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

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The Cup Series holds its first night race of the season with the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.

Kyle Busch will attempt to win his third consecutive Richmond race and his fourth race of the season.

Here’s all the info you need for tonight’s event.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Jay Riley, owner of a 2016 Toyota Tundra and VIP Customer of
Mechanicsville Toyota
give the command to start engines at 7:38 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 7:44 p.m.

PRERACE: The drivers meeting is at 5:30 p.m.. Driver introductions will begin at 6:50 p.m. The invocation will be given by United States Navy Chaplain, Lieutenant James Block at 7:30 p.m. Sophia Nadder from Midlothian, Virginia, will perform the National Anthem at 7:31 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 400 laps (300 miles) around the .750-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 100. Stage 2 ends on Lap 200.

COMPETITION CAUTION: Lap 40

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race. MRN’s coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast, which is also available at mrn.com.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for a high of 69 degrees and a 20% percent chance of rain for the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Kyle Busch won in September. Kevin Harvick placed second. Martin Truex Jr. was third. Kyle Busch won this race a year ago. Chase Elliott was second. Denny Hamlin placed third. 

TO THE REAR: Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Matt Tifft and Joey Gase. All for failing inspection on first attempt.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for updated Cup starting lineup