Today’s Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup race: Start time, lineup, radio & TV info and more

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The culmination of one of the most heralded days of racing ends with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers fire their engines. Jimmie Johnson seeks his fifth win in this event. He’s one of only six winners of the event in the last 12 years.

Here are the particulars for tonight’s race (all times are Eastern):

START: Dr. J.D. Crouch II, USO president and CEO will give the command for drivers to start their engines at 6:09 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 6:18 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 400 laps (600 miles) around the 1.5-mile oval.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 12 p.m., and the drivers meeting is at 4 p.m. Driver introductions begin at 5:20 p.m.

PRERACE CEREMONIES : “God Bless America” will be performed by Danielle Johnson at 5:43 p.m. The Stonewall Jackson Award will be presented to Taya Kyle, widow of Chris Kyle, whose life was the subject of the movie “American Sniper,” at 5:49 p.m. Armed Forces Service Medley, performed by Central Church of God choir at 5:50 p.m. Presentation of colors by the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Color Guard from Ft. Bragg at 6 p.m. Invocation by Douglas Carver, executive director of Chaplaincy for the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board at 6 p.m.

AMAZING GRACE: It will be performed by the Charlotte (N.C.) Fire Department Pipe Band at 6:01 p.m.

21 GUN SALUTE: It will be performed by Ft. Bragg Firing Party at 6:02 p.m.

TAPS: It will be performed by a bugler from Ft. Bragg at 6:02 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: It will be performed by the 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus at 6:05 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race, starting with its prerace show at 5:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at goprn.com, beginning at 5 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have coverage beginning at 5 p.m.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 82 degrees at race time with a 0% chance of rain.

LAST TIME: Jimmie Johnson scored his fourth career Coca-Cola 600 victory and seventh at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Memorial Day weekend. Johnson beat Kevin Harvick by 1.2 seconds. Jeff Gordon finished seventh after questions were raised earlier in the day if he would be able to race because of an ailing back that forced him out of the car the previous day during practice.

SPEEDWAY DOMINANCE: Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson have combined to win the last seven points races on 1.5-mile speedways, dating back to last season’s fall race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

STARTING LINEUP:

Row 1: Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano

Row 2: Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle

Row 3: Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski

Row 4: David Ragan, Kevin Harvick

Row 5: Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr.

Row 6: Austin Dillon, Tony Stewart

Row 7: Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch

Row 8: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Blaney

Row 9: Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon

Row 10: Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick

Row 11: Aric Almirola, Jamie McMurray

Row 12: Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer

Row 13: Michael McDowell, Sam Hornish Jr.

Row 14: Trevor Bayne, Chase Elliott

Row 15: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., AJ Allmendinger

Row 16: Alex Bowman, Landon Cassill

Row 17: Kasey Kahne, Casey Mears

Row 18: Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett

Row 19: Cole Whitt, Josh Wise

Row 20: David Gilliland, Brett Moffitt

Row 21: JJ Yeley, Matt DiBenedetto

Row 22: Alex Kennedy

Did Not Qualify: Brendan Gaughan

 

Daytona road course entry lists

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NASCAR’s national series will make their debuts on the Daytona road course this weekend. The Cup, Xfinity and Truck events will be held without any practice or qualifying.

NASCAR is prohibiting drivers from competing in more than one series this weekend on the Daytona road course in an effort to get extra track time. NASCAR states that is to make the event fair for everyone.

Sunday’s Cup race will be broadcast on NBC.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for the races at the Daytona road course 

Cup – Go Bowling 235 (3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC)

Thirty-nine drivers are entered for the race at the Daytona road course.

JJ Yeley is in the No. 27 for Rick Ware Racing.

Joey Gase is in the No. 51 for Petty Ware Racing.

Gray Gaulding is in the No. 53 for Rick Ware Racing.

Brendan Gaughan is in the No. 62 for Beard Motorsports.

Timmy Hill is in the No. 66 for Motorsports Business Management.

Reed Sorenson is in the No. 77 for Spire Motorsports.

Click here for Cup entry list

 

Xfinity – UNOH 188 (3 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

Thirty-eight cars are entered.

Andy Lally is back in the No. 02 Our Motorsports car after finishing fifth last week at Road America.

AJ Allmendinger, who finished second last week at Road America, is in the No. 16 for Kaulig Racing.

IMSA driver Earl Bamber will make his Xfinity debut this weekend in the No. 21 for Richard Childress Racing.

Brandon Gdovic will make his second start of the season, driving the No. 26 for Sam Hunt Racing.

Click here for Xfinity entry list

 

Truck – Sunoco 159 (Noon ET Sunday on FS1)

Thirty-nine trucks are entered in the race that will be held before the Cup event on Sunday on the Daytona road course.

Alex Tagliani will drive the No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Click here for Truck entry list

Silly Season Scorecard: Christopher Bell moves back to JGR

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No surprise that Christopher Bell moves over to the No. 20 at Joe Gibbs Racing next season with Leavine Family Racing being sold and Erik Jones not remaining with JGR beyond this season. Joe Gibbs Racing made the announcement Monday.

