What channel is NASCAR on today? TV schedule, start time for Sunday’s Bristol race
The TV channel for a NASCAR race is elusive enough in a normal season when Fox and FS1 trade broadcasts of Cup Series events through the first half of the schedule. The challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic make the “what channel is today’s NASCAR race on” question even more understandable.
Today, for the fifth time in just 15 days, those who seek the TV channel for the NASCAR race will be doing so in order to watch a real, live event rather than a virtual competition. The Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway will broadcast live on FS1 with a start time of 3:30 p.m. ET.
Sunday’s race at Bristol is the fifth in NASCAR’s return on an altered, short-term schedule as it attempts to keep a 36-race slate intact for 2020. For now, with remaining doubt about how NASCAR can construct its schedule beyond June given differing restrictions on gatherings of people from state to state, the short-term schedule includes only a handful of tracks.
As for Sunday’s race at Bristol, it was added back to the Cup Series schedule after being postponed from its original date (April 5). The race will be the same distance as originally scheduled, 500 laps for a total of 266 miles with stage lengths of 125, 125 and 250 laps.
Below is how to watch Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol, including the TV channel and live stream options.
What channel is NASCAR on today?
Like the schedule itself, the TV channels for Cup Series races after June are up in the air. Sunday’s race at Bristol, though, as well as one more Cup Series race currently on the schedule for June (Martinsville on the 10th), will broadcast live on FS1.
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 Bristol. Until further notice, they will do so remotely from the Fox studio rather than the booth at the track.
Including Sunday’s race at Bristol, Fox will broadcast the next five Cup Series races before NBC is scheduled to take over as the broadcast network for the second half of the season. However, four of Fox’s races remain postponed. (More on those later.)
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
The 3:30 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race at Bristol is the second such start time on NASCAR’s modified Cup Series schedule for 2020, as the series’ return to racing at Darlington a couple weeks ago featured a late afternoon green flag. The race at Homestead on June 14 also is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The other two day races on NASCAR’s confirmed short-term schedule (Atlanta and Talladega) will start at 3 p.m. ET. The mid-week night race at Martinsville scheduled for June 10 will start at 7 p.m. ET.
NASCAR live stream for Charlotte race
Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s race at Bristol 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 OTT TV streaming options that carry FS1 — 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 May 14 released its revised Cup Series schedule for May and June 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:
(NASCAR warns that the stage lengths and start times for the races above are tentative and subject to change.)
To start, NASCAR scheduled races within driving distance of the Charlotte area, where most race teams are headquartered. That eliminated most of the travel-related logistics issues associated with running multiple races in one week.
Because those tracks are hosting more races than originally scheduled, NASCAR had to take races away from Chicagoland, Richmond and Sonoma. Below are the details of those changes:
— Chicagoland’s Cup Series race, originally set for June 21, was reassigned to Darlington on May 17. The Xfinity Series race that was scheduled June 20 at Chicagoland instead was held May 19 at Darlington.
— Richmond Raceway’s spring Cup Series race on the initial schedule for April 19 was moved to Darlington on May 20. The track’s Sept. 11-12 race weekend remains on the schedule.
— Sonoma Raceway’s Cup Series date for June 14 was moved to Charlotte on May 27 (and then May 28 after a rain delay). Officials for the road course said in a release that they had worked with NASCAR to find an alternate date on the schedule, but that a suitable replacement could not be reached, “given the ongoing uncertainty around large events in California.”
Below are the four NASCAR Cup Series races that are currently postponed (and their original dates on the schedule):
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