NASCAR announces 2016 Sprint Cup schedule; reaches 5 year agreement

NASCAR announced agreements with 23 tracks to field NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for the next five years. Additionally, 24 tracks will host NASCAR XFINITY Series races through 2020.

NASCAR also announced its 2016 schedule for both of these national series. The schedule and actual placement of the dates within each given season's schedule beyond 2016 will be part of the on-going discussions between NASCAR and the tracks. Details are being finalized for the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule to be announced at a later time.

"NASCAR and the tracks take seriously our collective responsibility to the fans and each stakeholder to ensure the sport is healthy, strong and growing, so we can deliver great racing to the fans for many decades to come," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer.

"The live event experience always will be important to creating a lifetime fan in NASCAR. Among the goals that we set out to accomplish with our track partners was to provide consistency for race fans and the industry stakeholders. 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. This is a new approach for our industry, and one that benefits everyone: fans, tracks, teams, drivers, OEMs, media and partners."

NASCAR will kick off the 2016 season against the new backdrop of a completely reimagined Daytona International Speedway. DAYTONA Rising, the speedway's $400 million redevelopment project, will be complete when both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series launch at Daytona Speedweeks. The 2016 DAYTONA 500 will be held on February 21 and will air live on FOX. After the DAYTONA 500, NASCAR events will be held the following week at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Both series then will travel to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway for the return of NASCAR Goes West.

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule
Date Event
Feb. 13 Sprint Unlimited
Feb. 18 Can-Am Duel at Daytona
Feb. 21 Daytona
Feb. 28 Atlanta
March 6 Las Vegas
March 13 Phoenix
March 20 Auto Club
April 3 Martinsville
April 9 Texas
April 17 Bristol
April 24 Richmond
May 1 Talladega
May 7 Kansas
May 15 Dover
May 21 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
May 29 Charlotte
June 5 Pocono
June 12 Michigan
June 26 Sonoma
July 2 Daytona
July 9 Kentucky
July 17 New Hampshire
July 24 Indianapolis
July 31 Pocono
Aug. 7 Watkins Glen
Aug. 20 Bristol
Aug. 28 Michigan
Sept. 4 Darlington
Sept. 10 Richmond
Sept. 18 Chicagoland
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-Miami

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