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Today’s Cup race at Atlanta: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

HAMPTON, GA - MARCH 01: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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HAMPTON, Ga. — The NASCAR Cup series will play host Sunday to the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the season’s first race on a 1.54-mile oval (the length of track that makes up the bulk of the schedule).

Here are the particulars (all times are ET):

START: The command for drivers to start engines will be given at 2:37 p.m. ET. The green flag is scheduled for 2:46 p.m.

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

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 9 a.m. The drivers meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: It will be performed by Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project at 2:31 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The site predicts 64 degrees at race time with a 0% chance of rain.

LAST YEAR: Jimmie Johnson led the final 45 laps after capitalizing on a short-pitting strategy that beat Kevin Harvick, who led a race-high 131 laps.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the Cup starting lineup.