The NASCAR Cup Series returns to Middle Tennessee for the first time in more than 30 years and the first time in a decade for any NASCAR national series race.
The last race weekend at Nashville Superspeedway was in 2011, featured only the NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series and ended what many considered a failed experiment by Dover Motorsports, which owns the facility.
So, what's changed? A new commitment by NASCAR to bring stock car racing back to the Music City at the largest concrete-only track — and one of only a few in the entire series.
When races were last run on the 1.33-mile oval, a common complaint was that drivers were hesitant to pass because the traction was not as good on the outside lanes. This time, NASCAR laid down a general resin that is meant to improve the grip across the track and subsequently make it easier to pass — and in turn, make it more exciting for the fans.
Here's all the information you need to get ready for Sunday's Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway:
START TIME: 3:30 p.m. ET. (2:30 p.m. local).
TV: NBCSN. Pre-race broadcast begins approximately at 2:45 p.m. ET (1:45 p.m. local), following the IndyCar race at Road America.
RADIO: Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
STREAMING: NBC Sports website (for those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider) and NBC Sports app.
RACE DISTANCE: 300 laps around the 1.33-mile track in Lebanon, Tennessee for a total of 399 miles.
STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 90, Stage 2: 95, Stage 3: 115.
QUALIFYING: The lineup was set following Sunday's qualifying. Aric Almirola won the pole, the second of his Cup Series career and the first since Feb. 24, 2019 at Atlanta. Kyle Busch, who won his 100th career NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, will start second.
LINEUP: Here is the starting lineup for the Ally 400 with car number, team and manufacturer:
1. Aric Almirola, No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
2. Kyle Busch, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota
3. Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske, Ford
4. William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet (will start from the rear; unapproved adjustments)
5. Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet
6. Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet
7. Cole Custer, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
8. Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet
9. Erik Jones, No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet (will start from the rear; unapproved adjustments)
10. Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Team Penske, Ford
11. Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing, Ford
12. Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
13. Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota
14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet
15. Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Team Penske, Ford
16. Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
17. Chris Buescher, No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing, Ford
18. Anthony Alfredo, No. 38 Front Row Motorsports, Ford
19. Ross Chastain, No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet
20. Ryan Preece, No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet
21. Bubba Wallace, No. 23 23XI Racing, Toyota
22. Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Trackhouse Racing, Toyota
23. Michael McDowell, No. 34 Front Row Motorsports, Ford
24. Corey Lajoie, No. 7 Spire Motorsports, Chevrolet
25. Christopher Bell, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota
26. Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet
27. Justin Haley, No. 77 Spire Motorsports, Chevrolet
28. Austin Dillon, No. 3 Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet
29. Ryan Newman, No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing, Ford
30. Kurt Busch, No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet
31. BJ McLeod, No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports, Ford
32. JJ Yeley, No. 51 Rick Ware Racing, Chevrolet
33. Chad Finchum, No. 66 Motorsports Business Management, Toyota
34. Josh Bilicki, No. 52 Rick Ware Racing, Ford
35. Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota
36. Garrett Smithley, No. 53 Rick Ware Racing, Ford
37. Joey Gase, No. 15 Rick Ware Racing, Chevrolet
38. David Starr, No. 13 Motorsports Business Management, Toyota
39. Quin Houff, No. 00 StarCom Racing, Chevrolet
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NASCAR Nashville 2021: Race start time, lineup, TV, streaming schedule