2021 NASCAR Cup Series – Drivers Benefitting
Ross Chastain and Kurt Bush of CGR also stand to profit from the road course expansion in 2021. Bush has long been known for being one the most effective road track drivers in NASCAR. He ranked as the fifth-most efficient NASCAR road course passer. Who’s first on that list? It is Chastain. However, it’s tough to project exactly how Chastain will do, as last season he was driving for one of the lower-ranked teams. This move up in the pack leaves questions as to how he will perform.
Finally, SHR’s Chase Briscoe, an experienced dirt-track driver and a rookie who’s competed in the Trans-Am and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, moves up from the Xfinity Series to the Cup Series. He’s raced in more than 10 road events and snagged first-place last season on the Indianapolis road course. His promotion to the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series makes Briscoe a dark horse, but he is a dark horse who could certainly use his prior experience to become a frontrunner.
Drivers Hampered by NASCAR Cup Road Schedule
For the Childress team, the elimination of the NASCAR Cup Texas race will hurt, as last year, team members Austin Dillion and Kevin Harvick finished first and second respectively. Plus, since 2018, this team has recorded an under-impressive road course record with just one top-ten finish.
Finally, we expect Christopher Bell to struggle this season. He secured some road course victories last year in the Xfinity Series. But this year, moving up to the Cup Series and joining Joe Gibbs Racing will be a mighty jump. Especially for a driver who in 2020 recorded the fourth-worst NASCAR road course efficiency rating for passing.
2021 NASCAR Cup Series – Final Word on the Road
Certainly, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series offers big challenges for oval drivers who must take on seven road courses. The routes are not only tough to master, but passing becomes especially complicated. There are certainly specific teams and drivers that will benefit from the four added road races, while others will be challenged. That fact should make for an extra interesting 2021 Cup Series.