New Race Schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Season

Diehard NASCAR fans, have you see the new race schedule for the 2021 NASCAR season? It’s got several fun changes sure to change up the season in an exciting way, while keeping much of the schedule from past seasons, including the west coast swing, giving west coast fans a whirlwind start to the year. (The bummer is that we then have to wait until September’s Las Vegas race before we get another within reasonable driving distance.)

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Five-wide at Auto Club Speedway to start the Auto Club 400 race in 2020

2021 NASCAR Season Track Changes

May 23: Circuit of The Americas, 3.426-mile road course in Austin, Texas (has hosted Formula 1, IndyCar and IMSA)

June 20: Nashville Superspeedway, 1.33-mile oval in Lebanon, Tennessee

July 4: Road America, 4.048-mile road circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (hasn’t hosted Cup Series since 1956)

August 15: Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.439-mile road course (change from 2.5 oval)

Darlington Raceway gets two races: in the past, they had only one with the exception of 2020, when priority was given to tracks with shorter driving distance for increased safety during COVID, and one of them starts the 10-week playoff season

Atlanta Motor Speedway gets two full races: an increase from one to two

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Chicagoland and Kentucky Speedways were removed from the lineup

Full 2021 NASCAR Season Schedule

February 14: Daytona International Speedway

February 21: Homestead-Miami Speedway

February 28: Auto Club Speedway

March 7: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

March 14: Phoenix Raceway

March 21: Atlanta Motor Speedway

March 28: Bristol Motor Speedway

April 4: Easter holiday

April 10: Martinsville Speedway

April 18: Richmond Raceway

April 25: Talladega Superspeedway

May 2: Kansas Speedway

May 9: Darlington Raceway

May 16: Dover International Speedway

May 23: Circuit of The Americas

May 30: Charlotte Motor Speedway

June 6: Sonoma Raceway

June 13: Texas Motor Speedway, All-Star Race

June 20: Nashville Superspeedway

June 26: Pocono Raceway

June 27: Pocono Raceway

July 4: Road America

July 11: Atlanta Motor Speedway

July 18: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

August 8: Watkins Glen International

August 15: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

August 22: Michigan International Speedway

August 28: Daytona International Speedway

September 5: Darlington Raceway

September 11: Richmond Raceway

September 18: Bristol Motor Speedway

September 26: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

October 3: Talladega Superspeedway

October 10: Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval

October 17: Texas Motor Speedway

October 24: Kansas Speedway

October 31: Martinsville Speedway

November 7: Phoenix Raceway

It’s no secret that my favorite track is my home track, Auto Club Speedway. It’s just one mile south of our home, and whenever cars are out on the track, we can hear them even with our windows closed. It’s a NASCAR fan’s dream! Yes, our traffic is INSANE on race weekends, but since we’re already at the track, we’re good…and we’ve learned how to get to and from the track in record-breaking time after several years of practice.

us at Auto Club Speedway Auto Club 400 in Fontana

As long-time fans (since 2005), we’ve been to over 50 races, as far away as Dover Delaware’s Monster Mile, Sonoma’s road course and many in-between. We hit up Las Vegas Motor Speedway twice a year (except this year — COVID) and we spent three years living in South Carolina, just an hour outside of Darlington. I love front-row seats in Vegas, but the sound of Bristol’s Thunder Valley is something you have to experience firsthand…just as awesome as having your hat blow off when the cars go by if you’re up front at Darlington. (And don’t miss the pulled pork at the little shack across the street. It’s a MUST-try.)

Kissing the bricks at Indy is a big memory, and we were lucky enough to go to what ended up being Tony Stewart’s last ride there. Stewart flags and gear were EVERYWHERE. What a weekend!

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If you’re a new NASCAR fan, or considering learning about the sport, read my NASCAR primer. I’ve also shared quite a few driver interviews (including Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon and Daniel Suarez, photo opps from weekends in the pit as press, various driver ceremonies and more on the site. You can click on those links or you can put NASCAR in the search bar to see them all on one page.

NASCAR is way more than just left turns. It includes strategy, logic, math and teamwork…along with the smell of burning rubber and the loud sound of engines screaming by. Try it at least once, you just might become hooked.

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