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NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway

PrintBy AMANDA VINCENT

All three of NASCAR’s national series — Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck  — are in action this weekend, with the Cup Series and Truck Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the UNOH 175 Truck Series race Saturday and the NHMS weekend culminating in the running of the ISM Connect 300 Cup Series race on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Xfinity Series will go night racing at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on Saturday with the running of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300.

The race weekend at New Hampshire actually consists of four races, with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the American Canadian Tour also taking to the track. Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race will be a 175-lap race, made up of two 55-lap stages and a 65-lap third and final stage. Sunday’s 300-lap Cup race will be broken into two 75-lap stages and a 150-lap stages.

For the Cup Series, NHMS plays host to the second of 10 playoff races. Saturday’s Truck Series race, though, will be the kick-off of that series’ 2017 playoffs.

Saturday also will be the playoff kick-off for the Xfinity Series. The 200-lap race at Kentucky will be split into stages of 45, 45 and 110 laps and will be the second race of a two-race Kentucky Speedway weekend, as the ARCA Racing Series is scheduled to race there Friday night.

Here’s a look at the combined schedule of on-track activity for New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway for NASCAR national series (courtesy of NASCAR.com):

All times ET

FRIDAY
11:30 a.m.-12:55 p.m. — Cup Series practice (NBCSN)
1:30-2:25 p.m. — Truck Series practice (FS1)
3:30-4:25 p.m. — Truck Series final practice (FS1)
4-4:55 p.m. — Xfinity Series practice (NBCSN)
5:15 p.m. — Cup Series qualifying (NBCSN)
6:30-7:25 p.m. — Xfinity Series final practice (NBCSN)

SATURDAY
9-9:55 a.m. — Cup Series practice (CNBC)
10:05 a.m. — Truck Series qualifying (FS1)
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. — Cup Series final practice
1 p.m. — Truck Series race (FS1)
5:35 p.m. — Xfinity Series qualifying (NBCSN)
8 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (NBCSN)

SUNDAY
2 p.m. — Cup Series race

WEATHER (from Accuweather.com):

The weekend weather forecasts for both Loudon, N.H., and Sparta, Ky., look favorable for racing, as chances of precipitation at both race tracks are scant. The highest chances of racing at either track this weekend are 11 percent chances of rain at New Hampshire Friday and Saturday.

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the a Sunday high temperature in the high-80s is expected. Daytime highs in the 70s are predicted earlier in the weekend there. Most on-track activity at Kentucky Speedway, meanwhile, is scheduled for evening and nighttime hours when low temperatures are expected to dip into the mid-60s from daytime highs in the upper-80s.

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