Atlanta offers 'perfect weather guarantee' for 2016 Cup race

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Motor Speedway is offering fans a ''perfect race weather guarantee'' for next year's NASCAR event.

The 1.54-mile trioval south of Atlanta is among the tracks that already released its 2016 race dates. The Sprint Cup event is Feb. 28 - the earliest date for a Cup race at the 55-year-old track.

Cold and inclement weather have been a problem at a track hurt by weak attendance. To address that, Atlanta will offer a full credit that can be applied through the 2017 NASCAR weekend if the high temperature fails to reach 50 degrees on either race day or a Feb. 27 doubleheader featuring the Truck Series and Xfinity Series.

The guarantee also applies if bad weather forces a postponement of the races to a different day.

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