NASCAR at Texas 2019: Schedule, lineup, TV and more for AAA Texas 500 playoff race

It’s race day at Texas Motor Speedway, and we've got all the information you need to get ready for Sunday's AAA Texas 500, the eighth of 10 playoff races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:

START TIME: 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. local). GREEN FLAG: 3:18 p.m. ET (2:18 p.m. local). 

Actress Caitlin McGee of NBC’s "Bluff City Law" will instruct drivers to start their engines at 3:07 p.m. ET (2:07 p.m. local).

TV: NBCSN. Pre-race broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. local).

RADIO: Performance Racing Network. STREAMING: For those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider's credentials, you can watch at stream.nbcsports.com.

RACE DISTANCE: 334 laps around the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway for a total of 501 miles.

STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 85, Stage 2: 85, Stage 3: 164.

Denny Hamlin performs a burnout after winning the O'Reily Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on March 31, 2019. (Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports)

STANDINGS (bold=clinched berth in Championship Four): 1. Martin Truex Jr., 4,102; 2. Denny Hamlin, 4,082; 3. Kyle Busch, 4,075; 4. Joey Logano, 4,072; 5. Kevin Harvick, 4,058; 6. Ryan Blaney, 4,057; 7. Kyle Larson, 4,048; 8. Chase Elliott, 4,028.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: The Marine Forces Reserve Band will perform the anthem at 3:01 p.m. ET (2:01 p.m. local), followed by a flyover by four F-16s from the United States Air Force 64th Aggressor Squadron based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

WEATHER: The Weather Channel is forecasting temperatures in the mid 60s with partly cloudy skies. There is virtually no chance of rain.    

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LAST TIME: Denny Hamlin led 45 laps in March, including the final 12, and topped Clint Bowyer by 2.743 seconds to earn his second of five victories in 2019. And one year ago in the playoff race, Kevin Harvick led 177 laps and edged Ryan Blaney by 0.447 seconds in overtime to clinch his berth in the 2018 Championship Four. 

LINEUP: Kevin Harvick topped Saturday's qualifying to earn the pole. Erik Jones posted the second-fastest qualifying time and will also start on the front row.  

Here is the lineup for the AAA Texas 500 (car number in parentheses):

1. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford.

2. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota.

3. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota.

4. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet.

5. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet.

6. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford.

7. (41) Daniel Suarez, Ford.

8. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford.

9. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford.

10. (95) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota.

11. (22) Joey Logano, Ford.

12. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota.

13. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet.

14. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet.

15. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford.

16. (8) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet.

17. (19) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota.

18. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet.

19. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet.

20. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet.

21. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet.

22. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet.

23. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet.

24. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford.

25. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford.

26. (38) David Ragan, Ford.

27. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford.

28. (47) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet.

29. (36) John H. Nemechek, Ford.

30. (96) Parker Kligerman, Toyota.

31. (21) Paul Menard, Ford.

32. (00) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet.

33. (32) Corey Lajoie, Ford.

34. (53) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet.

35. (27) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet.

36. (52) Garrett Smithley, Ford.

37. (77) Quin Houff, Chevrolet.

38. (15) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet.

39. (51) Josh Bilicki, Chevrolet.

40. (66) Timmy Hill, Toyota.

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