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Sunday’s Cup race at Miami: Start time, forecast and more

Martin Truex Jr. is eating healthy and drinking plenty of fluids throughout the week to stay prepared, but he admits that it's definitely been tougher than most people are used to while racing twice a week.

For the first time since the Cup Series began racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 1999, the series is competing at the South Florida track in a month other than November.

With the track no longer hosting the championship finale, drivers will face hot and humid conditions Sunday, completing a week that started with the series racing at Atlanta last Sunday and Martinsville on Wednesday.

Here are the details for Sunday’s race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson will give the command to start engines at 3:44 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to be waved by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 3:56 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage access health screening begins at 8:30 a.m. (teams are assigned specific times). Engine prime and final adjustments at 1:30 p.m. Drivers report to their cars at 3:20 p.m. The invocation will be given at 3:35 p.m. by former Jacksonville Jaguar Tony Boselli. The national anthem will be performed by three-time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada at 3:36 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 267 laps (400.5 miles) around the 1.5-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 80. Stage 2 ends on Lap 160.

PACE LAPS: At the direction of race control, we will run the entire field down pit road during one of our pace laps for pit road speed verification. If you stop anywhere on pit road for any reason you will start at the rear of the field.


TO THE REAR: Quin Houff (failed inspection two times), BJ McLeod (unapproved adjustment)

TV/RADIO: Fox will televise the race. Its coverage begins at 3 p.m. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race. Its broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. and also can be heard at and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

FORECAST: The forecast calls for thunderstorms with a high of 82 degrees and a 50% chance of rain at the race’s start.

LAST RACE: Martin Truex Jr. won Wednesday night at Martinsville Speedway. Ryan Blaney was second. Brad Keselowski placed third.

LAST RACE AT MIAMI: Kyle Busch won the race and the championship in November. Martin Truex Jr. finished second. Erik Jones placed third.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for Cup starting lineup


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