Start of Thursday's Xfinity Series race at Darlington delayed, starts in late afternoon

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NASCAR.com

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Toyota 200 got underway after over a four-hour delay due to rain and lightning in the area. The race went green at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The race was initially scheduled for Tuesday night, but wet weather moved the event to Thursday afternoon where the race had been set for Noon ET.

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The race is the Xfinity Series’ first event since March 7. All of the circuit’s races since then had been placed on hold by the outbreak of COVID-19. The Darlington event and subsequent races into June are scheduled to be held without fans in attendance and without practice or qualifying.

NASCAR officials have 10 Air Titans to lead the track-drying delegation at the 1.366-mile oval.

Noah Gragson — winner of the Xfinity season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February — starts from the No. 1 spot after a structured draw for starting positions. He lines up alongside JR Motorsports teammate Michael Annett on the front row. Points leader Harrison Burton starts 12th.

The race is scheduled for 147 laps with Stage 1 ending at Lap 45 and Stage 2 ending at Lap 90.

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