Daytona Xfinity road course race underway after lightning delay



Engines were fired at 4:50 p.m. ET for Saturday’s Xfinity race at the Daytona International Speedway road course. Lightning delayed the scheduled start by about 90 minutes. The race is on NBCSN.


The start of Saturday’s Xfinity race at the Daytona road course has been delayed by lightning.

NASCAR announced a lightning hold at about 3 p.m. ET. NASCAR cannot resume activities until going 30 minutes without a lightning strike within an 8-mile radius of Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR reported another lightning strike within an 8-mile radius of the track at 3:23 p.m., resetting the 30-minute clock before activities can continue. At 3:30 p.m. ET, NASCAR told teams that incoming storm had wind gusts of 30-40 mph.

NASCAR announced they had received the all clear to resume activities at 4:22 p.m. ET.

The command to fire engines is scheduled for 4:50 p.m. ET. Green flag is expected to be at 5:02 p.m. ET.

Today’s race is on NBCSN and can be streamed on the NBC Sports App.

Austin Cindric, who has won four of the past five Xfinity races, starts on the pole. Cindric won last week at Road America. Chase Briscoe, who won the road course race at Indianapolis in July, starts second.