Kentucky Makes Way for Second Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in NASCAR Cup Series 2021

Published 09/30/2020, 10:03 AM EDT
A representational image for the NASCAR Cup Series Credit: Reuters


With the 2020 NASCAR season nearing its conclusion, there is high anticipation for the NASCAR 2021 Cup Series schedule. Finally, the puzzle pieces are starting to fall in place for the new season.

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It was announced on Tuesday that the Kentucky Motor Speedway and the Chicagoland Speedway will not host races this year. Now, in another major reveal, the Atlanta Motor Speedway is set to host an additional race next season.

The first of the two Cup Series weekends at the Atlanta Motor Speedway will also host an Xfinity Series race and a Truck Series race. The second race weekend, on July 11, will have an Xfinity race along with the Cup race.

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Kentucky makes way for Atlanta on NASCAR Cup Series 2021 schedule

The track announced that it will host its Cup races on March 21st and July 11th. The race from Kentucky Motor Speedway moved to Atlanta. The Quaker State 400, which was the official name of the Kentucky race, will now see the sponsorship move to the Atlanta race. Atlanta will thus hold its first 400-mile race since 1966.

Atlanta also said that it plans to host fans for both races, in a limited capacity, and with social distancing rules in place.

It is widely believed that the casino/entertainment project that could soon be made around the Atlanta Motor Speedway, will get a boost with the announcement of two race weekends.

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Other confirmed and expected changes

In other confirmed news about the 2021 schedule, the Dover International Speedway and Nashville Speedway will also host races. Also, the Busch Clash will be held on the Daytona Road Course. It moves to the road course from the Daytona International Speedway.

Other changes most likely to take place on the 2021 calendar include six road courses. Circuit of The Americas, Road America, and Sonoma Raceway could get NASCAR Cup Series races. Watkins Glen International is expected to return to the schedule.

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There have been a lot of talks recently of a dirt race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. This would be a spring race. The Darlington Raceway is also expected to have two race weekends. Darlington held the opening playoff for this season a few weeks ago. Many other pieces of the puzzle will fall in place come Wednesday.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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