NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Kentucky Speedway
By AMANDA VINCENT
All three NASCAR touring series — Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck — are in action this weekend for night racing at the newly-repaved Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. A handful of Sprint Cup drivers recently tested the new surface at the Northern Kentucky track, but Goodyear has since changed the tire compound that will be used for the Sprint Cup race.
The Camping World Truck Series will get the competition portion of the race weekend started Thursday night with the running of the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225. The Xfinity Series will take the to track Friday night for the Alsco 300, while the Sprint Cup Series will close out the Kentucky race weekend with Saturday night’s running of the Quaker State 400.
Here’s a look at the complete schedule of on-track activity for the NASCAR weekend at Kentucky Speedway (courtesy of NASCAR.com
All times ET
11 a.m.-12:25 p.m.
– Sprint Cup Series practice (delayed broadcast at noon on NBC Sports)
– Sprint Cup Series final practice (NBC Sports)
– Xfinity Series qualifying (NBC Sports)
– Sprint Cup Series qualifying
– Xfinity Series race (NBC Sports)
– Sprint Cup Series race (NBC Sports)
Weather played havoc with the Kentucky Speedway schedule of on-track activity right from the start, with rain and thunderstorms interfering with Camping World Truck Series practice, scheduled for Wednesday.
The forecast for Thursday, practice day for both the Xfinity and Sprint Cup series and qualifying and race day for the Truck Series, doesn’t look much better. The day that’s supposed to see a high temperature around 90 degrees and a low of 74 degrees also is expected to see some precipitation with thunderstorms possible throughout the day and evening. The chance of precipitation for Sparta on Thursday is at 56 percent during the day, rising slightly to 58 percent Thursday night.
On Friday, qualifying day for both the Sprint and Xfinity series and race day for the Xfinity Series is also expected to see precipitation with a daytime high of 93 degrees before dipping to 68 degrees overnight. A severe afternoon or evening thunderstorm is expected — a storm that may bring heavy downpours, large hail and damaging wind. The possibility of rain during the day on Friday is at 60 percent, with that possibility dropping to 20 percent sometime Friday night.
Fortunately, Saturday’s forecast looks better and more ideal for racing. With partly sunny skies, the high temperature is expected to be 85 with breezy and less humid conditions. The chance of precipitation during the day on Saturday is at only 10 percent. By the time of the Sprint Cup Series night race, temperatures are expected to be heading toward the low 60s with the chance of precipitation down to eight percent.