NASCAR will race at Knoxville Raceway in 2021
One of two dirt races on the 2021 Camping World Truck Series Schedule
NASCAR announced the 2021 Camping World Truck Series schedule Thursday. Among the highlights: the dirt race at Eldora will be replaced with a dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway and add a dirt race at Knoxville Raceway.
The series will kick off at Daytona on Friday February 12. After stops at Homestead-Miami, Las Vegas and Atlanta the trucks will hit the dirt at Bristol in March.
In all there will be 16 national series tripleheader weekends in 2021, including at Circuit of the Americas (May 22) and Nashville Superspeedway (June 18). In addition, the Camping World Truck Series will return to Watkins Glen International for the first time since 2000 on Aug. 7.
The series will also share the stage with the NASCAR Cup Series on June 26 at Pocono Raceway, as all three national series take part in the NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader weekend.
On July 9, the trucks will roll into Knoxville Raceway to race on one of the most storied tracks in the country. Located in Knoxville, Iowa, Knoxville Raceway hosted its first race in 1901 but is best known for a long history of Sprint Car racing. It will mark the first time a NASCAR national series has competed at Knoxville.
“The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series provides some of the most intense and entertaining competition in all of racing,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR vice president of racing development. “The 2021 iteration of the schedule will build upon that intensity through a wide variety of long-tenured racetracks and new venues like Knoxville Raceway. The variety of disciplines will increase the demand on drivers and culminate with a truly battle-tested champion at Phoenix.”
As was originally scheduled in 2020 prior to the pandemic, World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway will return to host the start of the playoffs (August 20). Two short tracks will determine which drivers continue their playoffs run, as Bristol Motor Speedway (Sept. 16) trims the field to eight and Martinsville Speedway (Oct. 30) decides which four drivers will race for a championship at Phoenix Raceway (Nov. 5).
Broadcast times and networks for all three national series will be announced at a later date.
Friday, February 12 Daytona International Speedway
Friday, February 19 Homestead-Miami Speedway
Friday, March 5 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Saturday, March 20 Atlanta Motor Speedway
Saturday, March 27 Bristol Dirt
Saturday, April 17 Richmond Raceway
Saturday, May 1 Kansas Speedway
Friday, May 7 Darlington Raceway
Saturday, May 22 Circuit of the Americas
Friday, May 28 Charlotte Motor Speedway
Saturday, June 12 Texas Motor Speedway
Friday, June 18 Nashville Superspeedway
Saturday, June 26 Pocono Raceway
Friday, July 9 Knoxville Raceway
Saturday, August 7 Watkins Glen International
Friday, August 20 World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
Sunday, September 5 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Thursday, September 16 Bristol Motor Speedway
Friday, September 24 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Saturday, October 2 Talladega Superspeedway
Saturday, October 30 Martinsville Speedway
Friday, November 5 Phoenix Raceway