Two hundred and eighty-two days after Sprint Cup cars got on track to start the 2016 season in February at Daytona International Speedway, the season will end today at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a champion being crowned.
Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson will race for the title.
Here is all the information for today’s race.
(All times are Eastern)
START: Justin Hartley, who stars in “This is Us” on NBC, will give the command to start engines at 3:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 3:15 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 267 laps (400 miles) around the 1.5-mile track.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 8:30 a.m.. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: JenCarlos Canela will perform the National Anthem at 3 p.m., followed by a fly-by of four F-16s from the Homestead Air Force Reserve Base.
TV/RADIO: NBC will broadcast the race. Coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. with NASCAR America. Countdown to Green follows at 2 p.m. Race coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. Also, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hot Pass will be at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and focus on the four title contenders. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 76 degrees with a zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST TIME: Kyle Busch won the race and won the Sprint Cup championship. Kevin Harvick placed second and Brad Keselowski third.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for Sprint Cup starting lineup
Steven Tyler has performed with Aerosmith in a video for ESPN back when it broadcast NASCAR races. Tyler also has performed before the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Now, he’s played Kurt Busch‘s wedding.
What more is left for the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer?
Tyler performed at a celebration for the marriage of Kurt and Ashley Busch earlier this month. Kurt Busch posted a photo of the evening.
That NASCAR-themed video Tyler did with Aerosmith for the 2007 season? Here it is:
Before he performed at Bristol in Aug. 2015, Tyler met Richard Petty:
Chip Ganassi Racing has hired Mark McArdle to be its competition director, a new position for the organization.
McArlde will oversee the team’s two Cup teams — Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray — and its Xfinity operation, which features Brennan Poole, Tyler Reddick, Justin Marks and Larson.
McArdle had been with Roush Fenway Racing. He joined the team in Nov. 2014 to oversee engineering for its Cup and Xfinity programs. He previously had been director of racing operations at Richard Childress Racing, joining that organization in April 2013. He spent four years before that at Furniture Row Racing, overseeing the team’s competition department.
At Ganassi, McArdle will report to Max Jones, team manager.
Last year marked the first time in the team’s history that it had two cars make the Cup playoffs. Both Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray, though, failed to advance from the first round. Larson, who had one win, finished ninth in the points. McMurray, who was winless, placed 13th.
“I think everybody in the building feels like we took a good step forward last year,’’ said Steve Lauletta, president of Chip Ganassi Racing. “We’re not happy with the step we took. We have more to do. So, being able to bring more of the leadership into the building that can focus on how we get there, the process that we need, we continue to bring on more people.
“I think Max feels like another person can help us make sure that everybody is focused on the right thing and we’re not wasting time and resources. Mark brings a tremendous amount of expertise to continue that growth that we’ve seen.’’
JR Motorsports confirmed Tuesday that crew chief Kevin Meendering will remain with Elliott Sadler this season.
Meendering and Sadler recorded three Xfinity wins last year in their first season together. Meendering also helped Sadler score a career-best 29 top-10 results and finish runner-up for the series title to Daniel Suarez.
The announcement was included in a team release about Hunt Brothers Pizza serving as the primary sponsor for Sadler’s car in two races in each of the next two seasons.
The Wood Brothers begin this season not only with a charter but with a new home.
The team had shared a building with JTG Daugherty in Harrisburg, North Carolina, but moved after last season to a shop in Mooresville, North Carolina. The move puts the Wood Brothers closer to Team Penske. The two organizations are aligned.
The Wood Brothers will again have Ryan Blaney as driver. The team also has a charter, leasing it from Go Fas Racing. That means the Wood Brothers team is guaranteed a starting spot in every Cup race this year, unlike last year when they did not have a charter.