Daytona 500 will once again take the green flag just after 1 PM ET.