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

It's NASCAR race day at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. 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? Remember the Three Stooges from the Daytona 500? The actors from the upcoming movie "delivered" the green flag to the flagstand after two actresses from the film were grand marshals. Well, now the Stooges themselves are grand marshals, and they'll give the command at 3:07 p.m. Eastern time. The field is scheduled to take the green flag at 3:16 p.m., but that's highly unlikely due to the weather forecast today.

Race name/distance: The Auto Club 400 is 200 laps around the 2-mile Fontana track. The race distance is significant because the track chose to go with the 400-mile distance when it was cut back to one date instead of keeping the 500-mile distance.

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 Motor Racing Network's Web site (just click the red link). You can also check MRN's site for a list of affiliate stations in your area.

National anthem: Old-school rockers Night Ranger will sing the national anthem today after performing a pre-race concert. Pop star JoJo was originally scheduled to do the anthem, but was replaced for an unknown reason.

Tickets: Auto Club Speedway hasn't come close to selling out for years. There are plenty of tickets available if you're interested in attending.

Weather: The unofficial NASCAR weatherman, Brian Neudorff, says today's race will likely be a washout. Neudorff says there's less than a 10 percent chance the race gets in today, so it will likely be a Monday event. You can see Neudorff's complete forecast here.

Last time: Kevin Harvick out-dueled Jimmie Johnson in one of the more exciting finishes of the 2011 season, beating the No. 48 car to the line and debunking the myth of Johnson's "golden horseshoe" – a term Harvick christened after losing to Johnson at Fontana in 2010.

Starting lineup for today's NASCAR race at Auto Club Speedway:

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