How to Watch the NASCAR Cup Series Race at COTA, Full Schedule

Published 05/22/2021, 10:07 AM EDT
May 16, 2021; Dover, Delaware, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) races during the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports


This weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series will visit the Circuit of the Americas for the first time. The EchoPark Texas Grand Prix comes a week after the Drydene 400 at the Dover International Speedway. On that day, Alex Bowman led a Hendrick Motorsports rampage, withe the team’s rivers locking out the first four places.

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As of now, Denny Hamlin continues to cling to the championship lead after 13 races. However, there is a new contender right on his tail, namely, William Bryon, who leapfrogged Martin Truex, Jr. Meanwhile, Joey Logano and Kyle Larson complete the top five in the standings.

In terms of the weekend schedule, everything will kick off on Saturday with practice and qualifying. After that, the Camping World Truck Series race will open show at noon. Three hours later, the Xfinity Series drivers take to the track for the Pit Boss 250 race. Finally, the Cup Series qualifying begins at 10 AM, while the race commences at 1:30 PM.

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How can fans catch the NASCAR Cup Series race?

If not watching the race live, fans can tune in to Fox Sports for the live broadcast of the race. An alternative option is the TSN network or even the MRN platform.

May 16, 2021; Dover, Delaware, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) leads the field on a late restart during the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

One thing is for sure, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series race will be a very interesting one, especially since this is a brand new track for the drivers.

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Admittedly, nobody knows who will have the advantage over the other. First and foremost, there is a qualifying session for the drivers to familiarise themselves with the track. Aside from trying to snag a great position, every driver will likely treat the 25-minute session as an extended practice session.

Over here, they can use this time to pick out the overtaking hotspots. Without a doubt, many drivers will enjoy tackling the iconic steep climb into Turn 1, the various S corner sequences, and the long back straight.

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