NASCAR Cup Series 2021 TV schedule, start times and results – The Athletic

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Here is the schedule, plus start times, TV networks and key storylines for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Nashville Superspeedway

Camping World Truck Series – Friday, June 18
Rackley Roofing 200
Start time: 8 p.m. ET
TV: FS1

Xfinity Series — Saturday, June 19
Tennessee Lottery 250
Start time: 3:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, TSN2

Cup Series — Sunday, June 20
Ally 400
Start time: 3:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, TSN3/5

This week’s storylines from Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR’s All-Star Race: 10 tracks that should be the next host

🎙️ Listen to The Teardown: All-stars all around. Listen here.

Superstar Racing Experience at Stafford: Inside SRX’s inaugural race day and Doug Coby’s win

12 Questions: Dave Alpern, president of Joe Gibbs Racing

Bianchi: ‘Bare-bones, bare-knuckles-type racing’ returns: Bowman Gray Stadium racetrack reopens after 657 days in the dark

Q&A: Clint Bowyer on his time in the Fox Sports booth, prerace skits, laughing at himself and the challenge of live TV


Coming up: Pocono Raceway

Camping World Truck Series – Saturday, June 26
CRC Brakleen 150
Start time: Noon ET
TV: FS1

Xfinity Series — Sunday, June 27
Pocono Green 225 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons
Start time: Noon ET
TV: NBCSN, TSN3

Cup Series Race 1 — Saturday, June 26
NASCAR Cup Series Race at Pocono-1
Pocono Raceway
3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2

Cup Series Race 2 — Sunday, June 27
NASCAR Cup Series Race at Pocono-2
Pocono Raceway
3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN3/5


Results

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, February 14

Daytona 500

Daytona International Speedway

Michael McDowell

Key storylines

The Top 5: Breaking down the Daytona 500

2021 Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell’s journey goes from the grind to glory

Noah Gragson, Beard Motorsports raced on, honoring late owner with Daytona 500 qualifying effort

Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski trigger ‘pandemonium’ on 2021 Daytona 500’s final lap

20 years later, still disbelief: Remembering the 2001 Daytona 500, and the loss of Dale Earnhardt

Michael McDowell’s fellow drivers revel in their friend’s Daytona 500 win

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, February 21

O’Reilly Auto Parts 253

Daytona road course

Christopher Bell

Key storylines

Bianchi: Ty Gibbs has a star-making performance in winning his Xfinity Series debut

‘I’m either going to put up or shut up’: Christopher Bell’s a quick winner with Joe Gibbs Racing

The Top 5: Breaking down the Daytona road course NASCAR weekend

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, Feb. 28

Dixie Vodka 400

Homestead-Miami Speedway

William Byron

Key storylines

The Top 5: Breaking down the NASCAR Homestead weekend

Fox Sports keeps NASCAR’s bench-racing pipeline open; Daniel Suarez, Tyler Reddick join the ‘Drivers Only’ broadcast

Noah Gragson is defiant after Homestead Xfinity crash with David Starr; critics are ‘fuel for the fire’

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, March 7

Pennzoil 400

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Kyle Larson

Key storylines

The Top 5: Breaking down the NASCAR Las Vegas weekend

Kevin Harvick hopes Las Vegas result was an anomaly; team’s ‘a challenger’ across racetracks

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, March 14

Instacart 500

Phoenix Raceway

Martin Truex Jr.

Key storylines

The Top 5: Breaking down the NASCAR Phoenix race

NASCAR’s future leader? Meet Ben Kennedy, former driver, current team owner and voice in the sport’s future

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, March 21

Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Ryan Blaney

Key storylines

‘We can’t do this’: How the 2020 NASCAR season came to a halt at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Ryan Blaney flips the script on Kyle Larson and Noah Gragson makes headlines again: NASCAR Atlanta observations

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Monday, March 29

Food City Dirt Race

Bristol Motor Speedway

Joey Logano

Key storylines

NASCAR Cup Series: The Bristol dirt race experiment brings great drama, but several hiccups

Bristol’s 2022 dirt race weekend: From dust control to start time, what might be in store for next year?

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Saturday, April 10

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

Martinsville Speedway

Martin Truex Jr.

Key storylines

Martin Truex Jr. continues short-track roll at Martinsville; Josh Berry makes Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s day

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, April 18

Toyota Owners 400

Richmond Raceway

Alex Bowman

Key storylines

The Top 5: Breaking down the NASCAR Richmond race, Jimmie Johnson’s IndyCar debut and F1’s Miami Grand Prix news

Power rankings: How Lewis Hamilton, Denny Hamlin and Scott Dixon stack up

Richmond moments: Dale Earnhardt vs. Darrell Waltrip and the 1986 NASCAR race that fed the legend of ‘The Intimidator’

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, April 25

GEICO 500

Talladega Superspeedway

Brad Keselowski

Key storylines

The Top 5: Breaking down NASCAR’s Talladega Cup race and IndyCar at St. Pete

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, May 2

Buschy McBusch Race 400

Kansas Speedway

Kyle Busch

Key storylines

The Top 5: Thoughts on NASCAR at Kansas, IndyCar at Texas and Formula One in Portugal

🎙️ Listen to The Teardown: After a stray tire changes the course of Sunday’s NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway, Jeff and Jordan ponder the timing of the caution and its effect on the results. Plus the guys chat about IndyCar at Texas, the All-Star Race format and Formula One in Portugal. Listen here.

