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NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Texas Motor Speedway

350721By AMANDA VINCENT

The remaining three weekends of the 2017 NASCAR national series schedules are tripleheader weekends, including races for the Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series. That begins this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, a weekend culminating with Sunday’s running of the AAA Texas 500 for the Cup Series.

For all three series, TMS plays host to the second race of the second to last round — the Round of Eight for the Cup and Xfinity Series and Round of Six for the Truck Series.

The Truck Series, as usual during tripleheader weekends, races first, running the JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief on Friday night. Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Xfinity Series race also will be a night race, while the AAA Texas 500 will be a Sunday afternoon race for the Cup Series.

Although the name of the weekend’s Truck Series race suggests a longer distance than that of the Xfinity Series, it’s the shortest race of the weekend, as the 350 in the name represents the distance in kilometers instead of miles. Friday night’s 147-lap race will be divided into stages of 35, 35 and 77 laps.

Meanwhile, the 200-lap Xfinity race will be comprised of two 45-lap stages and a 110-lap stage. Sunday’s Cup Series race is scheduled for 334 laps, broken into stages of 85, 85 and 164 laps.

Here’s a look at the weekend schedule for Texas Motor Speedway (from NASCAR.com):

All times ET

Thursday
3-3:55 p.m. — Truck Series practice
5-5:55 p.m. — Truck Series final practice

Friday
1-2:25 p.m. — Truck Series practice (NBCSN)
3-3:45 p.m. — Xfinity Series practice (NBCSN)
4 p.m. — Truck Series qualifying (FS1)
5-5:55 p.m. — Xfinity Series final practice
6:15 p.m. — Cup Series qualifying (delayed on NBCSN at 11:30 p.m.)
8 p.m. — Truck Series race (FS1)

Saturday
3-3:55 p.m. — Cup Series practice (CNBC)
5-5:50 p.m. — Cup Series final practice (CNBC)
6:05 p.m. — Xfinity Series qualifying (CNBC)
8:30 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (NBCSN)

Sunday
2 p.m. — Cup Series race (NBCSN)

WEATHER (from Accuweather.com):

Rain is nearly absent from the Texas Motor Speedway race weekend, with the most significant chance of precipitation being a scant three percent chance of rain Sunday.

Meanwhile, daytime high temperatures in the 80s and 90s are expected. The coolest day of the race weekend is expected to be Friday, with a forecasted high of 83 degrees. Otherwise, high temps around 90 degrees are predicted. Overnight lows in the mid to upper-60s are predicted for Friday and Saturday nights for Truck and Xfinity series racing.

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