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NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Richmond Raceway

RichmondRaceway-logoSheetBy AMANDA VINCENT

The Monster Energy NASCAR and Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series go night racing at Richmond (Va.) Raceway this weekend, with the Xfinity Series running the Virginia529 College Savings 250 on Friday night and the race weekend culminating in the Federated Auto Parts 400 Cup Series race Saturday night. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, meanwhile, has the weekend off.

For the Cup Series, the Richmond race is the last race of the 26-race regular season. Thirteen drivers have their playoff spots locked-in, by virtue of race wins, leaving three positions for top drivers in points or another new winners. Heading into Richmond, Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray are provisionally in those final three spots and look to be safe, as long as there isn’t a new 2017 winner, aside from one of them.

The Federated Auto Parts 400, a 400-lap race, will be split into 100, 100 and 200-lap stages.

For the Xfinity Series, Richmond plays host to the second-to last race of that series’ regular season. That race, 250 laps in length, will be divided into two 75-lap stages and a final 100-lap stage.

Here’s a look at the weekend schedule of on-track activity at Richmond Raceway (courtesy of NASCAR.com):

All times ET

Friday
8-9:55 a.m. — Xfinity Series practice
10-10:55 a.m. — Cup Series practice (NBCSN)
12-1:25 p.m. — Cup Series final practice (NCSN)
4:15 p.m. — Xfinity Series qualifying (NBCSN)
5:45 p.m. — Cup Series qualifying (NBCSN)
7:30 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (NBCSN)

Saturday
7:30 p.m. — Cup Series race (NBCSN)

WEATHER (courtesy of Accuweather.com):

Richmond Raceway is expected to provide idea weather conditions for nighttime racing this weekend. After daytime his in the low to mid-70s both Friday and Saturdays, temperatures each evening are expected to cool to eventual overnight lows in the low to mid-50s. Meanwhile rain chances are slight. The highest chance of rain is at nine percent Friday night. The chance of rain Saturday night is a scant three percent.

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