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


SPARTA, Ky. — The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will play host Saturday to the Quaker State 400 at Martinsville Speedway.

Here are the particulars (all times are ET):

START: George Sherman, president of Advance Auto Parts, will give the command for drivers to start their engines at 7:37 p.m. ET. The green flag is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

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

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 1:30 p.m. The drivers meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 7 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: It will be performed by Marlana VanHoose at 7:31 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The site predicts 82 degrees at race time with a 0% chance of rain.

LAST TIME: In the debut of the lower-downforce package that became the template for this season’s rules, Kyle Busch outdueled Joey Logano to capture his second victory at Kentucky and the first of three consecutive wins for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.


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