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

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 - Practice

RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 29: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 29, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

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NASCAR’s Cup Series will race at a short track for the second consecutive week as the Toyota Owners 400 begins the 28-race countdown to the conclusion of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s career. The 14-time most popular driver is a three-time winner at Richmond (2000, ’04 and ’06) with all of the victories coming in the race that normally falls in the late April to mid-May timeframe at the 0.75-mile oval.

Here are the particulars (all times are ET):

START: Major Eric Phillips, a Toyota owner, will give the command for drivers to start engines at 2:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 2:14 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 400 laps (300 miles) around the 0.750-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 100. Stage 2 ends on Lap 200.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Cup garage opens at 8:30 a.m. The drivers meeting is at noon. Driver introductions are at 1:30 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Sophia Nadder will perform the Anthem at 2:01 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race at 2 p.m. with prerace beginning at 1:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The site predicts 87 degrees at race time with a zero percent chance of rain.

LAST YEAR: Carl Edwards bumped Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch aside on the last lap for the victory.

LAST TIME: Denny Hamlin led the final 86 laps, hanging on through a seven-lap overtime for a third victory at his hometown track.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.