12 Questions: Jennifer Jo Cobb

‘We didn’t have nothing’: Kaulig Racing starts to fulfill its plan to go full-time NASCAR Cup Series racing in 2022

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, May 9

Goodyear 400

Darlington Raceway

Martin Truex Jr.

Key storylines

The Top 5: Breaking down NASCAR at Darlington and Formula One’s Spanish Grand Prix

🎙️ Listen to The Teardown: After one driver beats up on the rest of the field at Darlington, Jeff and Jordan wonder about the perception of NASCAR’s 750 horsepower package, discuss what they learned on Sunday and predict what fans will say about the race. Listen here.

12 Questions: Michael McDowell

The NASCAR Cup championship runs through 750-horsepower tracks. That’s just fine for Martin Truex Jr.

Gluck: NASCAR’s new Next Gen car marks a key moment for stock car racing

Toyota: NASCAR’s new Next Gen car will bring ‘sustainable’ team ownership, closer production model look

The force is with Ryan Blaney. So are his ‘Star Wars’ collectibles, his tattoo and a costume we can’t unsee

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, May 16

Drydene 400

Dover International Speedway

Alex Bowman

Key storylines

The Top 5: The Top 5: Breaking down the NASCAR Dover and IndyCar GMR Grand Prix weekends

🎙️ Listen to The Teardown: It was obvious from the start of the Dover race that a Hendrick Motorsports driver would win. The only question was: Which one? Jeff and Jordan break down how Dover unfolded and dive into the playoff bubble at the halfway point of the NASCAR Cup Series regular season. Listen here.

Q&A: Jeff Gluck and Jordan Bianchi on Chase Elliott, silly season, IndyCar ovals and more

12 Questions: Brad Sweet

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, May 23

EchoPark Texas Grand Prix

Circuit of The Americas

Chase Elliott

Key storylines

The Top 5: Breaking down the NASCAR COTA weekend

🎙️ Listen to The Teardown: NASCAR’s good intentions go awry as rain impedes visibility and impacts the inaugural Cup Series race in Austin. Jeff and Jordan dissect everything that happened Sunday, what it means for future rain races and weigh in on other events in Monaco and Indianapolis. Listen here.

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, May 30

Coca-Cola 600

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Kyle Larson

Key storylines

The Top 5: Breaking down the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600

🎙️ Listen to The Teardown: With Jeff and Jordan at different races, each of them grab a friend to help analyze the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600. This week, Jeff is joined by Nate Ryan of NBC Sports and Jordan is joined by David Smith of Motorsports Analytics and Dustin Long of NBC Sports. Listen here.

Kravitz: With Helio Castroneves’ fourth Indy 500 win, we were all soaking in the moment

Motorsports power rankings: Lando Norris, Alex Palou trend up, Chase Elliott rounds into form

12 Questions with Christopher Bell: Story | Podcast

Sports on TV: Indy 500 another win for ratings (and Gen X), plus Coca-Cola 600 ratings

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, June 6

Toyota/Save Mart 350

Sonoma Raceway

Kyle Larson

Key storylines from Sonoma and Mid-Ohio

The Top 5: Breaking down NASCAR at Sonoma/Mid-Ohio and Formula One at Baku

Samantha Busch on how to support people going through infertility struggles | Podcast

🎙️ Listen to The Teardown: A familiar face dominates a NASCAR race in Wine Country and Formula One has a wild finish in Baku. Jeff and Jordan reunite to discuss what it all means and digest how the seasons for NASCAR and F1 are unfolding so far. Listen here.

12 Questions: Dave Alpern, president of Joe Gibbs Racing

Bianchi: ‘Bare-bones, bare-knuckles-type racing’ returns: Bowman Gray Stadium racetrack reopens after 657 days in the dark

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, June 13

NASCAR All-Star Race

Texas Motor Speedway

Kyle Larson

Key storylines

NASCAR’s All-Star Race: 10 tracks that should be the next host

🎙️ Listen to The Teardown: All-stars all around. Listen here.

Superstar Racing Experience at Stafford: Inside SRX’s inaugural race day and Doug Coby’s win


Remaining Cup Series regular-season schedule:

Sunday, July 4
Road America 250
Road America
2:30 p.m. ET, NBC

Sunday, July 11
Quaker State 400
Atlanta Motor Speedway
3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Sunday, July 18
Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
3 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Sunday, August 8
Go Bowling at The Glen
Watkins Glen International
3 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Sunday, August 15
Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
1 p.m. ET, NBC

Sunday, August 22
FireKeepers Casino 400
Michigan International Speedway
3 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Saturday, August 28
Coke Zero Sugar 400
Daytona International Speedway
7 p.m. ET, NBC

Playoffs

Sunday, September 5
Cook Out Southern 500
Darlington Raceway
6 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Saturday, September 11
Federated Auto Parts 400
Richmond Raceway
7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Saturday, September 18
Bass Pro Shops Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway
7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, September 26
South Point 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
7 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Sunday, October 3
YellaWood 500
Talladega Superspeedway
2 p.m. ET, NBC

Sunday, October 10
Bank of America ROVAL 400
Charlotte Motor Speedway
2 p.m. ET, NBC

Sunday, October 17
Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500
Texas Motor Speedway
2 p.m., NBC

Sunday, October 24
Hollywood Casino 400
Kansas Speedway
3 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Sunday, October 31
Xfinity 500
Martinsville Raceway
2 p.m. ET, NBC

Sunday, November 7
NASCAR Cup Series Championship
Phoenix Raceway
3 p.m. ET, NBC

(Top photo of Nashville Superspeedway from 2011: Jason Smith / Getty Images for NASCAR)



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