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

It's NASCAR race day at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, 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? Richard Petty will be the grand marshal for today's race and will give the command to fire engines at 1:08 p.m. EDT. Actor Gary Sinise was originally scheduled to be the grand marshal, but he was injured in a car accident on Friday (not seriously) and had to bow out. After the cars get rolling, wounded veteran J.B. Kerns will wave the green flag at 1:14 p.m. So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the race, turn on your TV set by 1:14 p.m. Eastern time.

Race name/distance: Martinsville is NASCAR's shortest track (even shorter than Bristol), measuring at .526 miles. The "500" in the "Goody's Fast Relief 500" refers to the number of laps – thankfully, not miles. The total distance is 263 miles.

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: The Virginia Tech Regimental Band known as the "Highty Tighties" – a nickname that sounds way too close to "tighty whities" – will do the national anthem honors today.

Tickets: Martinsville is not a sellout. If you want to make a last-minute trip to the track today, you shouldn't have a problem finding tickets.

Weather: The unofficial NASCAR weatherman, Brian Neudorff, says today's race will be rain-free and pleasant with temperatures in the mid-70s. All things considered, it's shaping up to be one of the nicest Martinsville races in years.

Last time: Kevin Harvick denied Dale Earnhardt Jr. a streak-ending win one year ago in the Goody's Fast Relief 500; in October, Tony Stewart showed his Chase run was for real with a stirring win in the fall Martinsville race.

Starting lineup for today's NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway:

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