NASCAR moves up start time for Pocono race

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Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway was scheduled for a start time of 2 p.m. ET. Now the race will actually start at 2 p.m. ET.

Even though NASCAR scheduled a start time of 2 p.m. ET for the Pocono 400, the green flag was not scheduled to wave until 2:12 p.m. ET. Due to the threat of storms in the area Sunday, NASCAR moved the green flag time up to 2 p.m. ET.

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The command to start engines for Sunday’s Pocono 400 was moved up to 1:49 p.m. ET, according to NBC Sports, with the invocation scheduled for 1:42 p.m. ET and the national anthem scheduled for 1:43 p.m. ET.

Though NASCAR moved the start time for Sunday’s race up to 2 p.m. ET, that happens to be the time isolated thunderstorms were forecasted to impact Pocono, according to weather.com. There was only a 35 percent chance of precipitation at 2 p.m. ET. However, that chance jumped to 75 percent at 3 p.m. ET, with thunderstorms being forecasted in the Pocono area until roughly 9 p.m. ET.

According to AccuWeather, the forecasted storms “could move into the area right around or shortly after the race’s scheduled start time of 2 p.m. ET. Any storm that wanders over the track will not only bring lightning dangers and a delay to the race, but also torrential downpours and the threat of damaging winds.”

The 2 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s Pocono 400 signals the first day race in almost a month for the NASCAR Cup Series. As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to FS1 after last week’s race on FOX.

In addition to the TV coverage on FS1, Sunday’s Pocono 400 is available via live stream through FOX Sports Go or fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.

William Byron will start on pole for the third time this season in Sunday’s race at Pocono. Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer qualified second and third, respectively. The full starting lineup can be found here.





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