NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Charlotte Motor Speedway
By AMANDA VINCENT
The NASCAR Sprint and Xfinity series stay home for night racing, running at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. For the Sprint Cup Series, Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 is the kickoff to the second round of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. Meanwhile, the Xfinity Series closes out the first round of its inaugural chase on Friday night. The Camping World Truck Series if off for the first of two-straight weekends.
The on-track scheduled begins Thursday with practice for both series, as well as Sprint Cup Series qualifying.
Below, is the schedule of on-track activities at Charlotte Motor Speedway (courtesy of NASCAR.com
All times ET
1:30-2:55 p.m. – Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN)
3-3:55 p.m. – Xfinity Series practice (NBCSN)
5:30-6:55 p.m. – Xfinity Series final practice (NBCSN)
7:20 p.m. – Sprint Cup qualifying (NBCSN)
3:30-4:25 P.M. – Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN)
4:45 p.m. – Xfinity Series qualifying (NBCSN)
6:30-7:20 p.m. – Sprint Cup final practice (NBCSN)
8 p.m. – Xfinity Series race (NBCSN)
7 p.m. – Sprint Cup race (NBC)
Hurricane Matthew is expected to impact the Charlotte Motor Speedway race weekend schedule, but rain is expected to move out of the area for the Bank of America 500 green flag.
Rain, though, may impact the running of the Xfinity race on Friday night, as there’s a 25 percent chance of rain all day Friday, into Friday night.
The wet stuff is expected to stay away during the day Thursday, predicted to allow practice sessions to go on without a hitch. Rain is expected to move into the area Thursday night, though, with the chance of rain increasing to 64 percent, possibly throwing a monkey wrench into Sprint Cup qualifying.
Temperatures throughout the race weekend are expected to race between the upper-50s to mid-70s. Thursday is expected to provide the highest high temperature, with that temperature reaching the mid-70s. For the remainder of the race weekend, temps are expected to remain in the mid to high-60s, with the exception of Saturday night, when the low is expected to dip into the high-50s.