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UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Sprint Cup Series:
Saturday, 2/13, Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, Daytona International Speedway, 7pm, MRN


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NASCAR News (courtesy of John Singlar, MRN Radio)

NASCAR PRESS CONFERENCE
TODAY AT 1:30 P.M. (ET)
NASCAR will hold a press conference this afternoon in Charlotte, North Carolina, to reportedly announce the details of a new “charter system” for Sprint Cup teams. The agreement is expected to guarantee an allotment of starting spots for certain team owners and shrink race fields to forty cars, down from the current forty-three. The system would provide owners with additional revenue and create more value for their teams … The press conference will be streamed live at MRN.com and on the MRN App.

JGR SIGNS TIFFT TO 13-RACE PACKAGE
As X-FINITY Series teams continue preparations for the 2016 season opener later this month at Daytona International Speedway, Joe Gibbs Racing has announced that 19-year-old Matt Tifft will drive its Number-18 Toyota in thirteen races starting with the ToyotaCare 250 on April 23rd at Richmond International Raceway. Tifft has sixteen career starts over the last two seasons while running a limited schedule in the X-FINITY and Camping World Truck Series. He’s also competed in the NASCAR K-and-N Pro Series East and West. At J-G-R, he’ll be part of a three-car program with Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez as teammates. It’s expected that Sprint Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin will also see time behind the wheel of the Number-18 entry, which was campaigned in years past as car Number-54.

DARLINGTON RACEWAY HONORED
Darlington Raceway has been named recipient of the 2016 Community Pride Award by the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce, which recognized the South Carolina track for its involvement in and impact on the Darlington community. In addition to staging the annual Bojangles’ Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race, the track regularly contributes to charitable organizations in the region including The Lord Cares and Harvest Food Banks, the Y-M-C-A of Darlington and the county school district. This year’s Southern 500 is scheduled to be run on Sunday, September 4th.

TRACK FACTS
Matt Kenseth, driver of the Number-20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, is bidding to become the fifth driver in the thirty-eight-year history of this coming Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited to win the race in consecutive years. He opened the 2015 season by winning the non-points special event at Daytona International Speedway to kick off Speedweeks at “The World Center of Racing.” Neil Bonnett was the first to go back-to-back, in 1983 and 1984. Ken Schrader followed in 1989 and 1990, Tony Stewart in 2001 and 2002, and then Kevin Harvick in 2009 and 2010. Kenseth earned his spot in this year’s race by collecting four poles last season … He’s one of twenty-five drivers eligible to compete this year. The entry list includes reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch, his older brother; Team Penske’s Joey Logano, the defending Daytona 500 winner who led the 2015 Sprint Cup Series with six poles; and Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Junior, who qualified for The Championship Four last fall at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

ON THIS DATE
February 9th, 1987: Bill Elliott set a Sprint Cup Series qualifying record at Daytona International Speedway that still stands, posting a lap of 210.364 miles per hour in time trials for the twenty-ninth Daytona 500. Elliott went on to win “The Great American Race” six days later – the last of his two “500” victories. NASCAR introduced restrictor plates the following year and since then, Elliott’s record has remained safe. Aric Almirola has come the closest, posting a lap of 202.370 miles per hour during group qualifying for last year’s Daytona 500..


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Sunday, 2/21, Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 2/28, Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway, 12 noon, PRN
Sunday, 3/6, Kobalt 400, Las Vegas Speedway, 2:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 3/13, Good Sam 500, Phoenix International Raceway, 2:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 3/20, Auto Club 400, Auto Club Speedway of Southern California, 2:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 4/3, STP 500, Martinsville Speedway, 12 noon, MRN
Saturday, 4/9, Duck Commander 500, Texas Motor Speedway, 6:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 4/17, Food City 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, 12 noon, PRN
Sunday 4/24, Toyota Owners 400, Richmond International Speedway, TBD, MRN
Sunday 5/1, Geico 500, Talladega Superspeedway, 12 noon, MRN
Saturday, 5/7, SpongeBob SquarePants 400, Kansas Speedway, 6:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 5/15, FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks, 12 noon, MRN
Saturday 5/21, Sprint All-Star Race, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 7pm, MRN
Sunday, 5/29, Coca-Cola 600, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5pm, PRN
Sunday, 6/5, Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 6/12, Quicken Loans 400, Michigan International Speedway, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 6/26, Toyota/Save Mart 350, Sonoma Raceway, 2pm, PRN
Saturday 7/2, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, Daytona International Speedway, 6:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 7/9, Quaker State presented by Advance Auto Parts 400, Kentucky Speedway, 6:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 7/17, New Hampshire 301, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 7/24, Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 12 noon, IMS
Sunday, 7/31, Pennsylvania 400, Pocono Raceway, 12:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 8/7, Cheeze-It 355 at the Glen, Watkins Glen International, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/20, Irwin Tools Night Race 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, 6:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 8/28, Pure Michigan 400, Michigan International Speedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/4, Bojangles Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, 6pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/10, Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond International Raceway, 6:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/18, myAFibRisk.com 400, Chicagoland Speedway, 4:15pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/25, Sylvania 300, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/2, AAA 400, Dover International Speedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/8, Bank of America 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 6pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/16, Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas Speedway, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/23, Alabama 500, Talladega Superspeedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/30, Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, Martinsville Speedway, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 11/6, AAA Texas 500, Texas Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 11/13, Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, Phoenix International Raceway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 11/20, Ford EcoBoost 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2pm, MRN


