Rumor: NASCAR Expected To Release ’21 Schedule Tomorrow, axe two races

NASCAR is planning to release its entire ’21 schedule tomorrow, and it is expected to be a massive shakeup from this season. The sanctioning body had been considering just releasing the first dozen or so races of next season in recent weeks, but the announcement got delayed several times. The only new track that has already been announced as being on the schedule is Nashville Superspeedway, while THE DAILY previously reported that Road America in Wisconsin was in talks to get a Cup race and The Athletic reported last week that Circuit of The Americas was expected to get a race. Reasons for the delayed announcement included talks over the Bristol dirt race and talks over the number of one-day shows that will be held next year.

Chicagoland Speedway (above) and Kentucky Speedway will not be on the 2021 Cup schedule, both tracks announced Tuesday.

Chicagoland Speedway posted a statement on its website Tuesday announcing it will not host any NASCAR races next year.

“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,” stated a note from Scott Paddock, track president, on the speedway’s website.

“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. “

Mark Simendinger, general manager of Kentucky Speedway, stated on the track’s website: “As the new NASCAR 2021 schedule has come to light, we are disappointed to share that Kentucky Speedway will not be hosting you in the Bluegrass State in 2021. … As we evolve our property into a multi-use facility, we will continue to keep you updated about our future plans.”