It's NASCAR race night at Atlanta Motor Speedway and we've got the actual race start time, the starting lineup and some other facts about tonight's race for you below.
What time does the race start tonight? The CEO of race sponsor AdvoCare will give the command for drivers to fire their engines at 7:40 p.m. Eastern time tonight. Following a few pace laps, the drivers will take the green flag at 7:49 p.m. So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the actual race itself, turn on your TV set at 7:49 p.m. EDT.
Race name/distance: The AdvoCare 500 is a 500.5-mile race around the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway, which consists of 325 laps. The Cup cars will run 200 miles longer than the Nationwide cars and 300 miles longer than the Trucks.
TV and radio: Tonight's race can be seen on ESPN. Every Sprint Cup Series race for the rest of the season will be seen on network. There IS live streaming of the race tonight, using the Watch ESPN App and NASCAR.com's RaceBuddy. You can listen on the Performance Racing Network's Web site (just click the red link). You can also check PRN's site for a list of affiliate stations in your area.
Twitter: If you're planning to be away from your TV or radio and want updates tonight, you can follow me on Twitter. I'll be tweeting live race updates from the track.
FYI if you're coming to track tmrw: Tweetup 4 p.m.; Montgomery Gentry 5:40 p.m.; Driver intros 6:55 p.m.; Engines 7:40 p.m.; Green 7:49 p.m.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) September 1, 2012
National anthem: As per Atlanta tradition, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound will perform tonight's national anthem. Haase and his group are a Southern gospel quartet, and they've performed the Atlanta anthem for the past several years.
Tickets: Atlanta is not close to a sellout and there are plenty of tickets available for tonight's race if you're thinking of making a last-minute trip.
Weather: The unofficial NASCAR weatherman, Brian Neudorff, predicts hot and humid weather with a chance of scattered storms. It's tough to tell if one of the storms will hit the track – he compares the storms to throwing marbles down on the ground and watching them scatter – but there could be a delay if the track is soaked by one.
Last time: Jeff Gordon moved into third on NASCAR's all-time wins list by picking up his 85th career victory last season at Atlanta. Unfortunately for Gordon, he's won only one time since and needs another victory tonight to help get him into the Chase with a wild card.
Starting lineup for tonight's NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway: