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Saturday Martinsville Xfinity race: Start time, forecast, TV details

Martinsville Xfinity race

MARTINSVILLE, VA - JULY 22: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #21 U.S. Coast Guard Chevrolet, crosses the finish line during the NASCAR Busch Series Goody’s 250 on July 22, 2006 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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Who will join Chase Briscoe in the Xfinity Series championship race? The answer will come with Saturday’s Martinsville Xfinity race (3:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

Three spots remain for the championship round Nov. 7 at Phoenix.

Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier and Justin Haley hold the final three transfer spots for the championship round entering Martinsville. Cindric is 14 points above the cutline. Allgaier is eight points above the cutline. Haley is four points above the cutline.

Those outside a transfer spot are Brandon Jones (-4 points), Ross Chastain (-15), Noah Gragson (-24) and Ryan Sieg (-43).

Adding to the intrigue is that the Xfinity Series has not raced at Martinsville since 2006. That leads to many questions for drivers and teams. Who will win? Who will advance to the title race?

Here is all the info for the Saturday Martinsville Xfinity race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 3:33 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:40 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage access health screening begins at 9:30 a.m. Drivers report to their cars at 3:20 p.m. The invocation is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. The national anthem is scheduled for 3:26 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 250 laps (131.5 miles) around the 0.526-mile speedway.


STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 60. Stage 2 ends on Lap 120.

TV/RADIO: Coverage begins on NBC at 3:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio coverage will begin at 3 p.m. and also can be heard at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the broadcast.

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

FORECAST: The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 53 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST RACE: Harrison Burton passed Noah Gragson in the final corner on the last lap to win last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Gragson was second. Anthony Alfredo placed third.

LAST RACE AT MARTINSVILLE: Kevin Harvick won a race slowed 19 times by caution on July, 22, 2006, back when the series was known as the Busch Series. Clint Bowyer finished second. Denny Hamlin placed third.

TO THE REAR: Kyle Weatherman and Josh Reaume.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup