|2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was the 68th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 45th modern-era Cup series season. The season began at Daytona International Speedway with the Sprint Unlimited, the Can-Am Duel and the Daytona 500. The season ended with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports won his seventh drivers' championship, tying Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most all-time. Toyota won the manufacturer's championship, becoming the first manufacturer to win the manufacturer's championship other than Chevrolet since 2002.
2016 marked the final season for three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, 2000 season champion Bobby Labonte, 28-time race winner Carl Edwards, and 19-time race winner Greg Biffle, and the final Cup years for Brian Scott, Josh Wise, Brian Vickers, Casey Mears, Michael Annett, Patrick Carpentier, Jeb Burton, Eddie MacDonald, Robert Richardson Jr., Ryan Ellis, Justin Allgaier, Alex Kennedy, and Tommy Baldwin Racing. However, Burton made sporadic Cup starts in following years, while Mears and Tommy Baldwin Racing returned to Cup competition in 2019.
- 1 Teams and drivers
- 2 Rule changes
- 3 Schedule
- 4 Season summary
- 5 Results and standings
- 6 Media coverage
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
Teams and drivers
There were 37 full-time teams in 2016.
|Manufacturer||Team||No.||Race driver||Crew chief|
|Ford||Wood Brothers Racing||21||Ryan Blaney (R)||Jeremy Bullins|
|Manufacturer||Team||No.||Race driver||Crew chief||Round(s)|
|Chevrolet||Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing||59||Michael McDowell||Dave Winston||2|
|Hillman Racing||40||Reed Sorenson||Pat Tryson||1|
|The Motorsports Group||30||Josh Wise||Dave Fuge 31
Wayne Carroll 4
|Ford||Front Row Motorsports||35||David Gilliland||Joe Lax 1
Todd Anderson 3
|Roush Fenway Racing||99||Ryan Reed||Phil Gould||1|
|Toyota||BK Racing||26||Robert Richardson Jr.||Mike Ford||1|
|49||Matt DiBenedetto||Gene Nead||1|
|Ryan Ellis||Mike Ford||3|
|Premium Motorsports||55||Reed Sorenson||Pat Tryson 30
Maurice Hester 1
|D. J. Kennington||1|
|98||Cole Whitt||Mark Hillman 23
Ben Leslie 8
Pat Tryson 1
- Michael Waltrip Racing ceased its operations after 2015, shutting down the No. 15 and No. 55 teams. Waltrip made plans to run the Daytona 500 with sponsor Maxwell House. Waltrip ran the No. 83 for BK Racing in the Daytona 500 with DiBenedetto moving to the No. 93 in a third BK Racing car for the race. Waltrip also ran the Talladega race in May in his old No. 55 now running under the Premium Motorsports banner. This car had been the No. 62 in 2015.
- Wood Brothers Racing returned to full-time racing in 2016 for the first time since 2008. Ryan Blaney remained as driver, marking the first time the team would full-time with one driver since 2006. The team ran 19 races in 2015.
- Front Row Motorsports downsized to two full-time teams in 2016, shutting down the No. 35 team. The team also received technical support as part of an alliance with Roush Fenway Racing. The team fielded the No. 35 car for David Gilliland in the Daytona 500 and the other 3 plate races. He failed to qualify for the Daytona 500 and the Talladega October events (but made Talladega in May and Daytona in July).
- BK Racing downsized to two full-time teams in 2016, shutting down the No. 26 team. The team fielded the No. 26 car for Robert Richardson Jr. in the Daytona 500.
- Circle Sport and Leavine Family Racing merged to form Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing. The team ran the full 36-race schedule with the No. 95 in a Chevrolet, forming a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. The No. 33 team was shut down. Ty Dillon ran five races with crew chief Todd Parrott, including the Daytona 500 with Michael McDowell driving the other 31 with crew chief Dave Winston. The team fielded a second car, the No. 59, in the Daytona 500 and Ford EcoBoost 400 for McDowell.
- Premium Motorsports hired Mike Hillman to head up its operations in 2016, bringing over Mark Hillman – who served as the No. 40's crew chief – and most of the staff from the No. 40 team, therefore shutting that team down on a full-time basis. Premium Motorsports ran only one full-time team with Cole Whitt in the No. 98 in 2016, shutting down the No. 62. Whitt drove for Front Row Motorsports in the now defunct No. 35 in 2015. Hillman still ran the No. 40 with Reed Sorenson in the Daytona 500. The second Premium team was reactivated at Martinsville as the No. 55, with Sorenson driving.
- Premium Motorsports leased their charter to HScott Motorsports No. 46 for the 2016 season.
- Chase Elliott moves up from the Xfinity Series to the Sprint Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports, replacing Jeff Gordon in the No. 24, who retired after the 2015 season.
- Clint Bowyer replaced Justin Allgaier in the HScott Motorsports No. 15 (renumbered from No. 51) for 2016, before replacing the retiring Tony Stewart in the No. 14 for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017. Bowyer ran the No. 15 for the now closed Michael Waltrip Racing team in 2015.
- Brian Scott replaced Sam Hornish Jr. in the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 44 (renumbered from No. 9). Scott ran for Richard Childress Racing in the Xfinity Series in 2015.
- Chris Buescher moved up from the Xfinity Series to the Sprint Cup Series for Front Row Motorsports, replacing Brett Moffitt and other various drivers in the No. 34. Buescher ran six races in the No. 34 in 2015 and won the 2015 Xfinity Series Championship with Roush Fenway Racing in the No. 60. He is on loan from Roush Fenway Racing, with Roush providing additional technical support for him in 2016.
- Landon Cassill replaced David Gilliland in the Front Row Motorsports No. 38. Cassill ran for Hillman Racing in the No. 40 in 2015.
- Jeffrey Earnhardt ran at least 20 races in the No. 32 for Go FAS Racing. Bobby Labonte continued to run the four restrictor plate races. The team had multiple drivers in 2015.
- David Ragan replaced J. J. Yeley and Jeb Burton in the BK Racing No. 23. Ragan drove full-time for various teams – mostly in a substitute role due to injuries – in 2015, mostly for the now defunct Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55.
- Regan Smith replaced Alex Bowman in the Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 7. Smith ran for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series in 2015.
- On February 1, 2016, Tony Stewart was sent to the hospital after he injured his back in a non-racing accident in the desert. Stewart-Haas Racing announced on February 4 that Stewart would miss the beginning of the season. Nine days later, former Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers was hired to take Stewart's place for the Daytona 500. Vickers and Ty Dillon shared the car until Bristol. Stewart returned to the 14 car at Richmond. For Talladega, Stewart practiced and qualified the car, and then switched with Ty Dillon in the first opportunity during the race. Afterwards, Stewart returned full-time at Kansas.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered from concussion like symptoms following the race in Kentucky and was replaced by Alex Bowman at New Hampshire and Michigan. Jeff Gordon came out of retirement to replace Jr. at Indianapolis, Pocono, Watkins Glen, and Bristol. It was announced on August 30, 2016 that Earnhardt would miss the rest of the season and that Bowman and Gordon would share the car for the final 12 races of the season. Gordon drove at Darlington, Richmond, Dover, and Martinsville while Bowman drove at Chicagoland, New Hampshire, Charlotte, Kansas, Talladega, Texas, Phoenix, and Homestead.
- Brian Pattie took over crew chief duties on the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Greg Biffle, replacing Matt Puccia. Pattie was the crew chief for the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 15 and No. 55 cars in 2015.
