NASCAR Pocono 2012: Start Time, Starting Lineup, TV/Radio Schedule, Live Streaming 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 Pennsylvania 400 for you below.

What time does the race start today? The command to fire engines will be given today at 1:09 p.m. Eastern time, and it could be an emotional one: The grand marshals of the race are family members of passengers killed on Flight 93 during 9/11. After a few pace laps, the green flag will officially wave at 1:20 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 1:20 p.m. Eastern.

UPDATE (9:30 a.m.): NASCAR has moved the start time up eight minutes to 1:12 p.m. Eastern due to approaching weather. Stay tuned to @nascar_wxman's Twitter feed for weather updates.

Race name/distance: Today's race is the first Pennsylvania 400, which follows in the path of June's Pocono 400. Track officials believed cutting the distance from 500 to 400 miles will make for a better show, and that seemed to happen in June. The race is 160 laps around the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway.

TV, radio and live streaming: Today's race can be seen on ESPN. This is ESPN's second broadcast of its portion of the season, and it will handle the remainder of the season. There IS live streaming of the race today, which can be found at'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: RCA recording artist Alex Boyd is scheduled to 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 is only a 30 percent chance that the entire race gets in today due to weather in the area. Here's his full forecast.

Last time: Last August, Brad Keselowski shocked the NASCAR world by going to Victory Lane despite a broken ankle. More recently, Joey Logano nudged his way past Mark Martin to win the Pocono 400 in June.

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

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