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Saturday’s Xfinity race at Texas: Start time, forecast and more

Eddie Gossage discusses the upcoming NASCAR races at Texas Motor Speedway, how the restart and schedule has impacted racing, rivalries between drivers and protocols for fans returning to the track.

Austin Cindric goes for his third straight win in Saturday’s Texas Xfinity Series race.

Cindric won both races series races last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

Now, Cindric and the rest of his Xfinity peers move on to another 1.5-mile track at Texas, where the race marks the start of the second half of the 2020 season for the series.

Here’s all the info you need for the Texas Xfinity Series race (all times ET):

START: The command to start engines will be at 2:51 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage access health screening begins at 8 a.m. (teams are assigned specific times). Engine prime and final adjustments are at 1 p.m. Drivers report to their cars at 2:30 p.m. The invocation will be given at 2:44 p.m. by Bret Shisler of Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries. The national anthem will be performed at 2:45 p.m. by Master Sergeant Erika Stevens.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile speedway.

PACE LAP: At the direction of race control, the entire field will go down pit road during a pace lap for pit road speed verification. If a driver stops in the pit box for any reason, pull over or slow down, they will start at the rear of the field.

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

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will televise the race. Its coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green, followed by the race broadcast at 3 p.m. Click here to view the stream. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast will begin at 2:30 p.m. and also can be heard at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The forecast calls for sunny skies, a high of 91 degrees and a 0% of rain at the start of the race.

LAST RACE: A day after beating Riley Herbst and Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric won his second race in as many days at Kentucky by beating Chase Briscoe and Justin Haley.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup

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