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NASCAR At Richmond 2012: Start Time, Lineup, TV/Radio Schedule

It's NASCAR race night at Richmond International Raceway, 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? Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is tentatively expected to give the command to fire engines tonight at 7:38 p.m. ET. After a few pace laps, drivers are scheduled to take the green flag at 7:44 p.m. However, there's a good chance of rain in the area around the start time of the race, so it may be delayed or even postponed. Keep checking back here for more information.

Race name/distance: The Federated Auto Parts 400 is a 400-lap race around the 3/4-mile Richmond International Raceway. That means the actual race distance is 300 miles. This is the final race before NASCAR's playoff field is set.

TV and radio: The race can be seen on ABC. Unfortunately, there is no live streaming of the race – but you can listen on the Motor Racing Network's website (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 tonight 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: The 29th Division Band from the Virginia Army National Guard will perform the national anthem tonight. That should be a fitting start to the evening.

Tickets: Richmond is not a sellout, so you're safe to take a chance on finding tickets at the gate if you want to make a last-minute trip.

Weather: The unofficial NASCAR weatherman, Brian Neudorff, says rain will almost certainly delay the race or even postpone it. Make sure to follow Neudorff on Twitter – he's @nascar_wxman – for more information.

Last time: In the spring, Kyle Busch earned his only victory this season – the one which has him clinging to a Chase wild card spot – helped in part by a restart penalty on one-time leader Carl Edwards. And at the Chase cutoff race one year ago, Kevin Harvick went to Victory Lane after a suspicious spin by teammate Paul Menard brought out a late caution.

Starting lineup for Saturday's NASCAR race at Richmond International Raceway:

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