Today’s NASCAR Xfinity race at Kentucky: Start time, TV information and more

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SPARTA, Ky.  — The NASCAR Xfinity Series will play host Friday night to the Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

Here are the particulars (all times are ET):

START: Three master distillers – Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey, Jim Rutledge of Four Roses and Fred Noe of Jim Beamwill give the command for drivers to start their engines at 7:37 p.m. ET. The green flag is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

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

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Xfinity garage opens at 9 a.m., and qualifying will be held at 3:45 p.m. The drivers meeting is at 6:45 p.m. Driver introductions is at 7 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: It will be performed by Felita LaRock, former lead vocalist for the USAF Band of Flight at 7:31 p.m.

TV/RADIO:  NBCSN will broadcast the race (and streaming available at, starting with a prerace show at 7 p.m. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The site predicts 74 degrees at race time with a 37% chance of rain.

LAST TIME: Kevin Harvick won this race a year ago, taking the lead from Kyle Busch on a restart with five laps remaining. In the most recent Xfinity race at Kentucky last September, Brendan Gaughan led the final six laps after seizing first from Chase Elliott.