What time does the NASCAR race start today? TV schedule, channel for Kansas playoff race

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For anyone who’s asking “What time is the NASCAR race today?” the answer is that you should tune in a little later than you may have last week.

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 begin in the middle of the afternoon, weather permitting.

NASCAR scheduled the majority of its 2021 Cup Series races for the afternoon. All remaining playoff races, including Sunday’s, are scheduled to begin in the daytime.

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway:

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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.  

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

NBCSN’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.

NASCAR live stream for Kansas race

Anyone who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s NASCAR race at Kansas live via NBCSports.com or the NBC Sports App.

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

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
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

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Nov. 7 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix Raceway 3 p.m. NBC MRN

MORE: NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, explained



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