NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Coca-Cola 600 weekend
By AMANDA VINCENT
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series remains in its own backyard, Charlotte (N.C.) Speedway with the second-consecutive weekend, running its longest race of the season Sunday evening – the Coca-Cola 600. This time around, the Xfinity Series will run the companion race to the Sprint Cup Series, racing Saturday afternoon, while the Camping World Truck Series takes the weekend off.
The Coca-Cola 600 weekend schedule is somewhat non-traditional, with practice for both the Sprint Cup Series and Xfinity Series and qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series scheduled for Thursday instead of the traditional Friday. No on-track activity is on the docket for Friday.
Here’s a look at the weekend schedule of on-track activity at Charlotte (courtesy of NASCAR.com
All times ET
– Sprint Cup practice (FOX Sports 1)
– Xfinity Series qualifying (FOX Sports 1)
– Sprint Cup final practice (FOX Sports 1)
– Xfinity Series race (FOX Sports 1)
– Sprint Cup race (FOX)
For practice sessions and Sprint Cup qualifying on Thursday, the weather forecast for Concord, N.C., home of Charlotte Motor Speedway, shows partly sunny skies with high temperatures in the mid-80s. There are slight precipitations chances, hovering in the single digits, throughout the afternoon and evening.
Skipping ahead to Saturday, there’s a chance of a late shower, but it’s not expected until well after the day of on-track activity is over. Throughout the midday and afternoon hours, temperatures between the high-70s and low 80s are expected with the chance of precipitation at 0 percent.
Showers are expected on and off on Sunday, race day for the Sprint Cup Series. Unfortunately, there’s a 50 percent chance of rain predicted for race time Sunday evening
. Clearing is expected, though, with a window of dry weather before 10 p.m. ET
when rain is expected to return. The temperature is expected to be in the mid-70s at the scheduled green flag, gradually dropping into the 60s as evening turns to night.