@nascarcasm: Exciting, new destinations on 2021 schedule
By @nascarcasm | Friday, January 8, 2021
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In 2021, NASCAR will race at several new tracks in some very fun areas. In some cases, they’re brand new. In others, NASCAR is returning after a long hiatus, or a new series is joining one that already races there. Anyway, @nascarcasm figured you’d want to learn about these areas a little more!
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In late May, we’ll be hitting the thrilling 3.41-mile road course nestled on the outskirts of Austin, Texas – the town so exciting two of our drivers are named after it.
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You’ve probably already seen COTA’s signature viewing tower, which as you’d expect, provides an amazing view of the circuit. It stands 251 feet high, or to put it in more familiar terms, three Cindrics.
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Drivers will have to contend with a challenging 133-foot hill leading into Turn 1. If you’re not under power, you’re gonna slide back down that sucker like a weakly rolled Skee-Ball. Imagine this: Right at the start, you’re forced to deal with this giant uphill climb. What a perfect metaphor for January 2021.
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Austin is the capital of Texas and well known for its music, arts, culture and cuisine. It’s apparently an amazing city with something to offer for everyone. Rest assured, when NASCAR comes to town, driver Instagram feeds will be getting updates at an incredibly obnoxious frequency.
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The unofficial slogan of Austin, Texas is “Keep Austin Weird.” Well, one of our Austins likes to celebrate with a hearty ass tattoo, so hopefully that’s weird enough.
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We are back! We had so much fun at the NASCAR banquet in 2019 and the NASCAR banquet that should have been there in 2020 but had to be canceled, so we envisioned it in our heads that we’ll be firing the engines again in 2021!
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Nashville Superspeedway last hosted NASCAR events in 2011, way back when Carl Edwards was winning about 30 races per year, Ricky vs. Trevor was at full boil, and LMFAO’s music career seemed limitless. We’re very excited to be back.
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Nashville Superspeedway was also one of the first places a young Austin Dillon executed his signature head-first lumbar-spraining victory belly flop into the infield grass. TBH, we couldn’t tell if he was celebrating or jumping on a grenade. If he wins our first race back, he’ll be able to do it once again to see if the grass tastes different.
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Do we need to sell you on what a rootin’-tootin’ good time Nashville is? No, we don’t. Eighty percent of the people reading this had their bachelor or bachelorette party there. Broadway is the place to be – bars and honky-tonks as far as the eye can see, which if you spend too much time on Broadway, isn’t all that far.
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Nashville, of course, is synonymous with country music – it’s home to the world-famous Ryman Auditorium (Home of the Grand Ole Opry) and the Country Music Hall of Fame (which has yet to induct Bill Elliott for “Crazy Racin’ Man,” and that is downright criminal).
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The Xfinity Series has been traveling there for several years, but this year, the Cup Series will be joining it for a fun and fast Independence Day celebration!
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To most, Road America is a scenic 4-mile road course in a verdant part of Wisconsin. To all, it’s a place so majestic and magical Paul Menard once smiled there.
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With 14 turns and multiple elevation changes, racing at Road America is both technical and challenging. Many drivers have had very trying days there, such as this Xfinity Series rookie in 2018.
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Turn 12 at Road America is known as “Canada Corner.” It has this name because everyone who sits there is extremely polite. This is also the name for the corner office at Joe Gibbs Racing where Cole Pearn used to sit.
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The track is located halfway between Green Bay and Milwaukee, which means it has got to be like beer-and-bratwurst heaven. Beer and bratwurst together are a team on par with Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus in terms of greatness. Make this a scented candle and I’ll buy a dozen.