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New Hampshire weekend schedule

NASCAR America explains why Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are still the drivers to beat, evaluates the drivers who can challenge them at New Hampshire, and why fans can expect to see short-track style racing.

NASCAR begins the month of August with a Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Cup series is the only event on the New Hampshire weekend schedule.

The’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, a high of 83 degrees and 8% chance of rain for the start of the race.

More: Entry list for New Hampshire

Kevin Harvick beat Denny Hamlin in a door-banging finish in last year’s race. They enter this weekend as the top two drivers. Hamlin has won a series-high five races this season, including last week’s race at Kansas Speedway. Harvick has four wins this season. Harvick has won the past two races at New Hampshire and three of the last five at the 1-mile track.

Here is the New Hampshire weekend schedule with TV and radio info:

(All times ET)

Saturday, Aug. 1

3:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Driver motorhome parking (screening in progress)

4 p.m. - Rookie meeting (electronic communication)

5 p.m. - Driver-crew chief meeting (electronic communication)

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Haulers enter (screening and equipment unload)

Sunday, Aug. 2

8 a.m. - Cup garage opens

8 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Garage access screening in progress

2:50 p.m. - Drivers report to cars

3 p.m. - Cup race; 301 laps/318.46 miles (NBCSN, Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

7 p.m. - Haulers exit

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