- Matt Puccia took over crew chief duties on the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Trevor Bayne, replacing Bob Osborne. Puccia was the crew chief on the No. 16, driven by Greg Biffle in 2015.
- Bob Osborne took over crew chief duties on the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford with Chris Buescher, replacing Derek Finley. Osborne was the crew chief for Trevor Bayne in 2015.
- Chad Johnston took over crew chief duties on the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Kyle Larson, replacing Chris Heroy. Johnston was the crew chief for Tony Stewart in 2015.
- Mike Bugarewicz took over crew chief duties on the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet with Tony Stewart, replacing Chad Johnston. Bugarewicz was the race engineer on the No. 4, driven by Kevin Harvick, the previous two years.
- Billy Scott took over crew chief duties on the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet with Danica Patrick, replacing Daniel Knost. Scott was the crew chief for the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 15 and No. 55 cars in 2015.
- Randall Burnett took over crew chief duties on the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet with A. J. Allmendinger, replacing Brian Burns. Burnett was the team engineer on the No. 42, driven by Kyle Larson, in 2015.
- Mike Wheeler took over crew chief duties on the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Denny Hamlin, replacing Dave Rogers. Wheeler was the crew chief for the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2015.
- Dave Rogers took over crew chief duties on the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Carl Edwards, replacing Darian Grubb. Rogers was the crew chief on the No. 11, driven by Denny Hamlin, in 2015.
- Chris Heroy took over crew chief duties on the No. 44 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Brian Scott, replacing Kevin Manion. Heroy was the crew chief for Kyle Larson in 2015.
- Patrick Donahue took over crew chief duties on the No. 23 BK Racing Toyota with David Ragan, replacing Joe Williams. Donahue was the crew chief for the third BK Racing car, the No. 26, in 2015.
- Wally Rogers took over crew chief duties on the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford, replacing Clint Cram. Rogers was the crew chief for the part-time Leavine Family Racing No. 95 in 2015.
- Furniture Row Racing changed its manufacturer to Toyota with a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing after being with Chevrolet since the team's inception in 2005.
- Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing changed its manufacturer to Chevrolet with a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing after being with Ford since the team's inception in 2011.
- 2016 saw the introduction of a charter system in a deal reached between NASCAR and the Race Team Alliance. Thirty-six teams would hold a charter, which guarantees them a spot in the field for all 36 races. To be eligible for a charter, a team had to be running full-time since the 2013 season. Charter owners may transfer their Charter to another team, for one full season, once over the first five years of the agreement.
- Charter teams are held to a minimum performance standard. If a Charter team finishes in the bottom three of the owner standings among all 36 Charter teams for three consecutive years, NASCAR has a right to force the sale of the charter.
- NASCAR also reduced the size of the Cup field from 43 to 40 cars.
- Teams may sell their Charters on the open market before each season.
- Organizations had a hard cap of four cars; prohibiting a fifth car for rookie drivers. For example, Joe Gibbs Racing had planned to run Erik Jones on a limited Cup schedule in addition to the full Xfinity Series schedule; if they wanted to run Jones in any Cup races, under this new rule they would have had to farm him out to another team, likely Furniture Row Racing, who was seeking to add a second team in 2017.
- Due to the charters and reduction of field size, the qualifying procedures were revised. The final four spots for non-chartered teams are determined by qualifying results. If qualifying was rained out, practice speeds were used. If practice and qualifying are rained out, owner points were used. For the Daytona 500 only, the final four teams are the highest non-charter finisher in each duel plus the two highest qualifiers that did not clinch a spot in the duel.
- Due to the field shortening from 43 to 40 cars, the point system was revised to 1 point for 40th place up to 40 points for 1st place. All other bonuses points, including the win bonus and laps lead bonus points, are the same.
- 2016 also introduced the "Overtime Line" as a modification for the green–white–checker finish rule. After taking the green flag, if a caution appears before the leader has reached the overtime line, the restart was waved off and another attempt would be made. There were an unlimited number of attempts for this, however once the leader reaches the line, the next flag ended the race. The placement of the overtime line varied from track to track.
- Starting at Kentucky, if qualifying gets rained out the field would be set by the point standings. If the field was over 40 cars, the drivers who were on open teams that are further up in points made the race while the drivers low in standings failed to make the race.
- On July 7, 2016, it was announced that any driver that was part of an open team that made the Chase was guaranteed a spot in all 10 Chase races.
All cars began using a digital dashboard starting in 2016.The dashboard only provided information that was available on manual gauges and lap times, but there were plans to work in tire pressure readings and other telemetry to drivers, teams, and fans at home.
At all tracks except Daytona and Talladega:
- The rear spoiler height was reduced from 6 inches to 3.5 inches.
- The front splitter leading edge was reduced from 2 inches to 0.25 inches.
- The radiator pan width was reduced from 38 inches to 33 inches.
- Rear gear ratios were adjusted to maintain 9,000 RPM maximum.
- For tracks shorter than 1.25 miles in length, the third gear ratio was 1.38.
At Daytona and Talladega:
- Engine roller lifters replaced solid lifters, adding around 10 horsepower to each car.
- Restrictor plates had the openings reduced from 29/32 inches to 57/64 inches to counter the horsepower increase.
- Starting at the July Daytona race, each car ran a standardized radiator and oil cooler system.
Safety enhancements at all tracks:
- There must be an on-board fire suppression system activation cable routed to the dash or right-hand side leg board.
- There must be a right-hand side double NACA duct to cool drivers at tracks where the side window is used.
- Seat belt restraint systems must meet increased specifications.
- All track bar and wedge wrenches must be painted yellow.
- NASCAR changed inspection methods, reducing pre-race inspection time but increasing the amount of time teams have to present their cars for pre-qualifying inspection. In addition, NASCAR utilized new inspection methods aided by Microsoft Surface tablets to further increase efficiencies.
- Beginning at the May Talladega race, NASCAR began enforcing lug nuts again, a practice which was discontinued after the 2013 season. The rule now required all 5 lug nuts on all 4 wheels must be "installed in a safe and secure manner." If during post-race inspection a wheel is found to be missing a lug nut or a lug not is not secured, it was an automatic P3 penalty resulting in the crew chief, tire changer, and tire carrier each receiving a one race suspension and fine. The change comes after mass criticism, particularly from owner-driver Tony Stewart, about poor safety practices occurring from lack of enforcement.
- Starting at the fall Talladega race, NASCAR allowed teams to run additional anti-intrusion panels at superspeedway races. The components are optional for 2016, required at superspeedway races in 2017, and required at all races in 2018. The changes come as a result of the investigation into the horrific last lap crash suffered by Austin Dillon in the 2015 Coke Zero 400.
The final calendar – comprising 36 races, as well as exhibition races, which are the Sprint Unlimited, Can-Am Duel qualifying duel races for the Daytona 500 and the Sprint All-Star Race – was released on October 26, 2015. With the schedule announcement also came the announcement of NASCAR securing a five-year contract with each track to continue to host races over the next five seasons. Key changes from 2015 include:
- The Easter off-week was placed late-March between Fontana and Martinsville, instead of the mid-April break between Martinsville and Texas as in recent years.
- The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona returned to its usual Saturday night date.
- The spring race at Richmond moved from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon.
- Michigan and Bristol swap their August race dates to avoid a scheduling conflict with the 2016 Summer Olympics being hosted on NBC.
