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

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NASCAR’s new rules package presents drivers with a different challenge today at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

How it will go? Nobody is quite sure.

Here’s all the information for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Julian Dale Alford will give the command to start engines at 2:08 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 2:16 p.m.

PRERACE CEREMONIES: Driver introductions begin at 1:30 p.m. U.S. Air Force Chaplain, Lt. Col. Antonio Ortiz Guzman will give the invocation at 2 p.m. Billy Gilman of “The Voice” will perform the National Anthem at 2:01 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 325 laps (500.5 miles) around the 1.54-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 85. Stage 2 ends on Lap 170.

COMPETITION CAUTION: Lap 35 because of overnight rain.

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race. Coverage begins at 1:30 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 carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for a high of 62 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain for the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Kevin Harvick led a race-high 181 laps to win last year’s race. Brad Keselowski finished second and Clint Bowyer placed third. 

TO THE REAR: Kyle Busch (backup).

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for full Cup starting lineup