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Here is the Full Official 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

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TobyChristie.com will be running a live update blog of all of the announced NASCAR schedule changes for the 2021 season throughout the day on Wednesday. The entire schedule is expected to be revealed at 3:00 PM ET, but chunks of the schedule will be revealed by individual tracks throughout the day. This post will be updated all day long.

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FINAL UPDATE – Wednesday, September 30th at 3:00PM / EST – FULL SCHEDULE RELEASED

OFFICIAL 2021 NASCAR CUP SERIES SCHEDULE:

DateRace No.TrackComment
February 9th--Daytona International Speedway Road Course
(The Clash)
EXHIBITION EVENT
February 11th--Daytona International Speedway
(Duels)
QUALIFYING RACES
February 14th1Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500)NO CHANGES
February 21st2Homestead-Miami SpeedwayDATE CHANGE - Was March 22nd (2020)
February 28th3Auto Club SpeedwayNO CHANGES
March 7th4Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayDATE CHANGE - Was February 23rd (2020)
March 14th5Phoenix RacewayDATE CHANGE - Was March 8th (2020)
March 21st6Atlanta Motor Speedway
(Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500)
DATE CHANGE - Was March 15th (2020)
March 28th7Bristol Motor SpeedwayDATE CHANGE - Was April 5th (2020)
DIRT SURFACE
April 10th8Martinsville SpeedwayDATE CHANGE - Was May 9th (2020)
April 18th9Richmond RacewayNO CHANGES
April 25th10Talladega SuperspeedwayNO CHANGES
May 2nd11Kansas SpeedwayDATE CHANGE - Was May 31st (2020)
May 9th12Darlington RacewaySECOND DATE ADDED
May 16th13Dover International SpeedwayDATE CHANGE - Was May 3rd (2020)
May 23rd14Circuit of the AmericasNEW TRACK
May 30th15Charlotte Motor Speedway
(Coca-Cola 600)
NO CHANGES
June 6th16Sonoma RacewayDATE CHANGE - Was June 14th (2020)
June 13th--Texas Motor Speedway
(NASCAR All-Star Race)
DATE CHANGE - Was May 16th (2020)
NEW ALL-STAR VENUE
June 20th17Nashville SuperspeedwayNEW TRACK
June 26th18Pocono RacewayNO CHANGES
DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND
June 27th19Pocono RacewayNO CHANGES
DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND
July 4th20Road AmericaNEW TRACK
July 11th21Atlanta Motor Speedway
(Quaker State 400)
SECOND DATE ADDED (from Kentucky)
July 18th22New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayNO CHANGES
August 8th23Watkins Glen InternationalDATE CHANGE - Was August 16th (2020)
August 15th24Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
(Brickyard 400)
DATE CHANGE - Was July 5th (2020)
ROAD COURSE CONFIGURATION
August 22nd25Michigan International Speedway.DATE CHANGE - Was August 9th (2020)
MICHIGAN'S ONLY DATE
August 28th26Daytona International SpeedwayNO CHANGES
REGULAR SEASON FINALE
September 5th27Darlington Raceway (Southern 500)NO CHANGES
PLAYOFF OPENER
September 11th28Richmond RacewayNO CHANGES
September 18th29Bristol Motor SpeedwayNO CHANGES
ROUND OF 16 ELIMINATION
September 26th30Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayNO CHANGES
October 3rd31Talladega SuperspeedwayNO CHANGES
October 10th32Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVALNO CHANGES
ROUND OF 12 ELIMINATION
October 17th33Texas Motor Speedway
(Autotrader EchoPark 500)
DATE CHANGE - Was October 25th (2020)
October 24th34Kansas SpeedwayDATE CHANGE - Was October 18th (2020)
October 31st35Martinsville SpeedwayNO CHANGES
ROUND OF 8 ELIMINATION
November 7th36Phoenix RacewayNO CHANGES
CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

On Wednesday, NASCAR announced the remainder of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, which will begin Tuesday, February 9th with the Busch Clash at Daytona’s Road Course and come to an end nearly ten months later at Phoenix Raceway on November 7th.

COTA (Austin, Texas), Road America and Nashville Superspeedway will all be added to the NASCAR Cup Series schedule in 2021, while Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway will see a change in track configuration for the 2021 season.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will move its NASCAR Cup Series event to the road course, participating in a doubleheader weekend with the NTT IndyCar Series on August 14th and 15th.

Bristol Motor Speedway is taking the advice of parents everywhere quite literally and will “rub some dirt on it” for their first of two race weekends in 2021, with the NASCAR Cup Series contesting their first dirt race in over 50 years on March 28th on the .533-mile track’s high banks.

Atlanta Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway will each double up on NASCAR Cup Series races in 2021, with Atlanta holding two NASCAR Cup Series events on March 21st and July 11th and Darlington Raceway holding events on May 9th and September 5th – maintaining its spot as the first race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

The “West Coast Swing” will be pushed back one week, with Homestead-Miami moving to the second race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, the weekend following The Great American Race.

Pocono Raceway will get another chance to hold their doubleheader weekend in 2021, with the 2.5-mile facility holding NASCAR Cup Series events on June 26th and 27th.

Daytona International Speedway will end the series’ regular season, with playoff elimination races happening at Bristol Motor Speedway (Sept. 18), Charlotte Motor Speedway’s “ROVAL” (Oct. 10) and Martinsville Speedway (Oct. 31).

Due to the massive schedule overhaul, the NASCAR Cup Series will no longer contest races at Kentucky Speedway or Chicagoland Speedway, with the other two NASCAR National Series expected to follow suit.


UPDATE 1 — Wednesday, September 30th — 9:00 AM ET

Atlanta Motor Speedway has officially announced that it will have two dates on the 2021 NASCAR schedule.