- The third off-week has been moved to mid-August between Watkins Glen and Bristol, instead of the usual late-August break between Bristol and Darlington. This has been done so as to avoid a scheduling conflict with the 2016 Summer Olympics being hosted on NBC. The aforementioned Olympics conflict forced one race occurring during the games (Watkins Glen) to be moved to USA, marking the first time USA has broadcast a NASCAR Cup race since the 1984 UNO Twin 125s. (The other race occurring during the games, at Bristol, aired on NBCSN.)
- The first race at Dover and the Memorial Day week swapped dates, so the last race before the All-Star Race is Dover instead of Kansas.
- In the Chase for the Championship, the three rounds preceding the final race, originally named the Challenger, Contender and Eliminator rounds, were simply renamed the Round of 16, the Round of 12 and the Round of 8 respectively.
Speedweeks 2016 started with the Sprint Unlimited. Denny Hamlin led the most laps and won his third career Sprint Unlimited, followed by Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Kyle Larson, and Casey Mears. The race saw several multicar crashes, including one that sent the race into overtime. During the overtime period, a clean restart occurred before another multicar crash caused the race to end under yellow.
Qualifying for the front row of the Daytona 500 took place the following day. Rookie Chase Elliott won the pole, becoming the youngest Daytona 500 pole winner ever at the age of 20 years, 2 months, and 17 days. Matt Kenseth joined Elliott on the front row by qualifying second.
The following Thursday, the Can-Am Duels took place to set the remainder of the starting lineup for the Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the most laps and won the first duel race. The second duel race was won by Kyle Busch ahead of a last-lap crash that involved multiple drivers including Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., and polesitter Kenseth.
Round 1: Daytona 500
Elliott started on pole, but was taken out of contention by an early spin through the grass that destroyed the front end of his car. Several other small wrecks occurred throughout the race including a spin by Brian Vickers that caused Trevor Bayne and Carl Edwards to make contact, a single-car wreck that sent Earnhardt into the wall, and a wreck between Danica Patrick and Greg Biffle. Denny Hamlin led the most laps, with the four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers and Truex Jr. up front for most of the race. On the last lap, Hamlin passed Kenseth for the lead and beat Truex Jr. to the line in a photo-finish, which was the closest margin in Daytona 500 history.
Round 2: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
Kurt Busch started on pole after his younger brother Kyle Busch's pole-winning qualifying time was disallowed, resulting in him starting in the rear. The race used the new low downforce package and saw few caution flags. Kenseth led several laps but went two laps down after a miscommunication following a pit road penalty. Kevin Harvick led the most laps but Johnson took the lead after pitting early during the final round of green-flag pit stops. After a cut tire from Ryan Newman sent the race into overtime, Johnson would win the race under caution after a multicar wreck involving Aric Almirola and 3 others occurred following a clean restart. The win was the 76th career win for Johnson, tying Dale Earnhardt.
Round 3: Kobalt 400
Kurt Busch led the field to green after a brief delay due to rain showers. The race was plagued by high winds, with a sandstorm hitting the track at one point from laps 202–205. Jimmie Johnson led the most laps in the race. A few wrecks occurred including one involving Regan Smith and Kyle Larson and a multicar wreck that took Matt Kenseth and Chase Elliott out of contention. Kyle Busch had the lead in the closing laps, but was passed by Brad Keselowski, who went on to win the race. Keselowski was followed by Joey Logano, Johnson, Kyle Busch, and Austin Dillon.
Round 4: Good Sam 500
Kyle Busch started from the pole and led the early part of the race. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, and Kevin Harvick also led throughout the race, with Harvick leading the most laps. The race saw several drivers have tire issues from melted tire beads including Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Keselowski, and Kasey Kahne. Kahne's crash into the wall sent the race into overtime, where Harvick beat Edwards in a photo-finish, followed by Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Earnhardt, Jr. Harvick won his 8th career race at Phoenix.
Round 5: Auto Club 400
Austin Dillon started the race from the pole. A number of drivers had tire issues throughout the race, including Kyle Larson, who crashed into the inside wall hard. Another incident occurred with Kasey Kahne and Danica Patrick got together, sending Patrick into the wall. Kevin Harvick led the most laps in the race. The race went into overtime after Kyle Busch got into the wall from a blown tire. In the overtime finish, Jimmie Johnson scored his 77th career win, ahead of Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Round 6: STP 500
Joey Logano started on the pole and led early before fading. A few incidents occurred during the race including an early spin by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin getting into the wall. Kyle Busch led the most laps and went on to win the race, his first career win at Martinsville and completing the weekend sweep as he won the Camping World Truck Series race the day before. Kyle Busch was followed by A. J. Allmendinger, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, and Brad Keselowski.
Round 7: Duck Commander 500
Carl Edwards led the field to green after a two-hour delay from rain. Martin Truex Jr. led the most laps in the race. Late in the race, a 13-car wreck occurred when Austin Dillon spun and caused a chain reaction that collected several drivers including Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, Trevor Bayne, Brian Vickers, and Brian Scott. During the final caution, Truex Jr. stayed out while several other drivers came to pit road for fresh tires. On the restart, Kyle Busch was able to get around Truex Jr. and win the race, his second straight Cup win and second consecutive weekend sweep as he won the Xfinity Series race the night before. Kyle Busch was followed across the finish line by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, and Chase Elliott.
Round 8: Food City 500
Carl Edwards started the race from pole position as Dale Earnhardt Jr. went two laps down early after not being able to get going at the initial start. Matt Kenseth led several laps in the early part of the race. Kyle Busch experienced tire issues, a spin, and pit-road speeding penalties before a cut right-front tire sent him hard into the wall a little past halfway, ending his race. Kenseth also had a right-front tire issue that sent him into the wall and knocked him out of contention. Kyle Larson experienced a broken track bar that left him multiple laps down. Denny Hamlin and Aric Almirola both got into the wall late in the race in separate crashes. Edwards would go on to lead the most laps and win the race, his first of the season. Edwards was followed by Earnhardt Jr. (who rebounded from his early issues), Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Trevor Bayne. BK Racing driver Matt DiBenedetto recorded a career best finish of 6th.
Round 9: Toyota Owners 400
Kevin Harvick started from pole after qualifying was rained out and the field was set by practice speeds. The race saw long green-flag runs in the early part of the race. Several drivers rotated the lead throughout the race, including Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, and Kurt Busch. In the later part of the race, a few incidents occurred including a cut tire from Tony Stewart, who made his first start of the season after missing the first eight races due to an offseason back injury, and a wreck from Brian Scott. In the closing laps, Kyle Busch held the lead with Edwards close behind. On the final lap, Edwards did a "bump and run" move to take the lead from Kyle Busch and score his second straight win. Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Johnson, Kasey Kahne, and Harvick.
Round 10: GEICO 500
Chase Elliott was on pole position for the race. The race was threatened by rain and featured intense racing and numerous multicar wrecks. Early in the race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. got loose and collected Kasey Kahne. Under this caution, Ty Dillon relieved Tony Stewart, who made his second start of the season since returning from a back injury. Near the middle of the race, a 7-car wreck occurred that saw Chris Buescher flip multiple times. Carl Edwards got into Earnhardt Jr., causing serious damage to both cars. Kahne would also be involved in a second wreck. Toward the later part of the race, several crashes occurred, including "The Big One", which involved 21 cars, and a hard wreck involving Danica Patrick and Matt Kenseth that saw Kenseth go airborne and ride along the infield wall upside down. Brad Keselowski won the race as a multicar wreck occurred coming to the checkered flag that involved Kevin Harvick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., among others.
