NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Michigan, Texas
By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR national-level racing will be featured in two different locales this weekend, with the Sprint Cup and Xfinity series racing at Michigan International Speedway while the Camping World Truck Series returns to action after a couple of weekends off at Texas Motor Speedway near Ft. Worth. The Truck Series kicks off the weekend of on-track activity with its race Friday night. The series also will be the first to take the track in any capacity, with practice schedule for Thursday.
The Xfinity Series will race Saturday afternoon, while the Sprint Cup Series will close out the first of two Michigan NASCAR weekends with its race on Sunday.
Here’s a look at the full schedule of on-track activity for NASCAR’s three national series at Michigan and Texas (courtesy of NASCAR.com
All times ET
– Sprint Cup Series practice (FOX Sports 1)
– Xfinity Series qualifying (FOX Sports 1)
– Sprint Cup Series final practice (FOX Sports 1)
– Xfinity Series race (FOX Sports 1)
– Sprint Cup Series race (FOX Sports 1)
Skies are expected to be mostly sunny throughout the day and evening Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway. While temperatures are expected to be hot in the afternoon — around the low-90s at the start of the first Truck Series practice session — and drop into the mid-80s by the end of the work day for the series, there is no precipitation in the forecast for the area on Thursday.
Temperatures are expected to be in the low-90s for Truck Series qualifying Friday night, dipping into the 80s by race time. Before the dusk, skies are expected to be mostly sunny, and no precipitation is expected.
Meanwhile, somewhat cooler temperatures are expected in Michigan, with Friday — practice day for both the Sprint Cup and Xfinity series and qualifying day for the Sprint Cup Series — presenting the lowest tempeatures of the three-day weekend. A high of 79 is expected for Friday. There is a slight chance of rain. Morning and afternoon rain chances Friday are between 10 and 20 percent. Those chances drop to about four percent, though, in time for Sprint Cup qualifying.
The biggest rain chances are forecasted for Saturday in the form of thunderstorms. As temperatures climb from the mid-70s into the mid-80s by Xfinity Series race times, precipitation chances hover between 34 and 58 percent.
Rain is expected to move out of the area in time for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race. As of now, Sunday’s forecast shows a zero percent of rain at the scheduled green flag. The race is expected to start under mostly sunny skies with the temperature in the low-80s.