NASCAR at Texas 2020: Start time, lineup, TV schedule and more for O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

It’s race day at Texas Motor Speedway, and we've got all the information you need to get ready for Sunday's O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.

Sunday’s Cup race will be the first major sporting event in Texas with spectators since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sports world in March. It will be the second time this week the Cup Series has competed in front of fans, after Bristol Motor Speedway had about 20,000 fans for Wednesday's NASCAR All-Star Race.

START TIME: 3 p.m. ET (2 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: stream.nbcsports.com, for those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider's credentials.

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

STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 105, Stage 2: 105, Stage 3: 164.

LAST TIME: Kevin Harvick dominated the playoff race last November, leading 119 laps before holding off Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Aric Almirola by 1.594 seconds. In the March 2019 race at Texas, Denny Hamlin led 45 laps, including the final 12, and topped Clint Bowyer by 2.743 seconds.

Kevin Harvick (4) won the most recent Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway — the playoff race on Nov. 3, 2019. (Photo: Peter Casey, USA TODAY Sports)

QUALIFYING: No practice sessions are qualifying was held at Texas, so the starting lineup was determined by a random draw among groups in the team owner standings:

  • Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners points

LINEUP: It will be an all-Ford front row after Aric Almirola drew the pole position and Ryan Blaney drew the No. 2 starting spot.

Here is the lineup for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 (car number in parentheses):

1. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford

2. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford

3. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet

4. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota

5. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford

6. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford

7. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota

8. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet

9. (22) Joey Logano, Chevrolet

10. (19) Martin Truex, Jr., Toyota

11. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford

12. (88) Alex Bowman, , Chevrolet

13. (47) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Chevrolet

14. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet

15. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford

16. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford

17. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford

18. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet

19. (41) Cole Custer, Ford

20. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

21. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

22. (42) Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet

23. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota

24. (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet

25. (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet

26. (00) Quin Houff, Chevrolet

27. (53) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet

28. (38) John Hunter Nemechek, Ford

29. (27) Gray Gaulding Panini America, Ford

30. (13) Ty Dillon GEICO, Chevrolet

31. (51) JJ Yeley, Ford

32. (15) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet

33. (95) Christopher Bell, Toyota

34. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford

35. (77) Joey Gase, Chevrolet

36. (32) Corey LaJoie, Ford

37. (96)  Daniel Suarez, Toyota

38. (66) Timmy Hill, Toyota

39. (78) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet

40. (7) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet

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