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

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500

TALLADEGA, AL - APRIL 29: Cars race during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 29, 2018 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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Can someone end Team Penske’s dominance at Talladega Superspeedway today? Or will it be more of the same?

Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have combined to win six of the last eight races at Talladega. But this 2.66-mile speedway can create havoc in an instant and shake the standings.

Here’s all the info you need for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Kim Pederson, CEO of, will give the command to start engines at 1:53 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 2:05 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 500 miles (188 Laps) around the 2.66-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 55. Stage 2 ends on Lap 110.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The garage opens at 9:30 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at noon. Driver introductions are at 1:15 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: The 313th United States Army Band will perform the anthem at 1:47 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBC will broadcast the race beginning at 1 p.m. Coverage begins with NASCAR America at noon on NBCSN. Countdown to Green airs at 1 p.m. on NBC. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 1 p.m. and also can be heard at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: calls for sunny skies with a high of 79 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup