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The first piece of the 2021 NASCAR schedule is in place as the motorsports organization has decided to shorten “Speedweeks” at Daytona International Speedway to a six-day show.
Instead of the Busch Clash running on the weekend prior to the Daytona 500, the exhibition race will take place on the Tuesday of the Great American Race weekend and will return to a night time event for the first time since 2016 and will be ran on the famous road course layout that the IMSA’s Rolex 24 runs on. NASCAR also confirmed that the NextGen car will not be used for this race and the 2020 cars will be used one final time.
Daytona 500 qualifying will move to the Wednesday after the Busch Clash of that week instead of the Sunday before the 500 race.
The Duel races, which ultimately set the starting lineup(3-40) for the Daytona 500 will still run Thursday night, followed by the truck race on Friday night and Xfinity Series race on Saturday. However, the ARCA season opener will now be after the Xfinity race in a doubleheader event on that Saturday. The six-day schedule will conclude with the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
The 2021 season is set to embark on a new era for NASCAR. With a brand-new car and an already changing schedule, the organization is all-in on a new look for a new generation.