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Is there a NASCAR race today? Date, start time, TV schedule for next race after 2021 Easter break

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Is there a NASCAR race today? Date, start time, TV schedule for next race after 2021 Easter break

For those asking “Is there a NASCAR race today,” the answer is that NASCAR is taking a one-week break that coincides with the Easter holiday.  

NASCAR’s top national series is off the track for the first weekend of April 2021. This is the first dark week of the season after seven consecutive weekends of racing beginning in mid-February with the Daytona 500. 

Fans can use the time off to gear up for a longer stretch of uninterrupted racing that will extend into the middle of summer.  

Here’s what you need to know about NASCAR this weekend and when the next race will be:

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Is there a NASCAR race today?

No, there is not a NASCAR race today, nor was there one earlier in the weekend. All three national series (Cup, Xfinity and Truck) are off on Easter weekend. Racing will resume the weekend of April 9-10. The Cup and Xfinity series’ will both race at Martinsville Speedway then; the Xfinity Series race is scheduled for Friday, April 9, and the Cup Series race is scheduled for Saturday, April 10. The next Truck Series race will be Saturday, April 17, at Richmond Raceway.

Why doesn’t NASCAR race on Easter?

The Easter break has become a NASCAR tradition. Teams and fans are given the time off to celebrate the religious holiday away from the track. No Cup Series races have been run on Easter Sunday since 1989 at Richmond, and that event was a makeup of a February snowout.

All three NASCAR national series have been dark on Easter weekend since 2012: no races on the Saturday before or the Monday after.

NASCAR will have two more scheduled off-weeks this season, and they will be consecutive: the weekends of July 24-25 and 31-Aug. 1. The breaks coincide with the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.     

NASCAR schedule 2021

Date Race Track Start time TV channel Radio
April 10 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Martinsville Speedway 7:30 p.m. FS1 MRN
April 18 Toyota Owners 400 Richmond Raceway 3 p.m. FOX MRN
April 25 Geico 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2 p.m. FOX MRN
May 2 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Kansas Kansas Speedway 3 p.m. FS1 MRN
May 9 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Darlington Darlington Raceway 3:30 p.m. FS1 MRN
May 16 Drydene 400 Dover International Speedway 2 p.m. FS1 MRN
May 23 NASCAR Cup Series Race at COTA Circuit of the Americas 2:30 p.m. FS1 PRN
May 30 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway 6 p.m. FOX PRN
June 6 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway 4 p.m. FS1 PRN
June 13 NASCAR All-Star Open Texas Motor Speedway 6 p.m. FS1 MRN
June 13 NASCAR All-Star Race Texas Motor Speedway 8 p.m. FS1 MRN
June 20 Ally 400 Nashville Superspeedway 3:30 p.m. NBCSN MRN
June 26 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Pocono Pocono Raceway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
June 27 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Pocono  Pocono Raceway 3:30 p.m. NBCSN MRN
July 4 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Road America Road America 2:30 p.m. NBC MRN
July 11 Quaker State 400 Atlanta Motor Speedway 3:30 p.m. NBCSN PRN
July 18 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301  New Hampshire Motor Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN PRN
Aug. 8 Go Bowling at The Glen Watkins Glen International 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Aug. 15 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course 1 p.m. NBC IMS Radio
Aug. 22 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Aug. 28 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Speedway 7 p.m. NBC MRN

NASCAR playoff races

Date Race Track Start time TV channel Radio
Sept. 5 Cook Out Southern 500 Darlington Raceway 6 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Sept. 11 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway 7:30 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Sept. 18 Bass Pro Shops Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30 p.m. NBCSN PRN
Sept. 26 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 7 p.m. NBCSN PRN
Oct. 3 YellaWood 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN
Oct. 10 Bank of America ROVAL 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course 2 p.m. NBC PRN
Oct. 17 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Texas Motor Speedway 2 p.m. NBC PRN
Oct. 24 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Oct. 31 Xfinity 500 Martinsville Speedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN
Nov. 7 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix Raceway 3 p.m. NBC MRN

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Why are Jake Paul and Ben Askren fighting? A callout lured ex-MMA champion out of retirement

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Why are Jake Paul and Ben Askren fighting? A callout lured ex-MMA champion out of retirement

Jake Paul will look to improve his boxing record to 3-0 on April 17 when he steps into the ring with former MMA champion Ben Askren on Triller’s Fight Club.

Paul started his pro boxing career in January 2020 with a first-round knockout against fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib. He followed that with a knockout of former NBA player Nate Robinson in November on the undercard of Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones. This will be the first time that Paul steps into the ring with a former fighter.

Askren is a two-time Division I wrestling national champion who became a champion at Bellator and ONE Championship before finishing his mixed martial arts career in the UFC. He amassed a record of 19-2 before retiring from the sport in November 2018.

