NASCAR alters Darlington Xfinity Series race

NASCAR has bumped up the start time of the Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway, the Toyota 200, by two hours from 8:00 p.m. ET to 6:00 p.m. ET.

The Toyota 200 at Darlington Raceway, the first NASCAR Xfinity Series race since the race at Phoenix Raceway was contested all the way back on Saturday, March 7, had initially been scheduled to get underway at 8:00 p.m. ET this evening.

The 73-day hiatus from racing at NASCAR’s second highest level of competition is now set to conclude two hours sooner due to the threat of rain and thunderstorms in the area.

6:00 p.m. ET is the new scheduled start time for this 147-lap race around the four-turn, 1.366-mile (2.198-kilometer) oval in Darlington, South Carolina, which is the fifth race on the 2020 schedule. The race distance has not been changed.

Fox Sports 1 is still set to provide live coverage from the track “Too Tough To Tame.”

This race was not initially on the schedule, as Darlington Raceway has not hosted a spring Xfinity Series race since hosting one in April of 2014.

But because of the coronavirus pandemic, NASCAR had to improvise, and like the Cup Series did on Sunday following a 70-day hiatus, the Xfinity Series is scheduled to get back underway at the track.

Darlington Raceway had hosted its annual Xfinity Series race on Labor Day Saturday in each of the last five years. It is still scheduled to do so in 2020. If that happens, the 2020 season would be the first season since the 2004 season to feature two Xfinity Series races at “The Lady in Black”.

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JR Motorsports teammates Noah Gragson and Michael Annett are set to share the front row to start the Toyota 200 after a random draw set the starting lineup using groups based on owner points. Tune in to Fox Sports 1 at 6:00 p.m. ET this evening for live coverage.

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