NASCAR Unveils 2016 Sprint Cup, XFINITY Schedules

NASCAR Unveils 2016 Sprint Cup, XFINITY Schedules

by October 27, 2015 0 comments

Monday brought about the official unveiling of the respective 2016 schedules for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series.

While no true surprises were sprung with the reveal in terms of new tracks, NASCAR did announce that they have reached five-year sanctioning agreements with 23 tracks at the Sprint Cup level and 24 tracks at the XFINITY level that will keep races at these tracks over the next half decade.

The move by the sport’s sanctioning body helps bring in stability for both series’ respective calendars.

“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,” Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said. “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.”

Of the changes made to the Sprint Cup and XFINITY schedules next year, only one series will race on a new circuit as the XFINITY Series will make its debut at Pocono Raceway as a companion event to the June Sprint Cup race.

Two dates will move around on the calendar on the Sprint Cup side as the spring Dover race will be ran prior to the Sprint All-Star Race and Michigan’s late-summer date will move to the last weekend of August.

The spring race weekend at Richmond International Raceway will move is Sprint Cup race to Sunday afternoon and its XFINITY race to Saturday afternoon.

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule

Saturday, February 13th – Daytona International Speedway – Sprint Unlimited

Sunday, February 14th – Daytona International Speedway – Daytona 500 Qualifying 

Thursday, February 18th – Daytona International Speedway – Can-Am Duels 

Sunday, February 21st – Daytona International Speedway – Daytona 500

Sunday, February 28 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

Sunday, March 6th – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Sunday, March 13th – Phoenix International Raceway

Sunday, March 20th – Auto Club Speedway

Sunday, April 3rd – Martinsville Speedway

Saturday, April 9th – Texas Motor Speedway

Sunday, April 17th – Bristol Motor Speedway

Sunday, April 24th – Richmond International Raceway

Sunday, May 1st – Talladega Superspeedway

Saturday, May 7th – Kansas Speedway

Sunday, May 15th – Dover International Speedway

Saturday, May 21st – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Sprint All-Star Race

Sunday, May 29th – Charlotte Motor Speedway 

Sunday, June 5th – Pocono Raceway

Sunday, June 12th – Michigan International Speedway

Sunday, June 26th – Sonoma Raceway

Saturday, July 2nd – Daytona International Speedway

Saturday, July 9th – Kentucky Speedway

Sunday, July 17th – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Sunday, July 24th – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Sunday, July 31st – Pocono Raceway

Sunday, August 7th – Watkins Glen International

Saturday, August 20th – Bristol Motor Speedway

Sunday, August 28th – Michigan International Speedway

Sunday, September 4th – Darlington Raceway

Saturday, September 10th – Richmond International Raceway

Sunday, September 18th – Chicagoland Speedway

Sunday, September 25th – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Sunday, October 2nd – Dover International Speedway

Saturday, October 8th – Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sunday, October 16th – Kansas Speedway

Sunday, October 23rd – Talladega Superspeedway

Sunday, October 30th – Martinsville Speedway

Sunday, November 6th – Texas Motor Speedway

Sunday, November 13th – Phoenix International Raceway

Sunday, November 20th – Homestead-Miami Speedway

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule

Saturday, February 20th – Daytona International Speedway

Saturday, February 27th – Atlanta Motor Speedway

Saturday, March 5th – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Saturday, March 12th – Phoenix International Raceway

Saturday, March 19th – Auto Club Speedway

Friday, April 8th – Texas Motor Speedway

Saturday, April 16th – Bristol Motor Speedway

Saturday, April 23rd – Richmond International Raceway

Saturday, April 30th – Talladega Superspeedway

Saturday, May 14th – Dover International Speedway

Saturday, May 28th – Charlotte Motor Speedway

Saturday, June 4th – Pocono Raceway

Saturday, June 11th – Michigan International Speedway

Sunday, June 19th – Iowa Speedway

Friday, July 1st – Daytona International speedway

Friday, July 8th – Kentucky Speedway

Saturday, July 16th – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Saturday, July 23rd – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Saturday, July 30th – Iowa Speedway

Saturday, August 6th – Watkins Glen International

Saturday, August 13th – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Friday, August 19th – Bristol Motor Speedway

Saturday, August 27th – Road America

Saturday, September 3rd – Darlington Raceway

Friday, September 9th – Richmond International Raceway

Saturday, September 17th – Chicagoland Speedway

Saturday, September 24th – Kentucky Speedway

Saturday, October 1st – Dover International Speedway

Friday, October 7th – Charlotte Motor Speedway

Saturday, October 15th – Kansas Speedway

Saturday, November 5th – Texas Motor Speedway

Saturday, November 12th – Phoenix International Raceway

Saturday, November 19th – Homestead-Miami Speedway

Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images

Kyle Pokrefky
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