The NASCAR 2016 Schedule is finally Here

NASCAR released the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series schedules on Monday, Oct. 26. A few races are in different spots on the scheduled, but it’s largely the same as this season.

The biggest change is the summer race at Bristol swapping places with the summer race at Michigan. The former remains on the same weekend, but the latter now follows two weeks later due to NBC’s coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics and to allow Bristol time to prepare for the upcoming “Battle at Bristol” college football game.

The first Richmond race will now be run on Sunday afternoon instead of Saturday night.
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With sanctioning agreements with all 23 tracks on the schedule, there’s no chance of a new track joining the NASCAR lineup until 2021.

Dover moves back to May before the All-Star Race.

Changes for the XFINITY Series include going to Pocono Raceway as a companion event to the Sprint Cup Series when we go in June.


Date Site  
2/13 Daytona International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited)
2/14 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying)
2/18 Daytona International Speedway (Duel)
2/21 Daytona 500
2/28 Atlanta Motor Speedway
3/6 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/13 Phoenix International Raceway
3/20 Auto Club Speedway
4/3 Martinsville Speedway
4/9 Texas Motor Speedway
4/17 Bristol Motor Speedway
4/24 Richmond International Raceway
5/1 Talladega Superspeedway
5/7 Kansas Speedway
5/15 Dover International Speedway
5/21 Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race)
5/29 Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/5 Pocono Raceway
6/12 Michigan International Speedway
6/26 Sonoma Raceway
7/2 Daytona International Speedway
7/9 Kentucky Speedway
7/17 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/24 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
7/31 Pocono Raceway
8/7 Watkins Glen International
8/20 Bristol Motor Speedway
8/28 Michigan International Speedway
9/4 Darlington Raceway
9/10 Richmond International Raceway
9/18 Chicagoland Speedway
9/25 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
10/2 Dover International Speedway
10/8 Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/16 Kansas Speedway
10/23 Talladega Superspeedway
10/30 Martinsville Speedway
11/6 Texas Motor Speedway
11/13 Phoenix International Raceway
11/20 Homestead-Miami Speedway




Date Site  
2/20 Daytona International Speedway
2/27 Atlanta Motor Speedway
3/5 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/12 Phoenix International Raceway
3/19 Auto Club Speedway
4/8 Texas Motor Speedway
4/16 Bristol Motor Speedway
4/23 Richmond International Raceway
4/30 Talladega Superspeedway
5/14 Dover International Speedway
5/28 Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/4 Pocono Raceway
6/11 Michigan International Speedway
6/19 Iowa Speedway
7/1 Daytona International Speedway
7/8 Kentucky Speedway
7/16 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/23 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
7/30 Iowa Speedway
8/6 Watkins Glen International
8/13 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
8/19 Bristol Motor Speedway
8/27 Road America
9/3 Darlington Raceway
9/9 Richmond International Raceway
9/17 Chicagoland Speedway
9/24 Kentucky Speedway
10/1 Dover International Speedway
10/7 Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/15 Kansas Speedway
11/5 Texas Motor Speedway
11/12 Phoenix International Raceway
11/19 Homestead-Miami Speedway


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My name is Tucker White. I'm currently majoring in journalism at the University of Tennessee. I started getting into NASCAR around 1998 and started following the sport full-time in 2001. I live and breathe everything related to NASCAR. I also have a burning passion for all things auto racing. I've been following Formula 1 since 2011 and am slowing getting into IndyCar. I do my best to keep up with the World Endurance Championship. But at the end of the day, NASCAR is my primary beat. Being both a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a student at UT, I'm naturally a die-hard Tennessee Volunteers fan. Especially when it comes to Tennessee Volunteers football. While I'll never stop being one, it can be the most heart-wrenching thing ever. Since 2005, this team has delivered more than its fair share of heartbreaking moments and inhuman frustration. I've stuck with the Vols from the best of times - 1998 National Champions - to the worst of times - 2005 to present - because I know that it'll make it all so worth it when the mighty Vols finally return to the top of the college football landscape. In the last few years, I started to really get into baseball. This past season, I decided to pledge my sporting allegiance to the Atlanta Braves. It didn't turn out too well as they finished 67-95 and finished fourth in the NL East. I do see great potential with the young roster and they might be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.


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