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NASCAR Fans Have Mixed Reactions to Upcoming Change in Bristol Spring Race

by Josh Lanier
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NASCAR will compete on a dirt track for the first time in more than 50 years next spring, The Sporting News reported.

NASCAR released its schedule for next year on Wednesday. It featured a number of big changes. Though the most notable was the dirt track race at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 28.

“Bristol Motor Speedway has hosted many historic events over the years and we will be adding to that resume,” Jerry Caldwell, general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, told Sporting News. “We can’t wait to see how the stars of NASCAR take to the dirt.”

Drivers interviewed said they were also excited about adding a dirt race to the schedule.

“I’m super pumped,” driver Austin Dillon said. “… I’m hoping it becomes a staple.”

In addition to the dirt race, NASCAR added three road course events to the 2021 schedule, NBC reported. Those new races are:

  • May 23 at Circuit of the Americas
  • July 4 at Road America
  • Aug. 15 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course

The other points races on road courses in 2021 will be at Sonoma, Watkins Glen, and the Charlotte Roval.

The schedule shake up seemed to make some drivers happy.

However, fans were split over one of the changes.