What You Need to Know: Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200

You forgot when the race starts, or maybe the name of the Grand Marshal slipped your mind. Whatever the reason, here’s a rundown of what you need to know before the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

When: TV coverage of the event begins at 2:00 p.m. ET. The invocation and anthem will take place around 2:30 p.m. Green flag is set to fall at 2:50 p.m.

Channel: ESPN will carry today’s race.

Polesitter: Michael McDowell qualified the No. 18 K-Love Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing on the point at 96.258 mph.

Invocation: Susan Kyser, Reverend of Nationwide Children’s Hospital

National Anthem: The Columbus Children’s Choir

Grand Marshal: Grant Reed, a thirteen-year old cancer patient who made the news for naming his brain tumor “Michigan” -and then defeated it. He hopes his favorite team, the Ohio State Buckeyes, does the same to the actual team.

Honorary Starter: CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Dr. Steve Allen

Stories to watch: This is the first NASCAR event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a road course that is 2.258 miles with 13 turns…Points leader Austin Dillon will start in the back after missing qualifying…Owen Kelly, a fresh face to the NASCAR Nationwide series, has proven strong in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports…AJ Allmendinger will start second at Mid-Ohio after winning Road American earlier this season.

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