Start time, lineup, TV schedule and more for Food City Dirt Race

The NASCAR Cup Series will do something it hasn’t tried in 50 years — race on dirt.

Bristol Motor Speedway has actually trucked 23,000 cubic lawns of dirt into its well known bullring to host NASCAR’s very first Cup Series race on actual earth given that 1970. However how the dirt — and the tires — will hold up throughout the race is still to be figured out.

The chauffeurs had a blast playing in the dirt — some for the very first time given that they were kids — however 4 Friday session eventually revealed the tires can’t sustain the heavy wear. The 3 layers of dirt functioned as a cheese-grater and the tires in turn dug deep divots into the surface area, requiring NASCAR to make a number of procedural modifications Saturday in a desperate quote to conserve the program.

So, who will dominate the distinct track? Will the Cup Series see its seventh winner in 7 races? Here’s all the details you require to prepare for Sunday’s Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway:

Bristol Motor Speedway has been turned into a dirt track for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series and Truck Series races.

Bristol Motor Speedway has actually been become a dirt track for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series and Truck Series races.

START TIME: 3:30 p.m. ET. Green flag is set up for 4 p.m. ET.

TELEVISION: Fox. Pre-race broadcast starts at 2 p.m. ET.

RADIO: Peformance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

STREAMING: Fox Sports Go (should have TELEVISION service provider) and FOX Sports app plus other streaming companies.

RACE RANGE: 250 laps around the dirt track at Bristol Motor Speedway for an overall of 125 miles.

PHASE LENGTHS (laps per phase): Phase 1: 100, Phase 2: 100, Phase 3: 50. There will be a competitors care at lap 50 in Phase 1 and Lap 150 in Phase 2.

LAST TIME: Kevin Harvick led 226 of 500 laps on the regular pavement in the 2020 playoff race on Sept. 19 to win for the 3rd time at Bristol. Harvick edged Kyle Busch by 0.310 seconds. And 10 months back in the Food City Provides the Grocery Store Heroes 500 — likewise on the regular pavement — Brad Keselowski led 115 of 500 laps and held back Clint Bowyer by 0.471 seconds to likewise win his 3rd Bristol Cup race.

QUALIFYING: 4 15-lap certifying races were set up for Saturday to set the beginning lineup, however rain required NASCAR to cancel the heat races and set the starting lineup utilizing its formula based upon efficiency metrics.

LINEUP: Kyle Larson was granted the pole, however his No. 5 Chevrolet is anticipated to drop to the back of the 39-car field after his Hendrick Motorsports team altered engines following Friday’s last practice. Denny Hamlin declared the 2nd beginning area.

Here is the lineup for the Food City Dirt Race (with automobile number in parentheses):

1. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet

2. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota

3. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford

4. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota

5. (19) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota

6. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford

7. (48) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet

8. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet

9. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

10. (22) Joey Logano, Ford

11. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford

12. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford

13. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chevrolet

14. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford

15. (20) Christopher Bell, Toyota

16. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford

17. (42) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet

18. (99) Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet

19. (23) Bubba Wallace, Toyota

20. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford

22. (41) Cole Custer, Ford

22. (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet

23. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford

24. (43) Erik Jones, Chevrolet

25. (14) Chase Briscoe, Ford

26. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet

27. (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet

28. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet

29. (38) Anthony Alfredo, Ford

30. (7) Corey Lajoie, Chevrolet

31. (51) Cody Ware, Chevrolet

32. (77) Stewart Friesen, Chevrolet

33. (00) Quin Houff, Chevrolet

34. (53) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet

35. (78) Shane Golobic, Ford

36. (15) Chris Wimdom, Chevrolet

37. (52) Josh Bilicki, Ford

38. (66) Mike Marlar, Toyota

39. (96) Ty Dillon, Toyota

Contributing: The Associated Press

This short article initially appeared on U.S.A. TODAY: NASCAR Bristol dirt 2021: Start time, lineup, TELEVISION, streaming schedule

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.