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Today’s Cup race on the Charlotte Roval: Start time, lineup and more

Steve Letarte and Nate Ryan look at the standings before the third playoff race and discuss the expanded configuration of the backstretch chicane at the ROVAL.

The NASCAR Cup Series wraps up its opening round of the playoffs with today’s race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

Four playoff drivers will be eliminated today. The four drivers below the cutoff line entering today’s race are Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and Erik Jones.

Here is all the info for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 2:26 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 2:38 p.m.

PRERACE: The Cup garage opens at 9 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 1:50 p.m. The invocation will be given at 2:19 p.m. The National Anthem will be performed at 2:20 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 109 laps (248.52 miles) around the 2.28-mile road course.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 25. Stage 2 ends on Lap 50.

TV/RADIO: NBC will televise the race. Coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m. and also can be heard on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

STREAMING ONLINE: Click here for NBC’s live stream of the race.

FORECAST: forecasts mostly sunny conditions with a temperature of 92 and a 4% chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Ryan Blaney won this race last year after race leaders Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson wrecked on the last turn of the final lap. Jamie McMurray finished second while Clint Bowyer was third.

TO THE REAR: Denny Hamlin (backup), Alex Bowman (backup), Parker Kligerman (backup), Martin Truex Jr. (engine)

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.

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