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

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 - Practice

HAMPTON, GA - FEBRUARY 24: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 24, 2018 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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NASCAR had hoped an earlier start time would help in running at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but driver introductions already have been delayed. The 1:06 p.m. ET green flag already seems unlikely.

Here were the scheduled details for today’s Cup race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Kenan Thompson, longest running cast member of “Saturday Night Live’’ and an Atlanta native, will give the command to start engines at 12:56 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 1:06 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 325 laps (500 miles) around the 1.54-mile speedway.

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

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 7:30 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 11 a.m. Driver introductions are at 12:15 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race beginning at 12:30 p.m. Race coverage begins at 1 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 1 p.m. and also can be heard at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: calls for a high of 68 degrees and a 59 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Kevin Harvick dominated, leading 292 of 325 laps, but was caught speeding on a late pit stop, costing him the win. Brad Keselowski won. Kyle Larson placed second. Matt Kenseth was third. Harvick finished ninth.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup