NASCAR At Kentucky Speedway: 2011 Start Time, Starting Lineup, TV/Radio Listings And More

It's NASCAR race night at Kentucky Speedway, and we've got the actual race start time, the starting lineup and some other facts about the inaugural Quaker State 400 for you below.

Start time: The command to start engines will be given by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear at 7:37 p.m. Eastern time. After a few pace laps, honorary starter Allan McDonald (an official with the Canadian Tire Corp.) will wave the green flag at 7:45 p.m. Eastern. Actually, to be exact, NASCAR projects the race will start at 30 seconds past 7:45. Either way, if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the race, flip on your TV set at 7:45.

Race name/distance: The inaugural Kentucky race is the Quaker State 400 – that's 267 laps around the 1.5-mile track for a total of 400.5 miles.

TV and radio: TNT's penultimate race of its six-race NASCAR broadcasting stint is tonight, but we also recommend you take advantage of TNT's "RaceBuddy" application over at You can watch the race on your computer and pick which camera angle you want to watch for free. If you aren't near a TV, the radio broadcast can be found on your local Performance Racing Network (PRN) affiliate. Click here to see a list of PRN stations where you can listen.

National anthem: Jimmie Johnson's close buddy Nick Lachey – yes, the former Newlyweds reality show star who was once married to Jessica Simpson – is doing the anthem honors tonight. His boy band background (he was in the group 98 Degrees) should serve him well for the anthem.

Tickets: If you don't have a ticket for today's inaugural Kentucky race, you might as well stay home. All 107,000 grandstand seats are sold out, and while there were standing-room only tickets still available heading into the weekend, it's probably not worth the gamble to make the trip. Traffic is expected to be a nightmare for the first Kentucky event, and track officials are asking fans to avoid using the main off-ramp from I-71.

Weather: According to the unofficial NASCAR weatherman, the temperature at race time tonight is expected to be around 83 degrees. Mostly dry and clear weather is forecasted for the event.

Last time: There is no last time. This is the first-ever Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway

Starting lineup for tonight's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway:

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