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NASCAR returning to Road America

The Brillion News

ELKHART LAKE - Road America announced [on Wednesday, September 30] that the NASCAR Cup Series will run at America’s National Park of Speed on the Fourth of July in 2021.

Start times and broadcast details are still being determined and will be announced at a later date.

“Since we welcomed the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2010, our fans have been asking for the NASCAR Cup Series, and we are very proud to make it happen on the Fourth of July,” said Road America’s President and General Manager, Mike Kertscher. “The weekend is going to be memorable and exciting for everyone as we celebrate Independence Day at America’s National Park of Speed. We encourage new and returning fans to get their tickets and campsites early because we intend to host four full days of on-track action. Our entire staff is excited to welcome the teams, drivers, and new visitors to show them that Road America is the ideal facility to come for the experience and stay for the race.”

Few NASCAR fans are old enough to remember the first time NASCAR racing came to Wisconsin in 1956.

At the urging of Carl Kiekhaefer of Fond du Lac, the Grand National Division (now NASCAR Cup) ran the 37th event of 56 that counted towards the championship battle.

Many of the 26 drivers who raced that day are legends from the early days of NASCAR racing – Lee Petty, Junior Johnson, Buck Baker, and Fireball Roberts. Tim Flock took the checkered flag, in the rain, driving a Mercury, at a top speed of 71.4 mph.

In 2021, fans will have the opportunity to watch NASCAR’s future stars such as Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Chase Elliott, and Erik Jones battle it out with superstars such as Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., and Joey Logano on the storied four-mile, 14-turn road course. Road America has a legendary history of featuring brilliant racers on a challenging circuit that easily separates the good from the great drivers.  

Information can be found at or by calling 800-365-7223.

The racing will run rain or shine.


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