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Dover Cup Series start times among earliest on 2019 schedule

Dover International Speedway will have the earliest start times on the NASCAR schedule for its 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.

NASCAR announced its start times for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season on Tuesday.

On Sunday, May 5, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Monster Mile will start at 2 p.m. and be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. No regular season Cup Series race starts earlier than 2 p.m. in 2019.

On Sunday, Oct. 6, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at the Monster Mile will start at 2:30 p.m. and be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. No Cup Series playoff race starts earlier than 2:30 p.m. in 2019.

The most notable shift involves the playoffs opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which will be a nighttime, primetime event next year. The 2019 slate for NASCAR’s top division features few other changes, save for a handful of 30- or 60-minute variations from the previous year’s schedule.

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OTHER 2019 DOVER START TIMES

Friday, May 3: “Jegs 200” NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, 5 p.m. (FS1)

Saturday, May 4: NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race, 1:30 p.m. (FS1)

Saturday, Oct. 5: NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)

Sunday, Oct. 6: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)