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Friday’s NASCAR Cup and Xfinity schedules at Michigan


during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 28, 2016 in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Jerry Markland

The big race weekend at Michigan International Speedway begins today.

The NASCAR Cup Series will have one practice session and qualifying for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will have two practice sessions in preparation for Saturday’s Irish Hills 250.

Here’s how today’s schedule at the 2-mile fast track in Michigan’s Irish Hills shapes up:

(All times are Eastern)

8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Cup garage open

9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

11 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. – Cup practice (Fox Sports 2, Motor Racing Network)

12:30 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. – Xfinity practice (FS2)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (FS2)

4:15 p.m. – Cup qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (FS2, MRN)