The 2021 NASCAR Cup Schedule brings many changes to the series. Some tracks have lost races or even a place on the schedule. New tracks have been added and some will only have one race next year. The official schedule is listed below.
Cup / Xfinity / Truck News
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – After 21 tries, Kurt Busch is a winner at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the South Point 400 NASCAR Cup race. Busch held off a racy Matt DiBenedetto in overtime for his first win of the 2020 season. It was Busch’s first win at his home track.
LAS VEGAS, NV – Chase Briscoe more than dominated the ALSCO 300 Xfinity Series Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Briscoe led 164 of the 200 laps to win in the Xfinity Series for the second straight week. The triumph was also his second consecutive win at the 1.5-mile Nevada track, giving him an even 10 wins for his Xfinity career.
(LAS VEGAS, NV - SEP 25, 2020 - RIS) Austin Hill goes back to Victory Lane at Las Vegas with his second win after winning the Fall race here last year. Sheldon Creed dominated the race until a late restart, when other traffic dropped him back and let Hill grab the lead.
BRISTOL, TN - RIS – Kevin Harvick held off a charging Kyle Busch and went on to win the NASCAR Cup Series NRA 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night. It was his ninth win of the season. Harvick held Busch at bay over the final 32 laps of Saturday night’s Bristol night race to get his ninth win of the season and keep Busch winless. The regular season champion has become the odds-on favorite to win it all, but Busch gave him all he wanted.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Chase Briscoe won at Bristol Motor Speedway for his seventh win of the season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Briscoe passed leader Austin Cindric with six laps to go and held on for the win. Ross Chastain finished second and Cindric faded to third. Ross Chastain, Justin Allgaier, Anthony Alfredo, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, Jeb Burton and Riley Herbst rounded out the top 10 in order.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Sam Myer, all of 17 years old, won the UNOH 200 in his first race in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Thursday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was the first national series race for Mayer. Mayer was hired this week to race in the Xfinity Series next season for JR Motorsports. His win in his seventh career Truck Series start — fourth this year — was an upset in the opening race of the playoffs.
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Brad Keselowski dominated the Federal Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Cup race at Richmond Raceway, leaving no doubt he will be a factor in the championship run. By winning, he locks his team into the next round with one more race next week at Bristol Motor Speedway.
(RICHMOND, VA - SEP 12, 2020 - RIS) The Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 checkered flag went to Justin Allgaier, completing a sweep of the weekend for the No. 7 car after he won the Friday evening race and moving him ahead of Austin Cindric in total laps led for the season. Jeb Burton followed in second, with Ross Chastain third, Harrison Burton, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Michael Annett, Brandon Jones, Kaz Grala and Austin Cindric completing the top ten.
RICHMOND, VA – RIS - Justin Allgaier chased Justin Haley down and moved past Haley for the lead with about 30 laps to go and went on to win Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway. Allgaier lost the lead to Haley on Lap 174 of 250 and began to pull away. Allgaier rallied and got by Haley with 29 laps to go. Allgaier went on to win his second race of the season.
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Grant Enfinger passed teammate Matt Crafton with seven laps to go to Win the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck race at Richmond Raceway. It was a 1-2-3 finish for ThorSport Racing and their F-150 Ford trucks. Crafton held on for second and Ben Rhodes finished third.
DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Kevin Harvick won the Southern 500 on Sunday after Martin Truex, Jr. and then-leader Chase Elliott tanged when Truex tried to pass. Harvick was running third and finished first after a valiant attempt by Austin Dillon failed. It was the eight win in 2020 and his second at Darlington. Harvick didn’t dominate the Southern 500 in his series-best eighth victory of the season. The regular-season champion and top seed in the playoffs inherited the lead and win.
(DARLINGTON, SC - SEP 6, 2020 - RIS) Ben Rhodes and his crew gambled on not taking tires with a late race caution leading to an overtime finish, then had to overcome a challenge from Derek Kraus to earn his first Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race in almost 50 events, with his last victory at Kentucky Speedway in 2018. Rookie Derek Kraus, Austin Hill, Grand Enfinger and another rookie, Christian Eckes completed the top five finishers.
(DARLINGTON, SC - SEPT 5, 2020 - RIS) Brandon Jones inherited his third Xfinity Series victory of 2020 when Denny Hamlin and Ross Chastain battled to the end of the last twenty laps before a slide job send Hamlin into the outside wall as Chastain ran into the wall and Hamlin's rear bumper, handing the win to Jones with Chastain taking second and Hamlin falling back to fifth.
