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NASCAR at Kentucky: Schedule, dates, qualifying drivers for tripleheader weekenda

After a close high-speed finish at Daytona, NASCAR moves north for another Saturday night race, the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. 

The new-look 1.5-mile track will host its seventh Cup Series race since it first welcomed NASCAR's premier series in 2011. Formerly known as one of the bumpiest tracks on the circuit, Saturday’s race will be the second Cup contest on Kentucky’s repaved racing surface and the reconfigured first and second turns.

The 1.5-mile speedway underwent a full repave during the 2016 offseason and implemented Turns 1 and 2 to have its banking increased from 14 to 17 degrees. The racing groove narrowed in the process, while Turns 3 and 4 remain at 14 degrees of banking. 

Brad Keselowski mastered the track last summer, winning in a fuel-mileage race, conserving enough for the win. This week, Kyle Busch, who won in 2015 and the inaugural event, will hope to land Joe Gibbs Racing's first win of the season. 

The Truck and Xfinity Series join the Monster Energy Cup Series this weekend with racing beginning Wednesday with Truck Series practice

NASCAR at Kentucky schedule, TV channel info
(All times ET)

Wednesday, July 5

Noon- 12:55 p.m.: NASCAR Truck Series first practice 
2- 2:55 p.m.: NASCAR Truck Series second practice 
4- 4:55 p.m.: NASCAR Truck Series final practice 

Thursday, July 6

2- 2:55 p.m.: Xfinity Series practice 
4- 4:50 p.m.: Xfinity Series second practice 
5 p.m.: Truck Series qualifying, FS1
6- 6:50 p.m.: Xfinity Series final practice, NBCSN 
7:30 p.m.: Truck Series Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 (150 laps, 225 miles), FS1 

Friday, July 7

10-11:55 a.m.: Cup Series first practice
1-2:25 p.m.: Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 
4:30 p.m.: Xfinity Series Coors qualifying, NBCSN 
6:15 p.m.: Cup Series qualifying, NBCSN 
8 p.m.: Xfinity Series Alsco 300 (200 laps, 300 miles), NBCSN 

What TV channel is the NASCAR race at Kentucky on?
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts, begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and can be seen on NBC Sports Newtork and the NBC Sports app. 

What are the stage lengths for NASCAR at Kentucky?
The Quaker State 400, which is 267 laps and 400.5 miles, will be broken into three segments: Stage 1 ends on Lap 80, Stage 2 ends on Lap 160 and the final stage ends on Lap 267. 

Friday's Xfinity Series race will be broken into three stages: Lap 45, Lap 90 and Lap 200. The truck race will be broken into three stages: Lap 35, 70 and 150. 

Which NASCAR drivers are racing at Kentucky?
There are 40 Cup drivers entered in Saturday night's race, meaning all drivers will make the race with Friday's qualifying setting their starting positions. Here is the list of participating Cup drivers in alphabetical order:

AJ Allmendinger
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Bubba Wallace
Carl Long
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Clint Bowyer
Cole Whitt
Corey LaJoie
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Danica Patrick
Daniel Suarez
David Ragan
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Gray Gaulding
Jamie McMurray
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Logano
Kasey Kahne
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Landon Cassill
Martin Truex Jr.
Matt DiBenedetto
Matt Kenseth
Michael McDowell
Paul Menard
Reed Sorenson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Newman
Ryan Sieg
Trevor Bayne


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