NASCAR Bristol Night Race: 2011 Start Time, Starting Lineup, TV/Radio Listings And More

It's NASCAR race night at Bristol Motor Speedway, and we've got the actual race start time, the starting lineup and some other facts about the Irwin Tools Night Race for you below.

Start time: The command to start engines will be given by the CEO of Newell Rubbermaid (and 250 of his guests) at 7:41 p.m. Eastern time. After a few pace laps, honorary starter Ken Goodgame of Ace Hardware will wave the green flag at 7:46 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 7:46.

Race name/distance: The Irwin Tools Night Race used to have the "500" in its name when Sharpie was the sponsor, but that's the number of laps – not miles. The 500-lap race is actually 266.5 miles around the track, which is just over a half-mile.

TV and radio: There's a chance you may not be able to see the Bristol race tonight based on your location. First of all, if you're on the East Coast, your local ABC affiliate may cut away to hurricane coverage. Second, if you live in one of these cities, the race will not be on ABC due to preseason football. Make sure to check and see if you're affected. If you aren't near a TV or can't watch, 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: Children of NASCAR drivers who are part of racing's Christian organization – Motor Racing Outreach – will sing the national anthem.

Tickets: As of Friday, the track said the race could potentially sell out based on the walkup crowd for tonight's race. There may still be some tickets left if you decide to make a last-minute trip, but make sure to arrive early.

Weather: According to the unofficial NASCAR weatherman, the temperature at race time is expected to be around 79 degrees with mostly clear skies. Thankfully, Hurricane Irene is staying far away from the track.

Last time: Kyle Busch and Kyle Busch. Which do you want first? In the spring, Busch won the Jeff Byrd 500 to win his fifth Bristol Cup race (and fourth in the last five events). And one year ago, Kyle Busch completed his famous "Bristol sweep" with a victory in the night race.

Starting lineup for tonight's NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway:

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