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

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BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 18: Fans watch the action during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 18, 2018 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

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Seven races into the season, Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske are the only organizations to win in Cup. Will the streak continue today at Bristol Motor Speedway?

Here’s all the pertinent information for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison will give the command to start engines at 1:54 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 2 p.m.

PRERACE: The crew chief and drivers meeting is at noon. Driver introductions will begin at 1:20 p.m. The invocation will be given by Mike Rife, Vansant Church of Christ, at 1:46 p.m. Karen Waldrup will perform the National Anthem at 1:47 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 500 laps (266.5 miles) around the .533-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 125. Stage 2 ends on Lap 250.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race with coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race. PRN’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast, which is also available at

FORECAST: calls for a high of 69 degrees and a 15% percent chance of rain for the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Kurt Busch won the August night race. Kyle Larson was second. Chase Elliott finished third. Kyle Busch won this race a year ago. Larson finished second. Jimmie Johnson placed third.

TO THE REAR: Kevin Harvick (failed inspection before the race multiple times), Ryan Preece (backup).

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for Cup starting lineup