Tonight’s Sprint Cup race at Bristol: start time, weather, TV/radio info and lineup

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The Sprint Cup Series makes its annual visit to Bristol Motor Speedway for tonight’s night race. With work done to the lower groove, drivers are excited about the possibility of running either low or high at the high-banked track.

Here’s all the info you need for today’s race.

(All times Eastern)

START: Johnny Morris, founder, Bass Pro Shops, will give the command for drivers to start their engines at 8:06 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 8:13 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 500 laps (266.5 miles) around the .533-mile speedway.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at noon. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 5:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 7:20 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: MRO children of competitors will perform the anthem at 7:57 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race with its coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green. Race coverage begins at 8 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 7 p.m. and also can be heard at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The site predicts a temperature of 77 degrees at race time with a 39 percent chance of thunderstorms.

LAST TIME: Carl Edwards started from the pole and led 276 laps en route to winning the spring race. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second with Kurt Busch third. In this race a year ago, Joey Logano led 176 laps in scoring his second consecutive night race win at Bristol. Kevin Harvick was second with Denny Hamlin third.


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