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NASCAR Cup Series 2021 schedule and results – The Athletic

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Here is the schedule, plus start times, TV networks and key storylines for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

This week’s races:

Saturday, May 1 — Camping World Truck Series
Wise Power 200
Kansas Speedway
7:30 p.m. ET, FS1

Sunday, May 2 — Cup Series
Buschy McBusch Race 400
Kansas Speedway
3 p.m. ET, FS1, TSN5

Key storylines from the GEICO 500

The Top 5: Breaking down NASCAR’s Talladega Cup race and IndyCar at St. Pete

So many drivers seemed to have a shot at getting a win at Talladega Superspeedway, but only one came through and locked himself into the playoffs. On The Teardown, Jeff and Jordan talk about an airborne crash, the implications for drivers who failed to score a victory and what it meant for Brad Keselowski, who did.

Coming up:

Saturday, May 8
Steakhouse Elite 200
Darlington Raceway
1 p.m. ET, FS1, TSN TBD

Sunday, May 9
Goodyear 400
Darlington Raceway
3:30 p.m. ET, FS1, TSN TBD

 


Results

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, February 14

Daytona 500

Daytona International Speedway

Michael McDowell

Key storylines

The Top 5: Breaking down the Daytona 500

2021 Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell’s journey goes from the grind to glory

Noah Gragson, Beard Motorsports raced on, honoring late owner with Daytona 500 qualifying effort

Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski trigger ‘pandemonium’ on 2021 Daytona 500’s final lap

20 years later, still disbelief: Remembering the 2001 Daytona 500, and the loss of Dale Earnhardt

Michael McDowell’s fellow drivers revel in their friend’s Daytona 500 win

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, February 21

O’Reilly Auto Parts 253

Daytona road course

Christopher Bell

Key storylines

Bianchi: Ty Gibbs has a star-making performance in winning his Xfinity Series debut

‘I’m either going to put up or shut up’: Christopher Bell’s a quick winner with Joe Gibbs Racing

The Top 5: Breaking down the Daytona road course NASCAR weekend

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, Feb. 28

Dixie Vodka 400

Homestead-Miami Speedway

William Byron

Key storylines

The Top 5: Breaking down the NASCAR Homestead weekend

Fox Sports keeps NASCAR’s bench-racing pipeline open; Daniel Suarez, Tyler Reddick join the ‘Drivers Only’ broadcast

Noah Gragson is defiant after Homestead Xfinity crash with David Starr; critics are ‘fuel for the fire’

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, March 7

Pennzoil 400

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Kyle Larson

Key storylines

The Top 5: Breaking down the NASCAR Las Vegas weekend

Kevin Harvick hopes Las Vegas result was an anomaly; team’s ‘a challenger’ across racetracks

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, March 14

Instacart 500

Phoenix Raceway

Martin Truex Jr.

Key storylines

The Top 5: Breaking down the NASCAR Phoenix race

NASCAR’s future leader? Meet Ben Kennedy, former driver, current team owner and voice in the sport’s future

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, March 21

Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Ryan Blaney

Key storylines

‘We can’t do this’: How the 2020 NASCAR season came to a halt at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Ryan Blaney flips the script on Kyle Larson and Noah Gragson makes headlines again: NASCAR Atlanta observations

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Monday, March 29

Food City Dirt Race

Bristol Motor Speedway

Joey Logano

Key storylines

NASCAR Cup Series: The Bristol dirt race experiment brings great drama, but several hiccups

Bristol’s 2022 dirt race weekend: From dust control to start time, what might be in store for next year?

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Saturday, April 10

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

Martinsville Speedway

Martin Truex Jr.

Key storylines

Martin Truex Jr. continues short-track roll at Martinsville; Josh Berry makes Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s day

DATE RACE RACETRACK WINNER

Sunday, April 18

Toyota Owners 400

Richmond Raceway

Alex Bowman

Key storylines

The Top 5: Breaking down the NASCAR Richmond race, Jimmie Johnson’s IndyCar debut and F1’s Miami Grand Prix news

Power rankings: How Lewis Hamilton, Denny Hamlin and Scott Dixon stack up

Richmond moments: Dale Earnhardt vs. Darrell Waltrip and the 1986 NASCAR race that fed the legend of ‘The Intimidator’

Remaining regular-season schedule:

Sunday, May 16
Drydene 400
Dover International Speedway
2 p.m. ET, FS1

Sunday, May 23
EchoPark Texas Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas
2:30 p.m., ET FS1

Sunday, May 30
Coca-Cola 600
Charlotte Motor Speedway
6 p.m. ET, Fox

Sunday, June 6
Toyota / Save Mart 350
Sonoma Raceway
4 p.m. ET, FS1

Sunday, June 13
NASCAR All-Star Open
Texas Motor Speedway
6 p.m. ET, FS1

Sunday, June 20
Ally 400
Nashville Superspeedway
3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Saturday, June 26
NASCAR Cup Series Race at Pocono-1
Pocono Raceway
3 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Sunday, June 27
NASCAR Cup Series Race at Pocono-2
Pocono Raceway
3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Sunday, July 4
Road America 250
Road America
2:30 p.m. ET, NBC

Sunday, July 11
Quaker State 400
Atlanta Motor Speedway
3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Sunday, July 18
Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
3 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Sunday, August 8
Go Bowling at The Glen
Watkins Glen International
3 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Sunday, August 15
Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
1 p.m. ET, NBC

Sunday, August 22
FireKeepers Casino 400
Michigan International Speedway
3 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Saturday, August 28
Coke Zero Sugar 400
Daytona International Speedway
7 p.m. ET, NBC

Playoffs

Sunday, September 5
Cook Out Southern 500
Darlington Raceway
6 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Saturday, September 11
Federated Auto Parts 400
Richmond Raceway
7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Saturday, September 18
Bass Pro Shops Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway
7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, September 26
South Point 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
7 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Sunday, October 3
YellaWood 500
Talladega Superspeedway
2 p.m. ET, NBC

Sunday, October 10
Bank of America ROVAL 400
Charlotte Motor Speedway
2 p.m. ET, NBC

Sunday, October 17
Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500
Texas Motor Speedway
2 p.m., NBC

Sunday, October 24
Hollywood Casino 400
Kansas Speedway
3 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Sunday, October 31
Xfinity 500
Martinsville Raceway
2 p.m. ET, NBC

Sunday, November 7
NASCAR Cup Series Championship
Phoenix Raceway
3 p.m. ET, NBC

(Top photo: Brian Lawdermilk / Getty Images)

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