Severe weather forces postpone of NASCAR Xfinity race

SPARTA, Ky. – With a dangerous storm approaching Kentucky Speedway, NASCAR opted to postpone Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 until noon on Saturday (NBCSN), creating a doubleheader with the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday night (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

“NASCAR and Kentucky Speedway have decided to postpone tonight’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race until tomorrow,” NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said in a statement. “Fan safety is our number one priority.

“Due to extreme weather forecasted deep into this evening, we did not see any opportunity to get the race completed tonight.”

When the race starts on Saturday, Kyle Busch will lead the field to the green flag, having won the pole for both Saturday races at the 1.5-mile track. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Erik Jones, will start beside him on the front row.

Series leader Elliott Sadler qualified 18th.

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