Thursday’s NASCAR Xfinity race at Darlington: Start time, lineup and more
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will resume its season Thursday at Darlington Raceway.
The series was scheduled to race Tuesday (After the starting time was moved up two hours because of rain in the forecast), but rain pushed it to Thursday. The race is now scheduled for noon ET Thursday.
Noah Gragson will start on the pole and be joined on the front row by JR Motorsports teammate Michael Annett.
Here are the details for the race:
NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway
(All times are Eastern)
START: First responders from the city of Hartsville, city of Darlington and Darlington County, South Carolina, will give the command to start engines at 12:05 p.m.. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 12:17 p.m.
PRERACE: Garage access health screening begins at 7 a.m. (teams are assigned specific times). Engine prime and final adjustments at 10 a.m. Drivers report to their cars at 11:50 a.m. The invocation will be given at 11:57 a.m. by Dr. Bill Curtis, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Darlington, South Carolina. The National Anthem will be performed at 11:58 a.m. by Senior Master Sergeant Steven David, South Carolina Air National Guard.
DISTANCE: The race is 147 laps (200 miles) around the 1.366-mile oval.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.
PACE LAPS: At the direction of race control, drivers will have the opportunity to run one pace lap down pit road before the green flag for a pit road speed check. If you stop in your box for any reason, pull over or slow down, you will start at the rear of the field.
COMPETITION CAUTION: Lap 15. The field will be frozen at the caution. When pit road is open, only the top 20 cars will be allowed to pit. Each car that pits must beat the pace car off pit road to retain its position. On the next lap, the other 19 cars will pit. Each car that pits must beat the pace car off pit road to retain its position. Then, the top 20 cars will be allowed to pit a second time. On the next lap, the other 19 cars will be allowed to pit again. After the second cycle for each team is completed, the lineup will be set and the race will resume.
TV/RADIO: FS1 will televise the race at noon. Motor Racing Network’s coverage will begin at noon and can also be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast calls for thunderstorms with a high of 74 degrees and 86% chance of rain at the race’s start.
LAST RACE: Brandon Jones won at Phoenix on March 7 in the last Xfinity race before the season was suspended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Points leader Harrison Burton was second. Kyle Busch placed third.
LAST RACE AT DARLINGTON: Cole Custer won last September after Denny Hamlin’s winning car failed post-race inspection. Tyler Reddick placed second. Ryan Blaney was third.
LINEUP (set by rule book and random draw): Click here for the starting lineup.