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NASCAR announces 2021 Truck Series schedule with two dirt races

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is doubling down on dirt in its 2021 schedule.

Two new dirt events at Bristol Motor Speedway and famed sprint car venue Knoxville Raceway are among the highlights of a 22-race schedule for next season.

Bristol and Knoxville take over the mud-slinging from Eldora Speedway, which announced yesterday that it will not be on the schedule.

Eldora’s Dirt Derby, which ran from 2013-2019 before being canceled for 2020 because of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic restrictions, previously had been the lone NASCAR national series event run on dirt.

Additional new venues for the Trucks in 2021 also include Nashville Superspeedway and the road courses at Circuit of the Americas (Austin, Texas) and Watkins Glen International.

The series previously ran at Nashville Superspeedway from 2001-11 and the Glen from 1996-2000.

World Wide Technology Raceway outside St. Louis will open the 2021 playoffs, as originally had been planned for the 2020 season before the pandemic.

The seven-race stretch includes elimination races at Bristol and Martinsville Speedway, and culminates with the championship race on Nov. 5 at Phoenix Raceway.

“The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series provides some of the most intense and entertaining competition in all of racing,” NASCAR vice president of racing development Ben Kennedy said in a release.

“The 2021 iteration of the schedule will build upon that intensity through a wide variety of long-tenured race tracks and new venues like Knoxville Raceway.

“The variety of disciplines will increase the demand on drivers and culminate with a truly battle-tested champion at Phoenix.”


DateRace / Track
Friday, Feb. 12Daytona
Friday, Feb. 19Homestead-Miami
Friday, Mar. 5Las Vegas
Saturday, Mar. 20Atlanta
Saturday, Mar. 27Bristol (Dirt)
Saturday, Apr. 17Richmond
Saturday, May 1Kansas
Friday, May 7Darlington
Saturday, May 22Circuit of the Americas
Friday, May 28Charlotte
Saturday, June 12Texas
Friday, June 18Nashville Superspeedway
Saturday, June 26Pocono
Friday, July 9Knoxville (Dirt)
Saturday, Aug. 7Watkins Glen
Friday, Aug. 20WWT Raceway
Sunday, Sept. 5Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Thursday, Sept. 16Bristol
Friday, Sept. 24Las Vegas
Saturday, Oct. 2Talladega
Saturday, Oct. 30Martinsville
Friday, Nov. 5Phoenix