NASCAR Cup playoff race at Texas 2018: Start time, lineup, TV schedule, more

It’s NASCAR race day at Texas Motor Speedway, and we’ve got some essential information you need to get ready for Sunday's AAA Texas 500, the second race in the Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs:

START TIME: Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (retired), will instruct drivers to start their engines at 3:07 p.m. ET (2:07 p.m. local), followed by the green flag at 3:16 p.m. ET (2:16 p.m. local).

RACE DISTANCE: The AAA Texas 500 is 334 laps around the 1.5-mile track for a total of 501 miles.

RACE STAGES: After a successful run last season, NASCAR will once again be dividing races into stages and handing out points. Here are the segments for tonight's Cup race: Stage 1: 85 laps, Stage 2: 85 laps, Stage 3: 164 laps.

PLAYOFFS: Today's race is the eighth of 10 playoff races and the second of the three-race third round, which concludes next weekend at ISM Raceway in Phoenix. Eight drivers advanced from the second round and remain in contention for the championship.

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