It's NASCAR race day at Chicagoland Speedway, and we've got the actual race start time, the starting lineup and some other facts about today's Chase opener for you below.
What time does the race start today? The command to start engines will be given by the Geico caveman – yes, that guy – at 2:09 p.m. Eastern time. Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith will then wave the green flag at 2:18 p.m. Eastern. Folks, that's an hour later than most of the Sunday races so far this season – so make sure you're not sitting there an hour early for no reason. If you want to tune in for the actual race itself and skip the pre-race show, just tune in at 2:18. ***UPDATE*** The race start time has been moved up 15 minutes due to possible rain. The green flag will now be at 2:03.
Race name/distance: The Geico 400 is 267 laps around the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway for a total distance of 400.5 miles. Geico is heavily promoting this race, so expect to see lots of caveman, gecko and even Casey Mears commercials.
TV and radio: Today's race can be seen on ESPN. 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: Hootie! Rocker-turned-country-star Darius Rucker will be singing the national anthem today (he's also performing a pre-race concert in the fan zone).
Tickets: There are still some tickets remaining for Chicagoland, though some published reports indicated the track believes there's a chance of a sellout.
Weather: Cool and iffy. According to the unofficial NASCAR weatherman, fans in Joliet should expect a temperature around 70 degrees at the green flag time, but there's also a chance of rain later in the afternoon.
Last time: This is the first time the Chicagoland race has been in September. Last year, it was a night race in July and David Reutimann cruised to an easy victory.
Starting lineup for today's NASCAR race at Chicagoland (Chase drivers in bold):