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NASCAR confirms limited practice and qualifying for Cup in 2021

NASCAR competition officials have confirmed eight Cup Series races will be conducted with practice and qualifying in 2021.

A majority of NASCAR national series races last season were held without any on-track sessions after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March, a measure taken to streamline events and limit the disease’s spread. Officials identified eight Cup Series events for the upcoming season – a mix of high-profile races and events at new venues – for practice and qualifying to be held:

- Feb. 14: Daytona 500
- March 28: Bristol Motor Speedway dirt
- May 23: Circuit of the Americas
- May 30: Coca-Cola 600, Charlotte Motor Speedway
- June 20: Nashville Superspeedway
- July 4: Road America
- Aug. 15: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
- Nov. 7: Phoenix Raceway

Plans to potentially include practice and/or qualifying at NASCAR Xfinity Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events will be determined at a later date, officials indicated.