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Tonight’s Xfinity Series race at Kentucky: Start time, weather, TV/radio info and more


The inaugural Xfinity Series Chase begins tonight at Kentucky Speedway with the 300. It’s the second visit to the track in Sparta, Kentucky, this year.

Ryan Blaney is the defending winner.

Here’s all the important info for tonight’s race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Diana Green, executive vice president of membership programs & services for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will give the command to start engines at 8:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

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

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Xfinity garage opens at 11 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 6:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 7:30 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: The Airlifter Brass of the USAF Band of Mid-America will perform the National Anthem at 8:01 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race with its coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green, followed by the green flag at 8:15 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 7:30 p.m. and also can be heard at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The site predicts a temperature of 77 degrees at race time with a three percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Ryan Blaney led a race-high 81 laps to win last year’s race. In July, Kyle Busch started from the pole and led 185 laps in a winning effort.

Starting grid: