Xfinity Series start times, TV info announced by NASCAR

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Start times and TV information for the 2016 Xfinity Series schedule were released Tuesday morning by NASCAR.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the series where “Names Are Made” consists of four races on NBC, 12 races on NBCSN, two races on USA Network, and one race on CNBC.

NBC’s coverage will again include Rick Allen as lead announcer with Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton in the booth. Krista Voda returns to host pre- and post-race coverage alongside NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett and analyst Kyle Petty. Pit road will again feature Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Kelli Stavast and Dave Burns. NASCAR Talk‘s Nate Ryan will provide news and Rutledge Wood also is back to do features.

Fox Sports will televise the first 14 Xfinity races, with four on Fox and 10 on Fox Sports 1.

Here’s how the race start and TV schedule shapes up:

(All times listed are Eastern)

Feb. 20 – Daytona … 3:30 p.m. … Fox Sports 1

Feb. 27 – Atlanta … 1:30 p.m. … Fox Sports 1

March 5 – Las Vegas … 4 p.m. … Fox Sports 1

March 12 – Phoenix … 2:30 p.m. … Fox

March 19 – Auto Club Speedway … 4 p.m. … Fox Sports 1

April 8 – Texas … 8:30 p.m. … Fox Sports 1

April 16 – Bristol … 12:30 p.m. … Fox Sports 1

April 23 – Richmond … 12:30 p.m. … Fox Sports 1

April 30 – Talladega … 3 p.m. … Fox

May 14 – Dover … 2 p.m. … Fox

May 28 – Charlotte … 2:30 p.m. … Fox Sports 1

June 4 – Pocono … 1 p.m. … Fox

June 11 – Michigan … 1:30 p.m. … Fox Sports 1

June 19 – Iowa … 1:30 p.m. … Fox Sports 1

July 1 – Daytona … 7:30 p.m. … NBCSN

July 8 – Kentucky … 8:30 p.m. … NBCSN

July 16 – New Hampshire … 4 p.m. … NBCSN

July 23 – Indianapolis … 3:30 p.m. … NBCSN

July 30 – Iowa … 8 p.m. … NBCSN

Aug. 6 – Watkins Glen … 2 p.m. … CNBC

Aug. 13 – Mid-Ohio … 3:30 p.m. … USA

Aug. 19 – Bristol … 7:30 p.m. … USA

Aug. 27 – Road America … 3 p.m. … NBCSN

Sept. 3 – Darlington … 3:30 p.m. … NBC

Sept. 9 – Richmond … 7:30 p.m. … NBCSN

Sept. 17 – Chicagoland … 3:30 p.m. … NBC

Sept. 24 – Kentucky … 8 p.m. … NBCSN

Oct. 1 – Dover … 3 p.m. … NBCSN

Oct. 7 – Charlotte … 8 p.m. … NBCSN

Oct. 15 – Kansas … 4 p.m. … NBCSN

Nov. 5 – Texas … 3:30 p.m. … NBC

Nov. 12 – Phoenix … 3:30 p.m. … NBC

Nov. 19 – Homestead … 3:30 p.m. … NBCSN

Saturday NASCAR schedule at Talladega Superspeedway

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Both the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series will race Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Cup cars will start the day’s action by qualifying for Sunday’s playoff race, followed by the Truck playoff race and then the Xfinity playoff race.

Talladega Superspeedway (Cup, Xfinity and Truck)

Weekend weather

Saturday: Sunny. High of 78.

Saturday, Oct. 1

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Cup Series
  • 9:30 a.m. — Truck Series
  • 1 p.m. — Xfinity Series

Track activity

  • 10:30 a.m. – Noon — Cup Series qualifying (NBC Sports app, Motor Racing Network, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio)
  • 12:30 p.m. — Truck Series race (94 laps, 250 miles; FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 4 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (113 laps, 300 miles; USA Network, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Talladega Xfinity starting lineup: Austin Hill wins pole

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Austin Hill will lead the field to the green flag Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway after scoring his first career Xfinity Series pole.

Hill won the pole Friday with a lap of 182.036 mph. He will be joined on the front row by fellow playoff contender Ty Gibbs (181.981 mph).

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Playoff drivers will start in seven of the top eight spots. The exception is Sheldon Creed, who will start third after a lap of 181.870 mph. Hill and Creed give Richard Childress Racing the first and third starting spots.

Justin Allgaier (181.529) qualified fourth and Brandon Jones (181.305) completed the top five. Noah Gragson, who has won four races in a row, starts sixth after a lap of 181.134 mph and is followed by playoff drivers Josh Berry (181.052) and AJ Allmendinger (180.932).

The Xfinity Series race is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET Saturday on USA Network.

Talladega Truck starting lineup: John Hunter Nemechek wins pole

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — John Hunter Nemechek will start on the pole for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race.

Nemechek earned the pole with a lap of 178.767 mph.

Nemechek is one of four playoff drivers starting in the top six: Chandler Smith (second, 177.732 mph), Zane Smith (fourth, 177.061) and Ty Majeski (sixth, 176.744). Majeski clinched a spot in next month’s championship race at Phoenix with his Bristol win.

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Also qualifying in the top five were Carson Hocevar (177.068) in third and Matt Crafton (176.960) in fifth.

Failing to qualify are Tim Viens, Spencer Boyd, Jason White and Natalie Decker.

Saturday Talladega Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather

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The second race of the opening round of the Xfinity playoffs takes drivers to Talladega Superspeedway.

Noah Gragson secured his spot in the next round by winning last weekend at Texas. Ryan Sieg holds the final transfer spot. Riley Herbst is the first driver below the cutline, one point behind Sieg. Also below the cutline are reigning series champion Daniel Hemric (-8 points), Brandon Jones (-12) and Jeremy Clements (-28).

Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Talladega Superspeedway

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 4:09 p.m. … Green flag is scheduled to wave at 4:21 p.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 1 p.m. … Driver introductions are at 3:30 p.m. … The invocation will be given at 4 p.m. … The Brookwood High School choir will perform the anthem at 4:02 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 113 laps (300.58 miles) on the 2.66-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 25. Stage 2 ends at Lap 50.

TV/RADIO: USA Network will broadcast the race at 4 p.m. Countdown to Green begins at 3:30 p.m. on USA Network. … Motor Racing Network coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. and also will stream at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

STREAMING: NBCsports.com

FORECAST: Weather Underground — Sunny with a high of 78 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Noah Gragson won and was followed by Jeffrey Earnhardt and AJ Allmendinger.