What channel is NASCAR on today? TV schedule, start time for Sunday's race at Kansas

 sportingnews.com  10/18/2020 05:34:02   Dan Bernstein

The NASCAR Cup Series playoff field is down to eight drivers for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway.

Viewers will get to watch the Hollywood Casino 400 dramatics unfold on NBC.It should be noted, though, that the network could still shift the action to NBCSN if the race pushes into Sunday Night Football like it did two weekends ago in the YellaWood 500.

This is the first of three Round of 8 races.

MORE: Watch today'sNASCAR racelive with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Here are the drivers still championship eligible, ranked by points:

Pos. Driver Distance from cut-off
1 Kevin Harvick +45
2 Denny Hamlin +32
3 Brad Keselowski +13
4 Chase Elliott +5
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5 Joey Logano -5
6 Martin Truex Jr. -10
7 Alex Bowman -18
8 Kurt Busch -21

The start time for Sunday'sNASCARraceat Kansasis2:30 p.m. ET.Below is how to watch Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 race, including the TV channel and live stream options.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

  • Race: HollywoodCasino 400 at KansasSpeedway
  • Date : Sunday, Oct. 18
  • TV channel: NBC
  • Live stream: NBCSports.com|fuboTV (7-day free trial)
  • Radio: PRN

NASCAR is back on schedule even after its two-month hiatus amid COVID-19 in the spring, and Sunday's playoff race at Kansas will get prime TV treatment on NBC rather than NBCSN. Three of the final four races this season, Sunday included, will be on NBC. Next weekend at Texas is the lone remaining race slated for NBCSN.

The network has a channel finderfeature for viewers to find the TV channel options in theirareas.

As is the case for all the Cup Series races on NBCand NBCSNthis season, Rick Allen will call Sundaynight'srace at Kansaswith the assistance of analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 18
  • Start time: 2:30 p.m. ET

The Round of 8NASCAR playoff race at Kansason Sunday should begin at about 2:30 p.m. ET. Rain is possible but considered unlikely for the competition.

The race is 267 laps spread over three stages and will become official after Lap 134. The distance of the race is 400miles.

Kevin Harvick is the most accomplished playoff racer at Kansas with three career victories at the track.

NASCAR live stream for Kansas race

Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday'sNASCAR race at Kansaslive viaNBCSports.comorthe NBC Sports app.This should be the preferred route for a viewer who has such a subscription but isn't able to get in front of his or her TV.

For those who don't have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five OTT TV streaming options that carry NBC and NBCSN  Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. All five currentlyofferfree trial options.

Below are links to each.

NASCAR schedule 2020

NASCARremains committed to running 36 races this season, four of which were completedbefore the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world.

Despite so many changes to the regular-season schedule, NASCARis keeping its10 playoff races in the fall intact and at their original tracks. Below is that playoff schedule.

Date Track TV channel Start time
Sun., Sept. 6 Darlington NBCSN 6 p.m. ET
Sat., Sept. 12 Richmond NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET
Sat., Sept. 19 Bristol NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET
Sun, Sept. 27 Las Vegas NBCSN 7 p.m. ET
Sun., Oct. 4 Talladega NBC 2 p.m. ET
Sun., Oct. 11 Charlotte (ROVAL) NBC 2:30 p.m. ET
Sun., Oct. 18 Kansas NBC 2:30 p.m. ET
Sun., Oct. 25 Texas NBCSN 3 p.m. ET
Sun. Nov. 1 Martinsville NBC 2 p.m. ET
Sun. Nov. 8 Phoenix Raceway NBC 3 p.m. ET

As for the regular season, a previously unscheduledDarlington raceran on May 17instead of the the Chicagoland race that was originally scheduled for June 21. AnotherDarlington race ran on May 20instead of the postponed Richmond race that was originally scheduled for April 19. The Charlotte race on May 27 ran instead of the Sonoma race that was originally scheduled for June 14.

ThePocono doubleheaderremainedas previously scheduled for the final weekend of June, with the Cup Series racing on back-to-back days. Those races werepresented on Fox (and FS1) rather than on NBC. Fox's closed its coverage this season with the All-Star Race at Bristolon July 15.

Previously postponed races at Dover and Michigan became part of Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders at those respective tracks in August.

Because New York requiredpeopleto quarantine for 14 days after traveling from one of the states impacted heavily by COVID-19 (including North Carolina), the Watkins Glen race on Aug. 16 was moved to the Daytona road course. According to The Athletic, NASCAR tried to get a quarantine waiver for its Watkins Glen races but was denied byGov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

The Aug. 16 race wasthe NASCAR Cup Series'first on the road course at Daytona.

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