Proposing Cups within the Cup
By Steve Luvender | Friday, February 19, 2021
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The NASCAR Cup Series is a test of skill and endurance. It’s 36 races of high-speed action, twists and turns and also more drama than mere mortals can handle. That’s why Steve Luvender is proposing a few smaller, bite-size chunks of different races on the schedule. Like, what if somebody’s the best at racing at tracks that are named “raceways?” Maybe a driver performs abnormally well on Saturdays or at tracks beginning with the letter “C” — let’s break the season into championships within the championships. Here are some ideas.
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The Road-Course Cup, predictably, includes all the road courses on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit. It’s for those who are exceptionally skilled at turning both left and right.
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The Florida Cup consists the four races taking place in the Sunshine State. Only the true Florida Man can get the job done.
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The NASCAR Cup Series visits five new track layouts in 2021. Win ‘em all and you’ve conquered the New-Track Cup.
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Like letters? The ABC Cup consists of the seven races where the track name begins with one of the first three letters of the alphabet.
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Five races are scheduled for Saturdays in 2021. The true weekend warrior will win the Saturday Cup.
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No, we’re not getting desperate. The Double-Letter Cup consists of track names with repeating letters — think Martinsville Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
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The Solo-Trip Cup consists of the track layouts where we’ll only make one trip in 2021.
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If the track is called a Raceway — not a Speedway, a Circuit, a Superspeedway or something else — it’s part of the exclusive Raceway Cup. These are some tricky tracks (and not just because of the Pocono Raceway doubleheader).
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The NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series all race at the same tracks 15 times in 2021, making weekend sweeps the most likely (especially if your name is Kyle Busch). The Weekend-Sweep Cup includes these 15 race weekends.
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Finally, we’ve got the Symmetry Cup. When a non-NASCAR fan is asked to draw a NASCAR track layout, they might draw a simple, symmetrical oval. Well, it turns out only five tracks on the circuit take place at such ovals — and each of them race quite differently. Only the most well-rounded drivers can conquer the Symmetry Cup.