NASCAR officials released start times Thursday for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series seasons.
The most notable shift for the Xfinity Series involves the regular-season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the playoff race at Texas in November. Both will move to a prime-time start this season.
The 1.5-mile Las Vegas track served as a September closing date to the 23-race regular season for the first time in 2018. The 2019 race will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, as now all three races in the tripleheader weekend have an evening start. At Texas on Nov. 2, the race time is 8:30 p.m. ET as drivers in the Round of 6 attempt to lock in a spot in the Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, races at both Iowa Speedway and Gateway Motorsports Park will start later as well, with Iowa’s start time at 8:30 p.m. ET and Gateway’s at 10 p.m. ET.
Additionally, Gander Outdoors Truck Series races at Martinsville Speedway and Pocono Raceway will be broadcast on FOX.
The 2019 slate features few other changes, save for a handful of 30- or 60-minute variations from the previous year’s schedule.
Other notes from the 2019 start times:
Xfinity Series • The March 30 event at Texas Motor Speedway will start two hours earlier in 2019, moving from a 3 p.m. ET start to 1 p.m. ET.
• The April 27 event at Talladega Superspeedway will start two hours earlier in 2019, moving from a 3 p.m. ET start to 1 p.m. ET.
• The May 4 race at Dover will start one hour later this year, moving to 1:30 p.m. ET.
• The June 8 race at Michigan moves from 4:45 p.m. ET to 1:30 p.m. ET.