The NFL released its schedule for every team Thursday night, revealing conflicts with a few NASCAR Cup races — but not as many as it could have been.
The first conflict comes Sept. 9 when Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts the Cup regular-season finale at 2 p.m. ET. The Indianapolis Colts play their home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. ET.
“In a perfect world, we’d rather not be head-to-head at home,” Doug Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, told The Indianapolis Star. “But we knew we’d be head-to-head regardless, whether they were here or on the road. … We just had our fingers crossed that it wouldn’t be the first year of the new date for the race.”
Other places where NASCAR and NFL compete nearby:
# Oct. 7 – NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway. The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, who have a strong following in that region, are home to the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of the NFC championship game that sent the Eagles to the Super Bowl. The race is at 2 p.m. ET. The game is scheduled for 4:25 p.m.
# Oct. 21 – NASCAR races at Kansas Speedway at 2 p.m. ET, and the Kansas City Chiefs are home to the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. ET.
NASCAR avoided conflicts a few other weekends.
The Charlotte Roval race is Sept. 30 and the Carolina Panthers have a bye that weekend.
The Texas race is Nov. 4 and the Dallas Cowboys play Nov. 5 in a Monday night game.
The Phoenix race is Nov. 11 and the Arizona Cardinals are on the road.
The season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway is Nov. 18. The Miami Dolphins have a bye that weekend.