Circuit of the Americas performs host to a NASCAR tripleheader weekend, culminating in Sunday’s working of the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix by the NASCAR Cup Sequence on Sunday. The 20-turn highway course in Austin, Texas, is new to all three of NASCAR’s nationwide sequence, so observe and qualifying periods are on the weekend schedule. Even so, 5 Cup Sequence drivers are among the many 39 entrants for Saturday’s Xfinity Sequence race. Cup drivers aren’t allowed to contest the Truck Sequence race at COTA, additionally scheduled for Saturday, as that race is a part of the Triple Truck Problem.
Kevin Harvick is slated to drive a #5 Ford for B.J. McLeod Racing. The race can be Harvick’s first within the Xfinity Sequence since 2018 however the first of three he has scheduled for 2021. He additionally plans to run Xfinity Sequence road-course races at Highway America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway highway course, each of which are also new to the yearly Cup Sequence schedule this 12 months.
“I inform all the drivers we signify at KHI Administration that nothing beats seat time, and that goes for me as nicely,” Harvick stated. “I can study and have some enjoyable, all on the similar time. Highway-course racing and dirt-track racing is a problem, and I’m at all times up for a problem.”
One other former Cup Sequence champion, Kyle Busch, additionally has Saturday’s Xfinity Sequence race on his weekend docket. Like Harvick, the race can be Busch’s first Xfinity Sequence race of the season. The all-time winningest Xfinity Sequence driver, although, is planning to make 5 Xfinity begins this 12 months, probably the most allowed for a Cup Sequence common. He additionally plans to contest Xfinity Sequence races at Texas Motor Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, Highway America and Atlanta Motor Speedway by the tip of July, all from behind the wheel of the #54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota..
One in every of Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammates, Cole Custer, is also on the Xfinity entry checklist for the COTA weekend. He’ll be behind the wheel of the #17 SS Greenlight Racing Ford. The race can be Custer’s first Xfinity Sequence race since 2019, his third full-time season within the sequence.
In the meantime, Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick additionally plan to contest Saturday’s Xfinity Sequence race — Dillon within the #77 Bassett Racing Chevrolet and Reddick within the #31 Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet. The race can be Dillon’s first since 2019 however Reddick’s third of the 12 months. Reddick, by the way in which, claimed back-to-back Xfinity Sequence titles as not too long ago as 2018 and 2019.
“I respect everybody on the Bommarito Automotive Group, Chevrolet and Jordan Anderson Racing for placing this chance collectively,” Reddick stated. “I’m hopeful that we can have an amazing run within the Pit Boss 250 at COTA and constructed some strong momentum shifting ahead. Between the pairing of the Richard Childress Racing chassis and ECR motors they’ve, will probably be nice to get again behind the wheel of a well-recognized race automobile within the Xfinity Sequence.”
Qualifying and racing for the Xfinity Sequence at Circuit of the Americas are each scheduled for Saturday, with qualifying scheduled for 10:05 a.m. CT and the race at 3 p.m.