NASCAR has confirmed virtually unaltered schedules for both of its top two championship series for 2016 after concluding an unprecedented new five-year deal with all 23 tracks involved in hosting events in the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series competitions.

"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," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's executive vice president and chief racing development officer.

"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," he explained.

"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."

The immediate effect of the new five year deals is that there are virtually no significant changes to either the Cup or Xfinity calendars for 2016. The schedule and actual placement of the dates within each given season's schedule beyond 2016 will be part of the on-going discussions between NASCAR and the tracks.

It means that the 2016 Sprint Cup season will once again start with Daytona Speedweeks, which begins with the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race on February 13 and concludes with the Daytona 500 on February 21.

The timing of Memorial Day holiday weekend - the traditional home of the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day as the Indianapolis 500 - means that the spring round at Dover International Speedway is pulled forward to precede the fortnight of events at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After that, the series will once again hold three back-to-back races out on the west coast leading up to the Easter weekend.

"We learned that NASCAR Goes West worked very well in keeping momentum and interest for NASCAR in these markets," said O'Donnell. "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."

Other than the spring race at Richmond being moved from a Saturday night to a Sunday afternoon slot, the only other change to the Sprint Cup schedule for next year is to switch around the two August dates at Michigan and Bristol. None of the changes affect the final ten races of the year and make up the Chase championship play-offs.

The Xfinity Series schedule is largely set by the Sprint Cup races which it usually supports. The only other significant change to the line-up is that one of the two races at Chicagoland Speedway has been dropped in favour of the addition of a brand new race at Pocono Raceway on June 4, the first time that the Xfinity racers will have a chance to compete at the unique 'tricky triangle'.

The 2016 schedule for NASCAR's third national-level championship, the Camping World Truck Series, is still to be finalised and will be announced at a later time.

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule

February 13 - Daytona International Speedway: Sprint UnlimitedFebruary 14 - Daytona International Speedway: Daytona 500 QualifyingFebruary 18 - Daytona International Speedway: DuelFebruary 21 - Daytona International Speedway: Daytona 500February 28 - Atlanta Motor SpeedwayMarch 6 - Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayMarch 13 - Phoenix International RacewayMarch 20 - Auto Club SpeedwayApril 3 - Martinsville SpeedwayApril 9 - Texas Motor SpeedwayApril 17 - Bristol Motor SpeedwayApril 24 - Richmond International RacewayMay 1 - Talladega SuperspeedwayMay 7 - Kansas SpeedwayMay 15 - Dover International SpeedwayMay 21 - Charlotte Motor Speedway: Sprint All-Star RaceMay 29 - Charlotte Motor SpeedwayJune 5 - Pocono RacewayJune 12 - Michigan International SpeedwayJune 26 - Sonoma RacewayJuly 2 - Daytona International SpeedwayJuly 9 - Kentucky SpeedwayJuly 17 - New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayJuly 24 - Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayJuly 31 - Pocono RacewayAugust 7 - Watkins Glen InternationalAugust 20 - Bristol Motor SpeedwayAugust 28 - Michigan International SpeedwaySeptember 4 - Darlington RacewaySeptember 11 - Richmond International RacewaySeptember 18 - Chicagoland SpeedwaySeptember 25 - New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayOctober 2 - Dover International SpeedwayOctober 8 - Charlotte Motor SpeedwayOctober 16 - Kansas SpeedwayOctober 23 - Talladega SuperspeedwayOctober 30 - Martinsville SpeedwayNovember 6 - Texas Motor SpeedwayNovember 13 - Phoenix International RacewayNovember 20 - Homestead-Miami Speedway

2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Schedule

February 20 - Daytona International SpeedwayFebruary 27 - Atlanta Motor SpeedwayMarch 5 - Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayMarch 12 - Phoenix International RacewayMarch 19 - Auto Club SpeedwayApril 8 - Texas Motor SpeedwayApril 16 - Bristol Motor SpeedwayApril 23 - Richmond International RacewayApril 30 - Talladega SuperspeedwayMay 14 - Dover International SpeedwayMay 28 - Charlotte Motor SpeedwayJune 4 - Pocono RacewayJune 11 - Michigan International SpeedwayJune 19 - Iowa SpeedwayJuly 1 - Daytona International SpeedwayJuly 8 - Kentucky SpeedwayJuly 16 - New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayJuly 23 - Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayJuly 30 - Iowa SpeedwayAugust 6 - Watkins Glen InternationalAugust 13 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseAugust 19 - Bristol Motor SpeedwayAugust 27 - Road AmericaSeptember 3 - Darlington RacewaySeptember 9 - Richmond International RacewaySeptember 17 - Chicagoland SpeedwaySeptember 24 - Kentucky SpeedwayOctober 1 - Dover International SpeedwayOctober 7 - Charlotte Motor SpeedwayOctober 15 - Kansas SpeedwayNovember 5 - Texas Motor SpeedwayNovember 12 - Phoenix International RacewayNovember 19 - Homestead-Miami Speedway

All dates remain subject to change

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