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Tonight’s Clash at Daytona: Start time, lineup and more

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Editor’s Note: Rain postponed the Clash to Sunday morning. Click here for the updated info for Sunday’s Clash.

NASCAR’s hibernation ends with the first race since November. Yes, it’s a non-points race and has a 17-car field, but it marks the first race of Daytona Speedweeks and comes eight days before the Daytona 500.

Here is all the information for tonight’s race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Marcus Herman, owner of Triangle Auto of Merritt Island, will give the command to start engines at 8:12 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 8:24 p.m.

DISTANCE: The non-points race is scheduled for 75 laps (187.5 miles) around the 2.5-mile track.

SEGMENTS: A competition caution will split the race into two segments. The first segment will be 25 laps. The second segment will be 50 laps.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 8:30 a.m.. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 6:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 7:40 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Candace Walker will perform the National Anthem at 8:06 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 7 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 67 degrees with a 35 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Denny Hamlin won a crash-filled race last year. Ten of the 25 cars in last year’s field failed to finish because of an accident. Hamlin’s victory was his second in three years in the event. Joe Gibbs Racing has won this event three consecutive years.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting grid.

NASCAR America: Parker Kligerman takes to simulator to show Xfinity changes at Indy (video)

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While Saturday will mark the sixth straight year the NASCAR Xfinity Series will race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there will be significant changes. 

Among the changes: the use of restrictor plates, as well as adding aero ducts to aid cars with the draft.

On Tbursday’s edition of NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman took a spin around the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway — on the NBCSN iRacing Simulator, that is — to show how some of those changes will impact the cars and potentially the race.

Check it out in the video above.

Friday’s NASCAR schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Friday will be somewhat of an easy, relaxing day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Cars will only take to the track twice in the afternoon — both being Xfinity Series practice sessions, which will be on the NBC Sports App.

IMS will host the NASCAR Cup Fan Fest from 4:30 – 8 p.m. ET, followed by the NASCAR Cup hauler parade that will see transporters enter the Speedway around 9 p.m. ET.

Here’s the rest of Friday’s schedule (all times Eastern):

FRIDAY, JULY 21

9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

1 – 1:55 p.m. – First Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

NASCAR America: Pit crew members share their hidden talents

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What does a sky diver and Olympic-caliber swimmer have in common?

They make their living on NASCAR’s pit road, that’s what.

Check out two of this week’s pit crew all-star nominees, as seen on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.

NASCAR America: Xfinity drivers react to restrictor plates at Indy (video)

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On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, several of the stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series tried to explain in three words what to expect with the use of restrictor plates in this Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

See what they said and what they’re thinking about Saturday’s race in the video above.