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Saturday Las Vegas Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather

The Motormouths crew explains why the tight standings and youth movement make this year's NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs exciting.

Xfinity playoff drivers get the first chance to lock themselves in next month’s championship race on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock).

Eight drivers remain in the playoffs. They are vying for the four spots in the Nov. 5 title race at Phoenix.

JR Motorsports has all four drivers still in title contention: Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry and Sam Mayer. The remaining playoff drivers are: Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, Brandon Jones and AJ Allmendinger, who has won the past two playoff races.

Also, Hailie Deegan makes her series debut this weekend.

Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 3:15 p.m. ... Green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:26 p.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at noon. ... Driver intros are at 2:30 p.m. ... The invocation will be given by Ben Fox at 3:07 p.m. ... Cassandra Kliewer will perform the anthem at 3:08 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 201 laps (301.5 miles) on the 1.5-mile speedway.

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

STARTING LINEUP: Las Vegas Xfinity starting lineup

TV/RADIO: NBC and Peacock will broadcast the race at 3 p.m. . ... Performance Racing Network coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. and also will stream at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.

STREAMING: and Peacock

FORECAST: Weather Underground -- Sunny with a high of 83 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Ty Gibbs took the lead from Noah Gragson on the final restart and led the last six laps to win. Gragson was second. Daniel Hemric placed third.