We’ve reached the end of July and the homestretch of the NASCAR regular season. With just five races remaining before the 10-race Cup Series playoffs begin, 14 drivers have already won a race, leaving just two postseason spots for winless drivers as the bubble gets smaller and smaller.
Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway offers a chance for the winner to kiss the famous bricks but also a chance for a street ace to steal a victory. Cup drivers will hit the IMS track for just the second time in series history, and last year’s event produced plenty of chaos before one such ace – full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series driver AJ Allmendinger – claimed victory in double overtime.
Kurt Busch will miss his second straight race while recovering from a crash during qualifying at Pocono Raceway last weekend. Ty Gibbs will once again fill in for the 2004 Cup champion in the No. 45 Toyota.
Here’s all the information you need to prepare for Sunday’s Verizon 200 at the Brickyard on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
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What time does the NASCAR Cup race at Indianapolis start?
The Verizon 200 at the Brickyard starts at 2:30 p.m. ET on the road at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
What TV channel is the Indianapolis Cup game on?
NBC is televising the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard and has a pregame show beginning at 2 p.m. ET.
Will there be live coverage of the Cup game in Indianapolis?
The Verizon 200 at the Brickyard can be streamed live on the NBC Sports website (for those with a cable/satellite service provider) and the NBC Sports app. The match can also be streamed on FuboTV as well as other options.
How many laps is the Indianapolis Cup race?
The Verizon 200 at the Brickyard completes 82 laps around the 2,439-mile track for a total of 199,998 miles. The race will consist of three sections (laps per stage) — Stage 1: 15 laps, Stage 2: 20 laps, Stage 3: 47 laps.
Who won the most recent Cup race in Indianapolis?
AJ Allmendinger led just two laps – both in double overtime – taking the lead when leaders Denny Hamlin and Chase Briscoe tangled on the restart. Allmendinger then held off Ryan Blaney by .929 seconds to win the first Cup Series race on the road.
What’s the line for the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard?
(Car number in parentheses)
1. (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet
2. (2) Austin Cindric, Ford
3. (14) Chase Briscoe, Ford
4. (20) Christopher Bell, Toyota
5. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
6. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
7. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
8. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
9. (38) Todd Gilliland, Ford
10. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
11. (99) Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet
12. (6) Brad Keselowski, Ford
13. (21) Harrison Burton, Ford
14. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
15. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
16. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford
17. (31) Justin Haley, Chevrolet
18. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
19. (23) Bubba Wallace, Toyota
20. (16) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet
21. (1) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
22. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
23. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
24. (41) Cole Custer, Ford
25. (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota
26. (45) Ty Gibbs, Toyota
27. (15) Joey Hand, Ford
28. (48) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
29. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
30. (42) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet
31. (7) Corey Lajoie, Chevrolet
32. (77) Josh Bilicki, Chevrolet
33. (51) Cody Ware, Ford
34. (27) Loris Hezemans, Ford
35. (43) Erik Jones, Chevrolet
36. (26) Daniil Kvyat, Toyota
37. (78) Josh Williams, Ford
38. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NASCAR race today: Start time, stream, TV, lineup for Indianapolis