For anyone who’s asking “What time is the NASCAR race today?” the answer is that the race is slated for a daytime start.
The Cup Series is at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, the first race in the Round of 8 and the seventh race in the 2021 playoffs. The 334-lap, 501-mile event on Texas’ 1.5-mile oval will take place not long after midday local time.
NASCAR scheduled the majority of its 2021 Cup Series races for the afternoon. All four remaining playoff races, including Sunday, are scheduled to begin in the daytime.
Below is all you need to know about the schedule for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway:
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
- Race: Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 17
- Time: 2 p.m. ET (TV time)
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile intermediate track is scheduled to drop at 2:08 p.m. ET (1:08 p.m. CT) Sunday. The track has lights, so the race can finish after sunset if there is a lengthy delay.
TEXAS LINEUP: Starting order, pole without qualifying
The race is expected to run under ideal weather conditions, however. The National Weather Service’s Sunday forecast for Fort Worth, Texas, is for mostly sunny skies and a high temperature near 75 degrees. Winds will be calm to light.
What channel is NASCAR on today?
- TV channel: NBC (TSN in Canada)
- Live stream: NBC Sports.com | NBC Sports App | Peacock | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
- Radio: PRN
NBC’s programming will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET with the “Countdown to Green” prerace show hosted by Marty Snider with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Daugherty. Rick Allen will handle the play-by-play call of the race. Earnhardt, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will provide analysis.
Snider, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman will be the pit reporters. Daugherty will contribute additional reporting trackside.
NASCAR live stream for Texas 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:
NBC has added another streaming element as NASCAR’s playoffs draw to a close. The network’s premium streaming service, Peacock, will show Sunday’s race as well. This will be the first NASCAR race to be streamed on Peacock.
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 schedule
Below is the remaining schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, starting with Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas, the first race in the Round of 8.
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 8
|Oct. 17||Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500||Texas Motor Speedway||2 p.m.||NBC||PRN|
|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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