NASCAR at Michigan: Everything you need to know

USA TODAY Sports’ Brant James looks ahead to the Pure Michigan 400 and the story lines that fans should keep an eye on.

BROOKLYN, Mich. — It’s NASCAR race day at Michigan International Speedway, and we’ve got all the information you need to get ready for today’s Sprint Cup Series race.

START TIME: Jeff Blashill, coach of the Detroit Red Wings, will instruct drivers to start their engines at 2:07 p.m. Eastern time today, followed by the green flag at 2:15 p.m.

RACE DISTANCE: The Pure Michigan 400 is pretty simple math: It’s 200 laps around the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway for a total of 400 miles.

NATIONAL ANTHEM/FLYOVER: The U.S. Army A Capella Chorus will sing the national anthem today, followed by a flyover from two F-16s flown by the Ohio Air National Guard.

TV/RADIO SCHEDULE: NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will broadcast the race on TV and has a pre-race show beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius/XM Radio will call the race on the radio.


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