Round 11: Go Bowling 400
Martin Truex Jr. started on pole and dominated the race, leading 172 laps. However, a loose wheel following a green-flag pit stop took him out of contention for the win. Late in the race, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Larson were involved in a wreck battling for position near the front of the field. Under this caution, Kyle Busch stayed out while other drivers came to pit road for fresh tires. In the closing laps, Kyle Busch was able to hold off Kevin Harvick on older tires and win the race, his third win of the season and first career win at Kansas. Harvick finished second, followed by Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Ryan Blaney.
Round 12: AAA 400 Drive for Autism
Kevin Harvick won the pole after qualifying was rained out and the starting order was set by first practice speeds. Harvick led before and after the competition caution on lap 40. Others such as Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. led during the race. Early in the race, several single-car wrecks occurred that involved drivers including Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, and Michael Annett. The race was nerve rattling towards the end. Brad Keselowski ran into the lapped car of Austin Dillon while leading, cutting down his tire. Tony Stewart broke a track bar and spilled rear end grease on the track. On a restart with 46 laps to go, leader Jimmie Johnson could not get going and bunched up the field, causing a large wreck which involved 18 cars. Carl Edwards crashed into the inside wall on the following restart. The race restarted again with 35 laps to go and the end came down to a battle between Matt Kenseth and Kyle Larson. Larson came close numerous times to get the lead, but Kenseth put the block on Larson and won his first race of the season.
Exhibition: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
In the Sprint Showdown, which was postponed from Friday evening to Saturday morning due to rain, Ryan Blaney was black flagged for jumping a restart near the end of the first 20-lap segment, allowing Trevor Bayne and Chase Elliott to battle to the finish, with Bayne edging Elliott at the line to advance to the All-Star race. Austin Dillon started off leading the second 20-lap segment, but Greg Biffle took the lead five laps in and pulled away from the field to win and advance. Kyle Larson led the final 10-lap segment and battled with Chase Elliott before edging out Elliott to win and advance. Elliott and Danica Patrick finished first and second in the Fan Vote to advance, bringing the field up to 20 cars.
Kevin Harvick won the pole for the All-Star Race after the field was set by owner points due to qualifying being rained out. Harvick led much of the first 50-lap segment but gave up the lead to make the required green-flag pit stop. Everyone made the stop except Matt Kenseth, who was leading when Jamie McMurray spun out with five laps left in the segment and was unable to make his stop. He was penalized one lap for failing to stop, creating a scoring confusion that occurred when NASCAR allowed cars trapped one lap down by Kenseth, who were now on the tail-end of the lead lap, to pit in front of new leader Carl Edwards. Some of those cars came off pit road behind the leaders, one lap down, and were originally scored on the lead lap. However, the issue was corrected and those cars were sent to the rear. Brad Keselowski lead to green on the start of the second 50-lap second, which required a green-flag pit stop before lap 85 (lap 35 of segment 2). A few laps into the segment, a caution came out for water in turn two, and Kevin Harvick made several pit stops due to what appeared to be fuel pump problems. When the race restarted, Chase Elliott attempted to make his required pit stop, causing Matt Kenseth to slow up and get turned into the wall, collecting Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne. Greg Biffle's car was also damaged after clipping Elliott's right rear. After the restart, everyone else made the required green-flag stops, and Kyle Busch, who assumed the lead after pit stops, received a speeding penalty and dropped to 13th. Keselowski assumed the lead, but lost it to Kyle Larson took the lead from Keselowski, who won the second segment. A random draw of 9, 10, or 11 at the end of the segment determined that the top 11 cars had to pit for four tires. This gave the lead to 12th-place Jimmie Johnson for the final segment, with Kyle Busch lining up alongside. On the restart for the final segment, Kyle Larson took the lead back from Johnson and began to pull away from the field, but was caught by Joey Logano. Larson and Logano ran side-by-side until the two made contact sending Larson into the wall. Logano continued on to win ahead of teammate Brad Keselowski.
Round 13: Coca-Cola 600
Martin Truex, Jr. started the race from the pole. Truex dominated, leading 392 of 400 laps. A few incidents happened during the race including a cut tire from Kasey Kahne early in the race, a pit-road penalty for Joey Logano, and a cut tire that sent Kyle Busch into the wall late in the race. Truex won the race to set the record for most laps led in a race at Charlotte and most miles led in a NASCAR race by leading for 588 miles. Truex was followed across the finish line by Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski.
Round 14: Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400
Brad Keselowski won the pole for the race. The race was postponed from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon due to persistent rain. Joey Logano got a jump on teammate Keselowski on the start and led early. A competition caution for rain from the day before. Matt Kenseth got the lead off of pit road and led until Chase Elliott got by on a restart after Kenseth and Kyle Busch battled for the lead. Elliott dominated the race and was able to pull away from the field on the next several restarts. Tony Stewart got loose in turn two and crashed into Danica Patrick. Michael Annett also hit the wall hard in turn two. At one point, Kyle Busch hit the wall and had to go to the garage; on the pit stops under that caution, teams executed differing pit strategies, allowing Martin Truex Jr. to get the lead off pit road. However, Truex's right-rear tire went down, and he had to return to the pits. On the restart, Jimmie Johnson got loose and crashed into the wall, sending him to the garage. On the restart, Kurt Busch got the lead from Dale Earnhardt Jr. and pulled away from Earnhardt while saving fuel to win the race for his third career win at Pocono, ahead of Earnhardt, Keselowski, Elliott, and Logano.
Round 15: FireKeepers Casino 400
Joey Logano won the pole for the race. Logano, who has not scored a win this season, dominated the race leading 139 laps. Chase Elliott led for the second week in a row and led a bunch of laps, but fell back after failing on a restart. There were 8 cautions during the race including Martin Truex Jr. spinning after contact with Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch blowing an engine and hitting the wall, Dale Earnhardt Jr. hit the wall and crashed along with AJ Allmendinger, and Denny Hamlin hitting the wall hard after blowing a tire. Logano pulled away from the field on the final restart and held off Chase Elliott, who almost did not have enough fuel to make it to the end, to score his first win of 2016 and second at Michigan.
Round 16: Toyota/Save Mart 350
Carl Edwards started the race from pole position. Early in the race, Clint Bowyer suffered an electrical fire in his car that sent him to the garage. Denny Hamlin led the most laps in the race. Late in the race, Tony Stewart made a green-flag pit stop right before a caution came out for debris. The rest of the field came to pit road under the caution while Stewart stayed out and inherited the lead. On the last lap, Hamlin passed Stewart for the lead in turn 7, but Stewart was able to regain the lead from Hamlin in the final turn and win the race, his first win of the season and first since 2013. With this win, Stewart pulled within nine points from making the top 30 in order to be eligible for the Chase.
Round 17: Coke Zero 400
Greg Biffle won the pole for the race. The first half of the race was calm. On lap 90, "The Big One" occurred when teammates Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson got together, sending McMurray into Jimmie Johnson and it involved 19 other cars including Brian Scott's car coming to rest on top of Kevin Harvick's car. Brad Keselowski dominated, leading 115 laps. Late in the race, Tony Stewart wrecked and collected Carl Edwards and Casey Mears. Edwards would again be involved in a wreck with 5 laps to go that sent the race into overtime. Keselowski held off Kyle Busch to win for his first victory at Daytona as Kurt Busch went for a slide through the infield grass after getting tapped by Joey Logano.
