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

 

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):

 

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