2016 NASCAR Cup Series (Simpsonverse)

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The 2016 NASCAR 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 Busch Clash, the Gatorade Duels and the Daytona 500. The season ended with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. won his first drivers' championship. 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 2000 season champion Bobby Labonte and 28-time race winner Carl Edwards, and the final Cup years for David Reutimann, John Nemechek, Brian Scott, Josh Wise, Patrick Carpentier, Eddie MacDonald, Robert Richardson Jr., Ryan Ellis, Alex Kennedy, and Tommy Baldwin Racing. However, Labonte returned to Cup competition in 2018, and Tommy Baldwin Racing returned to Cup competition in 2019.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Model
Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 01 Jeffrey Earnhardt Dan Stillman Camaro
1 Martin Truex Jr. Matt McCall
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tony Eury Jr.
15 Carl Edwards Bruce Cook
81 Matt Kenseth Kevin Hamlin
Germain Racing 13 Casey Mears Bootie Barker SS
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Kasey Kahne Keith Rodden Camaro
24 Chase Elliott (R) Alan Gustafson
25 Brad Keselowski Greg Ives
48 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
84 Landon Cassill Lance McGrew
HScott Motorsports 09 Justin Allgaier Steve Addington 35
Jay Guy 1
SS
52 Michael Annett 35 Jay Guy Template:Tooltip

Mike Hillman Template:Tooltip

Brendan Gaughan (1)
JTG Daugherty Racing 47 A. J. Allmendinger Randall Burnett Template:Tooltip
Ernie Cope Template:Tooltip
SS
Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing 95 Regan Smith Matt Borland SS
Earnhardt-Childress Racing (Start Your Engines!) 3 Austin Dillon Slugger Labbe SS
30 Ryan Newman Luke Lambert
31 Paul Menard Justin Alexander Template:Tooltip
Danny Stockman Jr. Template:Tooltip
33 Ty Dillon (R) Gil Martin
Stewart-Haas Racing 00 Brian Vickers Tony Gibson Template:Tooltip
Johnny Klausmeier Template:Tooltip
Camaro
4 Kevin Harvick Rodney Childers Template:Tooltip
Dax Gerringer Template:Tooltip
10 Danica Patrick Billy Scott
14 Tony Stewart Greg Zipadelli
Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Jr. Camaro
Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates 40 Bryan Clauson Jeff Vandermoss Challenger
41 Brennan Poole (R) Mike Shiplett
42 Kyle Larson Chris Heroy
Petty Enterprises 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Drew Blickensderfer
43 Aric Almirola Kevin Manion
44 Chad McCumbee Mark Tudor
45 Adam Petty Billy Wilburn
46 Austin Petty Chris Hussey
Ford Brett Favre Racing 16 Parker Kligerman Chad Johnston 35

Phil Surgen 1

Mustang
61 Jeb Burton Tim Steele
90 Johanna Robbins Darrell Bryant
Front Row Motorsports 34 Chris Buescher (R) Bob Osborne Fusion
38 David Ragan Donnie Wingo
Go Fas Racing 32 Bobby Labonte Template:Tooltip Wally Rogers Template:Tooltip

Clinton Cram Template:Tooltip

Fusion
Joey Gase Template:Tooltip
Patrick Carpentier (1)
Eddie MacDonald Template:Tooltip
Boris Said Template:Tooltip
Dylan Lupton Template:Tooltip
Orr Motorsports 37 Michael McDowell John Page Fusion
Robert Yates Racing 28 Jamie McMurray Todd Parrott Fusion
88 Brian Scott Chris Heroy
96 Jason Leffler Larry Carter
Roush Fenway Racing 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Matt Puccia Roush Mustang
17 Trevor Bayne Nick Sandler Template:Tooltip
Mike Kelley Template:Tooltip
60 Greg Biffle Brian Pattie Template:Tooltip
Robbie Reiser Template:Tooltip
Team Penske 2 Blaise Alexander Paul Wolfe Mustang
22 Joey Logano Todd Gordon
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Ryan Blaney Jeremy Bullins Shelby GT500
Toyota BK Racing 23 David Reutimann Patrick Donahue Avalon
83 Matt DiBenedetto (35) Doug Richert Template:Tooltip
Gene Nead Template:Tooltip
Mike Ford Template:Tooltip
Dylan Lupton (4)
Furniture Row Racing 78 Kurt Busch Cole Pearn Template:Tooltip
Todd Berrier Template:Tooltip
Camry
Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Mike Wheeler Camry
18/75 Kyle Busch Adam Stevens Template:Tooltip
Todd Berrier Template:Tooltip
19 Daniel Suárez (R) Dave Rogers
20 Elliott Sadler Jason Ratcliff
Michael Waltrip Racing 51 Clint Bowyer Dax Gerringer Camry
55 Brett Moffitt Chad Walter
NEMCO Motorsports 87 John Nemechek Michael Leoncini Camry

Limited schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Round(s) Model
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Hillman Racing 04 Reed Sorenson Dave Winston 1 2013 SS
The Motorsports Group 03 Josh Wise Dave Fuge Template:Tooltip
Wayne Carroll Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2014 Camaro
Gray Gaulding Template:Tooltip
Ford Front Row Motorsports 35 David Gilliland Joe Lax Template:Tooltip
Todd Anderson Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip Fusion
Roush Fenway Racing 99 Ryan Reed Phil Gould Template:Tooltip Roush Mustang
Toyota BK Racing 26 Robert Richardson Jr. Mike Ford Template:Tooltip Avalon
49 Matt DiBenedetto Gene Nead Template:Tooltip
93 Template:Tooltip
Ryan Ellis Mike Ford Template:Tooltip
Dylan Lupton Template:Tooltip
Joe Gibbs Racing 02 Erik Jones Chris Gayle 7 Camry
Michael Waltrip Racing 56 Michael Waltrip Chad Miller 5 Camry
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Template:Tooltip
Toyota Template:Tooltip
Premium Motorsports 49 Reed Sorenson Pat Tryson Template:Tooltip
Maurice Hester Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2015 Camaro

