Today’s Xfinity race at Kansas: Start time, weather, TV radio info

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The Xfinity Series will begin the second round of its inaugural Chase today at Kansas Speedway with the Kansas Lottery 300, which can be seen on NBCSN.

Here’s everything you need to know about the race.

(All times are ET)

START: Nico Hernandez, a 2016 USA Olympic bronze medalist will give the command to start engines at 2:57 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 3:06 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile track.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Xfinity garage opens at 8:30 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 1:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2:30 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Samantha Dawn, from Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, will perform the National Anthem at 2:51 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race with its coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green, followed by race coverage at 3 p.m on NBC. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast will begin at 2:30 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com predicts a temperature of 78 degrees at race time with a 3 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Kyle Busch has won the last two Xfinity Series races at Kansas, leading a combined 90 laps in 2014 and 2015.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here to see the starting grid.

NASCAR America: Is there cause for concern with Jimmie Johnson’s performance thus far?

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It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.

The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.

He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.

And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?

NASCAR America: Mark Martin is definitely a Kyle Larson fan

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching  Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson involved in minor fender bender while leaving Fontana

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Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.

But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.

No one was injured, Larson tweeted.

But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson’s Fontana win shows continued maturing as a driver

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Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.