NASCAR At Michigan: 2012 Start Time, Starting Lineup, TV/Radio Schedule And Live Streaming Info

It's NASCAR race day at Michigan International Speedway, and we've got the actual race start time, the starting lineup and some other facts about today's Pure Michigan 400 for you below.

What time does the race start today? At 1:07 p.m. Eastern today, the American Badass himself – Kid Rock – will give the command to fire engines. After a few pace laps, the green flag is set to wave at 1:16 p.m. Eastern. So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the actual race, turn on your TV set at 1:16 p.m. EDT.

Race name/distance: Today's race is called the Pure Michigan 400 – "Pure Michigan" being Michigan's tourism campaign. The math is pretty simple: 200 laps around Michigan's 2-mile oval for a total of 400 miles.

TV, radio and live streaming: Today's race can be seen on ESPN. This is ESPN's fourth broadcast of its portion of the season, and it will handle the remainder of the year. There IS live streaming of the race today, which can be found at NASCAR.com's "RaceBuddy" site and on the "Watch ESPN" app. 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 about the event. ***

National anthem: Country music singer Steve Azar (the guy who sang "I Don't Have To Be Me Til Monday") will do the honors today. Michigan likely goes out of its way to find good anthem singers ever since the Saving Abel disaster of a few years ago.

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 Michigan should be unseasonably cool (in the 70s) with a chance of scattered showers. Neudorff doesn't expect the race to be rained out, but it could be delayed by a stray storm or two.

Last time: Uhm...unless you live in a cave, you know what happened last time NASCAR was at Michigan – Dale Earnhardt Jr. snapped a four-year winless streak and went to Victory Lane in dominating fashion. And one year ago, Kyle Busch beat Jimmie Johnson in a green-white-checkered finish to take the 2011 Pure Michigan 400.

Here's the starting lineup for today's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan:

  1. Mark Martin
  2. Carl Edwards
  3. Jimmie Johnson (will start in the back due to engine change)
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. Trevor Bayne
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Marcos Ambrose
  9. Landon Cassill
  10. Paul Menard
  11. Jeff Gordon
  12. Clint Bowyer
  13. Greg Biffle
  14. Tony Stewart
  15. Ryan Newman
  16. Joey Logano
  17. Parker Kligerman
  18. Regan Smith
  19. Brad Keselowski
  20. Kevin Harvick
  21. Denny Hamlin
  22. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (will start in the back due to practice crash/backup car)
  23. Kyle Busch
  24. Jamie McMurray
  25. Juan Pablo Montoya
  26. Kurt Busch
  27. Reed Sorenson
  28. Bobby Labonte
  29. Casey Mears
  30. Travis Kvapil
  31. David Stremme
  32. Jeff Burton
  33. Jason Leffler
  34. Josh Wise
  35. Joe Nemechek
  36. David Gilliland
  37. David Ragan
  38. Scott Riggs
  39. David Reutimann
  40. TJ Bell
  41. Aric Almirola
  42. Dave Blaney
  43. Mike Skinner
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