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Saturday’s Darlington Xfinity race: Start time, forecast, TV channel

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The Xfinity Series has had different winners in each of the last four races. Can Saturday’s Darlington Xfinity race at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC extend that streak to five in a row?

The streak started with Austin Cindric‘s victory on the Daytona road course. That was followed by Justin Allgaier‘s victory at Dover, Chase Briscoe‘s win in the second half of the Dover doubleheader, and Justin Haley‘s win last weekend on the Daytona oval.

Four races remain in the Xfinity regular season: Darlington, the Richmond doubleheader (Sept. 11-12) and Bristol (Sept. 18).

Here is all the info for Saturday’s Darlington Xfinity race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Dr. Joe Kearney and Dr. Mary Smyrnioudis, emergency room doctors at McLeod Regional Medical Center, will give the command to start engines at 12:19 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 12:30 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage access health screening begins at 6 a.m. Drivers report to their cars at 12:05 p.m. The invocation will be given at 12:12 p.m. by Tim Coker, pastor, Central Baptist Church in Darlington. The national anthem will be performed by Christian recording artist Broken Lantern Project at 12:13 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 147 laps (200.8 miles) around the 1.366-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.

TV/RADIO: Coverage begins on NBC with Countdown to Green at noon. Race broadcast begins at 12:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio coverage will begin at noon. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the broadcast.

STREAMING: Watch the race on the NBC Sports App. Click here for the link.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, a high of 83 degrees and a 19% chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST RACE: Justin Haley won at Daytona when Kaulig Racing teammates AJ Allmendinger and Ross Chastain wrecked racing for the lead. Gray Gaulding finished second. Chase Briscoe placed  third.

LAST RACE AT DARLINGTON: Chase Briscoe held off Kyle Busch on the last lap to win in May. Busch finished second. Justin Allgaier placed third.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup

Daytona Xfinity race results, point standings

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Justin Haley won Friday’s Xfinity race after a last-lap crash between AJ Allmendinger and Ross Chastain.

It is Haley’s second win of the season.

The top five was completed by Gray Gaulding, Chase Briscoe, Riley Herbst and Harrison Burton.

Click here for the race results.

Point standings

Austin Cindric continues to lead the standings with a 58-point advantage over Briscoe.

Brandon Brown holds the final playoff spot. He has a 32-point advantage over Jeremy Clements.

Click here for the full standings.

Justin Haley wins Xfinity race at Daytona

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Justin Haley won Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Daytona after his teammates, AJ Allmendinger and Ross Chastain, wrecked racing for the lead on the final lap in Turns 3 and 4.

It is Haley’s second win of the year after he won at Talladega.

Allmendinger was leading when Chastain made a move to pass him on the inside. They made contact and started a chain reaction. Austin Cindric and Michael Annett were also involved.

The night was dominated by Kaulig Racing, with Haley winning Stage 1 and Allmendinger claiming Stage 2. The team led 68 of 100 laps.

“An amazing effort by Kaulig Racing,” Haley told NBCSN. “Obviously, I hate that AJ and Ross got together there. … Parked it right here on the double yellow line where I went down too low about two years (and was disqualified from a win) in a Xfinity race. A little humor there.”

Chastain wound up finishing sixth.

“It’s terrible to run into your teammate like that,” Chastain told NBCSN. “Must be my fault, though. It’s unfortunate, we did everything right all night. We just got to win. … Did everything right to be the the best teammate I could. I haven’t always been. Last lap, I don’t back down and I’m going to go for it. … I hate it, man! It’s not going to help me moving forward.”

Allmendinger finished 15th after leading a race-high 58 laps. He said Chastain’s move was fair.

“I try to take care of my teammates, but it is what it is, it’s for the win,” Allmendginer told NBCSN. “Ross is going for the championship and going for a win there. I saw him get low and I thought maybe he’d take care of me a little bit considering I was there. But he’s going for the win.”

The top five was made up of Haley, Gray Gaulding, Chase Briscoe, Riley Herbst and Harrison Burton.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Justin Haley won in a one-lap shootout

STAGE 2 WINNER: AJ Allmendinger passed Gray Gaulding on the last lap to win the stage.

