It's NASCAR race day at Kansas 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? Ambassadors from the Victory Junction Gang Camp (the one in Kansas City) will give the command to fire engines at 1:07 p.m. EDT, which is 12:07 p.m. local time in Kansas. After the cars get rolling, a representative from race sponsor STP will wave the green flag at 1:16 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 1:16 p.m. Eastern time.
Race name/distance: The STP 400 is a 400-mile race consisting of 267 laps around the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. This is the final race at Kansas for both the current track surface and configuration. Immediately following the event, the track will begin to replace the surface and install progressive banking.
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.
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National anthem: Kansas resident Jeremy Vitt is doing the honors today. We checked YouTube, and it looks like Vitt has done the Kansas Truck race a couple times before. Will he sing a good anthem? Here's a past performance so you can judge for yourself.
Tickets: Kansas Speedway has not announced a sellout for today's race, but it should still be a good crowd. You're probably safe to find tickets at the gate if you want to make a last-minute trip today.
Weather: The unofficial NASCAR weatherman, Brian Neudorff, says today's race will be rain-free but chilly with temperatures in the mid-60s.
Last time: One year ago, Brad Keselowski made his gas last long enough to win his first race for Penske Racing, holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. and others in a fuel-mileage race. Then, in the Kansas Chase race last fall, Jimmie Johnson went to Victory Lane over Kasey Kahne and Keselowski.
Starting lineup for today's NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway: