NASCAR announces 2016 Sprint Cup schedule
NASCAR announced the 2016 Sprint Cup schedule Monday and agreements with 23 tracks to host Cup races for the next five years.
NASCAR also announced that 24 tracks will host NASCAR Xfinity races through 2020.
NASCAR will release the 2016 Camping World Truck Series schedule at a later date.
There are few changes in the Sprint Cup schedule compared to this season.
Richmond International Raceway’s spring race moves from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon. That race this year was held on a Sunday after it was rained out Saturday night.
Dover International Speedway’s first race moves to May 15 before the series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600.
The July Daytona race returns to its traditional Saturday night date after the event was held on Sunday night this year to mark NBC’s return to broadcasting NASCAR.
As for the long-term agreements with tracks to host races, NASCAR states it will help fans and the sport.
“Among the goals that we set out to accomplish with our track partners was to provide consistency for race fans and the industry stakeholders,’’ said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR vice president and chief racing development officer, in a statement. “We feel like we have a nice balance of that for 2016. The stability of five-year agreements positions us well to deliver fans with schedules as early as possible over the next several years.
2016 Sprint Cup Schedule
Feb. 13 - Sprint Unlimited (Daytona International Speedway)
Feb. 14 - Daytona 500 qualifying
Feb. 18 - Duel qualifying races at Daytona
Feb. 21 — Daytona 500
Feb. 28 - Atlanta
March 6 — Las Vegas
March 13 — Phoenix
March 20 — Auto Club Speedway
March 27 - Easter (off weekend)
April 3 - Martinsville
April 9 - Texas
April 17 - Bristol
April 24 - Richmond
May 1- Talladega
May 7 - Kansas
May 15 - Dover
May 21 - Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte
May 29 - Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte
June 5 – Pocono
June 12 – Michigan
June 19 - Father’s Day (off weekend)
June 26 - Sonoma
July 2 — Daytona
July 9 - Kentucky
July 17 - New Hampshire
July 24 - Indianapolis
July 31 – Pocono
Aug. 7 - Watkins Glen
Aug. 14 - Off weekend
Aug. 20 - Bristol
Aug. 28 – Michigan
Sept. 4 - Darlington
Sept. 10 - Richmond
Sept. 18 – Chicagoland (first race in Chase)
Sept. 25 - New Hampshire
Oct. 2 - Dover
Oct. 8 - Charlotte
Oct.16 - Kansas
Oct. 23 - Talladega
Oct. 30 - Martinsville
Nov. 6 - Texas
Nov. 13 - Phoenix
Nov. 20 - Homestead