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NASCAR announces 2021 schedule, starting with a Florida focus

The Cup Series will begin, as always, with the Daytona 500 and stay in Florida for the next weekend, too.
NASCAR's Daytona 500 is set for Feb. 14.
NASCAR's Daytona 500 is set for Feb. 14. [ TERRY RENNA | AP ]
Published Sep. 30, 2020

NASCAR’s 2021 schedule will open with a different and more pronounced Florida focus.

The top Cup Series will begin with the Busch Clash on Feb. 9 at Daytona International Speedway’s road course. The series has raced at that course once before — in August, after NASCAR adjusted its schedule because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Daytona then will host the qualifying Duel at Daytona races on Feb. 11 and the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 14.

The series will stay in Florida after that with a trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway a week later after that track was moved up on the schedule. NASCAR will return to the state on Aug. 28 for the regular-season finale at Daytona. It will be the second year in a row that Daytona’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 event will be the last race before the playoffs.

NASCAR’s 2021 championship race will be at Phoenix on Nov. 7.

Other notable changes include a dirt race at Bristol on March 28, a road course event at Texas' Circuit of the Americas on May 23 and running on the road course, not traditional oval, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Aug. 15. That Indianapolis event will feature an IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader.

Here’s NASCAR’s full 2021 race schedule:

Feb. 14: Daytona 500

Feb. 21: Homestead-Miami Speedway

Feb. 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 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: All-Star race, Texas Motor Speedway

June 20: Nashville Superspeedway

June 26-27 – Pocono Raceway

July 4: Road America

July 11: Atlanta Motor Speedway

July 18: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Aug. 8: Watkins Glen International

Aug. 15: Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course

Aug. 22: Michigan International Speedway

Aug. 28: Daytona International Speedway

Sept. 5: Darlington Raceway

Sept. 11: Richmond Raceway

Sept. 18: Bristol Motor Speedway

Sept. 26: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Oct. 3: Talladega Superspeedway

Oct. 10: Charlotte Motor Speedway, roval

Oct. 17: Texas Motor Speedway

Oct. 24: Kansas Speedway

Oct. 31: Martinsville Speedway

Nov. 7: Phoenix Raceway