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Sunday Nashville Cup race: Start time, weather, TV

Nashville may be welcoming back the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time in 37 years, but as Nate Ryan explains, the history of racing and the "Music City" are inextricably linked.

Nashville Superspeedway becomes the 175th different track to host a NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday afternoon.

The 1.33-mile concrete track is the second of four new venues on the 2021 Cup calendar, along with Circuit of the Americas (Austin, Texas), Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

MORE: Nashville Cup starting lineup

Five active Cup drivers won at Nashville Superspeedway in either the Xfinity or Camping World Truck Series during the track’s original run from 2001-11.

Those drivers include Kyle Busch (three Truck wins, one Xfinity win), Kevin Harvick (two Xfinity wins), Brad Keselowski (two Xfinity wins), Austin Dillon (one Truck win), and Joey Logano (one Xfinity win).

Details for Sunday’s Nashville Cup race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 3:47 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:55 p.m.

PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 8:30 a.m. … Cup qualifying is at 11:05 a.m. ... Drivers report to vehicles at 3:10 p.m. … Driver introductions are at 3:25 p.m. … Invocation will be given by gospel music singer CeCe Winans, representing Nashville Life Church, at 3:40 p.m. … National anthem will be performed by country music singer Priscilla Block at 3:41 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 300 laps (399 miles) on the 1.33-mile speedway

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 90. Stage 2 ends at Lap 185.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast qualifying at 11 a.m. Countdown to Green pre-race coverage begins at 2:45 p.m. on NBCSN, leading into the race at 3:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio coverage begins at 2:30 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 89 degrees, and a 4% chance of rain around the start of the race.

CARS TO THE REAR: William Byron, Erik Jones annd Quin Houff all for unapproved adjusutments.

STARTING LINEUP: Nashville Cup starting lineup


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