How to Watch The Michigan NASCAR Cup & Xfinity Series

Mike Nelson
by Mike Nelson

Ladies and gentlemen, rev up your engines because NASCAR's playoff season is about to bring some serious high-octane racing action! This weekend, Michigan International Speedway will be the battleground for two adrenaline-pumping races: the Xfinity Series Cabo Wabo 250 on Saturday and the Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, August 6. We've got all the details you need to know, including the schedule and weather forecast for both days.

Michigan International Speedway

Location: Brooklyn, Michigan


  • Friday: Expect mostly sunny skies with a few clouds and a high of 84 degrees. Xfinity qualifying kicks off with mostly sunny conditions, 82 degrees, and a mere 1% chance of rain.
  • Saturday: Early partly cloudy skies will give way to mostly cloudy conditions in the afternoon. The temperature will reach 82 degrees. As the Xfinity Series race starts, anticipate mostly cloudy skies, an 82-degree high, and a minimal 2% chance of rain.
  • Sunday: Prepare for showers early on and scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. The temperature will hit 84 degrees, and there's a 41% chance of precipitation at the race's start.



Saturday, Aug. 5 (Xfinity Series Cabo Wabo)

All times Eastern

  • Garage open: 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Cup Series) / 12:30 p.m. (Xfinity Series)
  • Track activity:12:35 - 1:20 p.m. — Cup practice (USA Network)
  • 1:20 - 2:30 p.m. — Cup qualifying (USA Network)
  • Race Time: 3:30 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (125 laps, 250 miles; NBC, Peacock)

Sunday, Aug. 6 (Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400)

All times Eastern

  • Garage open: 11:30 a.m. — Cup Series
  • Race Time: 2:30 p.m. — Cup race (200 laps, 400 miles; USA Network)

About the 2 days of NASCAR Races:

Michigan International Speedway has been a playground for Ford, dominating the competition with an impressive 43 wins, while Chevrolet boasts 26 victories, and Toyota follows with five. Ford's winning streak is remarkable, with the last eight races witnessing a Ford driver taking the checkered flag, and six of those triumphs going to Stewart-Haas Racing's Kevin Harvick. The fans will be eagerly waiting to see if the blue oval can secure their fourth Cup Series win of 2023.

Get ready to buckle up because the Next Gen cars are hitting the track, pushing drivers to their limits and beyond. Michigan International Speedway is one of those rare places in NASCAR that adds an unparalleled intensity to the racing. The speeds here are unmatched, providing a true test of skill and nerve for the drivers. The Next Gen cars will keep them on the edge, carefully balancing on the fine edge of the tires. It's a race that separates the best from the rest, demanding precision in banking, cornering, and pushing harder than ever to secure victory in the Cup.

Now, let's talk about the Cup Series and the FireKeepers Casino 400. This race is a make-or-break moment for potential contenders, with Kevin Harvick leading the charge in his No. 4 Ford Mustang. The defending race winner and six-time victor at this 2-mile oval will be aiming for another victory in his final Cup Series year. Martin Truex Jr. (No. 19, Toyota Camry) currently leads the playoff standings, closely followed by William Byron (No. 24, Chevrolet) and Denny Hamlin (No. 11, Toyota). With only four races left in the regular season, every move counts, as only 16 drivers will make it to the points championship race.

And as if the racing action wasn't thrilling enough, get ready for a legendary duo in the commentator booth for the Xfinity Series Cabo Wabo 250. Two-time Daytona 500 Champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins forces with fellow Hall-of-Famer Dale Jarrett. With decades of combined racing experience, their insights and analysis will be unparalleled as the Xfinity Series takes on the challenges of Michigan International Speedway. Jarrett, a four-time winner at this track, and Earnhardt, a two-time Daytona 500 Champion, know exactly what it takes to conquer these fast-paced corners.

Now that you have all the details, don't forget to tune in to NBC, USA Network, or Peacock, and catch all the moments as NASCAR's best take on the challenge of Michigan's high-speed thrill ride.

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