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Tonight’s Cup race at Kentucky: Start time, lineup and more

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart - Practice

SPARTA, KY - JULY 13: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Snickers Intense Toyota, leads Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway on July 13, 2018 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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The Cup Series is once again under the lights tonight as it competes at Kentucky Speedway.

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. will try to continue their dominance at 1.5-mile tracks. The three drivers have combined to win the last 12 races on 1.5-mile tracks.

In seven Kentucky races, no Cup driver has ever earned their first win of the season.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Carlos Maurer, president of Shell Lubricants Americas, will give the command to start engines at 7:37 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 7:45 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 267 laps (400.5 miles) around the 1.5-mile track

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 80. Stage 2 ends on Lap 160.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 2 p.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 7 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: The Thoroughbred Chorus from Louisville, Kentucky, will perform the anthem at 7:31 p.m. (Fly-by: 4 F-16s from the 187th Fighter Wing, Montgomery, Alabama)

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race beginning at 7:30 p.m. Coverage begins at 6 p.m on NBCSN with NASCAR America, followed by Countdown to Green at 7 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. and also can be heard at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: calls for a high of 88 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Martin Truex Jr. led 152 laps and won over Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott.

TO THE REAR: Kyle Larson for missing driver introductions.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.