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NASCAR Cup playoff race at Talladega 2018: Start time, lineup, TV schedule, more – USA TODAY

NASCAR Cup playoff race at Talladega 2018: Start time, lineup, TV schedule, more – USA TODAY
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It’s NASCAR race day at Talladega Superspeedway, and we’ve got some essential information you need to get ready for Sunday’s 500, the second race of the Round of 12 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs:

START TIME: Kim Pederson, CEO of, will instruct drivers to start their engines at 1:53 p.m. ET (12:53 p.m. local), followed by the green flag at 2:05 p.m. ET (1:05 p.m.) local

RACE DISTANCE: The 500 is 188 laps around the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. That’s 500.08 miles.

RACE STAGES: After a successful run last season, NASCAR will once again be dividing races into stages and handing out points. Here are the segments for tonight’s Cup race: Stage 1: 55 laps, Stage 2: 55 laps, Stage 3: 78 laps.

PLAYOFFS: Today’s race is the fifth of 10 playoff races and the second of the three-race second round, which concludes next weekend at Kansas Speedway. Twelve drivers advanced from the first round and remain in contention for the championship.

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NATIONAL ANTHEM: The 313th United States Army Band out of Birmingham, Ala., will perform the national anthem at 1:47 p.m. ET (12:47 p.m. local), followed by a flyover by four F-18s from The World-Famous Fighting Blacklions of VFA-213 of the U.S. Navy.

TV RADIO SCHEDULE: The race will be broadcast on NBC starting at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. local), with a pre-show beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. local). Radio calls can be found on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio.

LIVE STREAMING: will live-stream the race for those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider’s credentials.

PREVIEW: Playoff drivers face daunting challenge at volatile Talladega

ELLIOTT: Not sweating Talladega playoff race

TALLADEGA: Inside NASCAR’s wildest and biggest infield party

WEATHER: Ideal conditions. The Weather Channel is calling for sunny skies with temperatures in the low 80s with no chance of rain.

LAST TIME: Team Penske’s Joey Logano led 70 laps, including the final 42, to earn his third career Cup win at Talladega. And one year ago in the playoff race, teammate Brad Keselowski passed Ryan Newman on the final lap to score his fifth Talladega Cup Series win.

LINEUP: Kurt Busch led a 1-2-3-4 sweep of the top qualifying spots on Saturday for Stewart-Haas Racing, taking his fifth pole of the season. Clint Bowyer will start alongside Busch, while Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola will start on row 2.

Here’s the starting lineup for today’s 500 (car number in parentheses):

1. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford

2. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford

3. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford

4. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford

5. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet

6. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

7. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet

8. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet

9. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota

10. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota

11. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota

12. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford

13. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota

14. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford

15. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota

16. (38) David Ragan, Ford

17. (43) Darrell Wallace Jr., Chevrolet

18. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford

19. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford

20. (22) Joey Logano, Ford

21. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

22. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet

23. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet

24. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford

25. (95) Regan Smith, Chevrolet

26. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet

27. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford

28. (62) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet

29. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet

30. (21) Paul Menard, Ford

31. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet

32. (23) JJ Yeley, Ford

33. (7) DJ Kennington, Chevrolet

34. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet

35. (96) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Toyota

36. (15) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet

37. (00) Joey Gase, Chevrolet

38. (99) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet

39. (51) Cody Ware, Chevrolet

40. (72) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet

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