Taking a look at the confirmed entries for the 2021 Daytona 500 in mid-February reveals some five drivers from New England.
They include; Corey LaJoie one of the Spire Racing’s racecars. Corey is the son of two-time Xfinity Series Champion Randy Lajoie who is a native of Norwalk, CT,. Also, Kaz Grala of Boston, MA will be in the Kaulig Racing machine, past NASCAR Cup Champion Joey Logano of Middletown, CT is a top driver for team Penske, Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT will steer the JC Daugherty organization race car and Anthony Alfredo of Ridgefield, CT is the designated pilot for Front Row Sports.
In the NASCAR Xfinity Series during Speed Weeks and the rest of the 2021 season has Brett Moffitt at the wheel of the Our Motorsports race car owned by Cape Cod’s Chris Our of Harwich, MA while Parker Kligerman of Westport, CT is set to drive the Henderson Motorsports entry in the third tier NASCAR Gander Truck Series. Kligerman is also an NBC pit announcer at many NASCAR events throughout the racing season when he isn’t racing.
The traditional World Series at New Smyrna Speedway in the Daytona area is set for nine nights. Some 12 classes are part of the format with the Tour Type Modifieds the top division with several New England teams entered. As of January 23, there were 44 Mods signed up. A count of all the pre-entries, in several divisions, exceeds 140 race cars that are expected to be in the pit during the nine-night meet.
The Bobby Webber Racing team is heading south to New Smyrna Speedway. The team will make their debut at the famed World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway, driving in the Sportsman division. BWR purchased a new car from Boyd Technologies to use for competition ,with assistance from Boyd at the track planned throughout the week to make sure the car is up to speed.
Bobby Webber is a native of Topsfield, MA and also owns the Star Speedway in Epping, NH which operates on Saturday nights during the racing season
A practice session is set for Thursday, February 4, while the Sportsman division is set to compete on the first two of nine nights — Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6. The Sportsman event on Friday will be 35 laps, while Saturday will be a 50-lap special. Each of the nine nights will air live to race fans across the country as part of NBC Sports.
Information for this column came from press releases and personal notes.