Two races in the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase have been shifted to different start times and television networks NASCAR announced today.
The move comes in a collaboration between the sanctioning body and NBC Sports Group, the network who made a return to NASCAR coverage last season. The two tracks are Kansas Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway, both of which hold important Chase dates on the schedule.
The Kansas Lottery 300 on Oct. 15 – the first race of the second round in the Chase – will now air on NBC at 3 p.m. ET. It had been originally scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
“This is an exciting announcement for our fans,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “For fans that are traveling to the Kansas Lottery 300, this will help their travel plans back home and for our local race fans, they will have some extra time to enjoy the dining and entertainment options around Kansas Speedway, including the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway.”
The Phoenix event on Nov. 12, which will determine the four drivers competing for the championship in Homestead, has been moved to primetime, 7:30 p.m. ET. It will now air on NBCSN instead of being broadcast on NBC at 3:30 p.m. ET.
“These updates were made with the goal of benefitting NASCAR fans, with Kansas now airing on NBC and Phoenix airing in primetime,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “Our ability to adjust the start times for these two critically important races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase is a testament to the collaboration between NASCAR, our broadcast partners, teams and tracks to deliver the best product possible to our fans.”
NASCAR announced a seven race, 12 driver Chase for the XFINITY Series prior to the 2016 season. It will begin on Sept. 24 at Kentucky Speedway with the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300.
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