NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Homestead-Miami Speedway
By AMANDA VINCENT
All three of NASCAR’s national series — Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck — close out their 2016 seasons at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend during Ford Championship Weekend. The Camping World Truck Series concludes its 2016 season Friday night with the running of the Ford EcoBoost 200, while the Xfinity Series wraps up its season Saturday with the Ford EcoBoost 300, and the Sprint Cup Series closes out the race weekend and NASCAR season on Sunday afternoon with the running of the Ford EcoBoost 400.
All three series will crown their champions at Homestead; for the Xfinity and Truck series, 2016 marks the first year of the chase elimination format to determine their champions.
In the Sprint Cup Series, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano will battle for the title. Johnson is looking to make history by claiming a seventh championship that would tie him with NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for most all-time in the series. Meanwhile, Busch hopes to defend his championship from a year ago.
Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier will vie for the Xfinity championship. None of the four have previous Xfinity Series championships on their racing resumes, but Suarez has a shot at making NASCAR history as the first Mexican driver to win a NASCAR national series championship.
Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters and Christopher Bell go to battle for the Truck Series championship. Crafton is the only driver of the bunch who is a past series champion. He’ll be going for a third Truck Series title, adding to back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014.
Below, is the complete schedule of on-track activity for Homestead-Miami Speedway (courtesy of NASCAR.com
All times ET
8:30-9:30 A.M. – Truck Series practice (FS1)
10:30-11:25 a.m. – Truck Series final practice (FS1)
12:30-1:55 p.m. – Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN)
2-3:25 p.m. – Xfinity Series practice (NBCSN)
3:45 p.m. – Truck Series qualifying (FS1)
5-5:55 p.m. – Xfinity Series final practice (NBCSN)
6:15 p.m. – Sprint Cup qualifying (NBCSN)
8 p.m. – Truck Series race (FS1)
10-10:55 a.m. – Sprint Cup practice (CNBC)
11:15 a.m. – Xfinity Series qualifying (CNBC)
1-1:50 p.m. – Sprint Cup final practice (NBCSN)
3:30 p.m. – Xfinity Series race (NBCSN)
2:30 p.m. – Sprint Cup race (NBC)
The weather forecast for Homestead, Fla., for NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend is a pleasant one, with days of high temperatures in the upper-70s and low 80s under mostly or partly sunny and pleasant skies. The chances of precipitation are slim, as in percentages in the single digits, throughout the weekend.
Friday is expected to be the warmest day, with a predicted high temperature of 80 degrees. Temperatures are expected to drop into the mid-60s Friday night
for the Truck Series season-finale. On Saturday and Sunday, high temperatures of 79 and 77 degrees are expected for the Xfinity and Sprint Cup races.