NASCAR announces 2016 Sprint Cup schedule

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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