NASCAR Makes Announcement About Stage Lengths for 2021 Season

by Joe Rutland

NASCAR on Monday announced stage lengths for its NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.

The 2021 races get divided up into three stages. In the first two stages, drivers who finish first get 10 points while those who finish second get nine points, and on down to 10th place who gets one point. The final stage will produce race results and decide points across the NASCAR race’s field.

In fact, NASCAR announced the news about their stage lengths on Twitter.

NASCAR Cup Series action begins on Feb. 14 with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. For that race, Stage 1 will cover 65 laps, Stage 2 will cover 130, and the Final Stage will cover 200 laps. Each track’s stage lengths will vary from one place to another.

In the Cup Series, stage lengths remain to be set for the Circuit of the Americas and Texas Motor Speedway (All-Star Race).

All NASCAR Cup Series playoff races, from Darlington Raceway through Phoenix Raceway, have had their stage lengths set for the 2021 season.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Kicks Off Season At Daytona

The NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Daytona International Speedway with stage lengths set at 30 laps for Stage 1, 60 laps for Stage 2, and 120 laps for the Final Stage. Stage lengths have been set for all raceways except for the Circuit of the Americas.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series also starts at Daytona. Stage 1 laps will be set at 20, Stage 2 laps are at 40, and the Final Stage laps will be at 100.

Results from the stages and race finishes will decide who takes home the coveted championship titles in each series.

In 2020, Chase Elliott captured the Cup Series crown. Austin Cindric won the Xfinity Series title in 2020, and Sheldon Creed took home the Camping World Truck Series crown.

Hendrick Motorsports Lends Hand To GM Army Vehicles

Meanwhile, longtime NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports is lending a hand to help General Motors build its Infantry Squad Vehicle.

GM designers are working on creating the vehicle. They want it to fit inside a Chinook helicopter while also being sling-loaded from a Blackhawk helicopter.

In order to pick up the pace, GM moved its factory that is focusing on the Army vehicles to Concord, N.C., near Hendrick Motorsports. Hendrick does focus on race cars, but it’s also a military supplier.

Company owner Rick Hendrick and his team will be getting these vehicles to the Army this April.