KNOXVILLE — The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is heading to the Sprint Car Capital of the World next year.
The Camping World Truck Series will becoming NASCAR's first national touring series to maneuver the half-mile dirt track in Knoxville.
The series will visit the track July 9, on the eve of the Corn Belt Clash, which will now be on July 10.
"With the help of NASCAR, Knoxville Raceway is ready to pen another chapter in the history that's been created at the most legendary dirt track in the world," said Knoxville Raceway's Race Director John McCoy. "We're honored by the faith NASCAR has placed in our facility and staff to raise the already high bar in delivering the best racing to our fans."
The announcement was made in conjunction with NASCAR's 2021 schedule announcement for the truck series, which includes 22 races. The truck series will also race in the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway, which will transform into a dirt track in March.
“The 2021 iteration of the schedule will build upon that intensity through a wide variety of long-tenured race tracks and new venues like Knoxville Raceway," said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR vice president of racing development. "The variety of disciplines will increase the demand on drivers and culminate with a truly battle-tested champion at Phoenix.”
The addition of the Knoxville Raceway means the truck series will return to Iowa in 2021, after all. NASCAR and IndyCar both had announced none of their national series would go to Iowa Speedway in Newton in 2021. Iowa Speedway had been hosting the NASCAR Xfinity Series and truck series, as well as the NTT IndyCar Series.
Iowa Speedway held only one national race in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a doubleheader IndyCar race.
When the Iowa Speedway, a seven-eights mile paved track, announced that national racing series would not visit it in 2021, it said "it’s hard to determine what will happen from a scheduling standpoint for 2022 and beyond."