ESPN had covered the second half of the Sprint Cup season since 2007 while Turner Sports ended a thirty-one year relationship with NASCAR on TBS and later TNT.

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In contrast to previous seasons, NASCAR imposed several new rules changes that drastically altered how the circuit operates.

Beginning this year, NASCAR eliminated traditional single car qualifying in its top 3 series for all races except the Daytona 500, the Mudsummer Classic, and non-points events.

Qualifying will now be done in a Formula One-style knockout qualifying.

For all tracks larger than 1.25 miles in length, qualifying will consist of all entered cars on track for 25 minutes.

The fastest 24 move onto a 10-minute session, while the final 12 drivers compete for the overall pole in a 5-minute session.

For tracks shorter than 1.25 miles as well as road courses, all entered cars will qualify in a 30-minute session, while the 12 fastest will compete in a final 10 minute session.A similar system involving groups of cars being released at five-second intervals was used at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International in 2013.The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was the 66th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 43rd modern-era cup series.The season began at Daytona International Speedway, with the Sprint Unlimited, followed by the Daytona 500.The season ended with the Ford Eco Boost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.This season was the final year of broadcasting for both the ESPN family of networks and Turner Sports.