2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule sees vast changes

You’ve heard rumors for months. We’ve speculated on the potential races hitting the NASCAR schedule in the next year, and now, it’s here.

The biggest changes in the schedule see the removal of Kentucky Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway from the Cup Series.

Tracks added to the schedule include Circuit of The Americas (May 23), Nashville Superspeedway (June 20), Road America (July 4) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (Aug. 15).

Atlanta Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway will now have two dates. Atlanta will have Mar. 21 and July 11, while Darlington will hold the days of May 9 and the traditional Labor Day weekend Southern 500 on Sept. 5.

The last major change is the Spring Bristol race, which will now be a dirt race instead of on asphalt.

The Daytona road course will kick off the Cup Series season as it will be used for the Busch Clash. Following the Daytona 500, the series will head to Homestead-Miami Speedway on Feb. 21 before hitting the West Coast Swing in Auto Club Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Phoenix Raceway.

Martinsville Speedway will keep its Spring night race while the first Richmond Raceway and Kansas Speedway dates will be Sunday afternoon races.

The All-Star Race will move to Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 13.

The second Daytona oval race will still host the regular-season finale and the playoff races remain the same.

Here is a look at the full 2021 Cup Series schedule:

Via Jordan Bianchi of The Athletic

Last-second changes are still possible and the Cup Series schedule will be confirmed on Wednesday.

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