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Gray Gaulding has finished in the top 10 in his last four superspeedway starts, including runner-ups in two of them … Riley Herbst bounced back from aa pass-through penalty at the start of the race to earn his third top five of the season … Josh Williams finish ninth for his third top 10 of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Joe Graf Jr. was eliminated when he was in an early wreck with Jeffrey Earnhardt and Caesar Bacarella … Bacarella was then eliminated when he wrecked on Lap 14 … Earnhardt was involved in a wreck on Lap 25 with Kody Vanderwal, which eliminated both … Noah Gragson‘s night ended early following a large wreck on Lap 40 that involved Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, Daniel Hemric, Brett Moffitt and Anthony Alfredo … Allgaier and Brandon Brown were eliminated on the ensuing restart when Allgaier cut a tire and spun, causing an incident that included Brown and Jeremy Clements.

WHAT’S NEXT: Race at Darlington Raceway, 12:30 p.m. ET Sept. 5 on NBC

Entry lists for Daytona, Gateway

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All three NASCAR national series are competing again this weekend. Cup and Xfinity teams will be at Daytona. Truck teams race at Gateway.

The Cup regular season ends with Saturday night’s race.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for Daytona and Gateway:

Cup – Coke Zero Sugar 400 (7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC)

Forty cars are on the entry list for the race at Daytona International Speedway.

This race marks the regular-season finale. The playoff field will be set after the event. Thirteen playoff spots have been secured. Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron and Jimmie Johnson are among those battling for the final playoff spots.

Click here for Cup entry list

 

Xfinity – Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (7:30 p.m. ET Friday on NBCSN)

Thirty-seven cars are entered for the race at Daytona International Speedway.

Gray Gaulding pilots the No. 07 for SS Green Light Racing.

AJ Allmendinger drives the No. 16 for Kaulig Racing.

Brandon Brown leads Jeremy Clements by 31 points for the final playoff spot with five races left in the regular season for the series.

Click here for Xfinity entry list

 

Truck – Gateway 200 Powered by CK Power (12 p.m. ET Sunday on FS1)

Thirty-five trucks are on the entry list for this race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. The series is pairing with the NTT IndyCar Series at the track this weekend.

Austin Hill leads the points. Rookie Zane Smith has won two of the last three series races.

Click here for Truck entry list

Daytona road course entry lists

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NASCAR’s national series will make their debuts on the Daytona road course this weekend. The Cup, Xfinity and Truck events will be held without any practice or qualifying.

NASCAR is prohibiting drivers from competing in more than one series this weekend on the Daytona road course in an effort to get extra track time. NASCAR states that is to make the event fair for everyone.

Sunday’s Cup race will be broadcast on NBC.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for the races at the Daytona road course 

Cup – Go Bowling 235 (3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC)

Thirty-nine drivers are entered for the race at the Daytona road course.

JJ Yeley is in the No. 27 for Rick Ware Racing.

James Davison is in the No. 51 for Petty Ware Racing.

Gray Gaulding is in the No. 53 for Rick Ware Racing.

Brendan Gaughan is in the No. 62 for Beard Motorsports.

Timmy Hill is in the No. 66 for Motorsports Business Management.

Stanton Barrett is now entered in the No. 77 for Spire Motorsports.

Click here for Cup entry list

 

Xfinity – UNOH 188 (3 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

Thirty-eight cars are entered.

Andy Lally is back in the No. 02 Our Motorsports car after finishing fifth last week at Road America.

AJ Allmendinger, who finished second last week at Road America, is in the No. 16 for Kaulig Racing.

IMSA driver Earl Bamber will make his Xfinity debut this weekend in the No. 21 for Richard Childress Racing.

Brandon Gdovic will make his second start of the season, driving the No. 26 for Sam Hunt Racing.

Click here for Xfinity entry list

 

Truck – Sunoco 159 (Noon ET Sunday on FS1)

Thirty-nine trucks are entered in the race that will be held before the Cup event on Sunday on the Daytona road course.

Alex Tagliani will drive the No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Click here for Truck entry list