The Charlotte Observer’s Jim Utter, on the series’ 2015 schedule:

Then there’s Atlanta, which hosted a pair of Cup series races from 1960 through 2010 before track owner Bruton Smith elected to move one of its dates to his new facility at Kentucky.

When choosing which date – spring or fall – to eliminate, Smith chose Atlanta’s March race.

What was the reasoning?

“It’s tough to do an outdoor event here in March,” speedway president Ed Clark said at the time. “Even if it’s 60 degrees for the race, it’s cold for the (overnight) campers.”

When the 2015 schedule was released Tuesday, Atlanta’s lone race date was moved to March 1, 2015 – the earliest it has ever been run.