NASCAR At Watkins Glen: 2011 Start Time, Starting Lineup, TV/Radio Listings And More

***SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE*** The Watkins Glen NASCAR race has been postponed until Monday morning. Click here for more information.


It's NASCAR race day at Watkins Glen, and we've got the actual race start time, the starting lineup and some other facts about today's road course action for you below.

Start time: The command to start engines will be given by the Travel Channel's Man v. Food Nation host Adam Richman at 1:08 p.m. Eastern time. After a couple pace laps, honorary starter Barry Hendrickson (a Heluva Good! contest winner) will wave the green flag at 1:18 p.m. Eastern. So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the race, flip on your TV set at 1:18. There's a catch for the Watkins Glen race, though: The weather is not expected to be good and it's possible the race may be delayed or postponed.

Race name/distance: The "Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips At The Glen" is unusual in that it's virtually the same length as Saturday's Nationwide Series race. The Sprint Cup race is 90 laps (Nationwide was 82), which totals 220.5 miles. Of course, NASCAR would probably just be happy to get to the halfway point today given the weather forecast.

TV and radio: Today marks the third race of ESPN's portion of the NASCAR season. Every Cup race will be on either ESPN or ABC for the rest of the year. If you aren't near a TV, the radio broadcast can be found on your local Motor Racing Network (MRN) affiliate. Click here to see a list of stations where you can listen.

National anthem: Taylor Acorn, a 17 year old who won a local talent competition, is singing the anthem today. She's planning to try out for American Idol, so she could be worth watching.

Tickets: There are still tickets remaining for the Watkins Glen, so you should be safe if you want to take the chance by walking up to the ticket window on race day.

Weather: It's not looking good. According to the unofficial NASCAR weatherman, there was a near-certain chance of rain at race time (as of Saturday morning). The forecast had softened as of Saturday night, but it's still not great.

Last time: One year ago, Juan Pablo Montoya won his second career Sprint Cup Series race, completing the career sweep of NASCAR's Cup road courses. Marcos Ambrose and Kurt Busch are the favorites for today's race.

Starting lineup for today's NASCAR race at Watkins Glen:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. AJ Allmendinger
  3. Marcos Ambrose
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Juan Pablo Montoya
  6. Ryan Newman
  7. Tony Stewart
  8. Carl Edwards
  9. Martin Truex Jr.
  10. Regan Smith
  11. Bobby Labonte
  12. Brad Keselowski
  13. Joey Logano
  14. Jamie McMurray
  15. Boris Said
  16. David Ragan
  17. Jeff Gordon
  18. Kasey Kahne 
  19. Clint Bowyer
  20. Brian Vickers
  21. Joe Nemechek
  22. Mark Martin
  23. Kevin Harvick
  24. Matt Kenseth
  25. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  26. Casey Mears
  27. Kurt Busch
  28. Greg Biffle
  29. Scott Speed
  30. J.J. Yeley
  31. Robby Gordon
  32. Paul Menard
  33. Michael McDowell
  34. T.J. Bell
  35. Andrew Ranger
  36. Andy Lally
  37. Mike Skinner
  38. Ron Fellows
  39. David Reutimann
  40. Jeff Burton
  41. David Gilliland
  42. Denny Hamlin
  43. Terry Labonte
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