Round 18: Quaker State 400
Kevin Harvick won the pole after the field was set by owner points due to qualifying being rained out. Harvick dominated the race and led the most laps. The repaved track proved to be a problem for multiple drivers. Jimmie Johnson spun and hit the wall, taking him to the garage. Joey Logano blew a tire and smacked the wall, ending his day early. Rookies Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney crashed out of the race together. A big wreck happened, involving 8 cars. AJ Allmendinger hit the wall and destroyed the front end of his car. Multiple drivers tried to make it to the end on fuel. Brad Keselowski led the final 65 laps and saved enough fuel to hold off Carl Edwards to get his fourth win of the season and third at Kentucky.
Round 19: New Hampshire 301
Jimmie Johnson won the pole. Kyle Busch took the lead from Johnson at the start. Busch led until lap 87 when Martin Truex, Jr. took over the top spot. Truex led until lap 172 when Kyle Busch retook the lead. Busch led until Truex won the race off of pit road during a caution for debris. Matt Kenseth took the lead from Truex in lap 257. The caution came out for debris in turn three and Denny Hamlin stayed on the track as Kenseth kept the lead coming off pit road. Truex reported to his team that he was stuck in fourth gear and fell back on the restart. Kenseth took the lead from Hamlin and then a caution came out for Alex Bowman, who was filling in for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., cut a tire down. Kenseth continued to lead off the restart until Kurt Busch cut a tire, bringing out the caution. Kenseth led off at restart until Kyle Larson brought the caution out after sliding through the grass. Kenseth continued to lead off the restart and was able to hold off Tony Stewart to get his second win of the season.
Defending race winner Kyle Busch started on pole. Busch led most of the race. Several accidents took place during the race. Matt DiBenedetto blew his engine on lap 3. After three straight top 10 finishes since July 2, Greg Biffle smacked the wall on lap 52 and knocked himself out of the race. During that caution, Joey Logano stayed out and led the field back to green. Kyle Busch retook the lead on lap 63 and continued leading, other than temporary changes during pit stop cycling. A caution came out with 7 laps to go. On the restart, Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman made contact and wrecked with Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney. The red flag was displayed to clean up the track. On the restart, Trevor Bayne and Clint Bowyer made contact. On the following restart, which took place in overtime, Jamie McMurray spun into Austin Dillon and Brian Scott also spun. On the second restart of overtime, Kyle Busch pulled away from teammate Matt Kenseth to win his second consecutive Sprint Cup Brickyard event and sweeping the weekend for the second year in a row. This was Busch's fourth win of 2016. Competing in his final Sprint Cup Brickyard event, Tony Stewart came home eleventh and Jeff Gordon, who came out of retirement to fill in for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., finished thirteenth.
Round 21: Pennsylvania 400
Martin Truex, Jr. won the pole. The race was scheduled for Sunday but was postponed to Monday due to rain. Truex led early until he had a right-front tire go down. Logano dominated the early part of the race. Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson was battling for the lead as rain was approaching the track. The two got together allowing Logano to regain the lead. After a restart, Chase Elliott got loose and spun and ran into Logano, ending both drivers' chances for a win. Pit strategy allowed Larson and Dillon to get back out front. Chris Buescher was in the lead trying to win the race as fog and rain hit the track. The red flag was displayed as fog continued to come and thicken. During the fog delay, rain moved into the area causing the cars to be covered. After a long red flag display, the race was called official and Buescher got his first career victory and the first for Front Row Motorsports since the 2013 Aaron's 499.
Round 22: Cheez-It 355 at The Glen
Carl Edwards won the pole to sweep the road course poles. Brad Keselowski led the most laps in the race. Multiple drivers received penalties on pit road. There were a couple of big wrecks. On lap 53, Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, Greg Biffle, and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. got into a big wreck that brought out the red flag. On the restart, there was another wreck involving Clint Bowyer, David Ragan, Alex Kennedy, and polesitter Edwards. Another wreck took place with seven laps to go as Kevin Harvick, Matt DiBenedetto, Chris Buescher, and David Ragan got together. The wreck brought out the red flag once again. On the restart, Denny Hamlin, despite back pain, held off Joey Logano after Martin Truex Jr. spun after making contact with Brad Keselowski to pick up his second win of the season and his first career victory on a road course. Jeff Gordon, still substituting for Dale Earnhardt Jr., made his 800th start.
Round 23: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Spring Bristol winner Carl Edwards started on pole with a new track record. Denny Hamlin took the lead from Edwards at the start. Hamlin led until Chase Elliott took the lead. Kyle Busch took the lead from Elliott and began to pull away from the field until the caution came out for rain. The race was red flagged until the track was dried and the field was brought out under caution. It began to rain again and the red flag was displayed. The race was then postponed until the following day in the afternoon. The race was delayed due early morning rain. The race would resume and Kyle Busch continued to lead. Busch led 256 laps, but was taken out of the race when he spun and Justin Allgaier ran into him. Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski crashed and took out some of the field. Joey Logano, who won the last two summer Bristol races, lost the lead to Kevin Harvick and had to go to pit road to tape up the front end of his car. Denny Hamlin led off the restart and lost the lead to Harvick. It began to rain and field circled around the track under caution. Harvick pulled away from the field on the restart and held off Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. to receive his second win of the season and his first at Bristol since 2005.
Round 24: Pure Michigan 400
June Michigan winner Joey Logano started on pole. Chris Buescher had trouble early and fell four laps down. Logano led early, but fell back after the competition caution. Kevin Harvick got the lead and led until Martin Truex, Jr. was able to take the lead when they came up on lapped traffic. Kyle Busch spun out into the grass early. Jimmie Johnson got the lead after green flag pit stops, but lost the lead on the next round of pit stops after his team took extra time to fill the car with fuel. Chase Elliott got the lead due to Johnson's misfortune. Kyle Larson was able to get the lead on a restart and pull away from the field as a rainstorm was nearing the track. Elliott was able to get off pit road ahead of Larson. On a restart, leader Elliott spun the tires and it allowed Larson to take the lead and pull away from the field and held off Elliott to get his first career Sprint Cup series win.
Round 25: Bojangles' Southern 500
Kevin Harvick won the pole due to qualifying being cancelled due to local rainfall from Tropical Storm Hermine. Harvick dominated the race, but had a few pit road problems, costing him a few positions. Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Matt Kenseth also led during the race. Several accidents took place including Brian Scott getting into the wall after contact with Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson spun and hit the wall, Stewart blew his engine while running thirteenth, and Kurt Busch got into the wall after contact with Paul Menard. A few drivers such as Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman had pit strategy. Newman was able to pull away from the field, trying to win to get into "The Chase". Martin Truex Jr. was able to get by Newman and pull away from the field. A caution came out for Aric Almirola crashing into the wall after contact with Clint Bowyer. On the restart, Truex, Jr. pulled away from the field and held off Harvick for his second win of the season.
