Today’s Cup race at Watkins Glen: Start time, lineup and more

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Martin Truex Jr. looks to win three straight Cup road course events after taking the checkers in last year’s race at Watkins Glen International and in June at Sonoma Raceway.

Here is the key info for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: John Summer, member of the Bowling Proprietor’s Association of America, will give the command to start engines at 2:47 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 2:58 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 90 laps (220.5 miles) around the 2.45-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 20. Stage 2 ends on Lap 40.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 8 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2:10 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: US Army SFC Keith Beyer, of the 380th Army Band will perform the anthem at 2:41 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBC will broadcast the race beginning at 3 p.m. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. with NASCAR America on NBCSN. Countdown to Green airs at 2 p.m. on NBC. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m. and also can be heard at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: calls for sunny skies with a high of 87 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Martin Truex Jr. beat three Joe Gibbs Racing teammates to the checkers last year as Matt Kenseth, Daniel Suarez and Denny Hamlin lined up directly behind him.

TO THE REAR: Kurt Busch and Paul Menard each failed post-qualifying inspection Sunday morning and will have their time disallowed. Both will start at the back. Landon Cassill and Ty Dillon will start from the rear for unapproved adjustments.

STARTING LINEUP:  Click here for starting lineup