2021 NASCAR Cup Series

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2021 NASCAR Cup Series
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The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series will be the 73rd season for NASCAR professional stock car racing in the United States and the 50th season for the modern era Cup Series. The season will begin at Daytona International Speedway with the Advance Auto Parts Clash, the Gander RV Duel qualifying races, and the 63rd running of the Daytona 500. The regular season will end with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona on August 28. The NASCAR playoffs will end with the race at ISM Raceway on November 7. It will also mark the debut of the Gen-7 car, Ford Performance global director Mark Rushbrook says that he wants the next generation of NASCAR stock cars to be more ‘technically relevant’, with new steering and suspension systems. He also wants hybrid power to be on the cars when the package makes its debut in 2021.

Teams and drivers

Chartered teams

Teams

Drivers

Crew chiefs

Manufacturers

Drivers

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver
Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing 1 Kurt Busch
42 Ross Chastain
Germain Racing 13 Ty Dillon
Hendrick Motorsports 9 Chase Elliott
24 William Byron
48 Brad Keselowski
88 Noah Gragson (R)
JTG Daugherty Racing 37 Ricky Stenhouse Jr
47 Ryan Preece
Premium Motorsports 15 Brennan Poole
Richard Childress Racing 3 Austin Dillon
8 Tyler Reddick
31 Daniel Suarez
Richard Petty Motorsports 43 Darrell Wallace Jr.
Spire Motorsports 77 Multiple Drivers
StarCom Racing 00 Quin Houff
Kaulig Racing 16 Justin Haley (R)
Ford
Front Row Motorsports 34 Michael McDowell
38 John Hunter Nemechek
Go Fas Racing 32 Corey LaJoie
Roush Fenway Racing 6 Ryan Newman
17 Chris Buescher
Stewart-Haas Racing 4 Kevin Harvick
10 Aric Almirola
14 Kyle Larson
41 Cole Custer
Team Penske 2 Austin Cindric (R)
12 Ryan Blaney
22 Joey Logano
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Matt DiBenedetto
Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin
18 Kyle Busch
19 Martin Truex Jr.
20 Erik Jones
Leavine Family Racing 95 Christopher Bell
Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 Clint Bowyer
TBA Rick Ware Racing 51 Garrett Smithley
52 Cody Ware

Limited Schedule

Note:

  • Only teams that have officially announced or mentioned that they hope to compete in 2020 are listed.
Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Rounds
Chevrolet Beard Motorsports 62 Tyler Ankrum (R) Darren Shaw 1
 

 


 

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Schedule

NASCAR has secretly released the 2021 Cup Series Schedule

NASCAR has told the fans and media that The 2021 Cup schedule will see “drastic changes, with several new tracks joining and a possibility of a street course race”.

Schedule

NASCAR unveiled the 2021 schedule on March 25, 2020.[1]

No Race Title Track Date Time ET TV Radio
Busch Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida February 7 3:00 PM NASCAR

on FS1

MRN
Bluegreen Vacation Duel February 11 7:00 PM
1 Daytona 500 February 14 2:30 PM NASCAR

on Fox

2 Pennzoil 400 Presented by JiffyLube Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada February 21 3:30 PM PRN
3 FanShield 500 Phoenix Raceway, Avondale, Arizona February 28 MRN
4 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California March 7
5 Toyota Save/Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California March 14 3:00 p.m. PRN
6 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia March 21 2:00 p.m. PRN
7 Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida March 28 2:00 PM NASCAR

on FS1

MRN

PRN

8 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas April 11 2:30 PM
9 NAPA Auto Parts 400 Memphis International Raceway, Millington, Tennessee April 18 1:00 p.m. NASCAR

on Fox

PRN

MRN

10 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama April 25 2:00 PM
11 Busch Beer 400 World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Madison, Illinois May 2 NASCAR

on FS1

12 BlueEmu 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia May 8 8:00 PM
13 Iowa Corn 400 Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa May 16 2:00 PM
NASCAR All-Star Open Charlotte Motor Speedway (Roval), Concord, North Carolina May 20 7:00 PM
NASCAR All-Star Race May 21 9:00 PM
14 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina May 30 6:00 PM NASCAR

