What time does the NASCAR race start today? Schedule, TV channel for New Hampshire

 sportingnews.com  08/02/2020 05:16:00   Tadd Haislop @taddhaislop

The start time for Sunday'sNASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire MotorSpeedwayis actually the same as originally scheduled even though the eventwas moved back to early August rather than late July as part of NASCAR's updated schedule. The New Hampshire race will be shown on the same TV channel as originally scheduled, too.

Due to the samecoronavirus pandemic-related issues that shut down live sports in March, NASCAR createda modified scheduleof races for May,June,July and August thatcontinues today at 3p.m. ET at the one-mile oval located in Loudon, N.H. It is the thirdNASCAR Cup Seriesrace scheduled to be shown on NBCSN this season.

Scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 3p.m. ET, Sunday'srace at New Hampshirewill feature 301lapsfor a total of 318.46miles.

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Sunday'sNASCAR race at New Hampshireand beyond.

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

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Race: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Date: Sunday, Aug. 2
  • Start time: 3 p.m. ET (Green flag at 3:18 p.m. ET)

The green flag for Sunday'sNASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire is scheduled to wave at 3:18 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain delays as there have been so often since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.

Though NASCAR will have plenty of time to get the race in with the sun not setting in Loudon until shortly after 8 p.m. ET, the relatively late start time for an afternoon race is notable because New Hampshire Motor Speedway does not have lights.

It's worth noting that Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race is a standalone event with no Xfinity or Truck Series races at the track this weekend, so NASCAR would not need to worry about schedule conflicts should the Cup race get delayed by weather.

What channel isNASCARon today?

NBCSN is the TV channel for Sunday's NASCAR race at New Hampshire as originally scheduled, which wasn't the case for the network's first two races of 2020. Of the 20 NASCAR Cup Series races NBC will broadcast in 2020, 12 were scheduled to be shown on NBCSNwith the other eight on NBC's flagship cable network.

As for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Seriesrace on NBCSN, the network has a channel finder feature 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 the race with the assistance of analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte.

NASCAR live stream for New Hampshire race

Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday'sNASCAR race at New Hampshirelive viaNBCSports.com orthe 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. Of the five, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV offerfree trial options.

Below are links to each.

NASCAR schedule 2020

NASCAR on July 8 released its latest revised Cup Series schedule through Augustof2020. It remains committed to running 36 races, four of which were completedbefore the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world. NASCARhopesto keep its 10 playoff races in the fall intact and at their original tracks.

Below is the schedule revision for the Cup Series regular season, starting with the races at Darlington the Cup Series ran in its return in May.

Date Track TV channel Start time
Sun., May 17 Darlington FOX 3:30 p.m. ET
Wed., May 20 Darlington FS1 7:30 p.m. ET
Sun., May 24 Charlotte FOX 6 p.m. ET
Wed., May 27 Charlotte FS1 8 p.m. ET
Sun, May 31 Bristol FS1 3:30 p.m. ET
Sun, June 7 Atlanta FOX 3 p.m. ET
Wed, June 10 Martinsville FS1 7 p.m. ET
Sun, June 14 Homestead-Miami FOX 3:30 p.m. ET
Sun, June 21 Talladega FOX 3 p.m. ET
Sat., June 27 Pocono FOX 3:30 p.m. ET
Sun., June 28 Pocono FS1 4 p.m. ET
Sun., July 5 Indianapolis NBC 4 p.m. ET
Sun., July 12 Kentucky FS1 2:30 p.m. ET
Wed., July 15 Bristol (All-Star Race) FS1 8:30 p.m. ET
Sun., July 19 Texas NBCSN 3 p.m. ET
Thurs., July 23 Kansas NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET
Sun., Aug. 2 New Hampshire NBCSN 3 p.m. ET
Sat., Aug. 8 Michigan NBCSN 4 p.m. ET
Sun., Aug. 9 Michigan NBCSN 4:30 p.m. ET
Sun., Aug. 16 Daytona (road course) NBC 3 p.m. ET
Sat., Aug. 22 Dover NBCSN 4 p.m. ET
Sun. Aug. 23 Dover NBCSN 4 p.m. ET
Sat., Aug. 29 Daytona NBC 7:30 p.m. ET

The Darlington race on May 17 raninstead of the the Chicagoland race that was originally scheduled for June 21. The Darlington race on May 20 raninstead 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 closed its coverage this season with the All-Star Race at Bristolon July 15.

The previously postponed races at Dover and Michigan are now part of Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders at those respective tracks in August.

Because New York requires peopleto 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 will be the NASCAR Cup Series'first on the road course at Daytona.

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