Coronavirus delays release of NASCAR's 2021 Cup schedule

The COVID-19 pandemic has put on hold on another much-anticipated NASCAR project – the announcement of its 2021 Cup Series schedule.

Coronavirus delays release of NASCAR's 2021 Cup schedule

The schedule, which is expected to feature significant changes both the types of races on the Cup schedule and the tracks on which they will take place, was originally scheduled to be released in April.

Obviously, the pandemic created a more pressing problem – adjusting the current 2020 schedule for its three national series in light of various stay-at-home orders across the country. The last regularly-scheduled NASCAR event took place on March 8 at Phoenix Raceway.

Two sources with knowledge of NASCAR’s work on the 2021 schedule told Motorsport.com the 2021 schedule isn’t likely to be publicly announced until “around July.”

A NASCAR spokesman Tuesday declined to comment on a request for an update on the 2021 schedule.

Read Also:

One change for 2021 has already been announced – the 43rd running of the preseason Busch Clash non-points race will be held on the Daytona International Speedway road course for the first time on Tuesday night, Feb. 9, 2021.

The Daytona 500 Cup Series season-opener will follow on Sunday, Feb. 14.

NASCAR still has much work to do revamping its 2020 schedule and just recently announced it would return to racing on May 17 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway but without fans in attendance.

NASCAR’s newly-released schedule for this season only stretched about two weeks and officials have repeatedly said the pandemic situation remains “fluid,” which make the creation of a long-term schedule a time-consuming effort.

On the latest edition of the “Dale Jr. Download” podcast released on Tuesday, NASCAR President Steve Phelps was asked about taking what they’ve learned in adjusting to the pandemic into the development of the 2021 schedule.

“We actually had a conversation last week with (Steve) O’Donnell and Ben Kennedy about the 2021 schedule because we’ve got to get going,” Phelps said. “There are things we are having discussions on right now, which seems odd, because we’re still trying to figure out the 2020 schedule.”

On April 2, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR announced it was forced to postpone the debut of its Next Gen race car from the 2021 to 2022 season.

shares
comments
The challenges of NASCAR's plan to 'show up and you race'
Previous article

The challenges of NASCAR's plan to 'show up and you race'

Next article

NASCAR Heat 5 set to launch two editions in July

NASCAR Heat 5 set to launch two editions in July
The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team Prime

The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team

Saddled with uncompetitive Minardi machinery, Tarso Marques didn't manage to score points in his three partial seasons of Formula 1. But now the Brazilian has the chance to show what he can do in NASCAR, and explains the story of his comeback with new Cup Series entrant Team Stange

NASCAR Cup
Apr 13, 2022
The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car Prime

The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car

NASCAR’s new stock car generation is encouraging an influx of fresh blood into its top tier. But there are concerns that parts are in short supply as the entire paddock tries to build up stocks at the same time

NASCAR Cup
Feb 22, 2022
How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style Prime

How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style

After holding his nerve and hip-checking his teammate on the run to the line, Austin Cindric made a perfect start to life as a full-timer in the NASCAR Cup Series by winning the Daytona 500. Here's how the Penske Ford man emerged first across the line in the first points-scoring race for the much-anticipated Next Generation cars

NASCAR Cup
Feb 21, 2022
Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season Prime

Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season

There are plenty of uncertainties ahead of the 2022 NASCAR Cup season as an all-new fleet of cars take to the track for the first time. Ahead of this weekend's Daytona 500, our experts explain what you need to know

NASCAR Cup
Feb 17, 2022
How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of Next Gen arrival Prime

How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of Next Gen arrival

The NASCAR Cup kicks off with the Daytona 500 this weekend, but a major engine overhaul and a subsequent mountain of work has been required to be ready for the arrival of the Next Gen cars.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2022
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Prime

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, but his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines...

NASCAR Cup
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Prime

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR Cup
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Prime

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR Cup
Oct 5, 2021