Kentucky and Chicagoland Speedways Will Not Host 2021 NASCAR Cup Events
The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule is expected to be released in full on Wednesday, but it will not include any races at Kentucky Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway.
Chicagoland Speedway track president Scott Paddock posted the following statement to its website late on Tuesday night:
“The move away from NASCAR racing at Chicagoland Speedway is one of many changes reflected in the 2021 schedule, and by no means a reflection of the support our fans have demonstrated. Rather, it is a desire and an important step for the industry to incorporate new markets and new courses into the schedule, and expand the variety of competition. … As far as NASCAR racing at the Chicagoland Speedway, it’s difficult at this time to speculate on what 2022 might bring. We will continue to work with NASCAR on potential future opportunities beyond 2021 and will keep you updated.”
Meanwhile, Kentucky Speedway is expected to lose its only date in exchange for a second date at Atlanta Motor Speedway — a property Speedway Motorsports Inc. is hoping to redevelop with a shopping complex and casino alongside the historic intermediate racing facility.
Chicagoland Speedway hosted the Cup Series from 2001-19. It was on the originally published 2020 schedule but was moved to Darlington Raceway due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alex Bowman won the 2019 race.
Kentucky Speedway hosted the Cup Series from 2011-20. Cole Custer won there in July.
The major new additions to the schedule are already known to be Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas and Nashville Superspeedway in Tennessee. Road America is expected to gain a date. The spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway is expected to be contested on dirt.
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