(MADISON, IL - AUG 30, 2020 - RIS) Sheldon Creed swept around Sam Mayer on a late restart to take his third 2020 victory and a bonus of $100,000 in the CarShield 200 Presented by CK Power at World Wide Technology Raceway.
DAYONA BEACH, FL - RIS - The final race of the NASCAR Cup season at Daytona International Speed was a wild affair, as expected. William Byron rallied to win the race in overtime and Jimmie Johnson's accident near the end kept him out of his final chance to win his eighth Cup championship. The win locks him in the playoffs.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL - AUG 28, 2020 - RIS) Justin Haley took advantage of a wreck between his two Kaulig Racing teammates to win his second career Xfinity race, taking the lead down the back straight on the last lap as AJ Allmendinger and Ross Chastain wrecked out of the lead.
DOVER, DE – RIS – Kevin Harvick won his seventh NASCAR Cup race of 2020 on Sunday at Dover International Speedway in runway fashion. Harvick set the pace for 223 of the 311 laps, pushing his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford Mustang to a 3.525-second margin of victory in Sunday’s Drydene 311. His third win at the 1-mile Delaware track was the 56th in his Cup Series career. The victory also marked Ford’s 700th in Cup Series competition.
(DOVER, DE - AUG 23, 2020 - RIS) Early on race day, Chase Briscoe texted his wife that he would win the second Xfinity race at Dover and he went on to dominate, leading 102 of the 200 laps on his way to the point leader's sixth victory of the season, followed across the line by Ross Chastain and Austin Cindric. "As soon as we took the green I knew that I was going to be really good," said Briscoe following the race. "The car was way better than what it was yesterday and was really what I was looking for."
(DOVER, DE - AUG 22, 2020 - RIS) Denny Hamlin scores sixth 2020 victory at Dover, leading a one-two-three sweep of the top three positions for Joe Gibbs Racing. The win is his 43rd career win and first ever at Dover.
(DOVER DE - AUG 22, 2020 - RIS) Justin Allgaier takes the opening race in the Drydene 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover. Allgaier's win comes after a twenty-race cold spell since his last victory. Austin Cindric notched his second race in second place in the last seven races, after winning the other five. Allgaier gave credit to the 'haters' on social media after his run-in with AJ Allmendinger in last week's race at Daytona's road course. "This is the power of social media. I got blasted all week last week and so I guess I need to thank AJ for giving me the drive and the determination and all the haters on social media because that's what's definitely given me some fire and we're firing at the right time," said Allgaier following the race.
(DOVER DE - AUG 21, 2020 - RIS) Zane Smith goes one for one in trucks at Dover. Rookie Zane Smith scored his second career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race, taking the victory at the 'Monster Mile'. Smith's first series win was at Michigan, two weeks earlier.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Chase Elliott proved he was certainly “King of the Road,” after winning for the third straight time on a road course in a NASCAR Cup Race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. After a late caution, he held off Denny Hamlin for the win. Elliott was dominant on the 3.61-mile course. With no practice and qualifying before the race, there were many questions by drivers, but Elliott showed the way, leading 34 of 65 laps.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL - AUG 16, 2020 - RIS) Sheldon Creed withstood a green-white-checker overtime restart challenge from fellow GMS Racing driver Brett Moffitt to win his second race of the season.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL - AUG 15, 2020 - RIS) Austin Cindric added another notch to his record in winning the fifth of his last six races, taking the checkered flag at the UNOH 188, the first NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the Daytona road course. The win marked Cindrics' fifth win in the last six series races, matching Sam Ard's 1983 record in the series. Cindric's win was not without drama as he was under pressure from Chase Briscoe who led most of, and won the second stage and led much of the final stage. "I'm not sure anyone was really happy with their race car," said Cindric after the race. "Unfortunately, I have a tough perspective of driving really fast high-grip race cars at this track, but great credit to my team -- the MoneyLion guys -- and everyone that puts this together -- Ford Performance, Roush Yates Engines, obviously everyone at Team Penske for workig hard. That's five wins on the year and back-to-back now. I'm really proud of that. I didn't feel like I drove my best today, but we executed there at the end where it counts and that's what makes these races so difficult to win."
