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Friday schedule for NASCAR at Indianapolis

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A big weekend of racing begins today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

There are only two Xfinity Series practice sessions slated for today. The Cup Series kicks off its share of the weekend Saturday – with the main event being Sunday’s Brickyard 400, which will set the final two playoff spots.

Here is Friday’s schedule (with TV information):

(All times are Eastern)

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

2:05 – 2:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

4:05 – 4:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

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Entry lists for NASCAR at Indianapolis

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NASCAR returns to the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for both Cup and Xfinity Series races.

The championship hopes for Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson are on the line in Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka 400, the final race for the playoffs.

Saturday’s Xfinity race will be the next-to-last regular season event, as its playoffs begin Sept. 20 at Richmond.

Here’s this week’s entry list information for both Cup and Xfinity:

CUP – Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard (2 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC)

There is a full field of 40 cars entered in Sunday’s race.

Ryan Sieg will make his first Cup start of the season in the No. 17 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet.

Click here for the entry list.

 

XFINITY – Indiana 250 (3 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

There are 38 cars entered in this race, including two Cup regulars:

* Austin Dillon will drive the No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet.

* Kyle Busch will drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Also, Trucks driver Austin Hill, who has won two races in that series this season and is in the playoffs, will spend his off-weekend making his second attempt for his first career Xfinity Series start (he did not qualify in his other bid in July’s Xfinity race at Daytona).

Click here for the entry list.

 

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

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The first race of Darlington Raceway’s throwback weekend features the Xfinity Series. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney are among those joining the Xfinity regulars for this race.

Hamlin has won this race five times. Earnhardt is making his first Xfinity start at Darlington since 1999. Christopher Bell has won a series-best six races this season. Cole Custer has five wins this year, and Tyler Reddick has four.

Here’s all the info you need for today’s race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: William “Doc” Schmitz, Commander-in-Chief Veterans of Foreign Wars, will give the command to start engines at 3:52 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 4 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage opens at 11 a.m. Qualifying is at 12:35 p.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 1:45 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3:20 p.m. The invocation will be given by Tim Coker, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Darlington, South Carolina, at 3:45 p.m. Staff Sgt. Adriana Bradley of Shaw Air Force Base will perform the National Anthem at 3:46 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 147 laps (200.08 miles) around the 1.366-mile track.

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

TV/RADIO: NBC will televise the race. Coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green. The Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 3:30 p.m and also can be heard on mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: Wunderground.com forecasts sunny skies with a temperature of 88 degrees and a 2% chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Brad Keselowski won, finishing ahead of Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick last year.

TO THE REAR: Denny Hamlin (backup car)

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup

Saturday schedule at Darlington Raceway

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Today is race day for the Xfinity Series at Darlington Raceway. Xfinity teams will qualify and then race at 4 p.m. ET on NBC.

Cup drivers will be on track only to qualify at 2:05 p.m. ET on NBCSN, setting the lineup for Sunday’s Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

MORE: Retro Rundown for Cup, Xfinity cars 

The wunderground.com forecast calls for a high of 90 degrees and no more than a 10% chance of rain.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

11 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

12:35 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying; single car/one lap (NBCSN)

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

2:05 p.m. – Cup qualifying; single car/one lap (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

3:20 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

4 p.m. – Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200; 147 laps/200.08 miles (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Darlington Xfinity practice report

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DARLINGTON, S.C. – Noah Gragson had the fastest lap in Friday’s final Xfinity Series practice at Darlington Raceway.

Gragson averaged 166.275 around the 1.366-mile track. He was followed by JR Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier (165.726 mph), Christopher Bell (165.663), Cole Custer (164.765) and Chase Briscoe (164.435).

Dale Earnhardt Jr., making his lone NASCAR start this season, was 10th on the speed chart with a top lap of 163.299 mph.

Custer ran the most laps in the session at 55.

 

FIRST PRACTICE

Cole Custer posted the fastest lap in the first of two Xfinity Series practices Friday at Darlington Raceway.

Custer led the way with a lap of 167.607 mph. He was followed by Denny Hamlin (167.373 mph), Justin Allgaier (167.134), Noah Gragson (166.794) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (166.703).

MORE: Click here for practice report

Chase Briscoe ran the most laps in the session at 34. He was seventh on the speed chart with a top lap of 166.388 mph.

Hamlin will go to a backup car after hitting the wall in practice. Final Xfinity practice will be from 3:05-3:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN.