NASCAR Bristol 2012: Start Time, Starting Lineup, TV Channel Listings, Live Streaming Info And More

It’s NASCAR race night at Bristol Motor Speedway, and we’ve got the actual race start time, the starting lineup and some other facts about Saturday’s race for you below.

What time does the race start? Track official Scott Hatcher will give the command to fire engines at 7:40 p.m. ET. After a few pace laps, the green flag will wave at 7:45 p.m. So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the actual race, flip on your TV sets at 7:45 p.m. ET.

Race name/distance: The Irwin Tools Night Race is one of the most famous events on NASCAR’s schedule. Bristol holds two Sprint Cup Series races per year, but only one is at night – and it used to be one of the hottest tickets in all of sports. The event is 500 laps around the 0.533-mile track for a total of 266.5 miles.

TV, radio and live streaming: The race can be seen on ABC, but it is not available in all areas due to preseason football. To find out if your area is affected and to see alternate viewing plans, click here. There IS NO live streaming of the race today on Race Buddy or the Watch ESPN app because the race is on ABC. If you’ll be away from your computer and TV, check the Performance Racing Network’s web site for a list of affiliate radio stations in your area.

* NOTE: If you’re out and about 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: Children of drivers and crew members will join together to sing the national anthem tonight. That takes place after Bristol’s famed driver introductions, which unfortunately won’t be seen on TV. But we’ll have a full list of the drivers’ songs back here during the race.

Tickets: Bristol is still a popular race, but it’s not the hot ticket it once was. The race is not expected to sell out tonight, so there WILL be tickets available at the door if you’re thinking of making a last-minute trip.

Weather: The unofficial NASCAR weatherman, Brian Neudorff, says the weather should be mostly dry and pleasant, though he notes there’s a chance of an isolated storm again. A few storms popped up on Friday unexpectedly and washed out qualifying, which remains a possibility for tonight’s race as well.

Last time: One year ago, Brad Keselowski won at Bristol despite a broken ankle. Then, in March, Keselowski made it two in a row with another Bristol victory. In tonight’s race, he’ll continue the “Blue Deuce” tradition by driving a Rusty Wallace throwback paint scheme.

Starting lineup for tonight’s NASCAR race at Bristol:

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