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Today’s Xfinity race at Auto Club: Start time, lineup and more

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The fifth race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season takes place today at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

Kyle Busch has the chance to earn his 200th career NASCAR win. Can he win today and double up with a win in Sunday’s Cup race, just like he did last weekend at Phoenix?

Here’s all the information for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Curtis Templeton will give the command to start engines at 5:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 5:16 p.m.

PRERACE: Qualifying is at 1:10 p.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 3:15 p.m. Driver introductions begin at 4:30 p.m. The invocation will be given at 5 p.m. by Billy Mauldin, Motor Racing Outreach Chaplain. Malea Emma will perform the National Anthem at 5:02 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 150 laps (300 miles) around the 2-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 35. Stage 2 ends on Lap 70.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will televise the race. Coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 4:30 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for sunny skies with a high of 75 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain for the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Joey Logano won the race last March. Justin Allgaier was second. Elliott Sadler was third.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.

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Saturday schedule at ISM Raceway

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Today’s racing action at ISM Raceway includes two Cup practices, Xfinity qualifying and the iK9 Service Dog 200 Xfinity race.

Brad Keselowski is this race’s defending winner. Christopher Bell won at ISM in the Xfinity playoffs in November.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

9 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Cup garage open

11:35 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. – Cup practice (Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network)

12:40 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying; multi-vehicle, three rounds (FS1)

1:45 p.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

2:05 – 2:55 p.m. – Final Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

3:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

4 p.m. – iK9 Service Dog 200 Xfinity race; 200 laps/200 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

Xfinity practice report from Phoenix

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Austin Cindric topped Friday’s second and final Xfinity Series practice at ISM Raceway in suburban Phoenix.

Much like his Team Penske counterparts Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski, who were 1-2 in Friday’s sole Cup practice, Cindric put the Penske camp atop the second Xfinity practice with a speed of 132.129 mph.

Christopher Bell was second-fastest (131.791 mph), followed by John Hunter Nemechek (131.560), Ryan Truex (131.473) and Kyle Busch (131.430), who was fastest in the first practice earlier in the day.

Sixth through 10th were Cole Custer (131.043 mph), Tyler Reddick (130.942), Justin Allgaier (130.890), Noah Gragson (130.686) and Justin Haley (130.345).

There was one incident in the session when Ronnie Bassett Jr.’s Chevrolet Camaro hit the Turn 3 wall hard with about three minutes remaining, ending the session early. Bassett is slated to make his Xfinity Series race debut on Saturday. It’s unclear if his team will be able to repair the damage.

Xfinity teams will qualify (multi-vehicle, three rounds) Saturday at 12:40 p.m. ET, with the iK9 Service Dog 200 race later that afternoon at 4 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Click here for the full second practice speed chart.

FIRST PRACTICE SESSION:

Kyle Busch was fastest in the first of two Xfinity Series practices Friday at ISM Raceway in suburban Phoenix.

Busch topped the 29-driver field with a speed of 131.921 mph. The Las Vegas native will be seeking his 94th career Xfinity win in Saturday’s iK9 Service Dog 200. He’s also going for his second win in a row, having won last week’s Xfinity race at Las Vegas.

Christopher Bell was second-fastest (131.579 mph), followed by Cole Custer (131.148), Austin Cindric (131.133) and John Hunter Nemechek (131.043).

Sixth through 10th were Ryan Truex (130.890), Tyler Reddick (130.776), Noah Gragson (130.615), Justin Allgaier (130.572) and Justin Haley (130.506).

The second and final Xfinity practice session will run later this afternoon from 5:05 to 5:55 p.m. ET.

Click here for the full practice speed chart.

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Friday schedule at ISM Raceway

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The weekend of racing action kicks off today at ISM Raceway with one Cup practice and qualifying, along with two Xfinity Series practices.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Cup garage open

11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

1:35 – 2:25 p.m – First Cup practice (NASCAR.com, Motor Racing Network)

3:05 – 3:55 p.m. – First Xfinity practice (Fox Sports 1)

5:05 – 5:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (FS1)

6:10 p.m. – Cup qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (FS1, MRN)

NASCAR’s weekend schedule at ISM Raceway in Phoenix

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The NASCAR season moves into the middle of the three-race West Coast swing this weekend with Cup and Xfinity races at ISM Raceway in the Phoenix suburb of Avondale, Arizona.

Unlike the first three races of the season, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series will not be part of this weekend’s event. That series is off until March 23 at Martinsville.

Here’s the weekend’s schedule with TV and radio info:

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, March 8

10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Cup garage open

11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

1:35 – 2:25 p.m – Cup practice (NASCAR.com, Motor Racing Network)

3:05 – 3:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (Fox Sports 1)

5:05 – 5:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (FS1)

6:10 p.m. – Cup qualifying; multi-vehicle, three rounds (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Saturday, March 9

9 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Cup garage open

11:35 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. – Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

12:40 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying; multi-vehicle, three rounds (FS1)

1:45 p.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

2:05 – 2:55 p.m. – Cup final practice (FS1, MRN)

3:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

4 p.m. – iK9 Service Dog 200 Xfinity race; 200 laps/200 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, March 11

9 a.m. – Cup garage open

12:30 p.m. – Cup driver/crew chief meeting

1:50 p.m. – Cup driver introductions

3:30 p.m. – TicketGuardian 500 Cup race; 312 laps/312 miles (Fox, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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