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Today’s Daytona 500 Sprint Cup race: Start time, lineup, weather, radio and TV info

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 - Practice

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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It’s finally here, the start of the 2016 season. After a long winter, and a full Speedweeks schedule, the Sprint Cup Series opens its year at Daytona International Speedway.

Already, it has been a memorable Speedweeks with notable surnames winning -- Johnny Sauter, whose father Jim won an ARCA race at Daytona in 1978, won Friday night’s Camping World Truck race, and Chase Elliott, son of two-time Daytona 500 champ Bill Elliott, winning Saturday’s Xfinity race.

Will another add to that list this Speedweeks?

Here’s a look at the details for today’s race.

(All times are eastern)

START: Gerard Butler, start of the upcoming film “London Has Fallen,’' will give the command to start engines at 1:19 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 1:31 p.m.

DISTANCE: The 200-lap race on the 2.5-mile speedway will cover 500 miles.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 7 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 11 a.m. Driver introductions will take place at 12:40 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: The 82nd Airborne Division All American Chorus will perform the anthem at 1:12 p.m.

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

FORECAST: predicts sunny skies with a temperature of 73 degrees and 0 percent chance of rain at race time.

LAST TIME: Joey Logano led the final 13 laps to score his first Daytona 500 victory. Kevin Harvick placed second and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third, scoring his fourth consecutive top-three finish in this race.

BACK OF THE FIELD: Five cars will go to the rear because teams had to go to backup cars after crashes in Thursday’s qualifying races. Those drivers moving to the rear will be: Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., A.J. Allmendinger and Brian Scott.


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