By AMANDA VINCENT
All three of NASCAR’s national touring series — Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Sprint Cup — are in action at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., with the Truck Series kicking things off Friday night with the running of the American Ethanol E15 225. The Xfinity Series races Saturday afternoon in the Drive for Safety 300, while the Sprint Cup Series closes out the race weekend Sunday afternoon with the running of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400.
The Chicagoland race is the first race of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship postseason for the Sprint Cup Series, while Chicagoland plays host to the final races of the regular seasons for the Truck and Xfinity series before each of those series embark on their first chases.
The Camping World Truck Series conducted both of its practice sessions for this weekend on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup Series began their track action in preparation for the weekend of racing on Friday.
Here’s a look at the schedule for remaining on-track activity at Chicagoland Speedway (courtesy of NASCAR.com):
All times ET
12:30-1:25 p.m. — Xfinity Series practice (NBCSN)
1:30-2:55 p.m. — Sprint Cup practice
3-4:25 p.m. — Xfinity Series final practice
4:45 p.m. Truck Series qualifying (FS1)
6:45 p.m. — Sprint Cup qualifying (NBCSN)
8:30 p.m. — Truck Series race (FS1)
10:30-11:25 a.m. — Sprint Cup practice (CNBC)
11:45 a.m. — Xfinity qualifying (NBCSN)
1:30-2:20 p.m. — Sprint Cup final practice (NBCSN)
3 p.m. –Xfinity Series race (NBC)
2:30 p.m. — Sprint Cup race (NBCSN)
WEATHER (courtesy of Accuweather.com):
Thunderstorms could wreak havoc on the Friday schedule at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, possibly resulting in a delay of the green flag for the Camping World Truck Series race. Changes of thunderstorms and precipitation run from 60 to 64 percent throughout the day and night in Joliet, Ill. Meanwhile, the daytime high temperature is expected to reach 78 degrees, while the overnight low dips down to 66 degrees.
Saturday and Sunday look more favorable for racing, with a smaller 25 percent change of rain on Saturday, dropping to 12 percent by Sunday. Expect high temperatures to reach the mid to high-70s both days. Overnight lows in the mid-50s are expected.
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