Auto Club replaced with Daytona Road Course, More Schedule Changes and Details Released

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More details about NASCAR’s 2021 Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series schedules have been released including start times, TV and radio airing information and an adjustment to the schedule that will keep NASCAR in Florida throughout the entire month of February.

The changes began on Tuesday when NASCAR revealed that the Feb. 27-28 weekend at Auto Club Speedway will no longer take place at the 2-mile D-shaped oval in southern California due to local COVID-19 restrictions.

In place of Auto Club, all three NASCAR national divisions will race on the Daytona International Speedway road course Feb. 19-21, the weekend following the Daytona 500 on the high-banked 2.5-mile tri-oval Daytona layout.

Homestead-Miami Speedway, which was supposed to host a NASCAR weekend Feb. 19-21, will now host the Feb. 27-28 weekend that Auto Club Speedway was planned to host. The Camping World Truck Series will not race at Homestead-Miami Speedway as originally scheduled to accommodate racing at the Daytona road course while maintaining a 22-race schedule.

NASCAR followed the track-switch announcement by revealing the tentative start times for each race and the broadcasting partners who would cover each race for TV and radio. More information can be found here.

Two more announcements followed on Friday, pertaining to Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and Darlington Raceway.

NASCAR has elected to use the 20-turn, 3.427-mile grand prix layout of COTA for the inaugural event, the same layout Formula 1 runs during their United States Grand Prix.

The final announcement of a crazy week full of them came from Darlington Raceway when they announced that throwback-themed weekend would be held May 7-9, the date that Darlington picked up in 2021. 

Darlington’s Southern 500, which runs on Labor Day weekend, has been NASCAR’s throwback-themed weekend since the tradition began in 2015, but with the Southern 500 becoming a playoff race in 2020, it was decided that the emphasis on the Southern 500 should only be the playoff implications it has.

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