Practice and qualifying confirmed for eight Cup races in 2021

On Friday, NASCAR competitors authorities validated that 8 Cup races this season will be carried out with practice and certifying sessions.

Following the 2021 Cup schedule’s release last September, primary racing advancement officer Steve O’Donnell discussed a strategy to hold practice and certifying sessions ahead of races at brand-new locations and setups, in addition to at other crucial occasions.

Today’s verification shows that to be the case. Here’s the list of races:

  • Feb. 14 – Daytona 500

  • March 28 – Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt

  • Might 23 – Circuit of the Americas

  • Might 30 – Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

  • June 20 – Nashville Superspeedway

  • July 4 – Roadway America

  • Aug. 15 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Roadway Course

  • Nov. 7 – NASCAR Cup Series Champion at Phoenix Raceway

Per NASCAR, authorities suggested that strategies to possibly consist of practice and certifying sessions for NASCAR Xfinity and Outdoor Camping World Truck Series races will be identified at a later date.

Furthermore, main weekend schedules, consisting of information on a certifying format and quantity of practice time, have actually not been launched.

Following NASCAR’s go back to competitors last Might after a two-month time out due to the coronavirus pandemic, a bulk of occasions were held without practice or certifying sessions in order to enhance race weekends and slow the spread of COVID-19.

At first, beginning lineups for most of races were identified through random draw. However later on in the year, NASCAR presented a performance-based metrics system to produce the beginning lineups and the order for pit choice.

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Practice and certifying validated for 8 Cup races in 2021 initially appeared on NBCSports.com

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