NASCAR schedule and weather outlook for Pocono and Texas


This weekend, both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series are in action, with the Truck Series traveling to Texas Motor Speedway near Fort worth for Friday night’s running of the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 and the Sprint Cup Series heading to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., for Sunday’s Pocono 400.

Here’s a combined weekend schedule for both series/both tracks, courtesy of NASCAR.com (all times ET):

THURSDAY:

6-7 p.m. — Truck Series practice
7:30-9 p.m. — Truck Series final practice

FRIDAY:

Noon-1:20 p.m. — Sprint Cup practice (FOX Sports 1)
4:40 p.m. — Sprint Cup qualifying (FOX Sports 1)
5:10 p.m. — Truck Series qualifying
9 p.m. — Truck Series race (FOX Sports 1, beginning at 8:30 p.m.)

SATURDAY:

9-10 a.m. — Sprint Cup practice (FOX Sports 1)
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. — Sprint Cup final practice (FOX Sports 1)

SUNDAY:

1 p.m. — Sprint Cup race (TNT, beginning at 12:30 p.m.)

WEATHER

Texas — According to weather.com, the skies over Fort Worth, Texas, host of this weekend’s Camping World Truck Series race are mostly cloudy but are clearing tonight as the series takes to the track at Texas Motor Speedway for two practice sessions. Rain is expected to stay away.

On Friday, race and qualifying day, rain is also out of the forcast. As a matter-of-fact, skies are expected to be sunny, come qualifying time, and are expected to remain clear as night falls for the scheduled night race. Friday’s temperatures are expected to reach a daytime high of 97 degrees and drop to an overnight low of 73 degrees.

Pocono — Meanwhile, in Long Pond, Pa., location of Pocono Raceway, which is hosting the Sprint Cup Series, there’s no rain in the forecast for qualifying and practice sessions on Friday and Saturday. On Friday temperatures sare expected to reach 71 degrees before dropping to 50 degrees Friday night. Saturday will be warmer, with a high temperature of 78 degrees predicted. The low Saturday is expected to drop to 55 degrees.

Sunday, race day, though, there is a slight chance of rain, but not much. The chance of rain on Sunday is at 10 percent under a partly cloudy sky. Sunday’s expected high temperature is 79 degrees, with an overnight low of 58 degrees.

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