Start Time, Weather, Dash 4 Cash, More: All You Should Know About Talladega NASCAR Xfinity Series 2021 Race

Published 04/24/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Daniel Hemric (18) and Austin Cindric (22) lead the field to start the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

After a week’s break, the NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to the race track on Saturday for the Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. It is the eighth race of the 2021 season after Josh Berry stunned the field to win his maiden NASCAR Xfinity race a couple of weeks ago at Martinsville.


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Saturday’s race is also the second ‘Dash 4 Cash’ race this season. Berry (courtesy of his Martinsville win), Noah Gragson (who won the previous $100,000 up for grabs), Daniel Hemric, and Brandon Jones are eligible for the prize this weekend.

Start time: The race is scheduled for a 4 pm ET start, with the green flag to be waved off at 4.14 pm ET.


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Where to watch: Fox’s pre-race coverage will kick off at 3.30 pm. Motor Racing Network’s radio coverage will also begin at 3.30 on Fans can also catch the race on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Weather forecast: Thunderstorms are expected in the area around race time and we could be in for another long day. The chances of rain stand at over 60% with a temp high of 74 degrees.

Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) leads the field during the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The first two stages of the 113-lap race will be 25 laps each, with the final stage running over 63 laps.

Dash 4 Cash scenario for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega

Reigning series champ Austin Cindric will start the race on pole position. Hemric will join him on the front row, while Harrison Burton, Noah Gragson, and Justin Haley will complete the top-five starting positions.

Cindric won the superspeedway race earlier this year, which was the Daytona season opener. However, Haley is a driver to watch out for due to his superior superspeedway record off late. The Kaulig Racing driver scored three straight wins on those tracks last year, sweeping both Talladega races as well.

Cindric currently leads the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings with 317 points to his name. He is the only driver to have won two races this season and has a 42-point lead over Hemric in second place.

AJ Allmendinger, Myatt Snider, Justin Allgaier, and Berry are the other drivers who have won races yet.


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Brett Moffitt’s Xfinity switch; Natalie Decker’s return

Earlier this week, Brett Moffitt shifted his points eligibility from the NASCAR Truck Series to Xfinity Series for the rest of the season. Moffitt is participating in both series this year but felt it was better for him to move to the Xfinity points scenario.

Saturday’s race also sees the return of Natalie Decker to NASCAR racing for the second race this season. She will drive the No. 23 Our Motorsports car.


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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.