NASCAR X-Finity Series

Saturday, 2/20, PowerShares QQQ 300, Daytona International Speedway, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 2/27, Hisense 250, Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 3/5, Boyd Gaming 300, Las Vegas Speedway, 3:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 3/12, Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200, Phoenix International Raceway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 3/19, Drive4Clots.com 300, Auto Club Speedway of California, 3:30pm, MRN
Friday, 4/8, O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, Texas Motor Speedway, 8pm, PRN
Saturday, 4/16, Drive to Stop Diabetes 300, Bristol Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
Saturday 4/23, Toyota Care 250, Richmond International Raceway, 7pm, MRN
Saturday, 4/30, Winn-Dixie 300, Talladega Superspeedway, 2:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 5/14, Buckle Up 200, presented by Click It or Ticket, Dover International Speedway, 2pm, MRN
Saturday, 5/28, Hisense 300, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 2pm, PRN
Saturday, 6/4, Pocono 200, Pocono Raceway, TBD, MRN
Saturday, 6/11, Great Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America, Michigan International Speedway, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 6/19, Owens Corning AttiCat 300, Iowa Speedway, TBD, MRN
Friday, 7/1, Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola, Daytona International Speedway, 7pm, MRN
Friday, 7/8, Kentucky 300, Kentucky Speedway, 7pm, PRN
Saturday, 7/16, Sta-Green 200, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 3:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 7/30, US Cellular 250, Iowa Speedway, 7:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/6, Zippo 200 at the Glen, Watkins-Glen International, 2:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/13, Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/27, Road America 180 fired up by Johnsonville, Road America, 2:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/3, VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200, Darlington Raceway, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/17, Furious 7 300, Chicagoland Speedway, 5:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/24, Visit Myrtle Beach.com 300 Nationwide, Kentucky Speedway, 7:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 10/1, Hisense 200, Dover International Speedway, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/15, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/5, O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Texas Motor Speedway, 3pm, PRN
Saturday, 11/12, Phoenix 200, Phoenix International Raceway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/19, Ford EcoBoost 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2:15pm, MRN


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Saturday, 2/27, Georgia 200, Atlanta Motor Speedway, 5pm, MRN
Saturday, 4/2, Kroger 250, Martinsville Speedway, 12 noon, MRN
Friday, 5/6, Toyota Tundra 250, Kansas Speedway, 8pm, MRN
Friday, 5/13, Lucas Oil 200, Dover International Speedway, 5pm, MRN
Friday, 5/20, North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 7pm, MRN
Friday, 6/10, WinStar World Casino and Resort 400, Texas Motor Speedway, 8:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 6/18, American Ethanol 200, Iowa Speedway, 8pm, 
Saturday, 6/25, Drivin' for Lineman 200, Gateway Motorsports Park, 8pm, MRN
Thursday, 7/7, UNOH 225, Kentucky Speedway, 8pm (JIP), MRN
Wednesday 7/20, 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic, Eldora Speedway, 8pm, MRN
Saturday, 7/30, Pocono Mountains 150, Pocono Raceway, 12:30pm, MRN
Wednesday, 8/17, UNOH 200 presented by Zloop, Bristol Motor Speedway, 8pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/4, Chevrolet Silverado 250, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/24, UNOH 175, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/1, Rhino Linings 350, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 9:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/22, Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, Talladega Superspeedway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/29, Kroger 200, Martinsville Speedway, 1pm, MRN


Indy Car Series
2016 broadcast schedule:

Saturday, 4/2, Phoenix Grand Prix 250, Phoenix International Raceway, TBD, IMS
Saturday, 5/14, Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, TBD, IMS
Sunday, 5/29, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 11am, IMS
Sunday, 7/10, Iowa Corn 300, Iowa Speedway, TBD, IMS