NASCAR had hoped an earlier start time would help in running at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but driver introductions already have been delayed. The 1:06 p.m. ET green flag already seems unlikely.
Here were the scheduled details for today’s Cup race.
(All times are Eastern)
START: Kenan Thompson, longest running cast member of “Saturday Night Live” and an Atlanta native, will give the command to start engines at 12:56 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 1:06 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 325 laps (500 miles) around the 1.54-mile speedway.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 85. Stage 2 ends on Lap 170.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 7:30 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 11 a.m. Driver introductions are at 12:15 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race beginning at 12:30 p.m. Race coverage begins at 1 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 1 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for a high of 68 degrees and a 59 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST TIME: Kevin Harvick dominated, leading 292 of 325 laps, but was caught speeding on a late pit stop, costing him the win. Brad Keselowski won. Kyle Larson placed second. Matt Kenseth was third. Harvick finished ninth.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup