NASCAR’s Xfinity Series returns to action on Saturday with its second road race of the season. Ty Gibbs won the Super Start Batteries 188 at the Daytona Road Course back in February. The second level circuit heads to Austin, Texas and the Circuit of the Americas course this weekend. The Xfinity Series will run the Pit Boss 250 on Saturday with qualifying preceding it.
The addition of qualifying is a big deal for the circuit. This marks the first time this season that the Xfinity Series will hold qualifying to determine the starting lineup. NASCAR has moved primarily to a performance-metric formula for determining the starting grid due to COVID-19. However, this weekend at COTA marks the third of eight tracks at which NASCAR will hold qualifying. The Xfinity Series was going to have qualifying at Daytona, but it got rained out.
Xfinity Series qualifying is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 22 on FS2, with the race to follow at 4 p.m. ET on FS1. Both events will be available via live stream on FOX.com/live and through the Bally Sports app. If you don’t have a cable login to access either, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream qualifying.
The starting lineup for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race will be determined by speed on a qualifying lap. The faster a truck runs the lap, the better the starting position. If a driver has to change cars or make changes to their car after qualifying, they will be dropped to the back of the starting lineup.