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Chase race start times adjusted for 2011 season

January 27, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

NASCAR will move the Sunday start times of its Chase for the Sprint Cup events to avoid a starting time that conflicts with kickoffs of NFL games.

Officials with International Speedway Corp. announced the change during their call Thursday with financial analysts in discussing their fourth-quarter results. NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston later confirmed the changes.

The races at Chicagoland, New Hampshire, Dover, Kansas, Talladega and Martinsville will start at 2 p.m. ET, while Texas, Phoenix and Homestead-Miami will start at 3 p.m. ET. The other Chase race, at Charlotte, is a Saturday night race.

In 2010, all of the Chase races on Sundays except Texas, Phoenix and California started at 1 p.m. -- the same time that the NFL kicked off its early games.