on Fox

PRN
15 Kids Free 325 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania June 5 3:00 p.m. NASCAR

on FS1

MRN
16 Worry-Free Weather Guarantee 350 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania June 6 3:00 p.m. MRN
17 Coca-Cola 450 Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin June 13 3:00 p.m. NASCAR

on NBCSN

MRN
18 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan June 20 2:30 p.m.
19 Camping World 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois June 27 2:30 p.m. NASCAR

on NBCSN

MRN
20 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana July 4 3:30 PM NASCAR

on NBCSN

PRN

& IMS Radio

Network

21 Quaker State 400 Presented By Walmart Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky July 11 3:00 p.m. PRN
22 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire July 18 3:00 PM
23 Go Bowling at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York August 1 MRN
24 Drydene 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware August 8
25 Consumers Energy 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan August 15
26 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Speedway (Roval), Daytona Beach, Florida August 21 7:30 PM NASCAR

on NBC

Cup Championship Playoffs
Round of 16
27 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway, Richmond Virginia August 28 7:30 p.m. NASCAR

on NBCSN

MRN
28 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South Carolina September

5

7:30 PM
29 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee September

11

PRN
Round of 12
30 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada September

19

2:00 PM NASCAR

on NBCSN

PRN
31 Bank of America Roval 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway (Roval), Concord, North Carolina September

26

2:30 p.m. NASCAR

on NBCSN

PRN
32 1000Bulbs.com 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama October 3 2:30 PM MRN
Round of 8
33 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas October 10 2:30 PM NASCAR

on NBC

MRN
34 AAA Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway. Fort Worth, Texas October 17 3:00 PM NASCAR

on NBCSN

PRN
35 First Data 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia October 31 2:00 PM NASCAR

on NBC

MRN
Championship 4
36 BlueGreen Vacations 500 Phoenix Raceway, Avondale, Arizona November 7 3:00 PM NASCAR

on NBC

MRN

Bolded races indicate a NASCAR Major also known as Crown Jewel race

Off Weekend added October 24th, 2021


Schedule changes

  • The Coca-Cola 600 moves back a week in 2021, to May 30, 2021. This will keep the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend
  • The Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway moves up to mid-March and will become the final stop for the NASCAR Goes West Tour.
  • The FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway moves up a week, while the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway moves back a week.
  • Pocono Raceways Double Header will move up to the first week of June in 2021.
  • Michigan International Speedways Race dates get moved around in 2021. The FireKeepers Casino 400 will be on June 20 instead of June 6 and the Consumers Energy 400 will be on August 15 instead of August 8.
  • The Iowa Corn 400 replaces the Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway. (Iowa has never hosted a NASCAR Cup Series race prior to 2021)
  • The Federated Auto Parts 400 moves up at Richmond Raceway moves up two weeks from 2020.
  • Road America replaces the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway(which moves up to March). The race will take Sonomas old date which is June 13th. (Road America hasn’t hosted the NASCAR Cup Series since 1956).
  • There will be a off week between Texas and Martinsville in the Playoffs.
  • The NAPA Auto Parts 400 at Memphis International Raceway will replace the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway(Memphis has never hosted a NASCAR Cup Series race prior to 2021.)
  • The Busch Beer 400 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway will replace the Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway. (Gateway has never hosted a NASCAR Cup Series race prior to 2021.) This race was announced by a NASCAR representative on December 15, 2019 on Twitter and by track officials on November 4, 2019. This race will be joined by the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series.
  • The NASCAR All-Star Race will be held on Saturday May 22, with the NASCAR Open being held on Friday May 21. Both races along with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will race on Charlotte Motor Speedways ROVAL for the first time in NASCAR history.
  • The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway moves up a week.
  • After being bought out by Rodger Penske, owner of Team Penske, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will remain on NASCAR’s schedule for the foreseeable future.
  • Daytona International Speedway will debut its infield road course for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 weekend on August 20 and 21st. This will be the first NASCAR Sanctioned event on the Road Course.
  • The Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International moves up two weeks from 2020.
  • The Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway moves up 3 weeks.
  • The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race moves up a week.

See Also

References

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