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Today’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan: start time, weather, TV/radio info and lineup

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The Sprint Cup Series returns for its second yearly visit to Michigan International Speedway for today’s Pure Michigan 400.

Matt Kenseth is the defending winner of this event, while Joey Logano won this past June’s race at the high-speed, 2-mile track.

Logano will start today’s race from the pole, with six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson on the outside of the front row.

Here’s all the info you need for today’s race.

(All times Eastern)

START: Jeff Blashill, head coach of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, will give the command for drivers to start their engines at 2:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (400 miles) around the high-speed, 2-mile oval.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 8 a.m. ET. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 12 p.m. Driver introductions are at 1:30 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: U.S. Army A Capella Chorus will perform the anthem at 2:01 p.m. It will be preceded by MIS employee Lisa Bascom singing the Canadian Anthem at 1:58 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. with NASCAR America, followed by Countdown to Green at 1:30 p.m. Race coverage begins at 2 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 1 p.m. and also can be heard at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The site predicts a temperature of 82 degrees at race time with a 15 percent chance of precipitation.

LAST TIME: Pole sitter Matt Kenseth dominated last year’s Pure Michigan 400 on August 16, 2015, leading 146 of the event’s 200 laps. Kenseth led seven times, including the final 25 laps to take the checkered flag. In this year’s spring race at Michigan on June 12, Joey Logano dominated by leading 138 of the event’s 200 laps.


Sprint Cup starting lineup MIS 2 2016