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

What time does the NASCAR race start today? Schedule, TV channel for Talladega race 1

The start time for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, 3 p.m. ET, is a little latter than it would have been (2 p.m. ET) on its originally scheduled date of April. But the distance remains the same — 188 laps and 500 miles around NASCAR’s biggest track with stage lengths of 60, 60 and 68 laps.

Due to the same coronavirus pandemic-related issues that shut down live sports in March, NASCAR created a modified schedule of races for May and June that continues today at 3 p.m. ET at the 2.5-mile track in Alabama. This race is one of just three currently on the schedule that fans are allowed to attend, but a maximum of only 5,000 fans were able to purchase tickets.

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Talladega and beyond.

MORE: Watch today’s NASCAR race live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Race: Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway
  • Date: Sunday, June 21
  •  Start time: 3 p.m. ET
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The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega will wave shortly after 3 p.m. ET, but Fox’s TV coverage will begin at 2 p.m. ET. 

The 3 p.m. ET start time for the Talladega race is the second such start time for the Cup Series since it returned to racing last month, with the June 7 race at Atlanta being the other. The July 19 race at Texans and the Aug. 2 race at New Hampshire are the other two events currently confirmed on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule that will start at 3 p.m. ET.

Talladega, Ala., is located in the Central Time Zone, so the race’s start time locally will be 2 p.m. ET. That’s notable considering Talladega Superspeedway does not have lights in the event the race is delayed.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

Including Sunday’s race at Talladega, Fox and FS1 will broadcast five more Cup Series races. That includes the July 15 All-Star Race before NBC takes over to broadcast its half of the schedule.

Below are the top 40 TV markets in the Unites States and the local Fox affiliate for each.

MarketFox affiliate (digital/virtual channel)
New YorkWNYW (5)
Los AngelesKTTV (11)
ChicagoWFLD (32)
PhiladelphiaWTXF-TV (29)
Dallas-Ft. WorthKDFW (4)
San Francisco/Bay areaKTVU (2)
Washington D.C.WTTG (5)
HoustonKRIV (26)
BostonWFXT (25)
AtlantaWAGA-TV (5)
PhoenixKSAZ-TV 10
Tampa/St. PetersburgWTVT (13)
SeattleKCPQ (13)
DetroitWJBK (2)
Minneapolis-St. PaulKMSP-TV (9)
MiamiWSVN (7)
DenverKDVR (31)
OrlandoWOFL (35)
ClevelandWJW-TV (8)
Sacramento(KTXL 40)
CharlotteWJZY (46)
PortlandKPTV (12)
St. LouisKTVI (2)
PittsburghWPGH-TV (53)
BaltimoreWBFF (45)
Raleigh-DurhamWRAZ (50)
NashvilleWZTV (17)
San DiegoKSWB-TV (69)
Salt Lake CityKSTU (13)
San AntonioKABB (29)
Kansas CityWDAF-TV (4)
ColumbusWTTE (28)
MilwaukeeWITI (6)
CincinnatiWXIX-TV (19)
Las VegasKVVU-TV (5)
JacksonvilleWFOX-TV (30)
Oklahoma CityKOKH-TV (25)
New OrleansWVUE-DT (8)
MemphisWHBQ-TV (13)
BuffaloWUTV (29)

As is the case for all the Cup Series races on Fox and FS1 this season, Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon will call Sunday’s race at Talladega. Until further notice, they will do so remotely from the Fox studio rather than the booth at the track.

NASCAR live stream for Homestead race

Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s NASCAR race at Talladega live via Fox Sports Go. 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 major OTT TV streaming options that carry Fox — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV offer free trial options.

Below are links to each.

NASCAR schedule 2020

NASCAR on June 4 released its latest revised Cup Series schedule through July of 2020. It remains committed to running 36 races, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world. According to Fox Sports, NASCAR hopes to keep its 10 playoff races in the fall intact and at their original tracks.

Below is the schedule revision for the Cup Series, starting with the races at Darlington the Cup Series ran in its return last month:

DateTrackTV channelStart time
Sun., May 17DarlingtonFOX3:30 p.m. ET
Wed., May 20DarlingtonFS17:30 p.m. ET
Sun., May 24CharlotteFOX6 p.m. ET
Wed., May 27CharlotteFS18 p.m. ET
Sun, May 31BristolFS13:30 p.m. ET
Sun, June 7AtlantaFOX3 p.m. ET
Wed, June 10MartinsvilleFS17 p.m. ET
Sun, June 14Homestead-MiamiFOX3:30 p.m. ET
Sun, June 21TalladegaFOX3 p.m. ET
Sat., June 27PoconoFOX3:30 p.m. ET
Sun., June 28PoconoFS14 p.m. ET
Sun., July 5IndianapolisNBC4 p.m. ET
Sun., July 12KentuckyFS12:30 p.m. ET
Wed., July 15All-Star Race (Bristol)FS1TBD
Sun., July 19TexasNBCSN3 p.m. ET
Thurs., July 23KansasNBCSN7:30 p.m. ET
Sun., Aug. 2New HampshireNBCSN3 p.m. ET

The Darlington race on May 17 ran instead of the the Chicagoland race that was originally scheduled for June 21. The Darlington race on May 20 ran 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.

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The Pocono doubleheader remains as previously scheduled for the final weekend of June, with the Cup Series racing on back-to-back days. Those races now will be presented on Fox (and FS1) rather than on NBC. Fox’s will close its coverage this season with the All-Star race at Bristol on July 15 before NBC takes over, but NBC will still broadcast the Brickyard 400 on July 5.

The Cup Series races still postponed include events at Dover and Michigan. NASCAR’s next challenge will be finding dates for those races while it tries to sort out the rest of the 2020 schedule, but doubleheaders at those tracks in August are possible.

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