The race for first in the points heats up with six races remaining in the Xfinity regular season. The top three in the standings are separated by 30 points entering Saturday’s race at Michigan International Speedway.
AJ Allmendinger, who won this race last year in triple overtime, leads the standings. He has a 17-point lead over Justin Allgaier. Allmendinger leaders Ty Gibbs had 30 points. Allmendinger is coming off of his win last weekend on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Austin Hill could be one to watch. He has finished in the top 10 in each of the past seven races, the longest active streak.
The last 11 races at Michigan have been won by 11 different drivers.
Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Michigan International Speedway
(All time Eastern)
START: The order to start the engines will be given at 3:39 pm … The green flag is set to be waved at 3:48 pm
PRERACE: The Xfinity garage opens at 7:30 am … Xfinity practice begins at 9:05 am … Xfinity qualifying begins at 9:35 am … Driver introductions are at 3 pm … The invocation is will be given at 3:30 pm by Father Geoff Rose of St Francis de Sales High School. … Lisa Bascom will perform the Canadian Anthem at 3:31 pm and the National Anthem at 3:32 pm
DISTANCE: The race is 125 laps (250 miles) on the 2-mile speedway.
STAGES: Stage 1 will end on Lap 30. Stage 2 will end on Lap 60.
TV/RADIO: USA Network will broadcast the race at 3:30 pm Countdown to Green begins at 3 pm on USA Network. The post-race show will air on USA Network… Motor Racing Network coverage will begin at 3 pm and will also stream on mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.
ASSESSMENT: Weather Underground – Mostly sunny, a high of 85 degrees and a 4% chance of rain at the start of the race
LAST YEAR: AJ Allmendinger led 70 of 139 laps to win the August race in triple overtime. Brandon Jones was second. Noah Gragson finished third.