In 2015 NASCAR said farewell to Jeff Gordon who took his final victory lap, but an injury to 14-time Most Popular Driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. enticed him back to racing in the second half of the 2016 season. Three-time NASCAR champion, Tony Stewart, broke his back in an off-road accident in January and missed the first eight races of the year. He retired at the end of 2016 after a roller coaster season which included qualifying for The Chase. In a remarkable season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jimmie Johnson won his record-tying seventh NASCAR Premier Series championship, putting him in an elite class of his own. Monster Energy has signed on to be the title sponsor of the Cup Series.
•Monster Energy Cup Series: Saturday, February 18 – Sunday, October 29, Fox Sports 1, NBCSN
•Xfinity Series: Saturday, February 25 – Saturday, November 18, Fox Sports 1, NBCSN