By AMANDA VINCENT
All three of NASCAR’s national series — Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck — are in action this weekend but at two different tracks. Sprint Cup and Xfinity series races will make for a doubleheader at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, cullminating in the historic Southern 500. Competitors in both series will celebrate the history with throwback paint schemes and uniforms.
Meanwhile, the Camping World Truck Series heads north for racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
Practice sessions at Darlington for the Sprint Cup and Xfinity series were scheduled for Friday, but all on-track activity at Darlington on Friday has been postponed because of a threat of severe weather. With Friday practice sessions moved to Saturday, qualifying for both series, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been cancelled.
Here’s an updated schedule for both Darlington and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (courtesy of NASCAR.com):
All times ET
9-9:55 a.m. — XFinity Series practice (CNBC)
9:30-10:25 a.m. — Truck Series practice
11 a.m.-12:25 p.m. — Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN/CNBC)
11:35 a.m.-12:55 p.m. — Truck Series final practice
1:30-2:50 p.m. — Sprint Cup final practice (NBCSN)
3:30 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (NBC)
5:45 p.m. — Truck Series qualifying (FS2)
2:30 p.m. — Truck Series race (FS1)
6 p.m. — Sprint Cup race (NBC)
WEATHER (from Accuweather.com)
The expected rain and severe weather that resulted in the postponement of on-track activities at Darlington is expected to move out by Saturday. As a matter-of-fact, Saturday’s forecase only calls for an eight percent chance of rain. Meanwhile, the high temperature is expected to reach the mid-80s.
Sunday’s Darlington forecast looks even better. No rain is expected, and again, high temperatures are expected to reach the mid-80s, while the overnight low is expected to dip into the mid-60s.
Conditions for the Truck Series in Canada are expected to be cooler, with temperatures around the mid-70s both Saturday and Sunday. The forecast predicts only a one percent chance of rain on Saturday, down to zero percent for Sunday.
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