Itâs NASCAR race day at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and weâve got some essential information you need to get ready for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship race:
START TIME:Â Josh Dallas, star of NBC’s Manifest, will instruct drivers to start their engines at 2:54Â p.m. ET, followed by theÂ green flag at 3:03Â p.m. ET.
RACE DISTANCE:Â The Ford EcoBoost 400 is 267 laps around the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway for a total of 400 miles.
RACE STAGES:Â After a successful run last season, NASCARÂ will once again beÂ dividing races into stagesÂ and handing out points. Here are the segmentsÂ for today’s race:Â Stage 1: 80Â laps, Stage 2: 80Â laps, Stage 3: 107Â laps.
PLAYOFFS:Â Today’s race is the last of 10 playoff races and will decide the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. Here are the championship contenders: Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr.
NATIONAL ANTHEM:Â Senior Master Sergeant Ryan Carson of the U.S. Air Force Band,Â will perform the national anthem at 2:47Â p.m. ET, followed by a flyover by four F-16’s from the 93rd Fighter Squadron of Homestead Air Reserve Base.
TV RADIO SCHEDULE:Â The race will be broadcast on NBCÂ starting at 2:30Â p.m. ET,Â with a pre-show beginning at 1:30Â p.m. ET. Radio calls can be found on the Motor Racing Network andÂ Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio.
LIVE STREAMING:Â NBCSports.comÂ will live-stream the race for those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider’s credentials.
WEATHER: Ideal. The Weather Channel is calling for sunny skies with temperatures in the low 80s at the green flag and tapering down to high 70s by race’s end. Rain is not in the forecast, but it’s South Florida, so you never know.
LAST TIME: Martin Truex Jr. led 78 laps, including the final 51, to win his first NASCAR Cup Series championship.Â Truex bested a Championship 4 field of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski.
LINEUP: Denny Hamlin won his fourth pole of the season and topped qualifying at Homestead for the second consecutive year. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch will start second, Truex third, Logano fifth and Harvick 12th.
Here’s the starting lineup for today’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (car number in parentheses):
1. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
2. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
3. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota
4. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford
5. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
6. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford
7. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota
8. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet
9. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford
10. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
11. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
12. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
13. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
14. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
15. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
16. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
17. (6) Matt Kenseth, Ford
18. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota
19. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
20. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet
21. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet
22. (21) Paul Menard, Ford
23. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet
24. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
25. (38) David Ragan, Ford
26. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford
27. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet
28. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
29. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford
30. (95) Regan Smith, Chevrolet
31. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet
32. (00) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet
33. (23) JJ Yeley, Ford
34. (72) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet
35. (99) Kyle Weatherman, Chevrolet
36. (51) BJ McLeod, Ford
37. (97) Tanner Berryhill, Toyota
38. (66) Timmy Hill, Toyota
39. (15) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
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