NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway 2012: Start time, lineup, TV/radio schedule, live streaming info and more

It's NASCAR race day at Texas Motor Speedway and we've got the actual race start time, the starting lineup and some other facts about today's race for you below.

What time does the race start today? The cast of the remade Dallas TV show – Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster, Jesse Metcalfe and Julie Gonzalo – will give the command to fire engines at 3:08 p.m. Eastern time (2:08 local). Following a few pace laps, the drivers will take the green flag at 3:16 p.m EST (and remember, today marks the end of Daylight Savings Time). So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the actual race itself, turn on your TV at 3:16 p.m. EST.

Race name/distance: The AAA Texas 500 is a 501-mile race around the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, which consists of 334 laps. The Cup cars will run 201 miles longer than the Nationwide cars did on Saturday night.

TV and radio: Today's race can be seen on ESPN, as is the case for every other Sprint Cup Series race for the rest of the season. There IS live streaming of the race today – on the WatchESPN app as well as NASCAR.com's RaceBuddy. Also, you can listen on the Performance Racing Network's Web site (just click the link). You can also check PRN's site for a list of affiliate stations in your area.

Twitter: If you're planning to be away from your TV or radio and want updates today, you can follow me on Twitter @jeff_gluck. I'll be tweeting live race updates from the track.

National anthem: The Texas Christian University marching band will perform the national anthem prior to today's race.

Tickets: Texas is not a sellout and there are plenty of tickets available for today's race if you're thinking of making a last-minute trip.

Weather: The unofficial NASCAR weatherman, Brian Neudorff, predicts pleasant fall weather and sunny skies with race temperatures in the low 70s for most of the event.

Last time: Greg Biffle passed Jimmie Johnson with 31 laps to go and cruised to an easy win in April's Texas night race. One year ago, Tony Stewart won a showdown with Carl Edwards to move closer to what was ultimately his third Sprint Cup Series championship.

Starting lineup for today's NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway:

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