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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: NASCAR’s stars hit the track for the ‘Little 600’ (video)

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Like more than three dozen of his NASCAR Cup counterparts, Joey Logano is gearing up for the longest race of the year, Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To warm up, Logano, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. and other NASCAR drivers headed to the GoPro Motorplex in North Carolina for the “Little 600.”

Check out how they fared in the above video that was on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.

 

Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, marking the second consecutive race at Charlotte Motor Speedway he has led the field to the green flag.

Harvick, a two-time Coke 600 winner, earned the top starting spot Thursday night with a lap of 193.424 mph in his Ford. He’ll be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch, who won last weekend’s All-Star Race.

Chase Elliott starts third and is followed by Matt Kenseth and rookie Erik Jones.

Points leader Kyle Larson will start 39th in the 40-car field after not making a qualifying attempt. He hit the wall in practice and then his team couldn’t get through qualifying inspection until one minute remained in the opening round of the session. The team was unable to get Larson out of the garage in time to make an attempt.

Click here for Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup

Slugger Labbe: How do crew chiefs prepare for grueling Coca-Cola 600? (video)

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Veteran crew chief Slugger Labbe stopped by the NASCAR America studio in Charlotte on Thursday.

Labbe gave his perspective on how NASCAR Cup crew chiefs will prepare for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. While the race length will be the same as it has been for decades, one significant change will have crew chiefs developing strategy that they’ve never had to deal with in the 600, namely, four different race stages.

Labbe also gave his take on the positives and negatives of the Laser Inspection Station for both pre- and post-race inspections.

Check out the above video.

NASCAR: Remembering Martin Truex Jr.’s dominating 2016 Coca-Cola 600 win

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In one of the most dominating performances in NASCAR history, Martin Truex Jr. turned last year’s Coca-Cola 600 into a runaway one-man show, leading the field for 392 of 400 laps.

Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America took a look back at Truex’s record-setting win.

Check out the video above.