NASCAR: Here’s Why There’s No Race This Weekend

by Quentin Blount

After coming off of an exciting NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, there is no race action on the schedule this weekend.

NASCAR fans may be thirsty for more action after coming off of the first dirt race in more than five decades. But with Easter set to take place this Sunday, April 4, we are going to have to wait. This weekend will be one of the very few off weekends for America’s most popular racing series. Now, we will have to wait until April 10 before watching our favorite drivers.

It should not come as that big of a surprise, however. NASCAR has consistently not raced during Easter weekend. In its 71-year history, the organization has only planned races over the holiday weekend on just 11 occasions. And keeping with the dirt-race theme, the first-ever Easter Cup Series race took place back in 1953. Dick Passwater won that event at Charlotte Speedway. Meanwhile, the last Easter race came in 1989 when Rusty Wallace took home a victory at Richmond Raceway.

Thanks to the break, NASCAR series drivers will be able to spend time with their families over the holiday. And that includes drivers from all three series — Trucks, Xfinity, and Cup. There is no action scheduled for any of the three series. Similarly, Formula 1 drivers will also have the weekend off.

NASCAR Gets Back to Action Next Week

After the break, NASCAR drivers will officially get back to business starting next week. That will begin on Friday night with the Xfinity race at Martinsville Speedway.

And then on Saturday, the Cup Series will be back in action on Saturday, April 10 at the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville. That race is set to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Given how the first seven races have turned out — there have been seven different winners — it should be interesting.

And as for Formula 1, action will start back up on Sunday, April 18 with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari. That race will be broadcast beginning at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.

Moreover, racing fans can also get excited about the 2021 IndyCar season. The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst is set to begin on Sunday, April 18 at Barber Motorsports Park. You can catch that live on NBC starting at 3 p.m. ET.

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