The first NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at old Darlington Raceway and stops at two new superspeedways highlight the series' 24-race 2001 schedule.
In addition to racing May 12 on "The Lady in Black," as NASCAR's first paved superspeedway is known, the series will run for the first time at Kansas Speedway, on July 7, and Nashville Superspeedway, on Aug. 10.
The circuit also will add South Boston, Va., racing on the old short track Sept. 28. The series will return after a one-year absence to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 14.
The series' seventh season will open Feb. 16 with The Daytona 250, and close Nov. 3 at California Speedway. Twenty races will be televised on ESPN, and four will be carried on ESPN2.
Timeout: NHRA star Tony Schumacher, his comeback from serious leg injuries limited to one aborted attempt last week, is eyeing a return next week in the season-ending event in Pomona, Calif.
"I would say Pomona looks good," said Schumacher, who shattered his left leg in six places and dislocated three fingers on his right hand in a wreck early last month in Memphis, Tenn.
He will skip this week's event in Ennis, Texas.
Benson's Track: Winston Cup driver Johnny Benson and minor league baseball's West Michigan Whitecaps are the new owners of Berlin Raceway near Benson's hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Benson and Whitecaps Racing Development will oversee the 50-year-old, 0.4-mile paved oval. Benson says he's learned something about promoting from H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, the president of Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
"I think Humpy once said running a track is all about the three Ts tickets, traffic and toilets," Benson explained. "If you get those figured out the rest is easy."
Pinch Driver: Geoffrey Bodine will attempt to qualify the No. 98 MacPherson Motorsports Ford for the Pennzoil 400 on Nov. 12 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jeff Fuller drove the car in the UAW-GM Quality 500 on Oct. 8 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.