While JGR lets the 24-year-old Jones, who has 133 Cup starts go, it brings in the 25-year-old Bell who has made 22 career Cup starts. Jones said before Sunday’s race he was “blindsided a little bit” by JGR’s move.

It’s part of the building momentum of Silly Season. In the last week, Team Penske signed Brad Keselowski to a reported one-year extension and Bubba Wallace said he has an offer for next year not only from Richard Petty Motorsports but also Chip Ganassi Racing.

Here’s how the Cup Silly Season scorecard looks as of Aug. 10.

ANNOUNCED CUP RIDES FOR 2021

No. 00: Quin Houff enters the second year of his two-year deal with StarCom Racing.

No. 1: Kurt Busch enters the second year of a multi-year contract that Chip Ganassi Racing announced last season.

No. 2: Brad Keselowski and Team Penske announced a contract extension Aug. 3.

No. 4: Kevin Harvick signed a contract extension in February that will keep him at Stewart-Haas Racing through the 2023 season.

No. 8: Tyler Reddick said in a press conference Aug. 7 that he will be back with Richard Childress Racing next season.

No. 9: Chase Elliott is under contract with Hendrick Motorsports through the 2022 season.

No. 11: Denny Hamlin is signed with Joe Gibbs Racing through at least next year.

No. 12: Ryan Blaney and Team Penske announced a multi-year extension earlier this season.

No. 18: Kyle Busch is signed with Joe Gibbs Racing through at least next year.

No. 19: Martin Truex Jr. is signed with Joe Gibbs Racing through at least next year.

No. 20: Christopher Bell moves from Leavine Family Racing to take over this ride in 2021.

No. 22: Joey Logano is tied to Team Penske “through the 2022 season and beyond.”

No. 24: William Byron is under contact with Hendrick Motorsports through at least 2021.

No. 47: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. enters the second year of a multi-year deal with JTG Daugherty Racing.

No. 88: Alex Bowman will race for Hendrick Motorsports under a one-year contract extension announced earlier this year.

 

Available/possibly available rides

No. 10: Aric Almirola is in a contract year at Stewart-Haas Racing.

No. 13: Ty Dillon is in a contract year at Germain Racing.

No. 14: Clint Bowyer is in a contract year to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing.

No. 21: Matt DiBenedetto is in a contract year at Wood Brothers Racing. He said after the Aug. 9 Michigan race: “I haven’t really talked about that stuff for next year yet, but we’ve just been so focused and head down on digging and trying to make the playoffs and run well. We haven’t even really talked about it, so, hopefully, I stay here for a very long time to come and that’s what they had expressed to me when I came over here.”

No. 32: Corey LaJoie is in a contract year at Go Fas Racing.

No. 42: Matt Kenseth told NBC Sports on Aug. 8 in regards to talks with Chip Ganassi Racing for next year: “We really haven’t had any very meaningful discussions really about any of that to be honest with you.

No. 43: Bubba Wallace said Aug. 9 he has an offer from Richard Petty Motorsports and an offer from Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 42 car next season.

No. 48: With Jimmie Johnson retiring from full-time competition, Hendrick Motorsports has this seat to fill.

No. 95: Leavine Family Racing announced it was selling its assets earlier this week. The buyer has not been announced. Christopher Bell will move to the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team for 2021.

Christopher Bell to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2021

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Christopher Bell will drive for the No. 20 next season for Joe Gibbs Racing, the team announced Monday, a decision that was expected with Erik Jones’ contract expiring after this season and it not being renewed. 

“I’m so appreciative of the opportunity I have this year with LFR and I want to finish this season strong for Bob (Leavine) and everyone there,” Bell said in a statement from the team. “At the same time, I’m extremely excited to return to Joe Gibbs Racing starting in 2021. It’s an organization I’m very comfortable with and have had a lot of success with.”

Said car owner Joe Gibbs: “We are excited to bring Christopher into our Cup Series program starting in 2021. He obviously had tremendous success in the Xfinity Series with us and we look forward to his return to JGR.”

Bell drove for JGR in in the Xfinity Series in 2018 and 2019, winning 15 races, before moving to the Cup Series and Leavine Family Racing this season. Leavine Family Racing announced last week that it has been sold.

Entering Sunday’s race at the Daytona International Speedway road course (3 p.m. ET on NBC), Bell is 19th in points. His best finish this season is fourth at the first Pocono race in late June.

Xfinity playoff grid after Road America

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Brandon Brown extended his hold on the final spot in the Xfinity playoff grid last weekend at Road America after struggles early in the race.

Brown needed to be pushed back to pit road before the field took the green because of a mechanical issue. He fell a lap down as his crew diagnosed the issue, got his lap back, scored four stage points in the second stage and finished 12th, one spot off his best career finish on a road course.

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Brown’s effort and Jeremy Clements misfortune in being collected in a crash to finish 29th led to Brown extending his lead on Clements for the final spot in the Xfinity playoff grid to 53 points. Myatt Snider is 73 points behind Brown. Eight races remain until the Xfinity playoffs begin Sept. 26 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Here is a look at the playoff grid. Drivers shaded in green are locked in the playoffs. Those shaded in yellow are in a playoff spot based on their point total. Drivers shaded in red are outside a spot in the Xfinity playoff grid.