The first weekend will be the March 21st weekend and will include NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. The Cup Series race, as it has been the last several years, will be named the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

The second race weekend will be the July 11th weekend and will feature a NASCAR Xfinity Series race on July 10th and the Cup race on July 11th. This race date will come from Kentucky Speedway, which will no longer have a date, and the race will retain Kentucky’s sponsorship as it’ll be named the Quaker State 400.

This is a return to tradition as AMS had hosted two NASCAR Cup Series races from 1960 until 2010. Since 2011, the speedway’s schedule had been reduced to one race weekend, but now that will expand back to two races for 2021.

“We’re beyond excited to deliver what our fans have been yearning for: A second weekend of NASCAR action in Atlanta once again,” said AMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison.


UPDATE 2 — Wednesday, September 30th — 10:10 AM ET

Darlington Raceway will officially have two race dates on the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule.

While the track has hosted more than two NCS events in 2020, it was only originally scheduled to hold one NCS race this season. COVID-19 caused NASCAR to get creative with the schedule, which brought more racing to Darlington.

Next season, Darlington — which was a traditional two-stop venue  from 1960 to 2004 — will be scheduled to hold two NCS races for the first time since 2004.

The first race weekend will take place on May 9th (Mother’s Day Weekend) while the second race date will be September 5th (Labor Day weekend).

“A NASCAR tradition returns as Darlington Raceway will host two NASCAR Cup Series race weekends as part of the 2021 NASCAR schedule,” said Darlington President Kerry Tharp. “We are grateful for NASCAR’s trust in the track Too Tough To Tame to continue to deliver one of the most competitive race experiences and loyal fan bases in the sport.”

NASCAR’s Steve O’Donnell has confirmed on Twitter that both races at Darlington in 2021 will be run with the high horsepower, low downforce package.

All races at Darlington in 2020 were contested with the low horsepower, high downforce package.

Darlington Raceway also confirmed that the Southern 500 will once again kick off the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs in 2021.

A release from Darlington Raceway stated that schedules for the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series in 2021 will be announced in the near future.


UPDATE 3 — Wednesday, September 30th — 11:05 AM ET

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will replace it’s oval track on the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule with their road course. The NCS road course event will become a double header with IndyCar in mid-August and both series will run on the same layout.

The IndyCar Series will run their race on August 14th, while the NASCAR Cup Series will contest their race on August 15th.

The traditional Brickyard 400 is no more.

Track president Doug Boles says that no decision has been made about an Xfinity Series event for the speedway in 2021, just yet.


UPDATE 4 — Wednesday, September 30th — 11:10 AM ET

Michigan International Speedway officially informs fans via email that they will reduce from two NASCAR Cup Series races per season on their 2-mile oval to just one race in 2021.

In the email statement to fans, the speedway stated, “This is by no means a reflection of the support and loyalty you as fans have shown our track. Rather, it is a desire & an important step for the industry to incorporate new courses in new markets into the schedule to expand the variety of competition.”

The one Michigan International Speedway NCS event in 2021 will be held on August 22nd.


UPDATE 5 — Wednesday, September 30th — 12:05 PM ET

Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX, as expected, will officially be placed on the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule.

The picturesque road course will run it’s first NCS event on May 23, 2021.

Additionally, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will share the weekend with the NCS at COTA in 2021.

Speedway Motorsports Inc. states that the final configuration of COTA is to be determined.

This event will be promoted by SMI.


UPDATE 6 — Wednesday, September 30 — 1:04 PM ET

Road America will officially join the NASCAR Cup Series schedule in 2021.

The road course in Wisconsin held one NASCAR Cup Series race back in 1956 and has been a fixture on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule since 2010.

At more than 4-miles long, the track will become the longest on the NCS schedule.

The race will be promoted by NASCAR, who lost their race date for Chicagoland Speedway in order to bring this race to Road America. The NASCAR Cup Series race will run on July 4th, while there will be companion events to be announced later.

“Since we welcomed the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2010, our fans have been asking for the NASCAR Cup Series, and we are very proud to make it happen on the Fourth of July,” said Road America’s President and General Manager, Mike Kertscher. “The weekend is going to be memorable and exciting for everyone as we celebrate Independence Day at America’s National Park of Speed.


UPDATE 7 — Wednesday, September 30 — 2:12PM ET

Bristol Motor Speedway will be home to the first NASCAR Cup Series event on dirt since 1970, after the track announced that one of their two dates would feature a race on a dirt surface.

The .533-mile short track will hold its first dirt race for the NASCAR Cup Series on March 28th, while returning to its traditional paved surface later on in the season, capping off round one of the playoffs on September 18th.

Bristol Motor Speedway’s General Manager Jerry Caldwell says that any additional dirt events will be announced at a later date and the format of the race has not yet been decided.

The track has held dirt events in 2000 and 2001 – although not with NASCAR — but at that time, the track was only banked 24 degrees. There are no plans to resurface the concrete after the event is held.


UPDATE 8 – Wednesday, September 30 — 2:40PM ET

Phoenix Raceway announced Wednesday Afternoon that the track would once again be holding two races for the NASCAR Cup Series, with the one-mile facility holding the season finale for the second consecutive season.

The NASCAR Cup Series – as well as presumably the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series — will be wrapping up their seasons on November 5th, 6th and 7th, meaning the track’s Fall date will see no movement.

As for the Spring race, the event will be pushed back one week, as the entire”West Coast Swing” has been pushed back due to Homestead-Miami Speedway’s race weekend moving to February and becoming the second race of the 2021 season.

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Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for TobyChristie.com. He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

2 thoughts on “Here is the Full Official 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Schedule Leave a comment

  1. Yes, I saw that report and the one from Catchfence. Those are the expected items on the schedule, this will be a full post of all the changes as they’re officially announced.

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