How did a fight between a YouTuber and a former MMA champion happen?

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Why are Jake Paul and Jake Paul fighting?

Before and after his second-round knockout over former NBA player Nate Robinson last November, Jake Paul called out several MMA fighters to step into a boxing ring with him. Among them were Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Dillon Danis, Jorge Masvidal and Ben Askren. Although some suggested they’d take the fight on social media, only the recently retired Askren made it clear that he’d be more than willing to meet the YouTube celebrity for a fight. 

“Boxing, that seems kind of easy,” Askren told Submission Radio about the possibility of stepping into the ring following hip surgery. “Like, I’m sure I could do that. Like, there’s no shots, there’s no slams, there’s not leg locks. I dunno, that seems relatively safe to me.”

Askren wasn’t impressed with Paul’s knockout of Robinson and stated that he’s sure he’d fare much better than Robinson and AnEsonGib, a YouTuber that Paul stopped in the first round last January.

“It’s hard to say when you’re going against someone who’s that bad,” Askren said. “I watched the highlights, Nate Robinson, good god. I mean, honestly, it looked like he’d never been boxing before. For someone who’s such an elite athlete – I mean, this guy’s a very elite athlete, he was a great basketball player – he couldn’t box worth a damn.

“Obviously I’m someone who is a high-level fighter, who has a large following, who was maybe not known for his stand-up. I think that’s probably what he’s thinking.”

After a bit of back and forth on social media, it was announced that Paul would return to the ring in April for a fight on Triller against Askren in an eight-round cruiserweight bout. 

Since the fight was announced, the two have ramped up their rivalry on social media with Paul dragging Askren’s wife into the feud. The feud heated up at a March press conference where words were exchanged and it nearly became physical during the staredown. 

Both have made promises to knock out the other but only one will come out victorious on April 17. 

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ESPN’s Holly Rowe speaks French and English in WNBA Draft interview; Twitter reacts

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ESPN reporter Holly Rowe received many a “tres bien” from her confrères in media for conducting a bilingual interview with WNBA Draft pick Iliana Rupert, a France international, on Thursday night.

Rupert was chosen 12th overall by the Las Vegas Aces. With the draft being a virtual event for the second year in a row because of COVID-19, Rowe conducted the post-selection interview in an ESPN studio while Rupert was on camera remotely.

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Rowe began the interview with “Bonsoir,” or “Good evening,” and asked Rupert in French whether she spoke English. Rupert responded in the affirmative and the interview proceeded in English.

“It’s always been one of my dreams and it’s amazing being recognized,” Rupert said. “I’m really happy to [represent] my country and I’m just excited to finally start this journey.”

After two more questions and responses in English, Rowe switched back to French for the interview’s conclusion, telling Rupert “Bienvenue,” or “Welcome,” to the WNBA. She also gave her regards to Rupert’s family.

Rowe’s media colleagues were quick with the compliments.

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‘It shows how exciting we can be!’ – Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout

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'It shows how exciting we can be!' - Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout

Bukayo Saka says Arsenal have a real chance of winning the Europa League after their rout of Slavia Prague, and claims their latest performance “shows everyone how exciting we can be”.

Arsenal bounced back from a disappointing 1-1 draw against Slavia in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Emirates Stadium by picking up a comprehensive 4-0 victory in the Czech Republic on Thursday night.

Saka was among the scorers as the Gunners booked a last-four clash with Villarreal, and he is confident they can now go all the way in the competition after flexing their attacking muscles at the Sinobo Stadium.

What’s been said?

“It was fantastic from start to finish. We did it for all the fans, they all deserve it for all the support they give us. We are really happy to progress,” the Arsenal winger told BT Sport.

“We showed real character. The first one was disallowed, Emile deserved a goal, we kept going and got the first one again. We pretty much killed the game in the first half.

“In the first leg we played well but weren’t clinical, credit to the manager and coaching staff, the way we set up, pressed, they couldn’t get out.

“It shows everyone how exciting we can be, when we play like this it is so amazing to be involved in. We have a chance of going to the final and winning this competition, it is up to us. We look forward to the next opponent.”

Arsenal put Slavia to the sword

The Gunners went at their Czech opponents right from the first whistle in the second leg clash, and found themselves in front after just 18 minutes when Nicolas Pepe dinked the ball into the net after being teed up by Emile Smith Rowe.

Alexandre Lacazette then doubled the visitors’ account from the penalty spot after Saka was fouled in the box, and the teenager got his goal moments later when he cut in from the right-wing before firing the ball low past the goalkeeper at his near post.

Lacazette added extra gloss to the final scoreline with a trademark finish 13 minutes from time as Arsenal progressed to the semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate.

What’s next?

Arsenal will now turn their attention back to the Premier League, with a home fixture against Fulham scheduled to take place on Sunday.

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