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Today’s Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire: Start time, weather, TV/radio info and more

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-Hour ENERGY 301

LOUDON, NH - JULY 19: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, and Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, lead the field into turn one during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-Hour ENERGY 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 19, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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Matt Kenseth goes for his third consecutive win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway while also trying to secure his spot in the next round of the Chase.

Today’s race is the middle event in the opening round of the playoffs and will set up what drivers will need to do next week at Dover to advance to the Round of 12.

Here is all the info for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Kevin Holleran, president of Textron Specialized Vehicles, will give the command start engines at 2:07 p.m. The green flag is set for 2:15 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 300 laps (317.4 miles) around the 1.058-mile track.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Cup garage opens at 8 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at noon. Driver introductions are at 1:25 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Daniel M. Clark, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and retired Massachusetts State Trooper, will perform the anthem at 2:01 p.m.

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

FORECAST: The site predicts a temperature of 61 degrees at race time with a 0 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Matt Kenseth led the final 31 laps to win the July race. Kyle Busch led a race-high 133 laps but finished eighth. Martin Truex Jr. led 123 laps but finished 16th. In this race a year ago, Kenseth took the lead with three laps to go when Kevin Harvick ran out of fuel and Kenseth went on to the win. Harvick, who led a race-high 216 laps, finished 21st.