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Today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville: Start time, lineup, TV information and more

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will play host Sunday to its first short-track race of the 2016 season, the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Here are the particulars (all times are ET):

START: Actress A.J. Cook, star of “Criminal Minds,” will give the command for drivers to start their engines at 1:07 p.m. ET. The green flag is scheduled for 1:13 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 500 laps (263 miles) around the 0.526-mile oval.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 7 a.m. The drivers meeting is at 11 a.m. Driver introductions are at 12:30 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: It will be performed by the U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass Band Quintet at 1:01 p.m.

TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The site predicts 52 degrees at race time with a 0% chance of rain.

LAST TIME: Jeff Gordon scored the final victory of his Sprint Cup career, earning a berth in the championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway and helped by Matt Kenseth’s intentional wreck of leader Joey Logano with 50 laps remaining.

A YEAR AGO: Denny Hamlin led the final 28 laps, taking the lead from teammate Matt Kenseth after a late restart and fending off a charge by runner-up Brad Keselowski.


Martinsville starting lineup