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

Subway Fresh Fit 500

AVONDALE, AZ - MARCH 03: A general view of race action during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Today’s Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway will be the ultimate game of musical chairs.

Five drivers are in contention for one position in next week’s championship race.

When the music stops – otherwise known as the checkered flag – what was a party of five coming into the race will end with a table for one. Who will join Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick in the Nov. 19 championship race?

Here are the details for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 2:29 p.m. by actor Jaime Camil. Green flag is scheduled for 2:37 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 312 laps (312 miles) around the 1-mile oval.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 75. Stage 2 ends at Lap 150.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 9 a.m. Driver-crew chief meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 1:50 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Dr. Jesse McGuire will perform the anthem at 2:23 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBC will broadcast the race. NASCAR America is at 1:30 p.m., followed by Countdown to Green at 2 p.m. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at with coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

FORECAST: The site predicts a temperature of 84 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at race time.

LAST TIME: Joey Logano won last fall’s playoff race. Kyle Busch was second and Kyle Larson was third. Ryan Newman won in March, followed by Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for lineup