This weekend’s Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Truck schedules at Phoenix

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It’s NASCAR’s version of new math: eight minus one equals four.

Sunday’s Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway will begin with eight drivers remaining in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

After that one race is over, there will only be four drivers left in the Chase who advance to the championship-deciding race next week at Miami.

Of the eight drivers heading into this weekend’s race, only series leader and Martinsville Chase race winner Jeff Gordon has an automatic berth in the season finale.

At the bottom end of the Chase standings sits Joey Logano, who must win Sunday to advance to the championship round.

All three of NASCAR’s premier national touring series are in action this weekend at the 1-mile flat track in suburban Phoenix.

Here’s how the weekend shapes up (times listed are Eastern):

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

1:30 – 9 pm – Truck garage open

4:30 – 6:55 pm – Truck final practice (no TV)

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

9 am – Truck garage open

9:30 am – 9 pm – Sprint Cup garage open

12:30 – 9:30 pm – Xfinity garage open

12:45 pm – Truck qualifying (Fox Sports 1)

2  – 3:25 pm – Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

3:30 pm – Sprint Cup qualifying inspection begins

3:30 – 4:25 pm – Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

4:45 pm – Truck drivers/crew chief meeting

5 – 6:25 pm – Xfinity final practice (NBCSN)

6:45 pm – Sprint Cup qualifying (NBCSN, MRN)

8 pm – Truck driver introductions

8:30 pm – Camping World Truck Series race, Lucas Oil 150 (150 laps, 150 miles) (Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

8:30 am – Xfinity garage opens

10 am – 6:30 pm – Sprint Cup garage open

11:30 am – 12:25 pm – Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

12:45 pm – Xfinity qualifying (NBCSN)

2:15 pm – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

2:30 – 3:20 pm – Sprint Cup final practice (NBCSN, MRN)

3:30 pm – Xfinity driver introductions

4 pm – Xfinity race – DAV 200 Honoring America’s Veterans (200 laps, 200 miles) (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15

8:30 am – Sprint Cup garage opens

12:30 pm – Sprint Cup driver/crew chief meeting

2 pm – Sprint Cup driver introductions

2:30 pm – Sprint Cup race – Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 (312 laps, 312 miles) (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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