NASCAR announces 2021 networks and start times headlined by historic Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway
NASCAR announced the 2021 race start times and television networks for all three of its major touring series today, which includes the two NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway, the historic Food City Dirt Race in March and the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Playoff thriller in September.
The much-anticipated Food City Dirt Race, the first NASCAR Cup Series race to be contested on a dirt surface in more than 50 years, will take the green flag at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 28, and will be televised live on FOX with live radio coverage on PRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, the first cut-off race in the Round of 16 in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, will be held under the lights with a green flag start set at 7:30 p.m. ET. The 500-lap race that will trim the Playoff field from 16 to 12 drivers will air on NBCSN, PRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
“We can’t wait to showcase the historic Food City Dirt Race to a nationwide audience on FOX on March 28,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway. “The interest level for this event is through the roof and we are certain the best race car drivers in the world will put on quite a show on the high banks of the World’s Fastest dirt Half-Mile.
“The remainder of our NASCAR races in 2021 will be contested under the lights, including the Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race on March 27. As usual we expect plenty of fireworks with Playoff implications on the line during all three races in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race weekend in September.”
Start times and television networks for the three Bristol support races in 2021 also were announced today. The Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race featuring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be held under the lights with an 8 p.m. ET start on Saturday night March 27, and will be broadcast live on FS1, MRN Radio and Sirius XM Radio.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series’ only visit to BMS in 2021 will be the Food City 300, held on Friday night, Sept. 17 with a 7:30 p.m. ET green flag. The race is the regular season finale for the Xfinity Series and will be broadcast live on NBCSN, PRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
The Camping World Trucks will return to BMS in the fall and will compete in a critical round of their Playoffs during the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics on Thursday night, Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. ET with television coverage provided by FS1 and radio coverage by MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
Founded in 1961, Bristol Motor Speedway is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2021 and has many exciting things planned during the year to reflect on the great moments that have made the multi-use sports and entertainment destination one of the very best for creating wow moments and cherished memories for fans. Home to epic NASCAR races and other major motorsports events, as well as NFL and college football games, a wide variety of music concerts and other captivating events, Bristol Motor Speedway has shined in the spotlight on many occasions throughout the past six decades.
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2021 BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY NASCAR START TIMES AND TELEVISION NETWORKS:
Food City Dirt Race, NASCAR Cup Series, Sunday, March 28, 3:30 p.m., FOX, PRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio
Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m., FS1, MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, NASCAR Cup Series, Saturday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, PRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio
Food City 300, NASCAR Xfinity Series, Friday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, PRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio
UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Thursday, Sept. 16, 9 p.m., FS1, MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio