By AMANDA VINCENT
The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series travel to the Poconos this weekend for racing at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., with the Xfinity Series running the Pocono Green 250 on Saturday and the Sprint Cup Series closing out the weekend with the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 on Sunday. For the Xfinity Series, Saturday’s race will mark the circuit’s first at the track also known as the “Tricky Triangle.” Meanwhile, the Camping World Truck Series continues its time off.
The Xfinity Series will kick off the weekend’s on-track activity with two practice sessions on Thursday. The Sprint Cup Series will first take the track Friday. Here’s the complete schedule of on-track activity (courtesy of NASCAR.com):
All times ET
2-2:55 p.m. — Xfinity Series practice
4-4:55 p.m. — Xfinity Series practice
11 a.m.-12:25 p.m. — Sprint Cup Series practice (FOX Sports 1)
12:30-1:25 p.m. — Xfinity Series practice (FOX Sports 1)
3-3:55 p.m. — Xfinity Series final practice (FOX Sports 1)
4:15 p.m. — Sprint Cup Series qualifying (FOX Sports 1)
9:05 a.m. — Xfinity Series qualifying (FOX Sports 1)
11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. — Sprint Cup Series final practice (FOX Sports 1)
1 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (FOX)
1 p.m. — Sprint Cup Series race (FOX Sports 1)
WEATHER (courtesy of Accuweather.com):
The weather forecast Long Pond, Pa., location of Pocono Raceway, looks clean and clear for Xfinity Series practice on Thursday, with no rain in the forecast, partly sunny skies and a temperature hovering around the mid 70s.
Friday is when the weather is expected to get a little sketchy and possibly interfere with on-track scheduling. Thunderstorms, accompanied by precipitation chances of about 50 percent, are expected in the afternoon. Rain may move out of the area, though, in time for Sprint Cup qualifying. Temperatures in the afternoon and early evening on Friday are expected to fall in the ballpark of the upper-60s to low-70s.
The local forecast has weather clearing up for Saturday, with rain chances in the single digits and temperatures starting in the mid-60s and moving into the mid-70s for Xfinity Series racing. The day’s forecast also looks good for a morning Xfinity Series qualifying session and a final Sprint Cup Series practice session under partly sunny skies.
Unfortunately, though, a thunderstorm is expected to hit the area just before Sprint Cup Series race time on Sunday. Storms chances remain in the area for a few hours before clearing out Sunday evening. With those storm chances, afternoon precipitation chances are around 58 percent at the scheduled green flag, dropping into the 40s later in the afternoon. While thunderstorms move out of the area in the afternoon, precipitation is expected to stick around.
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