Nascar Xfinity Series Race: Rain Forces Organizers to Move the Race to Thursday

Published 05/19/2020, 9:28 PM EDT


NASCAR has confirmed that the Xfinity Series Race will now be on Thursday. Stormy climate prompted the delay of Tuesday night’s race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Darlington Raceway.

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The Toyota 200 was planned for a 6 pm ET start, after a two-hour extension due to the danger of rough weather. Steady downpour forced the 147-lap race to move to Thursday, around early afternoon ET.

Earlier this week, the weather department gave a forecast of ‘high likelihood of rain’ on Wednesday in Darlington. Additionally, one can expect intermittent rainfall in the next few days as well.

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NASCAR authorities had 10 Air Titans to lead the track-drying appointment at the 1.366-mile oval. However, a raging tempest made it difficult to start the race.

NASCAR Xfinity Series will be back after 9 weeks

The race is the Xfinity Series’ first event since March 7. The COVID-19 outbreak resulted in the brief suspension of the entirety of the circuit’s races since mid-March.

The Darlington event and resulting races in May and June are booked to be held without fans in participation and without training or qualifying.

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At the point when the race gets going, Noah Gragson — victor of the Xfinity season opener at Daytona in February — will begin from the No. 1 spot after an organized draw for starting positions. Michael Annett, who is Gragson’s JR Motorsports colleague, will be stationed close to him in the first column. Focuses pioneer Harrison Burton begins twelfth.

Additionally, the series is planning to take over one of the most rigorous season calendars in its history. This week NASCAR will have two races in Darlington and will move to Charlotte the next day to have three more races there.

The next nine days will see all of the aforementioned action.

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After that, races will be held in Bristol, Atlanta, Martinsville, and Miami. Additionally, NASCAR can announce new races as soon as this week, as more and more states open for business. Reports are also saying that the Xfinity race in Indianapolis will be the first return race to allow spectators.

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Mrinal Kuniyal

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Mrinal Kuniyal has been a contributor to EssentiallSports since early 2020 and has focused on Formula 1, NASCAR, and IndyCar. He's a management graduate and his areas of interest include motorsports, marketing, and music.

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