DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR officials have announced the schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which includes the series’ debut at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway.
The Truck Series will roll into Knoxville Raceway for the first time on Friday, July 9. Located in Knoxville, Iowa, Knoxville Raceway hosted its first race in 1901, but is best known for a long, rich history of sprint car racing. When the Camping World Truck Series hits the dirt surface in the Hawkeye State, it will mark the first time a NASCAR national series has competed at Knoxville.
“With the help of NASCAR, Knoxville Raceway is ready to pen another chapter in the history that’s been created at the most legendary dirt track in the world,” said Knoxville Raceway’s Race Director John McCoy. “We’re honored by the faith NASCAR has placed in our facility and staff to raise the already high bar in delivering the best racing to our fans. We’re proud to join NASCAR in bringing Knoxville Raceway to a national television audience and to showcase what sprint car fans have known for generations. There’s no where like Knoxville.”
The race at Knoxville will be one of two dirt events for the series. The Truck Series will also be a part of the dirt event at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 27, joining the NASCAR Cup Series for the track’s return to dirt. The race at Bristol will be known as the Pinty’s Dirt Race.
“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 race tracks 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.”
The Camping World Truck Series will kick off 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 fan-favorite Watkins Glen Int’l for the first time since 2000 on Aug. 7.
The series will also share the stage with the NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday, June 26 in Pocono as all three national series take part in the NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader weekend.
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 (Aug. 20). Two historic 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.
2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule
Feb. 12 – Daytona Int’l Speedway – Daytona Beach, Fla.
Feb. 19 – Homestead-Miami Speedway – Homestead, Fla.
March 5 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, Nev.
March 20 – Atlanta Motor Speedway – Hampton, Ga.
March 27 – Bristol Motor Speedway (Dirt) – Bristol, Tenn.
April 17 – Richmond Raceway – Richmond, Va.
May 1 – Kansas Speedway – Kansas City, Kan.
May 7 – Darlington Raceway – Darlington, S.C.
May 22 – Circuit of the Americas – Austin, Texas
May 28 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, N.C.
June 12 – Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth, Texas
June 18 – Nashville Superspeedway – Lebanon, Tenn.
June 26 – Pocono Raceway – Long Pond, Pa.
July 9 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, Iowa
Aug. 7 – Watkins Glen Int’l – Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Aug. 20 – World Wide Technology Raceway – Madison, Ill.
Sept. 5 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – Bowmanville, Ontario
Sept. 16 – Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tenn.
Sept. 24 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, Nev.
Oct. 2 – Talladega Superspeedway – Talladega, Ala.
Oct. 30 – Martinsville Speedway – Martinsville, Va.
Nov. 5 – Phoenix Raceway – Avondale, Ariz.