It’s race day at Pocono Raceway, and we’ve got all the information you need to get ready for Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400, the 21st race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
START TIME: 3 p.m. ET. GREEN FLAG: 3:18 p.m. ET.
Brian Quinn, representing Gander RV, will instruct drivers to start their engines at 3:07 p.m. ET.
TV: NBCSN. Pre-race broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.
RADIO: Motor Racing Network. STREAMING: For those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider’s credentials, you can watch at stream.nbcsports.com.
RACE DISTANCE: 160 laps around the 2.5-mile track for a total of 400 miles.
STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 50, Stage 2: 50, Stage 3: 60.
Kyle Busch will attempt to win his third consecutive NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway. (Photo: Matthew OHaren, USA TODAY Sports)
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Ellen Kane will perform the anthem at 3:01 p.m. ET, followed by a flyover by four F-16C Fighting Falcons of the 177th Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard.
WEATHER: Pretty ideal. The Weather Channel is calling for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 80s, dropping down to the high 70s closer to the checkered flag. There is a 25-35% chance of precipitation and a small possibility of isolated thunderstorms.
LAST TIME: Kyle Busch has won the most recent two races at “The Tricky Triangle.” On June 2, Busch led 79 laps, topping Brad Keselowski by 2.224 seconds. And one year ago on July 29, Busch led 52 laps, topping Daniel Suarez in overtime by 1.788 seconds. Suarez’s runner-up finish is his best career result in the Cup Series.
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LINEUP: Kevin Harvick followed up his first win of the season, last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, by taking the top qualifying spot. Harvick will be joined on the front row by reigning series champion Joey Logano.
Here is the lineup for the Gander Outdoors 400 (car number in parentheses):
1. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
2. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
3. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
4. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota
5. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
6. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
7. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
8. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
9. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet
10. (41) Daniel Suarez, Ford
11. (19) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota
12. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
13. (95) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota
14. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford
15. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
16. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford
17. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
18. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford
19. (38) David Ragan, Ford
20. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
21. (21) Paul Menard, Ford
22. (8) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet
23. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
24. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford
25. (47) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet
26. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet
27. (36) Matt Tifft, Ford
28. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet
29. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
30. (32) Corey LaJoie, Ford
31. (00) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet
32. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet
33. (53) Josh Bilicki, Chevrolet
34. (51) BJ McLeod, Ford
35. (15) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
36. (27) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet
37. (77) Quin Houff, Chevrolet
38. (52) Austin Theriault, Ford
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