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Charlotte Motor Speedway to lose All-Star Race

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Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo: Ted Fleming | Speedway Tribune

A report has NASCAR shifting the All-Star Race from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Texas Motor Speedway

The 2021 NASCAR schedule is about to be released, and there could be some significant changes, according to The Athletic. Texas Motor Speedway is part of the three changes. The sanctioning body will shift the All-Star Race from Charlotte Motor Speedway to the Ft. Worth venue. It will also add a new track.

The NASCAR All-Star Race has been part of the Charlotte metro area since 1987 and the only reason the streak ended this year was the pandemic. Initially scheduled in May, the sanctioning body moved it to July 15. When the number of COVID 19 cases increased in North Carolina, Gov. Cooper kept large gathering prohibitions in place. NASCAR moved it to Bristol Motor Speedway because it wanted fans to see it live. Now, it will not return to CMS, possibly permanently.

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Circuit of the Americas. Photo: Worldwide Copyright © @ActionSports Photography, Inc.

Texas Motor Speedway is losing a date in 2021, so NASCAR made up for it by giving the track the popular exhibition. The date they lost will go to a new track, the Circuit of The Americas (COTA), which is just up the road from TMS in Austin. Officials had eyeballed the state-of-the-art 3.426-mile road course for some time, but there were challenges to make it happen.

TMS president Eddie Gossage was against NASCAR adding an event at COTA would oversaturate the market. As a compromise, it gets the All-Star Race, likely moved from its traditional May date to mid-summer, while COTA gets added to the schedule.

COTA has hosted numerous events from Formula 1, IndyCar, IMSA, World Endurance Championship, MotoGP, and Australia Supercars. The growing popularity of road courses in the Premier Series probably prompted NASCAR to work out a compromise with TMS to get COTA.

The other change to 2021 will be the addition of Nashville Superspeedway. In August, it named former XFL executive Erik Moses as its president, the first black man to hold that title at any NASCAR track.

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