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – (August 9, 2020) Kevin Harvick completed the sweep of Michigan International Speedway in the Consumers Energy NASCAR Cup race on Sunday. Harvick led 90 laps but had competition this time. Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski was going for leader and Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney, when Keselowski slipped and got into Blaney, destroying both cars. That left Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Trues, Jr. to battle for the win. Harvick passed Hamlin and the rest is history.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Kevin Harvick came, saw and conquered the competition in the first of two NASCAR Cup races at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Joey Logano led the first 18 laps from the pole, but it was all Harvick, all of the time after that. It was not easy. Even though he looked to have the best car, he had to do some work to make sure he won the race over a final sequence that was disrupted by numerous cautions. Harvick lost the lead to Chase Elliott on a restart with less than 20 scheduled laps to go and then to Kyle Busch on a restart with less than 10 scheduled laps to go. The race ended in overtime with a two-lap shootout.
(ELKHART LAKE, WI - AUG 8, 2020 - RIS) Austin Cindric showed the field his heels several times during the Henry 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the historic four-mile Road America road course, overcoming rain, lightning and challenges from other road course experts. The young Mustang pilot beat AJ Allmendinger to the checkered flag by 1.318 second after a restart with two laps left in the race. Chase Briscoe followed in third, with Kaz Grala fourth and sports car ace Andy Lally fifth. "This car was really fast on short runs," said Cindric after the race. "Those guys brought a great package and I tried to mind my Ps and Qs and put together two of my best laps to come home with the win.
"I am over the moon about it. This is the first place I ran an Xfinity race and I feel like every time I have come here we have had a shot to win. It feels great to do it and do it in front of fans and a home crowd from Menards."
(BROOKLYN, MI - AUG 7, 2020 - RIS) Zane Smith led his first green flag laps of the season tonight at Michigan International Speedway's Henry Ford Health System 200, but it was the most important lap of the event: the last one for the checkered flag. Multiple overtime restarts led to contact between leader Grant Enfinger and challenging Austin Hill with Smith taking the lead on the last lap.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Brad Keselowski won for the third time since NASCAR shut the series down in a Cup Race at New Hampshire’s one-mile track. The 2012 Cup champion took the checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, beating Hamlin by 1.647 seconds after trading the lead with him for most of the 301-lap race.
(KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 25, 2020 - RIS) Brandon Jones surprised the field with a seventh-to-first charge on a late race overtime restart to take his second race win at Kansas and his third career series win. Austin Cindric dominated the race, leading 131 laps of the 175 total. Leading only the last two laps, Jones said that the win was due to being "just in position there. I didn't think the bottom was going to roll like it did. The top was pretty dominant all day. Just kind of depended on how your balance was and it really fired off the best we have all day. It was a group effort there, it wasn't just me right there. It was an adjustment made and I think it really shows that we continue to make speed and keep our heads in the game."
(LEVEL CROSS, NC - July 25 - RIS)The Petty family announces with great sadness the loss of Maurice Petty, who died peacefully on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Maurice, a stock-car racing pioneer whose career supplied the horsepower that propelled Petty Enterprises to victories, passed away surrounded by family earlier this morning. He was 81-years old.
(KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 25, 2020 - RIS) Matt Crafton, defending NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series champion, returned to Victory Lane today after a three-year absence, winning the e.p.t. 200 race over rookie Christian Eckes.
(KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 24, 2020 - RIS) Austin Hill dominated the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, leading 65 of the 134 laps.
(KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 23, 2020 - RIS) Denny Hamlin put emphasis on his 2020 season, winning the Super Start Batteries 400 NASCAR Cup Series race, powering around Kevin Harvick for the fifth win this year for the No. 11 Toyota.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS - Austin Dillon stayed in front after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag at Texas, giving Richard Childress Racing a 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish and quite a show for spectators spread out in the stands on a sweltering Sunday. It was the third career win for Dillon, the last coming in 2018.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kyle Busch finished first in the Xfinity race early today, but in post-race inspection, his car was too low and he was disqualified, but he had another race to run Saturday night. The NASCAR Outdoors Series race was next on his schedule and he was up to the task, winning in a battle with his teammate over the final 10 laps. Upon being congratulated by an NBC commentator, Busch said, “Technically, I haven’t won yet, so put it over the sticks,” apparently meaning his KBM Toyota had not passed inspection yet.
Kyle Busch won the My Bariatric 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race with his 98th career series win - until the post-race inspection found his car in violation of the height rules, handing Austin Cindric his third-straight series win after the young driver swept last week's pair of races at Kentucky Speedway.
BRISTOL, TN - RIS - Chase Elliott won the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, which was hosting the event for the first time. It was just the second time in All-Star Race history that it was not at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1986).Elliott also took home the $1 million prize awaiting the victor.
Almirola, Byron win first two Open stages, DiBenedetto wins final stage and Clint Bowyer moved into the 2020 NASCAR All-Star by winning the fan vote.