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NASCAR At Darlington Raceway 2012: Start Time, Starting Lineup, TV/Radio Schedule And More

It's NASCAR race night at Darlington Raceway, and we've got the actual race start time, the starting lineup and some other facts about Saturday's Southern 500 for you below.

What time does the race start? Typically, NASCAR night races in the Sprint Cup Series start at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. But in an effort to get fans home earlier, Darlington is starting Saturday's race shortly after 7 p.m. – 30 minutes sooner than usual. The mothers of several Cup drivers are the grand marshals, and they'll give the command to fire engines at 7:08 p.m EDT. The race itself is scheduled to begin at 7:16 p.m EDT.

Race name/distance: The Bojangles Southern 500 is the "Southern 500" in name only to many longtime race fans, who were used to the Southern 500 being held every year on Labor Day Weekend. The name has been revived since Darlington cut back to one race per season, and Bojangles replaced Showtime as the presenting sponsor this year. In all, the distance is actually 501.3 miles (367 laps around the 1.366-mile, egg-shaped oval).

TV and radio: The 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 Motor Racing Network's Web site (just click the red link). You can also check MRN's site for a list of affiliate 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: Casey Weston, a former contestant on NBC's The Voice, will sing the national anthem. She was on judge Adam Levine's team during the first season of the reality singing show.

Tickets: Darlington has not announced a sellout, and there should still be tickets available if you're looking to make a last-minute trip to the track.

Weather: The unofficial NASCAR weatherman, Brian Neudorff, says fans are in for a pleasant and dry evening with very little chance of rain. The temperatures are expected to cool down into the 60s by the end of the race.

Last time: One year ago, Regan Smith held off Carl Edwards on old tires to claim an improbable Southern 500 victory and pull one of the biggest upsets of the season. Meanwhile, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick had a memorable clash on pit road after the race.

Starting lineup for Saturday's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway:

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