Tonight’s Xfinity race at Kentucky: start time, weather, TV/radio info and lineup

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After a close finish in last weekend’s race at Daytona, the Xfinity Series returns to action tonight in the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

It will be the 16th race of the 2016 season and the first of two events at Kentucky this year.

Here’s all the info you need for tonight’s race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Retired USAF Brigadier General Dan Cherry will give the command for drivers to start their engines at 8:37. The green flag is set for 8:45.

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

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Xfinity garage opens at 11 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 6:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 8 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Local country music artist Heather Roush will perform the anthem at 8:31.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race with its coverage beginning at 8 p.m. with Countdown to Green. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 8 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 80 degrees at race time with a 15 percent chance of thunderstorms.

LAST TIME: Brad Keselowski used lapped traffic to charge past Erik Jones on Lap 192 for his third Kentucky win. Keselowski led 72 of the race’s 200 laps. Jones finished second after leading 22 laps before losing the top spot. Kyle Busch led a race-high 88 laps and finished third with Daniel Suarez finishing fourth and Elliott Sadler fifth. Ryan Blaney won the most recent Kentucky race, winning last September. Ty Dillon was second and followed by Regan Smith, Chase Elliott and Brandon Jones.

STARTING LINEUP:

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