2013 Camry

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Cole Whitt Template:Tooltip
Cody Ware Template:Tooltip
Alex Kennedy Template:Tooltip
D. J. Kennington Template:Tooltip
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Template:Tooltip
Toyota Template:Tooltip
98 Cole Whitt Mark Hillman Template:Tooltip
Ben Leslie Template:Tooltip
Pat Tryson Template:Tooltip
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Reed Sorenson Template:Tooltip
Ryan Ellis Template:Tooltip
Timmy Hill Template:Tooltip

Local Leasing entries

Manufacturer Team No. Race Driver Crew Chief Round(s) Model and year


Changes

Technical changes

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 are plans to work in tire pressure readings and other telemetry to drivers, teams, and fans at home by 2020.

At all tracks except Daytona and Talladega:

  • The rear spoiler height was reduced from 6 inches to 3.5 inches.
  • The radiator pan width was reduced from 38 inches to 33 inches.

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.

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.
  • Seat belt restraint systems must meet increased specifications.

Other changes:

  • All track bar and wedge wrenches must be painted red.
  • 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.
  • Three-digit numbers were allowed again for the first time since 1971.
  • Teams may now use tires from a manufacturer other than Goodyear; approved manufacturers include Hoosier, Firestone, Michelin, Toyo, Dunlop, General Tire, Pirelli, Yokohama, Bridgestone, Cooper, and Falken; this move is credited with sparking a third tire war that, as of 2019, is still ongoing with no clear-cut leader

Schedule

The final calendar – comprising 39 races, as well as exhibition races, which are the Busch Clash, Gatorade Duel qualifying duel races for the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR All-Star Race – was released on October 26, 2015. At the end of the 2016 season, Suzuka Circuit will host NASCAR's 2,500th race, one week before the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Race Race title Track Date TV Time
Busch Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 14 CBS 8:30 p.m.
Gatorade Duels February 19 CBS 7:15 p.m. (Duel 1)

9:15 p.m. (Duel 2)

1 Daytona 500 February 22 CBS 1:30 p.m.
2 Subway 400 Rockingham Speedway, Rockingham February 28 Fox 2:00 p.m.
3 Kobalt 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas March 6 Fox 3:45 p.m.
4 Axalta 300 Road America, Elkhart Lake March 13 Fox 3:45 p.m.
5 Budweiser 400 Riverside Speedway, Moreno Valley March 20 Fox 3:45 p.m.
6 STP 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway April 3 FS1 1:15 p.m.
7 Duck Commander 500 Texas World Speedway, College Station April 9 Fox 7:45 p.m.
8 Old Spice 400 Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison April 17 Fox

FS1

2:30 p.m. (Fox)

7:00 p.m. (FS1)

9 The Loud House 400 Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth April 24 Fox

Nickelodeon

1:15 p.m.
10 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln May 1 Fox 1:15 p.m.
11 5-hour Energy 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City May 7 FS1FNC 7:30 p.m.
NASCAR Open Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan May 21 FS1 7:15 p.m.
NASCAR All-Star Race May 21 FS1 9:30 p.m.
12 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina May 29 Fox 6:15 p.m.
13 McDonald's 400 Chicago Motor Speedway, Cicero May 31 FS1 1:15 p.m.
14 myAFibRisk.com 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet June 6 FS1 1:15 p.m.
15 Howard Johnson's 400 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain June 12 FS1 1:00 p.m.
16 Jacob's Grand Prix Brands Hatch, West Kingsdown, Kent, England June 19 FS1 1:00 p.m.
17 U.S. Cellular 400 Iowa Speedway, Newton June 26 FS1 3:15 p.m.
18 Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 2 MGM 11:30 p.m.
19 Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway, Sparta July 9 MGM 7:45 p.m.
20 5-hour Energy 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon July 17 NBCSN 1:30 p.m.
21 Crown Royal presents the

Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway July 24 MGM 3:30 p.m.
22 Pennsylvania 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond August 1 TBS 1:45 p.m.
23 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 7 USA 2:15 p.m.
24 Iriwn Tools Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol August 20/21 MGM 2:45 p.m.
25 Pure Michigan 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 28 NBCSN 7:45 p.m.
26 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 4 NBC 7:15 p.m.
27 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond September 10 MGM 7:45 p.m.
28 TNN 420 Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville September 18 TNN 3:15 p.m.
29 Tyson Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro September 25 MGM 2:15 p.m.
30 AAA 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover October 2 MGM 2:45 p.m.
31 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana October 9 NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
32 Bank of America Roval 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord (Roval) October 16 MGM 12:30 p.m.
33 Keystone Light 400 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis October 23 TBS 2:30 p.m.
34 CampingWorld.com 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln October 30 NBCSN 2:30 p.m.
35 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma November 6 TBS 2:30 p.m.
36 Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead November 13 TBS 1:15 p.m.
37 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale November 20 NBC 2:15 p.m.
38 Sega 350 Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan November 27 MGM 9:15 p.m.
39 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton December 4 MGM 5:15 p.m.
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Season summary

Race report


Results and standings

Races

Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Model Report
Busch Clash
Gatorade Duel #1
Gatorade Duel #2
Daytona 500 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Camaro