Round 26: Federated Auto Parts 400
Denny Hamlin won the pole. The race was mostly dominated by Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. Chase Elliott got into the wall after contact with Jeff Gordon. Jimmie Johnson made contact with the wall after he had a left-rear go down. AJ Allmendinger spun three times during the race. A big wreck caused the red flag to be displayed involving Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, and others when Stewart and Newman made contact. On the restart, Hamlin pulled away from the field until a caution came out with two laps to go when Regan Smith hit the wall. The race went into overtime with Kasey Kahne in position to get a win to make "The Chase." On the restart, Hamlin pulled away from the field to score his third win of the season and third at Richmond. Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, and Jamie McMurray filled the remaining spots in "The Chase."
Round 27: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400
Kyle Busch was awarded the pole after qualifying was rained out and the field was set by points. Busch was able to get the pole due to him being the first seed in "The Chase." At the start of the race, Busch led the first few laps. Martin Truex Jr. then took the lead from Busch and led for a while. After a caution, Jimmie Johnson stayed off of pit road and assumed the race lead. On the next caution, Johnson was able to get off pit road first and continued to lead. He led the most laps, 119 of the 270. Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott took the lead from Johnson. The final round of green flag pit stops began with 35 laps to go. Johnson was penalized for speeding on pit road. Elliott regained the lead and was pulling away to victory until Michael McDowell had a tire go down, sending the race into overtime. Ryan Blaney, Kasey Kahne, and Carl Edwards all stayed off pit road. On the restart, Truex took the lead from Blaney and held off Joey Logano to score his third win of the season and advancing to the next round of "The Chase."
Round 28: Bad Boy Off Road 300
Carl Edwards started on pole. Martin Truex Jr. dominated the race, leading 141 laps. It was green for most of the race. Defending race winner Matt Kenseth also led a bunch of laps. Only one caution took place in the first place half of the race and only four cautions in the second half. One of them saw Trevor Bayne hit the wall hard. On that restart, Truex dropped a few spots. The next caution saw Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Reed Sorenson make contact. On that restart, Kevin Harvick took the lead from Kenseth and held off the rest of the field to score his third win of the season, his first at New Hampshire since 2006, and advance to the next round of "The Chase."
Round 29: Citizen Soldier 400
Brad Keselowski was awarded the pole after qualifying was rained out and the field was set by points. Keselowski led the first few laps until he lost it to Martin Truex Jr.. Kyle Busch then found his way to the lead. Kevin Harvick had trouble early after he suffered a broken track bar and had to go to the garage. Kyle Larson had problems with his entry after losing power. Larson's Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jamie McMurray began having problems and his engine finally expired. Jimmie Johnson took the lead and led about 90 laps until he received a pit road penalty for his crewmen over the wall to soon. Due to this, Truex regained the lead and had a 9-second lead over Kyle Busch. Truex continued on to score his fourth win of the season and second at Dover. McMurray, Tony Stewart, Chris Buescher, and Larson were eliminated from "The Chase."
Round 30: Bank of America 500
Kevin Harvick started on pole. Due to rain from Hurricane Matthew, the race was postponed from Saturday night until Sunday afternoon. Multiple Chase drivers had problems during the race. Pole-sitter Harvick had electrical problems, which took him out of the race. Joey Logano would hit the wall hard and have to go to the garage, but was able to get back on the track 78 laps down. Chase Elliott had a dominant car until he was taken out of the race from a wreck on a restart when Austin Dillon couldn't get going and spun out taking out Elliott, Brian Scott, and Paul Menard. Denny Hamlin also had a dominant car, but blew an engine late in the race. Martin Truex Jr. couldn't accelerate off pit road and lost some spots. Jimmie Johnson had a dominant car as well and he was able to hold off Matt Kenseth to get his eighth career win at Charlotte and his third win of the season to advance to the "Round of 8" in "The Chase."
Round 31: Hollywood Casino 400
Matt Kenseth started on pole. Kenseth led early until he got into the wall. Kevin Harvick took the lead and led until Chase Elliott took the lead. Elliott had a tire rub and lost the lead. Martin Truex Jr. had a great race until his team didn't get enough fuel in the car and then began experiencing fuel cell issues. Brad Keselowski was running in the top 10 when he made contact with Denny Hamlin and went spinning in the grass, destroying the front end of his car. Carl Edwards got the lead and led some laps. Keselowski was able to get back on the track, but his engine expired when he returned to the race. Austin Dillon took two tires on pit road and getting off before Edwards. Regan Smith slammed into the wall, bringing out the caution. On the restart, Harvick took the lead from Edwards and held him off to score his fourth win of the season and advance to the next round in "The Chase."
Round 32: Hellmann's 500
Martin Truex Jr. started on pole. Truex didn't last long in the race because his engine expired early. A wreck took place which involved Greg Biffle, Jeffrey Earnhardt, and Casey Mears. Brad Keselowski, who was in a must win situation, dominated the race. However, debris on the grille caused Keselowski to overheat and his engine finally expired. After Keselowski was taken out, his teammate Joey Logano took control over the race. Kasey Kahne crashed late in the race, setting up a restart. On the restart, Alex Bowman spun, sending the race into overtime. On the restart, Logano held off Brian Scott to win get his second win of the season and his second consecutive Chase Talladega victory. Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr. were eliminated from "The Chase."
Round 33: Goody's Fast Relief 500
Martin Truex Jr. started on pole. Truex led 144 laps of the race. During the race, Chase contenders Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin made contact sending Johnson to pit road with left-front damage. Matt Kenseth found his way to the lead and led the most laps. Carl Edwards had a tire go down and it brought out the caution, creating scoring issues. On the restart, Johnson took the lead from Hamlin and led the rest of the race and got his fourth win of the season and advance to the "Championship 4" at Homestead.
Round 34: AAA Texas 500
Austin Dillon won the pole. The race was delayed due to rain, but it would eventually start over six hours late. Joey Logano dominated the race and led the most laps. Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards also ran up front. Both had problems with their cars and almost took each other out on pit road. Dillon crashed into the wall after contact with Kevin Harvick and it also involved Brian Scott and Casey Mears. Edwards was able to get off pit road ahead of Truex and was holding off Logano as rain was heading towards the track. It began to rain and the race was called official and Edwards was awarded his third win of the season and give him a spot in the "Championship 4" at Homestead.
Round 35: Can-Am 500
Alex Bowman, who is still filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first career pole. Bowman dominated the race by leading 193 laps. Chase contenders Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, and Matt Kenseth all led throughout the race. Johnson was penalized, which knocked him out of the lead and put him a lap down, but a wreck with Austin Dillon took him out of the race. Kenseth was on his way to a victory, but Michael McDowell wrecked and the caution came out with two laps to go. On the restart, Kyle Busch got in to Bowman and spun Kenseth, which knocked him out of the lead. On the restart, Logano pulled away from Kyle Busch to grab his third win of the season and to advance to the championship race at Homestead. With their wins Logano, Johnson, and Edwards made it to the championship race while Kyle Busch made it in on points. Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kenseth, and Kurt Busch were eliminated.
Round 36: Ford EcoBoost 400
Jimmie Johnson started form tail end of the field. Kevin Harvick won the pole. Harvick had the dominant car early in the race. Chase contenders Joey Logano and Carl Edwards had led during the race. Kyle Busch had a tire go down and had to make an unscheduled pit stop and went a lap down, but gained the lap back. Kyle Larson had the dominant car in the second half of the race and led the most laps. Edwards and Kyle Busch were battling for the championship lead until Dylan Lupton brought out the caution. On the restart, Logano got a great restart and Edwards blocked Logano and caused Edwards to crash into the wall and end his championship hopes in a multicar wreck that brought out the red flag. It brought the championship race down to Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson. On the restart, Logano got up to third and the caution came out for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. In an overtime finish, Johnson took the lead from Larson and won the race for his first career victory at Homestead and his seventh Sprint Cup series championship, tying Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for most championships all-time.
