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NASCAR At Texas Motor Speedway: 2012 Start Time, Starting Lineup, TV/Radio Schedule And More

It's NASCAR race night at Texas 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? Grand marshal Travis Pastrana – yes, that Travis Pastrana – will give the command to fire engines at 7:38 p.m. Eastern time (6:38 p.m. local time). Then, at 7:46 p.m., the green flag will wave and the race will get underway. So if you want to skip all the pre-race stuff and just tune in for the race itself, flip on your TV sets at 7:46 p.m.

NOTE: If you're unable to watch the race, I'll be providing Twitter updates here -- @jeff_gluck

Race name/distance: The Samsung Mobile 500 is 334 laps around the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, which gives it a total of 501 miles. They just call it "500" because "501" doesn't sound right.

TV and radio: Tonight's race can be seen on FOX. Every Sprint Cup Series race through May will be on the FOX network. Unfortunately, there is no live streaming of the race – but 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.

National anthem: Kelly Hansen, the lead singer of the rock band Foreigner, will sing the anthem tonight. The flyover is being performed by F-15s based out of New Orleans.

Tickets: The Texas race is not a sellout, so if you want to make a last-minute trip to the track, you should be able to find face-value tickets.

Weather: The unofficial NASCAR weatherman, Brian Neudorff, predicts high winds and warm temperatures but anticipates the race will not get rained out by thunderstorms in the area. The storms are expected to stay north of the track, he said.

Last time: Matt Kenseth dominated the spring Texas race last April to break a 76-race winless skid, and Tony Stewart then won the fall Texas race as part of his run to the championship.

Starting lineup for tonight's NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway:

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