Today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega: Start time, lineup, TV info

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competes in the GEICO 500 today at Talladega Superspeedway.

Here are the particulars:

(All times are Eastern):

START: MSgt. Larry Nix, Air University/23rd Training Squadron at Maxwell Air Force Base will give the command for drivers to start their engines at 12:50 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 1:02 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 188 laps (500 miles) around the 2.66-mile track.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 8:30 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 11 a.m. Driver introductions are at 12:05 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: The 313th U.S. Army Band will perform the anthem at 12:43 p.m.

TV/RADIO:  Fox will broadcast the race with its coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at beginning at 12 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The site predicts 79 degrees and a 0 percent chance of rain at the start of the race. The chance of rain increases during the day to 73 percent by 4 p.m.

LAST YEAR: Last fall’s controversial aborted restart at the end led to the advent of the overtime rule. Joey Logano won last fall’s Chase race, leading the final eight laps. Dale Earnhardt Jr. placed second with Jeff Gordon third. Last spring, Earnhardt won, leading 67 of 188 laps. Jimmie Johnson was second that day with Paul Menard third.


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