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NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Charlotte Motor Speedway

PrintBy AMANDA VINCENT

The competitors of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the Xfinity Series, with the exception of the Denver, Colo.-based Furniture Row Racing and, perhaps, a handful of Xfinity Series teams, race in their own backyards this weekend with racing hosted by Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, meanwhile, has the weekend off.

For the Xfinity Series, Saturday’s Drive for the Cure 300 is the elimination race of the first round of the series’ playoffs, while the Cup Series begins the second round of its playoffs with Sunday’s running of the Bank of America 500. For the Cup Series, Sunday’s race is the first scheduled daytime race at CMS in several years and perhaps the last October race for the series on the facility’s oval, as the Charlotte playoff race will transition to the CMS infield road course in 2018.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour also will race at Charlotte this weekend, on Friday night, making the Charlotte race weekend a tripleheader of racing action.

The 200-lap Drive for the Cure 300 will be split into stages of 45, 45 and 110 laps. The Bank of America 500 also will be divided into three stages, with those stages consisting of 90, 90 and 154 laps for a total of 334 laps.

Here’s a look at the schedule of on-track activity for the Cup and Xfinity Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway (from NASCAR.com):

All times ET

FRIDAY
1:30-2:55 p.m. — Cup Series practice (NBCSN)
3-3:55 p.m. — Xfinity Series practice (NBCSN)
6-6:55 p.m. — Xfinity Series final practice (NBCSN)
7:20 p.m. — Cup Series qualifying (NBCSN)

SATURDAY
11-11:50 a.m. — Cup Series practice (NBCSN)
12:05 p.m. — Xfinity Series qualifying (NBCSN)
1:30-2:20 p.m. — Cup Series final practice (NBCSN)
3 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (NBCSN)

SUNDAY
2 p.m. — Cup Series race (NBC)

WEATHER (from Accuweather.com):

Unfortunately, rain is a major player in the weekend forecast for Charlotte Motor Speedway, with the highest chance of rain predicted for Sunday — 66 percent. Little to no rain is in the forecast for Friday, but both Saturday and Sunday race days are at least somewhat expected to be wet. Saturday’s forecast calls for a 56 percent chance of rain, dropping to 41 percent Saturday night. The possibility of rain Sunday night stands at 60 percent.

Meanwhile, Friday is expected to be the warmest day with a daytime high temperature of 83 degrees. Daytime highs in the high-70s are predicted for Saturday and Sunday. Overnight lows this weekend are expected to hover around the upper-60s and low-70s.

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