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NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Texas Motor Speedway

By AMANDA VINCENT

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series return to action this weekend after the Easter off-weekend with a trip to Texas Motor Speedway. The Xfinity Series kicks off the race weekend with Saturday’s running of the My Bariatric Solutions 300, with the weekend culminating in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 for the Cup Series. Meanwhile, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes off the entire month of April.

Saturday’s Xfinity Series race, the sixth race of the season for the series, is scheduled for 200 laps, divided into stages of 45, 45 and 110 laps. The top-four highest finishers among Xfinity championship-eligible drivers will be eligible for the first Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus of 2018 to be awarded the next race weekend at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway.

Cup Series driver Erik Jones swept Xfinity Series competition at Texas Motor Speedway last year, winning both the series’ races at the track.

Sunday’s race marks the seventh race of the season for the Cup Series. The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 is slated for 334 laps, divided into two 85-lap stages and a 164-lap third stage. Jimmie Johnson was the winer of last year’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, but Kevin Harvick was the victor the last time the Cup Series visited TMS last November. Johnson leads active drivers with seven wins at Texas.

Here’s a look at the schedule of on-track activity at Texas Motor Speedway (courtesy of NASCAR.com):

All times ET

FRIDAY
1-1:55 p.m. — Cup Series practice (FS1)
2:05-2:55 p.m. — Xfinity Series practice (FS1)
4:05-4:55 p.m. — Xfinity Series final practice (FS1)
5:45 p.m. — Cup Series qualifying (FS1)

SATURDAY
11-11:55 a.m. — Cup Series practice (FS1)
12:10 p.m. — Xfinity Series qualifying (FS1)
1:30-2:20 p.m. — Cup Series final practice (FS1)
3 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (FOX)

SUNDAY
2 p.m. — Cup Series race (FS1)

WEATHER (courtesy of Accuweather.com):

The first NASCAR race weekend of the year at Texas Motor Speedway is expected to begin and end warmly, with a high of 82 degrees predicted for Friday and a high of 75 degrees predicted for Sunday. Friday’s weather conditions could get somewhat rough, though, with thunderstorms both in the morning and at night and large hail and damaging winds predicted for Friday night. Chances of precipitation Friday are hovering between 55 and 60 percent.

The remainder of the weekend is expected to be calmer, with Saturday providing the coolest daytime temperatures of the weekend. Saturday’s expected high is 54 degrees. Rain chances stand at 12 percent Saturday before dropping to one percent Saturday night. Sunday’s daytime rain chances remain below 10 percent, at six percent, before increasing to 15 percent Sunday night.

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