With addition of Dover dates, '16 Sprint Cup schedule gets clearer
Although the complete 2016 Sprint Cup Series schedule has yet to be released, numerous tracks have already revealed their race dates -- or at least some of them -- for next season.
The latest track to announce its dates is Dover International Speedway.
NASCAR will return to the Monster Mile in 2016 for two tripleheader weekends on May 13-15 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
Curiously, Dover's spring Sprint Cup Series weekend falls two weeks earlier than it has traditionally fallen on the schedule.
The AAA 400 on Sunday, Oct. 2 will again be the third race of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and feature the first four eliminations from the 16-driver championship field. It will be the third consecutive year that the 1-mile Delaware track will host the first elimination race of the Chase.
Here's a quick look at the 2016 schedule, based on everything we know so far:
-- Feb. 21: Daytona 500
-- Feb. 28: Atlanta
-- March 6: Las Vegas
-- March 13: Phoenix
-- March 20: Fontana
-- April 9: Texas (Saturday night race)
-- April date TBA: Bristol
-- May 15: Dover
-- May 21: Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte
-- May 29: Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte
-- June 5: Pocono
-- June 12: Michigan
-- July 2: Daytona (Saturday night race)
-- July 9: Kentucky (Saturday night race)
-- July 31: Pocono
-- August date TBA: Bristol
-- Aug. 28: Michigan
-- Sept. 18: Chicagoland (Chase opener)
-- Oct. 2: Dover
-- Nov. 6: Texas