Itâs race day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and we’ve got all the informationÂ you need to get ready for Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort & Casino 301, the 20th race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
START TIME:Â 3 p.m. ET.Â GREEN FLAG: 3:15Â p.m. ET.
Drivers will instructed to start their engines at 3:07Â p.m. ET.Â
TV:Â NBCSN. Pre-race broadcast begins at 2:30Â p.m. ET.Â
RACE DISTANCE: 301Â laps around the 1.058-mile oval for a total of 318.46 miles.
STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage):Â Stage 1: 75, Stage 2: 75, Stage 3: 151.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Country singer/songwriter, NECMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Massachusetts nativeÂ Whitney DoucetÂ will perform the national anthem at 3:01 p.m. ET, followed by a flyover by two F-15s from the 104th Fighter Wing of Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass.Â
WEATHER: Hot!Â The Weather Channel is forecasting temperatures in the low 90s with a heat index near 100 degrees and partly cloudy skies. There is 35% chance of precipitation, which should fade later into the afternoon.
LAST TIME: Kevin Harvick led the final seven laps and 12 overall, topping Kyle Busch byÂ 1.877 seconds for his sixth of eight victories in 2018.Â
Harvick is still winless this season.
LINEUP:Â Brad Keselowski topped qualifyingÂ on Friday for his first NASCAR Cup pole since 2017. Keselowski turned in a fast lap of 136.384 mph in his Ford to edge Kyle Busch.
Five drivers had to switch to backup cars after incidents during practice or qualifying and will be starting from the rear:Â Alex Bowman, William Byron, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson. Bowman will be driving teammte Jimmie Johnson’s backup car after wrecking his own backup car during Saturday’s practice.
Here is the lineup for the Foxwoods Resort & Casino 301 (car number in parentheses):
1. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford
2. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
3. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet
4. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota
5. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
6. (19) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota
7. (95) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota
8. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
9. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
10. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
11. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford
12. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
13. (41) Daniel Suarez, Ford
14. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
15. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
16. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford
17. (21) Paul Menard, Ford
18. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet
19. (8) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet
20. (38) David Ragan, Ford
21. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
22. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
23. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
24. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
25. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet
26. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford
27. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet
28. (47) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet
29. (32) Corey LaJoie, Ford
30. (36) Matt Tifft, Ford
31. (00) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet
32. (15) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
33. (27) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet
34. (77) Quin Houff, Chevrolet
35. (51) Andy Seuss, Ford
36. (52) Austin Theriault, Chevrolet
37. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
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