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NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Bristol Motor Speedway

By AMANDA VINCENT

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series go short-track racing for the first time in 2018 with a trip to Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway for a doubleheader weekend of NASCAR national-level competition. But this Bristol race weekend is a NASCAR tripleheader weekend, overall, with the K&N Series East also racing there Saturday. Meanwhile, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series continues to take off for the month of April.

BMS will welcome the Cup and Xfinity series, complete with the PJ1 traction compound on the lower portion of the track for the fourth-consecutive NASCAR weekend there.

The weekend will culminate in Sunday’s running of the Food City 500 for the Cup Series. While it’ll be the first race of the year for the series on a track under a mile in length, it’ll be the eighth points-paying race of the season. Jimmie Johnson was the winner of last year’s Food City 500, but Kyle Busch was the victor the last time the Cup Series visited Bristol in Aug. 2017. That win was Busch’s fifth Cup win at BMS, but his first there since 2011.

This weekend, no Cup drivers will be pulling double-duty, as Cup regulars are prohibited from running the Xfinity Series race at Bristol, because Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 is the first race in the 2018 edition of the Xfinity Series’ Dash 4 Cash program. As a result, neither of last year’s Xfinity Series race winners at Bristol, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones, will be in Saturday’s race. After finishing second through fifth, the highest among Xfinity Series regulars, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Ryan Preece will be the four drivers competing for the Dash 4 Cash bonus at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Saturday’s XFinity race is scheduled for 300 laps, separated into stages of 85, 85 and 130 laps, while Sunday’s 500-lap Cup race is slated for two 125-lap stages and a third stage comprised of the second half of the race (250 laps).

Below, is the schedule of on-track activity for the national series at Bristol Motor Speedway (courtesy of NASCAR.com):

All times ET

FRIDAY
Noon-12:55 p.m. — Cup Series practice (FS1)
1:05-1:55 p.m. — Xfinity Series practice (FS1)
3:05-3:55 p.m. — Xfinity Series final practice (FS1)
4:45 p.m. — Cup Series qualifying (FS1)

SATURDAY
8:30-9:25 a.m. — Cup Series practice (FS1)
9:35 a.m. — Xfinity Series qualifying (FS1)
11:05-11:55 a.m. — Cup Series final practice (FS1)
1 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (FS1)

SUNDAY
2 p.m. — Cup Series race (FOX)

WEATHER (courtesy of Accuweather.com):

Rain is in the forecast for the Bristol race weekend, especially Sunday, race day for the Cup Series. The highest chance of rain in the weekend forecast for Bristol is Sunday’s 70 percent chance. There also is a 25 percent chance of rain in the forecast for Saturday, race day for the Xfinity Series. Meanwhile, temperatures are expected to be mild, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the low-80s throughout the weekend. Overnight lows in the mid-50s to low-60s are expected Friday and Saturday, with Sunday night being the coldest night of the weekend with a predicted low of 40 degrees.

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