NASCAR Moves Truck Series Playoff Race From Ontario to Darlington

Published 05/27/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Feb 19, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Truck Series driver Ben Rhodes (99) leads the field into turn one during the Brake Best Select 159 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Once again, the COVID-19 pandemic has reared up to cause some problems for the motorsport world. Later on this year, the NASCAR Truck Series drivers were expected to touch-based in Ontario. Over here, the Truck drivers would have raced at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

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Unfortunately, the pandemic has created a logistical nightmare, especially for Canada. Already, the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix has been canceled, and now NASCAR shifted the Truck Series Playoff race away. Now, reports suggest that the new venue will be the Darlington Raceway.

When will the NASCAR Truck Race at the new venue begin?

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Interestingly, the Truck race will be part of a Darlington double-header. This race will commence at 1:30 PM ET on September 5. Later on in the day, the Cup Series Playoff race will begin at 6 PM ET. Meanwhile, the Xfinity Series will kick off the race weekend at The Lady In Black on Saturday, September 4 at 3:30 PM ET.

Feb 19, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Truck Series driver Sheldon Creed (2) leads NASCAR Truck Series driver Ben Rhodes (99) during the Brake Best Select 159 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

This will be the second time this year that the Darlington Raceway will host the Truck Series race. In addition to that, the schedule will be a bit packed, as the speedway is accommodating all three NASCAR series. Last time out, Sheldon Creed snatched his first Truck Series victory in the 2021 season. He managed to achieve this after battling Ben Rhodes on the final two restarts of the race.

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Of course, there is still a bit of time before the playoffs begin in earnest. For now, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is in the middle of its regular season. This weekend, the Truck drivers make landfall at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the next round of the season.

It is also worth noting that this takes place on Memorial Day Weekend. So there will be plenty of festivities at the speedway during the Coca-Cola 600.

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