Tonight’s Cup race at Daytona: Start time, lineup and more

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Five months after the start of its season, the Cup Series returns to Daytona International Speedway for tonight’s Cup Zero Sugar 400.

Here’s all the info you need ahead of the race, which will air on NBC.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Retired U.S. Army Col. Gregory Gadson will give the command to start engines at 7:31 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 7:44 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 160 laps (400 miles) around the 2.5-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 40. Stage 2 ends on Lap 80.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 3:30 p.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 5:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 6:50 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM:The 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus perform the anthem at 7:21 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBC will broadcast the race beginning at 7 p.m. Coverage begins at 5 p.m on NBCSN with NASCAR America, followed by Countdown to Green at 6:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 6 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for a high of 79 degrees and a 30 percent chance of rain and storms at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won this race last year Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard. Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 in February over Bubba Wallace and Denny Hamlin

TO THE REAR: Daniel Suarez, Kasey Kahne, David Ragan and Landon Cassill will start from the rear for unapproved adjustments. Suarez qualified 32nd, Kahne in 28th, Ragan in 21st and Cassill in 37th.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.