Results and standings
(key) Bold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position set by final practice results or owner's points. * – Most laps led.
. – Eliminated after Round of 16 . – Eliminated after Round of 12 . – Eliminated after Round of 8
|Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup cut-off|
|10||Chase Elliott (R)||37||8||38||8||6||20||5||4||12||5||9||3||8||4*||2||21||32||31||34||15||33||13||15||2||10||19||3||13||3||33||31||12||12||4||9||11||2285|
|11||Martin Truex Jr.||2||7||11||14||32||18||6*||14||9||13||14*||9||1*||19||12||5||29||10||16||8||38||7||23||20||1||3*||1||7*||1*||13||11||40||7||3||40||36||2271|
|16||Chris Buescher (R)||39||28||26||30||33||33||28||21||34||37||24||18||37||25||20||30||40||37||29||14||1||30||5||35||17||24||28||30||23||16||21||22||27||21||32||24||2169|
|19||A. J. Allmendinger||21||27||14||17||8||2||22||19||25||14||8||23||16||16||38||14||13||36||21||38||14||4||9||15||23||20||17||21||19||37||8||10||10||17||17||8||830|
|20||Ryan Blaney (R)||19||25||6||10||35||19||29||11||28||9||5||8||20||10||17||23||14||35||11||36||11||19||35||4||13||39||4||12||38||31||14||11||19||12||8||26||812|
|21||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||22||10||12||37||5||32||16||16||26||16||13||14||15||15||29||26||5||40||10||12||18||38||2||27||18||18||25||24||11||20||19||5||40||16||23||30||772|
|31||Brian Scott (R)||24||31||27||27||12||26||27||30||35||30||22||24||29||39||36||33||37||33||38||27||24||25||18||28||39||35||31||31||21||22||28||2||34||27||30||15||481|
|32||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||36||2||8||5||11||14||2||2||13||40||15||32||14||2||39||11||21||13||461|
|41||Jeffrey Earnhardt (R)||38||33||34||35||32||38||35||39||37||28||29||37||38||27||37||36||26||34||33||34||33||31||159|
|51||Robert Richardson Jr.||38||3|
|Ineligible for Sprint Cup driver points|
|60||D. J. Kennington||35|
|62||Sam Hornish Jr.||QL|
2016 marks the second year of NASCAR's broadcast deal with Fox and NBC. The first 16 events were broadcast on either Fox or FS1, and the final 20 events were shared between NBC and NBCSN. However, the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International was aired on USA Network due to NBC's coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics. In Canada, TSN televised each race, including the qualifying races for the Daytona 500 and exhibition races, under the name NASCAR on TSN. TSN also had coverage of practice and qualifying for each race. In Latin America, except Brazil, all races were broadcast by Fox Sports, on their Fox Sports 3 channel (previously known as SPEED Latin America). In Brazil, most races were broadcast by Fox Sports, on their Fox Sports 2 channel.
|Wikinews has related news: Jimmie Johnson wins seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship|
- 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series
- 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
- 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
- 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
- 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
- 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
- 2016 NASCAR Pinty's Series
- 2016 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
- ^1 The Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway was postponed from May 20 to May 21 because of inclement weather.
- ^2 The Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway was postponed from June 5 to June 6 because of inclement weather.
- ^3 The Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway was postponed from July 31 to August 1 because of inclement weather.
- ^4 The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway began on August 20, but was postponed to finish on August 21 due to inclement weather.
- ^5 The Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was postponed from October 8 to October 9 because of Hurricane Matthew.
- "Tony Stewart planning retirement after one more season". ESPN News Services. ESPN Internet Ventures. Associated Press. September 30, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
- "Monster Energy replaces Sprint as title sponsor for NASCAR's top series". USA Today. December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
- Pockrass, Bob (August 22, 2015). "Michael Waltrip Racing to close at season's end". ESPN.com. Bristol, Tennessee: ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
- Pockrass, Bob. "Michael Waltrip to race in Daytona 500 for BK Racing". ESPN. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- Bruce, Kenny (November 20, 2015). "Wood Brothers going full time in 2016". NASCAR.com. Homestead, Florida: NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
- Pockrass, Bob (December 10, 2015). "Roush Fenway Racing, Front Row Motorsports create alliance for 2016". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
- "Front Row to Enter Car for Gilliland at Daytona". Motor Racing Network. February 10, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- Staff (February 8, 2016). "BK Racing to Field Fourth Daytona 500 Entry". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- DeCola, Pat (January 21, 2016). "RCR forms technical alliance with Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing". NASCAR.com. Charlotte, North Carolina: NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
- "Premium Motorsports". NBCSports. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- Bruce, Kenny (February 12, 2016). "HScott Motorsports reaches deal for Charter for No. 46". NASCAR.com. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- Caldwell, Gray (October 19, 2015). "Elliott, Hendrick unveil 2016 No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevy". hendrickmotorsports.com. Concord, North Carolina: Hendrick Motorsports. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
- Oreovicz, John (October 2, 2015). "Clint Bowyer lands ride with HScott before replacing Tony Stewart". ESPN.com. Dover, Delaware: ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
- Utter, Jim (December 9, 2015). "Brian Scott to replace Hornish at Richard Petty Motorsports in 2016". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network, LLC. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
- James, Brant (December 10, 2015). "Chris Buescher promoted to Sprint Cup with Front Row". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
- Wackerlin, Jeff (January 20, 2016). "Cassill Ready for Next Chapter". MRN.com. Charlotte, North Carolina: Motor Racing Network. Archived from the original on February 13, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
- "Jeffrey Earnhardt nabs Sprint Cup ride for '16". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. September 19, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
- Staff (January 25, 2016). "David Ragan lands with BK Racing". NASCAR.com. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- Staff (January 21, 2016). "Regan Smith to drive No. 7 for Tommy Baldwin Racing". NASCAR.com. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- Fryer, Jenna (February 2, 2016). "NASCAR's Tony Stewart hospitalized with back injury". Associated Press. Charlotte, North Carolina: AP Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on February 3, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
- Gluck, Jeff (February 5, 2016). "Tony Stewart has broken back, will miss Daytona 500". USA Today. Charlotte, North Carolina: Gannett Company. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
- Busbee, Jay (February 4, 2016). "Tony Stewart will miss Daytona 500, sidelined indefinitely". sports.yahoo.com. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
- Turner, Jared (February 10, 2016). "Confirmed: Brian Vickers to replace injured Tony Stewart at Daytona". Foxsports.com. Fox Sports Digital Media. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
- Bruce, Kenny (April 21, 2016). "Injured Tony Stewart returns to No. 14 Chevrolet at Richmond". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
- Gluck, Jeff (July 15, 2016). "Alex Bowman will replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. at New Hampshire". USA Today. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- Bianchi, Jordan (August 20, 2016). "Jeff Gordon unavailable to drive for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Michigan". SBNation. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- Staff (September 2, 2016). "No. 88 driver schedule". NASCAR.com. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- Bonkowski, Jerry. "Greg Biffle to be paired with veteran crew chief Brian Pattie in 2016". nascartalk.nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
- Staff (January 8, 2016). "Crew chief pairings set for Bayne, Buescher in '16". NASCAR.com. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- Gluck, Jeff (November 23, 2015). "Crew chief Chad Johnston departs Tony Stewart for Kyle Larson". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
- Spencer, Lee (November 23, 2015). "Tony Stewart to have new crew chief for final Sprint Cup season". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network, LLC. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
- "Stewart-Haas Racing unveils crew chief changes for 2016 NASCAR Cup season". Autoweek. Crain Communications. November 30, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
