NASCAR and ARCA released the 2021 ARCA Menards Series East and West schedules on Friday (Dec. 18). The East Series consists of eight races while 9 nine races are on the West Series schedule.
Just eight races are on the 2021 ARCA East calendar, with only five being standalone events. The final three races of the 2021 campaign will be combined within National ARCA Menards Series events.
As a recent tradition, the East tour kicks off at the New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt. The race, scheduled for Feb. 8, is contested on Monday night from the half-mile in Florida. The next stop will once again be in Florida, running at the 5 Flags Speedway. Pensacola, FL., home of the Snowball Derby, will host the East tour for a second consecutive year on Feb. 27.
With both March and April off, the tour returns to the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, TN. The race, set for May 8, is the first East event held at the 0.596-circuit since 2008, however, the national ARCA Series has visited the speedway five times in the last six years.
The next week, the East tour joins the NASCAR Cup weekend at Dover International Speedway on May 15. After a month hiatus, the series heads to Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, North Carolina. The June 12 race is the first NASCAR-sanctioned race at the circuit since 2002, when David Reuitmann won the Southeast Series race there. The track currently hosts CARS Tour.
For the remaining three races, the races are held in conjunction with the national ARCA tour. Iowa Speedway (July 24), The Milwaukee Mile (Aug. 29) and Bristol Motor Speedway (Sep. 16) will conclude the East championship.
The West Series will begin and conclude at Phoenix Raceway next year. The season opening event will be a combination race at Phoenix on March 12 with the national ARCA Series.
Nearly a three month hiatus follows before returning to Sonoma Raceway, which is currently scheduled for June 5 during the NASCAR Cup weekend at the 2.52-mile road course.
Irwindale Speedway (July 3 and Aug. 21) returns to the calendar, as does Colorado National Speedway (July 31), the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Sept. 23), and All American Speedway (Oct. 9), which all return from 2020.
For the third straight year, Phoenix (Nov. 6) will conclude the season. Once again, it’ll be held during the NASCAR Championship weekend.
For the first time since 2012, Portland International Raceway in Portland, Oregon will return to the West tour calendar. The race on the 1.967-mile road course is slated to be held during the Portland Grand Prix weekend, hosted by the NTT IndyCar Series. With various feeder series already part of the weekend, ARCA has yet to place an official date for this race, but it is set for the Sep. 10-12 Grand Prix weekend.
2021 ARCA Menards Series East Schedule
Feb. 8 – New Smyrna Speedway; New Smyrna, FL.
Feb. 27 – 5 Flags Speedway; Pensacola, FL.
May 8 – Fairgrounds Speedway; Nashville, TN.
May 15 – Dover Int’l Speedway; Dover, DE.
June 12 – Southern National Motorsports Park; Kenly, N.C.
July 24* – Iowa Speedway; Newton, IA.
Aug. 29* – The Milwaukee Mile; Milwaukee, WI.
Sept. 16* – Bristol Motor Speedway; Bristol, TN.
2021 ARCA Menards Series West Schedule
Mar. 12* – Phoenix Raceway; Phoenix, AZ.
June 5 – Sonoma Raceway; Sonoma, CA.
July 3 – Irwindale Speedway; Irwindale, CA.
July 31 – Colorado National Speedway; Dacono, CO.
Aug. 21 – Irwindale Speedway; Irwindale, CA.
Sep. 10-11-12 – Portland Int’l Raceway; Portland, OR.
Sep. 23 – The Bullring at LVMS; Las Vegas, NV.
Oct. 9 – All American Speedway; Roseville, CA.
Nov. 6 – Phoenix Raceway; Phoenix, AZ.
NOTE: * – Combination race with national ARCA Menards Series. The PIR race is unconfirmed which date the race will run.