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NASCAR releases 2016 Sprint Cup schedule

By AMANDA VINCENT

NASCAR, on Monday, released the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. As in recent years past, the season will begin and end in Florida, beginning at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February and culminating in Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

Also as in recent years past, the 2016 season will be made up of 36 points-paying races — 26 that make up the regular season and the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup — and the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race at Daytona in February and the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.

“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,” NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said. “The live event experience always will be important to creating a lifetime fan in NASCAR.”

No tracks lost dates, and also, no new tracks were added to the schedule, but there are some slight scheduling changes for next year.

The spring race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway will shift from being a Saturday night race to a Saturday afternoon event. Also, the July race at Daytona will return to Saturday night after a short stint as a Sunday afternoon race.

The first of two races at Dover (Del.) International Speedway will come earlier than usual in 2016, while the August race at Michigan International Speedway will come later in the month.

One thing that won’t change will be the early-season West Coast Swing, with back-to-back-to-back trips to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

“We learned that NASCAR Goes West worked very well in keeping momentum and interest for NASCAR in these markets,” O’Donnell said. “The tracks put a lot of effort behind making it successful and we think it can continue to have a positive impact as it gains traction from being an annual effort. The efficiency of conducting three consecutive events also is helpful to the teams and industry.”

Here is the complete 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule:

Feb. 13 — Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited)
Feb. 14 — Daytona (Daytona 500 qualifying)
Feb. 18 — Daytona (Duel races)
Feb. 21 — Daytona 500
Feb 28 — Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 6 — Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 13 — Phoenix International Raceway
March 20 — Auto Club Speedway
April 3 — Martinsville (Va.) Speedway
April 9 — Texas Motor Speedway
April 17 — Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway
April 24 — Richmond (Va.) International Raceway
May 1 — Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway
May 7 — Kansas Speedway
May 15 — Dover (Del.) International Speedway
May 21 — Charlotte Motor Speedway (All-Star Race)
May 29 — Charlotte
June 5 — Pocono Raceway
June 12 — Michigan International Speedway
June 26 — Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway
July 2 — Daytona
July 9 — Kentucky Speedway
July 17 — New Hampshire Motor Speedway
July 24 — Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 31 — Pocono
Aug. 7 — Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International
Aug. 20 — Bristol
Aug. 28 — Michigan
Sept. 4 — Darlington (S.C.) Raceway
Sept. 10 — Richmond

CHASE FOR THE SPRINT CUP

Sept. 18 — Chicagoland Speedway
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 Speedway

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