There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for the Sprint Cup Series’ Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
INDIANAPOLIS – Jimmie Johnson‘s bid for a record-tying fifth Brickyard 400 will have to begin at the back of the 40-car field.
Johnson qualified fourth Saturday but stated on Twitter that he’ll have to go to the rear of the field because they had to change the rear gear.
Although track position is pivotal at Indianapolis Motor Speedway because passing is difficult, optimists can view Johnson’s woes as a good sign. He has scored two of his three wins this season – Texas and Dover – after starting in the rear.
Today’s race is on NBC. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET with Countdown to Green.
The NASCAR Cup Series takes part in the 24th annual Brickyard 400 today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It marks one year since Kyle Busch earned his last Cup win, when he claimed his second Brickyard 400 in a row. Busch starts from the pole for the second year in a row.
Here’s all the important info you need ahead of the race, which airs on NBC.
(All times are Eastern)
START: The command to start engines will be given at 2:32 p.m. Green flag is set for 2:44 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 160 laps (400 miles) around the 2.5-mile speedway.
COMPETITION CAUTION: Lap 20
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 50. Stage 2 ends on Lap 100.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Cup garage opens at 9 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 1:55 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Carly Pearce will perform the Anthem at 2:26 p.m.
TV/RADIO: NBC will broadcast the race. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. with Countdown to Green. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network will broadcast on radio and the Performance Racing Network at 1:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the IMSRN/PRN broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 89 degrees at race time with a 15 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the full starting lineup.
Life in the pits can sometimes, well … really be the pits.
But it can also be a hilarious look at life in NASCAR, as well.
That’s the premise behind “The Pits,” a three-part “mockumentary-style series” that spoofs the life of the fictitious SONIC pit crew in NASCAR.
The first episode airs during this Sunday’s live stream of the Brickyard 400, which will be televised on NBC.
Episode 1 follows pit pro Rita, who falls for tire specialist Max, but Max’s only affection is for SONIC Pretzel Dogs.
The other two episodes of The Pits will livestream Saturday night, August 19, during the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and during the Sunday, October 15 race at Talladega Superspeedway.
“The Pits” is produced for NBC Sports Group and SONIC Drive-In by The Kicker, with shareable content running across NBC Sports Digital assets.
Kyle Busch will lead the Brickyard 400 to the green flag Sunday for the second year in a row.
He earned his fourth pole of the year and is seeking his first Cup win since the 2016 Brickyard 400.
Hamlin is the only driver in the top five who hasn’t won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.