28 of 36 Cup races won’t have practice or qualifying

A considerable bulk of NASCAR Cup Series races won’t have practice or certifying in 2021.

NASCAR stated Friday that simply 8 of 36 points races would consist of pre-race activity. That indicates that the very first lap of 28 races over the season will be the very first time chauffeurs have actually required to the track all weekend.

The discontinuation of practice and certifying at the majority of occasions continues a pattern began throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Conserve for one race in May, NASCAR had no practice or certifying ahead of races after it resumed racing following its pandemic disturbance in the spring. The approving body reduced the time groups invested at the track on race weekends to stop the spread of the infection.

It likewise did that to conserve groups cash. And cost-cutting is certainly the reason that NASCAR is keeping with minimal practice and certifying in 2021. Groups don’t need to pay to bring backup cars and trucks to the track without pre-race occasions and can conserve cash on travel and workers also.

The 2021 season was supposed to be the first for NASCAR’s new car design. But the pandemic pushed the new car’s implementation to 2022. Reduced costs for teams are one of the publicly-stated goals of the new car.

Here are the eight occasions that will include practice and qualifying in 2021. The Daytona 500 and the championship race at Phoenix are included in those eight events. And outside of those two races and the Coca-Cola 600 in May, the other five races are at brand-new tracks or brand-new track designs for the Cup Series.

Feb. 14: Daytona 500

March 28: Bristol dirt race

Might 23: Circuit of the Americas

Might 30: Coca-Cola 600

June 20: Nashville

July 4: Roadway America

Aug. 15: Indianapolis roadway course

Nov. 7: Phoenix

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AVONDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 06: A general view of the NASCAR Cup Series logo during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 06, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 06: A basic view of the NASCAR Cup Series logo design throughout practice for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 06, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Image by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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