By AMANDA VINCENT
The 2016 NASCAR seasons are winding down for all three national divisions — Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck. All three series head to Phoenix International Raceway for the penultimate races. The Truck Series races first, running the Lucas Oil 150 on Friday night. The Xfinity Series races Saturday in the Ticket Galaxy 200, and the Sprint Cup Series closes out the weekend with Sunday’s running of the Can-Am 500.
With their respective checkered flags during the PIR weekend, each series will whittle its chase field down to four for the Ford Championship Weekend that will close out the 2016 racing season next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Here is the full schedule of on-track activity for the Phoenix International Raceway weekend (courtesy of NASCAR.com):
All times ET
11:30 a.m. — 12:25 p.m. — Truck Series practice (FS2)
12:30-1:25 p.m. — Xfinity Series practice (NBCSN)
1:30-2:55 p.m. — Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN)
3-3:50 p.m. — Truck Series final practice (FS2)
4:30-5:55 p.m. — Xfinity Series final practice (NBCSN)
6:45 p.m. — Sprint Cup qualifying (NBCSN)
8:30 p.m. — Truck Series qualifying (FS2)
10 p.m. — Truck Series race (FS1)
3-3:55 p.m. — Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN)
4:15 p.m. — Xfinity Series qualifying (NBCSN)
6-6:50 p.m. — Sprint Cup final practice (NBCSN)
7:30 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (NBCSN)
2:30 p.m. — Sprint Cup race (NBC)
WEATHER (courtesy of Accuweather.com):
Expect clear weather for the NASCAR race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Rain chances are at zero percent throughout the weekend from the time the Camping World Truck Series hits the track for its first practice session on Friday through the checkered flag at the end of the Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday.
Warm temperatures are expected, with a daytime high of 83 predicted for each day Friday through Sunday. Lows, meanwhile, are expected to dip into the mid-50s each night.
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