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.