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Sunday Road America Cup race: Start time, weather, TV

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Sunday afternoon on NBC, the NASCAR Cup Series takes on sprawling Road America for the first time in nearly 65 years.

The 14-turn circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin features 160 feet of elevation change and a main straight that stretches well over 4,000 feet in length.

MORE: Road America track map

Prime passing zones include the right-hand Turn 1, the left-hand Turn 5, and the right-hand Turn 12 known as ‘Canada Corner.’

Another part of the track to watch is the ‘Kink’ at Turn 11, on the run between the Carousel and ‘Canada Corner.’ With concrete walls looming on both sides, drivers can ill afford a slip through this right-hander.

Qualifying for the race will be held Sunday morning on CNBC.

Details for Sunday’s Road America Cup race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Xfinity Series driver and Franklin, Wisconsin native Sam Mayer will give the command to start engines at 2:26 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled to wave at 2:40 p.m.

PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 8 a.m. … Qualifying begins at 11:05 a.m. ... Drivers report to vehicles at 1:55 p.m. … Driver introductions are at 2 p.m. … Invocation will be given by Father Dale Grubba at 2:18 p.m. … National anthem will be performed by 12-year-old Liamani Segura of Racine, Wisconsin at 2:19 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 62 laps (250 miles) on the 4.048-mile road course.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 14. Stage 2 ends at Lap 29.

TV/RADIO: Qualifying coverage on CNBC begins at 11 a.m. Pre-race coverage on NBC begins at 2 p.m. with Countdown to Green, leading into the race at 2:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. and also will stream at; SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the broadcast.


FORECAST: Weather Underground’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, a high of 90 degrees, and no chance of rain around the start of the race.

CARS TO THE REAR: Kyle Busch (backup), Ryan Preece (backup), Justin Haley (engine), Bubba Wallace (transmission), Josh Bilicki (unapproved adjustments), Kyle Tilley (unapproved adjustments), Quin Houff (unapproved adjustments)

STARTING LINEUP: Road America Cup race


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