Southern 500 weekend schedule

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Four months after racing there in May, NASCAR returns to Darlington Raceway for its annual Throwback Weekend and Cup playoff opener.

All three national series will be in action. The Southern 500 caps off the weekend Sunday night (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Here is the Southern 500 weekend schedule:

(All times Eastern)

Friday, Sept. 4

3:30 p.m. – Xfinity rookie meeting (electronic communication)

4 p.m. – Xfinity driver-crew chief meeting (electronic communication)

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – driver motorhome parking (screening in progress)

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Xfinity haulers enter (screening and equipment unload)

Saturday, Sept. 5

6 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

6 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Xfinity garage access screening in progress

12:05 p.m. – Xfinity drivers report to cars

12:30 p.m. – Xfinity race; 147 laps/200.1 miles (NBC, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

3:30 p.m. – Xfinity haulers exit

4 – 6 p.m. – Truck Series haulers enter (screening and equipment unload)

4:30 p.m. – Cup rookie meeting (electronic communication)

5 p.m. – Cup driver-crew chief meeting (electronic communication)

6 p.m. – Truck Series drive-crew chief meeting (electronic communication)

 

Sunday, Sept. 6

8 a.m. – Truck Series garage opens

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Truck Series garage screening in progress

8:30 – 9 a.m. – Truck Series rookie meeting (electronic communication)

9 – 11 a.m. – Cup haulers enter (screening and equipment unload)

11 a.m. – Cup garage opens

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Cup garage access screening in progress

1:45 p.m. – Truck Series driver report to vehicles

2 p.m. – Truck race; 147 laps/200.1 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

4:30 p.m. – Truck Series haulers exit

5:50 p.m. – Cup drivers report to cars

6 p.m. – Southern 500; 367 laps/500.1 miles (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

10:30 p.m. – Cup haulers exit