By Dan Bernstein
The Hendrik Motorsports tandem of Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman will be center stage Wednesday at Texas in the NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8 following a rain-related postponement.
Elliott and Bowman, currently on the wrong side of the advancement cut-off line, have two races to better their positioning and reach the championship. A poor showing this week would be crushing given the consistent success of Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin ahead of them.
NBCSN will broadcast the Texas race on TV — the final time this year NASCAR won’t be on the main NBC channel.
Below are the Cup Series drivers still championship eligible, ranked by points:
|Pos.||Driver||Distance from cut-off|
|7||Martin Truex Jr.||-51|
The start time for Tuesday’s NASCAR race at Texas is noon ET. Below is how to watch the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 competition, including the TV channel and live stream options.
What channel is NASCAR on today?
- Race: Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas
- Date : Wednesday, Oct. 28
- TV channel: NBCSN
- Live stream: NBCSports.com | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
- Radio : PRN
The crucial race at Texas will be shown on NBCSN — not NBC — in a somewhat confounding move given the stakes of the occasion. While NBCSN is part of many cable packages, showing the race on NBC proper would have likely been able to expand viewership.
In any case, drama should be high for those who tune in. There have been a slew of personal rivalries gaining ferocity in recent weeks, primarily involving Joey Logano.
The NBCSN network has a channel finder feature for viewers to find the TV channel options in their areas.
As is the case for all the Cup Series races on NBC and NBCSN this season, Rick Allen will call Monday night’s race at Texas with the assistance of analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte.
Viewers in Canada can watch the race on TSN.
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
- Date: Wednesday, Oct. 28
- Start time: 3:30 p.m. ET
The Round of 8 NASCAR playoff race at Texas is scheduled to resume Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The race is 334 laps spread over three stages and will become official after Lap 167. The distance of the race is 501 miles. The first 52 laps were completed Sunday before rain pushed the rest of the race back.
Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin each have three career wins at Texas.
NASCAR live stream for Texas race
Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Monday’s NASCAR race at Texas live via NBCSports.com or the 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 currently offer free trial options.
Below are links to each.
NASCAR schedule 2020
NASCAR remains committed to running 36 races this season, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world.
Despite so many changes to the regular-season schedule, NASCAR is keeping its 10 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|
|Wed., Oct. 28||Texas||NBCSN||3:30 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 unscheduled Darlington race ran on May 17 instead of the the Chicagoland race that was originally scheduled for June 21. Another Darlington race ran on May 20 instead 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.
The Pocono doubleheader remained as previously scheduled for the final weekend of June, with the Cup Series racing on back-to-back days. Those races were presented on Fox (and FS1) rather than on NBC. Fox’s closed its coverage this season with the All-Star Race at Bristol on July 15.
Previously postponed races at Dover and Michigan became part of Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders at those respective tracks in August.
Because New York required people to 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 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
The Aug. 16 race was the NASCAR Cup Series’ first on the road course at Daytona.