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

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 - Practice

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

Jonathan Ferrey

After the chaos of Martinsville, the Cup Series competes today at Texas Motor Speedway with a bid to the championship race in Miami at stake.

Kyle Busch secured a spot among the four title contenders in Miami with his Martinsville win. Martin Truex Jr. could clinch a spot via points today. If so, that would leave six drivers competing for the final two spots in the championship round.

Here are the details for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 2:07 p.m. Green flag is scheduled for 2:16 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 334 laps (501 miles) around the 1.5-mile speedway.

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

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 8:30 a.m. Driver-crew chief meeting is at noon. Driver introductions are at 1:20 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: The Air National Guard Band of the Southwest will perform the anthem at 2:01 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race at 2 p.m. Coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. on NBCSN with Countdown to Green. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at with coverage beginning at 1 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.

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

LAST TIME: Jimmie Johnson won the spring race. Kyle Larson was second and Joey Logano placed third. Carl Edwards won this race a year ago. Logano placed second. Martin Truex Jr. was third.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for lineup