NASCAR’s 2021 Cup Schedule Achieves Balance with a Wealth of Significant Changes

NASCAR's 2021 Cup Schedule shows plenty of changes for next season in an announcement on Wednesday from NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell at Texas Motor Speedway.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 30: NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell speaks at a Texas Motor Speedway 2021 Schedule Release event at Texas Live! on September 30, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

NASCAR’s 2021 Cup Schedule shows plenty of changes for next season in an announcement on Wednesday from NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell at Texas Motor Speedway.

New tracks, road courses, and a dirt race—NASCAR fulfilled its mission of expanding its sphere of influence with the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, announced Wednesday afternoon. 

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Martinsville Power Ranking

The Martinsville Power Ranking is for both Atlanta and Martinsville NASCAR Cup Series races over the past week. Kevin Harvick continues his dominating season.
MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – JUNE 10: Chris Buescher, driver of the #17 Fastenal Ford, during the NASCAR Cup Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, 2020, in Martinsville, Virginia. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The Martinsville Power Ranking is for both Atlanta and Martinsville NASCAR Cup Series races over the past week. Kevin Harvick continues his dominating season.

Nineteen years ago, Kevin Harvick picked up his first career victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Present-day, not much has changed. Harvick picked up his second win of the season by dominating the field over the last hundred or so laps, leaving just ten cars on the lead lap by the end of the race. The race also brought a strong performance from Joe Gibbs Racing, with Kyle Busch finishing second, and Martin Truex Jr. finishing third with two stage wins. 

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Shorter NASCAR Race Benefits: a Commentary

The inspiration for writing about shorter NASCAR race benefits comes from a recent Hot Topics Sound Off discussion on Fan4Racing Radio (at 121:11).
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 08: Martin Truex Jr, driver of the #19 AOI Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 08, 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

The inspiration for writing about shorter NASCAR race benefits comes from a recent Hot Topics Sound Off discussion on Fan4Racing Radio (at 121:11). The following commentary is one point of view with other views shared on the radio show. The topic certainly makes for some interesting conversation. So, please share your thoughts by commenting below.

Now is the time to consider shorter races on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The idea may come across as sacrilege to some long-time NASCAR fans, but there is a strong case for shorter NASCAR race benefits. Shortening the races could give both new and long-term fans a better on-track product.

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Atlanta NASCAR Race Review with Martinsville Race Preview on Fan4Racing Radio

Atlanta NASCAR Race Review with Martinsville Race Preview and Hot Topics Sound Off is presented by host Sharon Burton and co-host Sal Sigala.

Atlanta NASCAR Race Review with Martinsville Race Preview is presented by host Sharon Burton and co-host Sal Sigala. Join us for the smartest race talk around as rev up NASCAR fans for the upcoming race day. Then stick around for NASCAR Hot Topics Sound Off with co-host Andy Laskey and our Fan4Racing crew!

The Agenda

This episode centers around Atlanta Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, and Gander & RV Outdoors Truck Series review. We’ll also preview the upcoming Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway along with a few updates from the ARCA Menards Series.

  • First, we provide a few updates from the ARCA Menards Series.
  • Then, we review the NASCAR Gander & RV Outdoors Truck and Xfinity Series at Atlanta
  • Next, we review the NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta
  • Then, we preview the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway
  • Next is Hot Topics Sound Off with our Fan4Racing Crew.

Fan4Racing Radio Chat Room

Check out our Chat Room feature where fans can chat with us throughout our LIVE broadcast here. As always…Thanks for listening!

Kevin Harvick’s Atlanta Victory Lifts him to Second 2020 Win

Kevin Harvick's Atlanta victory in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, lifts him to his second NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season.
HAMPTON, GEORGIA – JUNE 07: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light For The Farmers Ford, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 07, 2020 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Kevin Harvick’s Atlanta victory in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, lifts him to second NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season.

Coming off the race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee a week ago, the NASCAR Cup Series headed to Georgia’s Atlanta Motor Speedway for Sunday’s race. The 1.54-mile track is known for rough pavement and fast speeds. Similar to Auto Club Speedway, the pit window is cut down because tire wear shows up quickly.

The First Stage

Chase Elliott held the pole and was able to jump out to a nice lead. He led up to the competition caution on lap 25. All drivers came down pit road for servicing and Joey Logano won the race off pit road.

Logano jumped to the bottom on the restart, but it was Kevin Harvick who followed him and made an early pass for the lead. The field fell into a single file with Harvick at the point. He was the first to come to pit road for green-flag pit stops.

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