NASCAR At Pocono: 2012 Start Time, Lineup, Live Streaming, TV/Radio Schedule And More

It's NASCAR race day at Pocono Raceway, 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? Dr. Rose Mattioli, the widow of track founder Dr. Joseph Mattioli, will give the command to fire engines today at 1:08 p.m. Eastern time. After a few pace laps, a Twitter contest winner will wave the green flag at 1:19 p.m. So if you're looking to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the race, turn on your TV set at 1:19 p.m. Eastern.

Race name/distance: There are a lot of "firsts" today at Pocono Raceway. For one thing, it's the first-ever 400-mile race at Pocono (down from the typical 500 miles). Race officials and drivers alike believe cutting the laps down from 200 to 160 will make for a better show. Second, the race name is the "Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR." That's not a typo – hashtag NASCAR, as in Twitter. For the first time, Twitter is using a special page on its site to help fans follow along with the race. You can find it at Twitter.com/#NASCAR.

TV, radio and live streaming: Today's race can be seen on TNT. This is TNT's first of six broadcasts this summer before handing the reins to ESPN for the rest. There IS live streaming of the race today, which can be found at NASCAR.com's "RaceBuddy" site. If you'll be away from your computer and TV, check the Motor Racing Network's web site for a list of affiliate radio stations in your area.

*** NOTE: If you're out and about today and can't watch the race, make sure to follow me (@jeff_gluck) on Twitter. I'll be tweeting updates from the event. ***

National anthem: Naomi Scott, a Air Force service member from Dover Air Force Base, will do the honors today.

Tickets: The race is not a sellout, so you should be good to go if you're planning to make a last-minute trip on race day.

Weather: The unofficial NASCAR weatherman, Brian Neudorff, says today's weather at Pocono is iffy. There may be showers in the area that pop up and cause delays to today's race.

Last time: One year ago, Jeff Gordon picked up a victory at Pocono to tie for third on NASCAR's all-time wins list with his 84th victory (he won later in the summer at Atlanta to break that tie). Then, last August, Brad Keselowski shocked the NASCAR world by going to Victory Lane despite a broken ankle.

Starting lineup for today's NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway:

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