By AMANDA VINCENT
While both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series take the weekend off, the spotlight shines on the NASCAR Xfinity Series, as competitors in the series turn both left and right for the second-straight weekend and for the second of three times this season. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington is the setting for Saturday’s Xfinity race, the Mid-Ohio Challenge. With this weekend’s event being a stand-alone race, series regulars have one of their best chances to shine, as Ryan Blaney is the only Sprint Cup Series star on the entry list.
Here’s a look at the full schedule of on-track activity for Mid-Ohio (courtesy of NASCAR.com):
All times ET
9-10:25 a.m. — practice
11:35 a.m.-12:55 p.m. — final practice
5:15 p.m. — qualifying (USA)
3:30 p.m. — race (USA)
WEATHER (courtesy of Accuweather.com):
The weather forecast for the Xfinity Series at Mid-Ohio looks rather soggy. There is a 43 percent chance of precipitation, with thunderstorms in spots. Meanwhile the temperature is expected to reach 88 degrees.
Showers also are expected for Saturday. As a matter-of-fact, the chance of rain increases to 67 percent on race day and a heavy thunderstorm is possible. The high temperature for Saturday is predicted to be 86 degrees.
Fortunately, though, with this weekend’s race being a road-course affair, rain tires will be on hand and the race is expected to go on, rain or shine, that is, as long as severe conditions, such as lightning, stay away.
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