Weather, Start Time, and More: All You Should Know Ahead of the Atlanta Race in NASCAR Xfinity Series

Published 03/20/2021, 10:45 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


On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series race will kick off at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Reigning series champion Austin Cindric heads into the race on the back of being the first multiple-race winner this season. After winning the Xfinity Series race at Phoenix, he now sits on pole position at Atlanta.

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It is worth mentioning that Saturday plays host to a double-header. To be precise, the Xfinity race kicks off on the same day as the Camping World Truck Series. While the Truck race will start off the day’s proceedings, the Xfinity Series race will close the show.

Fortunately, the weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, but a 0% chance of rain.

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How will the NASCAR Xfinity Series race play out?

The green flag is set to wave at 5:13 PM. However, long before that, the garages will open at 10 AM, with drivers entering their cars at 4:40 PM. Once the flag waves, the race will run for 163 laps on the 1.5-mile speedway. The first stage ends after Lap 40, while the second stage ends on lap 80.

It is worth mentioning that the race will be broadcast on FS1 at 5 PM. However, pre-race coverage begins at 4:30 PM and will continue on from there. Additionally, Performance Racing Network (PRN) radio coverage begins at 5 PM and will stream at GoPRN.com. Finally, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will also have the rights to broadcast the race.

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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

Interestingly, Brett Moffitt and Josh Berry will be pulling double duty and will run both Saturday races. Admittedly, Berry was a last-minute inclusion in the Truck Series for Young’s Motorsports after their regular driver Kris Wright tested positive for COVID-19.

Alongside Cindric on the front row is Jeb Burton, with AJ Allmendinger and Brandon Brown behind them. Allmendinger will be eager to try and defend his Atlanta crown, having won the race last year. Other Xfinity participants include Martin Truex Jr in his first Xfinity appearance since 2010.

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