NASCAR announced the 2021 Xfinity schedule Friday and winners include the Circuit of the Americas and Nashville Speedway, while Iowa Speedway loses out.
The Xfinity Series will join the Cup Series for 32 of its 33 weekends, including running for the first time at Circuit of the Americas (May 22) and for the first time since 2011 at Nashville Superspeedway (June 19). The series will return to Mid-Ohio on June 5 for the only event at a venue apart from the Cup Series.
NASCAR began racing at the .875-mile speedway with the K&N Pro Series West in 2007, and the Truck and Xfinity series in 2009. In a statement the track, which still holds IndyCar races, said it was not expecting to be on the NASCAR Truck schedule when it is announced in the coming weeks.
The Xfinity Series will make its lone Sunday appearance in Pocono on June 27 as part of a NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader weekend in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
After a pair of off weekends in late July as the rescheduled Olympics takes place, the series returns for back-to-back road course racing in Watkins Glen (August 7) and on the Indianapolis Road Course (August 14). Those events will kick off 14 consecutive weekends of racing, including seven straight Playoff races culminating with the crowning of an Xfinity Series champion in Phoenix (November 6).
Bristol Motor Speedway will again host the regular-season finale (September 17), while Las Vegas Motor Speedway will open the Playoffs (September 25). The Charlotte ROVAL (October 9) and Martinsville Speedway (October 30) will once again serve as the cutoff races, trimming the Playoffs field to eight and four, respectively.
2021 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE
|Date||Race / Track|
|Saturday, February 13||Daytona|
|Saturday, February 20||Homestead-Miami|
|Saturday, February 27||Auto Club|
|Saturday, March 6||Las Vegas|
|Saturday, March 13||Phoenix|
|Saturday, March 20||Atlanta|
|Friday, April 9||Martinsville|
|Saturday, April 24||Talladega|
|Saturday, May 8||Darlington|
|Saturday, May 15||Dover|
|Saturday, May 22||COTA|
|Saturday, May 29||Charlotte|
|Saturday, June 5||Mid-Ohio|
|Saturday, June 12||Texas|
|Saturday, June 19||Nashville Superspeedway|
|Sunday, June 27||Pocono|
|Saturday, July 3||Road America|
|Saturday, July 10||Atlanta|
|Saturday, July 17||New Hampshire|
|Saturday, August 7||Watkins Glen|
|Saturday, August 14||Indianapolis Road Course|
|Saturday, August 21||Michigan|
|Friday, August 27||Daytona|
|Saturday, September 4||Darlington|
|Saturday, September 11||Richmond|
|Friday, September 17||Bristol|
|Saturday, September 25||Las Vegas|
|Saturday, October 2||Talladega|
|Saturday, October 9||Charlotte Roval|
|Saturday, October 16||Texas|
|Saturday, October 23||Kansas|
|Saturday, October 30||Martinsville|
|Saturday, November 6||Phoenix|