Sunday Gateway Cup race: start time, TV info, weather

The World Wide Technology Raceway – commonly known as the Gateway – finally completes its renaissance on Sunday by hosting the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time.

The 1.25-mile oval outside of St. Louis has gradually rebuilt itself as a motorsports destination since its rebirth in 2012, with the NHRA, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NTT IndyCar Series at the course of the last decade.

Now comes the arrival of America’s most popular racing series to the region which spawned the Wallace brothers, Ken Schrader, and one of the sport’s major sponsors, beer giant Anheuser-Busch.

A sold-out crowd – spanning 57,000 grandstand seats, more than 1,200 campsites and dozens of suites – will be in the house on Sunday.

For more key stories to follow on Sunday, check out our viewer guide.

Details for Sunday’s cup race at World Wide Technology Raceway

(all Eastern times)

BEGINNING: Dave Steward, president/founder of World Wide Technology, will give the order to start the engines at 3:32 p.m.… The green flag must be waved at 3:42 p.m.

PRE-RACE: The cup garage opens at 12:30 p.m.… Pilot presentations are at 3 p.m.… Greg Holder, senior pastor of The Crossing (St. Louis), will give the invocation at 3:24 p.m.… Kennedy Holmes, with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, will perform the national anthem at 3:25 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 240 laps (300 miles) on the 1.25 mile speedway.

STEPS: Stage 1 ends on lap 45. Stage 2 ends on lap 140.

TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. Pre-race coverage begins at 2:00 p.m.… Motor Racing Network radio coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. and will also air at MRN.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will air the MRN show.

DIFFUSION: Fox Sports

PROVIDE: Weather Underground – Partly cloudy, high 84 degrees, 6% chance of rain at the start of the race

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