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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It's NASCAR race night at Daytona International Speedway, and we've got some essential information you need to get ready for tonight's Coke Zero 400.

START TIME: A group of Medal of Honor recipients will instruct drivers to start their engines at 7:40 p.m. Eastern time tonight, followed by the green flag at 7:57 p.m. So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the race, turn on your TV at 7:57 p.m.

RACE DISTANCE: The Coke Zero 400 is 160 laps around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway for a total of 400 miles.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Thomas Horner, a musician from the Navy Band of the Southeast, will sing the national anthem tonight.

TV/RADIO SCHEDULE: TNT will broadcast tonight's race and has a pre-race show beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will call the race on the radio.

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WEATHER: The National Weather Service is calling for a mostly cloudy skies with a 30% chance of storms and temperatures in the mid-70s. But since it's Florida in the summer, you never know when the rain could pop up.

LAST TIME: Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the final 18 laps of the Daytona 500 to become the first driver in the Chase under NASCAR's new playoff format. And one year ago, Jimmie Johnson won the Coke Zero 400 to complete the first sweep of Daytona Cup races since Bobby Allison in 1982.

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STARTING LINEUP: A variety of strategies — most of them unsuccessful — led to a unique starting lineup for Saturday night's race. David Gilliland won his third career pole — all on restrictor-plate tracks.

Here's the starting lineup for tonight's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona:

  1. David Gilliland
  2. Reed Sorenson
  3. Landon Cassill
  4. Bobby Labonte
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  8. David Ragan
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Greg Biffle
  11. Carl Edwards
  12. Tony Stewart
  13. Kevin Harvick
  14. Kasey Kahne
  15. Aric Almirola
  16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  17. Cole Whitt
  18. Marcos Ambrose
  19. Martin Truex Jr.
  20. Ryan Newman
  21. Paul Menard
  22. Casey Mears
  23. Austin Dillon
  24. AJ Allmendinger
  25. Trevor Bayne
  26. Brad Keselowski
  27. Michael McDowell
  28. Joey Logano
  29. Danica Patrick
  30. Brian Vickers
  31. Justin Allgaier
  32. Michael Annett
  33. Josh Wise
  34. Clint Bowyer
  35. Kyle Larson
  36. Jamie McMurray
  37. Denny Hamlin
  38. Terry Labonte
  39. Kyle Busch
  40. Kurt Busch
  41. Michael Waltrip
  42. Ryan Truex
  43. Alex Bowman

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