NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Richmond
By AMANDA VINCENT
The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity series go short-track racing for the second week in-a-row, as both series head to Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The Xfinity Series will run the ToyotaCare 250 on Saturday, while the Sprint Cup Series closes out the race weekend with Sunday’s running of the Toyota Owners 400. Also, for the Xfinity Series, Saturday will mark the second-straight weekend of heat racing under the new Dash 4 Cash format. Meanwhile, the Camping World Truck Series continues its time off.
Here’s a look at the weekend on-track schedule of events (courtesy of NASCAR.com
All times ET
– Sprint Cup Series practice (FOX Sports 1)
– Xfinity Series qualifying (FOX Sports 1)
– Sprint Cup Series final practice (FOX Sports 1)
– Xfinity Series Heat 1 (FOX Sports 1)
– Xfinity Series Heat 2 (FOX Sports 1)
– Xfinity Series race (FOX Sports 1)
– Sprint Cup Series race (FOX)
While the weather forecast looks pretty good for Sprint Cup race day (Sunday) at Richmond International Raceway, with mostly sunny skies and a high temperature in the low 70s predicted, the forecast doesn’t look quite as good for practice and Sprint Cup qualifying day on Friday and Xfinity Series race day on Saturday.
On Friday, temperatures are expected to reach the mid-70s, but rain is expected. To compound the possible precipitation problem, a couple of thunderstorms are in Friday’s forecast.
On Saturday, showers are expected in the morning, perhaps, affecting the morning practice schedule for the Sprint Cup Series, Fortunately, though, those showers are expected to move out of the area in time for Xfinity Series racing.