Friday’s schedule for Cup, Xfinity at Charlotte

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The Cup Series kicks off its second round of the playoffs with Sunday’s Bank of America 500, while the Xfinity Series holds its first cut-off race in Saturday’s Drive for The Cure 300. Both series will be on track today to prepare for those events.

Today’s action at the 1.5-mile track includes NASCAR Cup practice and qualifying, while the Xfinity Series has two practice sessions.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

11 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Cup garage open

12:30 – 9 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

1:30 – 2:55 p.m. – Cup practice (NBCSN)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

6 – 6:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

7:20 p.m. – Cup qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (NBCSN, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)