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NASCAR weekend schedule at Watkins Glen, Friday’s practices through Sunday’s Sprint Cup race

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NASCAR returns to the twisting 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International road course this weekend for both Sprint Cup and Xfinity races.

This will be the 33rd Sprint Cup race and 22nd Xfinity race held at the upstate New York track.

On-track action begins Friday with two Sprint Cup practice sessions and two Xfinity practice sessions.

Also Friday, there will be a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event, with two practices, qualifying and a 51-lap race starting at 6 pm ET.

Saturday features Sprint Cup and Xfinity qualifying, followed by the Zippo 200 Xfinity race.

Sunday will be the weekend’s main event, the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup race.

Here’s the schedule (all times listed are Eastern):


8:30 am – 8 pm – Sprint Cup garage open
10 am – 8 pm – Xfinity garage open
11:30 am – 12:50 pm – Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)
1 pm – 2:25 pm – Xfinity practice (NBSCN)
3:30 pm – 4:25 pm – Final Xfinity practice (NBSCN)
4:40 pm – 5:55 pm – Final Sprint Cup practice (NBSCN, MRN)
6 pm – Xfinity qualifying inspection


8 am – 3:30 pm – Sprint Cup garage open
9 am – Xfinity garage opens
11:15 am – Xfinity qualifying (CNBC)
12:45 pm – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting
1:15 pm – Sprint Cup qualifying (NBSCN, MRN)
2:30 pm – Xfinity driver introduction
3 pm – Zippo 200 Xfinity race (82 laps, 200.9 miles) (NBSCN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)


8 am – Sprint Cup garage opens
1 pm – Sprint Cup driver/crew chief meeting
1:30 pm – Sprint Cup driver introductions
2 pm – Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup race (90 laps, 220.5 miles) (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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