For anyone who’s asking “What channel is the NASCAR race on today?” the answer is that the networks have switched things up a little.
The Cup Series is at Kansas Speedway this weekend for the Hollywood Casino 400, the second race in the Round of 8 and the eighth race in the 2021 playoffs. The 267-lap, 400.5-mile event on Kansas’ 1.5-mile intermediate oval will, for the final time this season, air on cable.
The NBC family of networks is showing all 10 of NASCAR’s Cup Series playoff races. The schedule is evenly split between cable and broadcast networks. The broadcast side had the previous three races.
Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Sunday’s playoff race, including the TV coverage and start time:
What channel is NASCAR on today?
- TV channel: NBCSN (TSN in Canada)
- Live stream: NBC Sports.com | NBC Sports App | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
- Radio: MRN
Sunday’s race will air on NBCSN. The network’s programming will begin at 2 p.m. ET with the “Countdown to Green” prerace show hosted by Marty Snider with Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett. Race coverage will begin at 3 p.m. Rick Allen will have the play-by-play call while Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will provide analysis.
Snider, Parker Kligerman and Dave Burns will be the pit reporters.
The main NBC network will show the final two playoff races, at Martinsville on Oct. 31 and at Phoenix on Nov. 7.
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
- Race: Hollywood Casino 400
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 24
- Time: 3 p.m. ET (TV time)
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Kansas Speedway’s 1.5-mile intermediate track is scheduled to drop at 3:18 p.m. ET (2:18 p.m. local time) Sunday. The track has lights, so the race can finish after sunset if there is a delay.
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And there is a high probability that the race will start late or go late. The National Weather Service’s forecast for Kansas City, Kan., on Sunday is for cloudy skies, a 60 percent chance of precipitation and wind gusts approaching 30 mph. The high temperature is expected to be in the mid-70s. The forecast for Sunday night is for mostly cloudy skies, a 30 percent chance of precipitation and a low temperature the mid-40s.
NASCAR live stream for Kansas race
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five over-the-top (OTT) TV streaming options that carry NBC and NBCSN — AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu, Sling and YouTubeTV.
Below are links to each:
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 schedule
Below is the remaining schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, starting with Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas, the second race in the Round of 8.
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 8
|Oct. 24||Hollywood Casino 400||Kansas Speedway||3 p.m.||NBCSN||MRN|
|Oct. 31||Xfinity 500||Martinsville Speedway||2 p.m.||NBC||MRN|
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Championship 4
|Nov. 7||NASCAR Cup Series Championship||Phoenix Raceway||3 p.m.||NBC||MRN|
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