2021 team announcements and schedules

Chase Elliott has announced that he will be making his debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.  Elliott will be driving for Action Express Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener.  Elliott will be teamed with Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani, and Mike Conway in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R for the 24-hour race Jan. 30-31.

“The Rolex 24 is such a major event, and it’s a race that anybody across any type of motorsports really respects,” Elliott said. “I think everyone wants to win a watch before their career is over. It’s something different and a completely different element of racing that I haven’t really tried before.”

Former teammate and 7-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson will be in a second Cadillac with Simon Pagenaud, Kamui Kobayashi, and Mike Rockenfeller.

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Earnhardt returns full-time with JDM

Jeffrey Earnhardt will run the full 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season for JD Motorsports (JDM) the team’s No. 0 Chevrolet.  The 31-year-old grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt competed in 29 races in 2020 with one 11th place finish and four additional finishes inside the top-15.

“We got a late start (on 2020) and the plan was to run six to twelve races, but something good was happening, and by Bristol, you could sense the momentum we were having,” Earnhardt said.  “I’m really excited to return to the No. 0 and look forward to working with (team owner) Johnny (Davis) to give the fans a ‘blue-collar’ team to cheer for.”

Clark Named 2020 Buddy Shuman Award Winner

Retired Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark has been named the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Buddy Shuman Award from NASCAR.

“I’m so humbled to receive this award,” said Clark. “Never in my wildest dreams growing up in southern Virginia did I think I’d be so honored to join such a prestigious group of racing legends as a winner of the Buddy Shuman Award.”

The award recognizes individuals and organizations whose efforts and contributions helped advance the sport of stock-car racing. It is named for pioneering driver Louis Grier “Buddy” Shuman, who perished in a hotel fire in 1955.


The schedule for the 2021 ARCA Menards Series West has been set and will feature nine races on tracks ranging from a quarter-mile at All-American Speedway to the one-mile Phoenix Raceway oval and a pair of road course races.

Date                     Track                                                                 Location

Fri., 3-12              Phoenix Raceway*                                        Avondale, AZ

Sat., 6-5               Sonoma Raceway                                          Sonoma, CA

Sat., 7-3               Irwindale Speedway                                      Irwindale, CA

Sat., 7-31             Colorado National Speedway                      Dacono, CO

Sat., 8-21             Irwindale Speedway                                      Irwindale, CA

Sat., 9-11 #         Portland International Raceway                Portland, OR

Thurs., 9-23        The Bullring at LVMS                                     Las Vegas, NV

Sat., 10-9            All-American Speedway                                Roseville, CA

Sat., 11-6             Phoenix Raceway                                           Avondale, AZ

The schedule for the 2021 ARCA Menards Series East will feature eight races including three combination races with the ARCA Menards Series. Those races will pay championship points for both series.

Date                     Track                                                                 Location

Mon., 2-8            New Smyrna Speedway                                New Smyrna Beach, FL

Sat., 2-27             Five Flags Speedway                                      Pensacola, FL

Sat., 5-8               Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway               Nashville, TN

Fri., 5-14              Dover International Speedway                   Dover, DE

Sat., 6-12             Southern National Speedway                     Kenly, NC

Sat., 7-24             Iowa Speedway*                                            Newton, IA

Sun., 8-29            The Milwaukee Mile*                                   West Allis, WI

Thurs., 9-16        Bristol Motor Speedway*                            Bristol, TN

*Combination race with ARCA Menards Series

#Flex Schedule, final date to be announced

All dates are tentative and subject to change.

All of the races will be streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and televised on a delayed basis on NBCSN.

Iest to Run Six ARCA East Races for DGR-Crosley

17-year-old stock car driver Joey Iest of Madera, California will join DGR-Crosley’s driver development program competing in six ARCA Menards Series East races in 2021.

“To be able to drive for a team that has accomplished so much in the sport and offers me the chance to move up from ARCA to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series when I am ready for that next step is incredible,” Iest said.

Iest’s car number, crew chief, and race schedule will be announced at a later date. For more information about him, you can visit his website at

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