NASCAR at Watkins Glen 2017: Start time, lineup, TV schedule, more


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USA TODAY Sports’ Brant James looks ahead to some of the top storylines fans should keep an eye on at the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen this Sunday.
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It’s race day at Watkins Glen International, and we’ve got all the information you need to get ready for today’s I Love New York 355 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race:

START TIME: Drivers will be instructed to start their engines at 3:07 p.m. ET., followed by the green flag at 3:18 p.m.

RACE DISTANCE: The I Love New York 355 is is 90 laps, 220.5 miles (355 kilometers) around the 2.45-mile, 11-turn course.

SEGMENTS: Beginning this season, NASCAR is dividing every race into segments and awarding one bonus point to the winner of each stage. Segment lengths will be different for every race. Also, the top 10 finishers of the first two segments will be awarded regular-season points in descending order from 10 to 1. Here are the segments for the I Love New York 355: Stage 1: 20 laps; Stage 2: 20 laps; Stage 3: 50 laps.

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NATIONAL ANTHEM/FLYOVER: Lou Gramm, solo artist and former lead singer of the rock band Foreigner, will perform the American national anthem, and Doug Allen, the national anthem singer for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, will perform the Canadian national anthem prior to today’s race.​ A C-17 from the 105th Airlift Wing of the Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y., will perform a flyover.

TV/RADIO SCHEDULE: NBC Sports Newtwork will broadcast the race on TV and has a pre-race show beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network and Sirius/XM Radio will call the race on the radio.

LIVE STREAMING: NBCSports.com will live-stream the race for those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider’s credentials.

WEATHER: The National Weather Service is calling for partly cloudy skies, with a high near 75 degrees. Showers are also in the forecast with a 30-40% chance of light rain during the afternoon. 

LAST TIME: Denny Hamlin led the final 10 laps, pulling away from Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski to notch the second of his three 2016 victories and his first at Watkins Glen.

STARTING LINEUP: Drivers will have a long race day with qualifying being held a few hours before the green flag Sunday. Qualifying is scheduled to begin at Noon ET and will be televised by NBC Sports Network.

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