- Bromberg, Nick (December 10, 2015). "AJ Allmendinger will have new crew chief in 2016". sports.yahoo.com. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
- "JGR Announces Crew Chief Changes". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. December 21, 2015. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
- "Heroy Named Crew Chief for Scott". MRN.com. Mooresville, North Carolina: Motor Racing Network. December 16, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
- Turner, Jared (September 27, 2015). "Done deal: Furniture Row moving to Toyota, Truex re-signs for 2016". Foxsports.com. Loudon, New Hampshire: Fox Sports Digital Media. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
- White, Tucker (February 9, 2016). "Charter system coming to the Sprint Cup Series". SpeedwayMedia.com. Charlotte, North Carolina: USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
- Palmer, Tod (February 9, 2016). "NASCAR introduces charter system, announces sweeping changes to business model". The Kansas City Star. The McClatchy Company. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
- "NASCAR adopts franchise model". Speedcafe. Speedcafe Pty Ltd. February 10, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
- Pockrass, Bob (February 11, 2016). "NASCAR unveils new formats with 2016 season set to begin". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
- "NASCAR Updates Sprint Cup Series Race Eligibility". Performance Racing Network. June 28, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- Bruce, Kenny (September 4, 2015). "Digital dash debuts at Darlington with Kurt Busch". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- "2016 base rules package fast facts". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. October 15, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Rule change for pit road". pittalks.com. Pit Talks. January 29, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- Ryan, Nate (January 25, 2016). "NASCAR changes inspection schedules based on teams' feedback". nascartalk.nbcsports.com. Charlotte, North Carolina: NBC Sports. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- Gluck, Jeff (April 25, 2016). "NASCAR changes lug nut rule after Tony Stewart comments". USA Today. Charlotte, North Carolina: Gannett Company. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
- Bruce, Kenny (July 28, 2016). "Superspeedway cars will get safety enhancements in Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
- "2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
- "NASCAR announces 2016 Sprint Cup Series schedule". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. October 26, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
- Wackerlin, Jeff (February 13, 2016). "Hamlin Wins Sprint Unlimited". MRN.com. Daytona Beach, Florida: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
- Wackerlin, Jeff (February 14, 2016). "Elliott Wins Daytona 500 Pole". MRN.com. Daytona Beach, Florida: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
- Staff (February 18, 2016). "Dale Jr., Kyle Busch win Can-Am Duels at Daytona". NASCAR.com. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (February 21, 2016). "Hamlin Wins Closest Daytona 500". MRN.com. Daytona Beach, Florida: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (February 28, 2016). "Johnson Ties Earnhardt with 76th Win". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (March 6, 2016). "Vegas Jackpot for Keselowski". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (March 13, 2016). "Harvick Wins Phoenix Photo Finish". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (March 20, 2016). "Johnson 'Super' at Auto Club". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (April 3, 2016). "Kyle Busch Sweeps Martinsville". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (April 10, 2016). "Second Straight Sweep for Kyle Busch". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (April 17, 2016). "Edwards Best at Bristol". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (April 24, 2016). "Edwards Bumps to Richmond Win". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (May 1, 2016). "Keselowski Survives for Talladega Win". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (May 7, 2016). "Kyle Busch Conquers Kansas". MRN.com. Kansas City, Kansas: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (May 15, 2016). "Kenseth Back in Victory Lane". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
- Mays, Robbie (May 21, 2016). "Showdown Winners Join All-Star Field". MRN.com. Concord, North Carolina: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- Mays, Robbie (May 21, 2016). "Million Dollar Night for Logano". MRN.com. Concord, North Carolina: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (May 29, 2016). "Truex Dominates Coca-Cola 600". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
- Singler, John (June 6, 2016). "Kurt Busch Back in Victory Lane". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (June 12, 2016). "Logano Dominates at Michigan". MRN.com. Brooklyn, Michigan: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
- Mays, Robbie (June 26, 2016). "Stewart Back in Victory Lane". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (July 2, 2016). "Keselowski Wins at Daytona". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (July 9, 2016). "Keselowski Takes Third Kentucky Win". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (July 17, 2016). "Kenseth Masters 'Magic Mile' Again". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (July 24, 2016). "Kyle Busch Sweeps Indianapolis". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
- Wackerlin, Jeff (August 1, 2016). "Buescher Wins First Cup Race". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (August 7, 2016). "Hamlin Gets First Road Course Win". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (August 21, 2016). "Harvick Scores Bristol Win". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (August 28, 2016). "Larson Breaks Through". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (September 4, 2016). "Truex Jr. Wins Southern 500". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (September 10, 2016). "Home Win for Hamlin". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (September 18, 2016). "Truex Takes Chase Opener". MRN.com. Joliet, Illinois: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (September 25, 2016). "Harvick Advances With New Hampshire Win". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (October 2, 2016). "Truex Takes Monster Win". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
- Mays, Robbie (October 9, 2016). "Eight is Great for Johnson at Charlotte". MRN.com. Concord, North Carolina: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (October 16, 2016). "Harvick Advances With Kansas Win". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (October 23, 2016). "Logano Repeats at Talladega". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (October 30, 2016). "Ninth Martinsville Win for Johnson". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (November 6, 2016). "Edwards Reigns at Texas". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
- Wackerlin, Jeff (November 13, 2016). "Logano Advances With Phoenix Win". MRN.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
- Pistone, Pete (November 20, 2016). "Johnson Wins Seventh Championship". MRN.com. Homestead, Florida: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
- "2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Manufacturer Standings & Stats". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
- "NASCAR, Fox extend, expand rights agreement". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. August 1, 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
- Cain, Holly (July 23, 2013). "NASCAR, NBC Sports reach landmark deal". NASCAR.com. Daytona Beach, Florida: NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
- Spencer, Lee (January 26, 2016). "Olympics will force some NASCAR coverage off NBC/NBC Sports". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network, LLC. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
- "Start Your Engines! TSN Confirms 2016 NASCAR Broadcast Schedule, Headlined by the Iconic DAYTONA 500 this Sunday, February 21 at Noon" (Press release). Toronto: Bell Media. February 19, 2016. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
- Gluck, Jeff (May 20, 2016). "Rain moves Sprint Showdown, NASCAR Trucks race to Saturday". USA Today. Concord, North Carolina: Gannett Company. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
- Gluck, Jeff (June 5, 2016). "NASCAR race at Pocono postponed by rain". USA Today. Long Pond, Pennsylvania: Gannett Company. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
- Bonnell, Rick (July 31, 2016). "Rain postpones Sprint Cup race at Pocono until Monday". The Charlotte Observer. Long Pond, Pennsylvania: The McClatchy Company. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
- Bonnell, Rick (August 20, 2016). "Rain forces NASCAR race at Bristol to be postponed". The Charlotte Observer. Bristol, Tennessee: The McClatchy Company. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
- Jensen, Tom (October 8, 2016). "NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte postponed until Sunday". Foxsports.com. Concord, North Carolina: Fox Sports Digital Media. Retrieved October 8, 2016.