Nashville Xfinity race Saturday: start time, TV info, weather

After two weekends off, the NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to action Saturday on the concrete of the Nashville Superspeedway.

Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger earned his second win of the season in the final race of the series on June 4 at Portland International Raceway.

Allmendinger leads the regular season standings by 43 points over Ty Gibbs entering Nashville. But Gibbs leads the playoff standings with his best three wins and 18 playoff points.

Nashville is entering a major run of seven consecutive race weekends for the Xfinity Series.

With seven drivers having all but guaranteed a playoff spot with a win, five playoff spots remain up for grabs. These places are held by Sam Mayer (+137 above the threshold), Daniel Hemric (+102), Landon Cassill (+79), Riley Herbst (+77) and Ryan Sieg (+58 on Anthony Alfredo, 13th).

Saturday’s Xfinity Race Details at Nashville Superspeedway

(all Eastern times)

BEGINNING: Rebecca Hargrove, president and CEO of race sponsor Tennessee Lottery, gives the order to start the engines at 3:38 p.m.… The green flag is to be waved at 3:48 p.m.

PRE-RACE: Xfinity Garage opens at 8 a.m.…Xfinity Qualifiers begin at noon on USA Network…Driver presentations are at 3 p.m.…Bishop Joseph Warren Walker III, senior official of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, will give the invocation at 3:30 p.m.… Naomi Cooke will perform the national anthem at 3:31 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 188 laps (250.04 miles) on the 1.33 mile oval.

STEPS: Stage 1 ends at lap 45. Stage 2 ends at lap 90.

TV/RADIO: USA Network will air the race at 3:30 p.m. Pre-race coverage begins at 3 p.m. Post-race coverage begins at 6 p.m.… Motor Racing Network radio coverage begins at 3 p.m. and will also air at MRN.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will air the MRN show.

DIFFUSION: NBC Sports

PROVIDE: Weather Underground – Mostly cloudy, high 88 degrees, 20% chance of rain around the start of the race

LAST YEAR: Kyle Busch earned his 100th career Xfinity Series win at the Nashville Superspeedway after fending off Justin Allgaier on two restarts in the final 10 laps.

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