NASCAR At Las Vegas: 2012 Start Time, Starting Lineup, TV/Radio Schedule And More

It's NASCAR race day at Las Vegas 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? Grand marshal Tim Allen – yes, that Tim Allen – will give the command to fire engines at 3:08 p.m. Eastern time (12:08 local time). After a few pace laps, the race will take the green flag at 3:16 p.m. Eastern. And remember, that's Eastern Daylight Time – hopefully you set your clocks to "spring forward" last night.

Race name/distance: The Kobalt Tools 400 is 267 laps around the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway, so there's actually a total of 400.5 miles instead of 400. This is a big race for Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 team, because Kobalt is a Lowe's-owned brand of tools.

TV and radio: Today's race can be seen on FOX. Every Sprint Cup Series race through May will be on the FOX network. Unfortunately, there is no live streaming of the race – but you can listen on the Performance Racing Network's Web site (just click the red link). You can also check PRN's site for a list of affiliate stations in your area.

National anthem: American Idol finalist Pia Toscano will sing the national anthem today. Toscano, if you recall, also sang the anthem before last year's season finale at Homestead – and that turned out pretty well (both the race and her version of the anthem).

Tickets: The Las Vegas race has not been announced as a sellout, so there should still be tickets available if you're in the area and want to make a last-minute trip this morning. Although you should probably get in the car right about now.

Weather: The unofficial NASCAR weatherman, Brian Neudorff, says NASCAR is in for a rain-free day at Las Vegas. Neudorff is so confident, he's attending the race himself and says it'll be a pleasant day.

Last time: Carl Edwards won last year's Las Vegas race – and hasn't won a Sprint Cup Series points race since, if you can believe that.

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

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

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