What channel is the Daytona 500 on today? Start time, TV schedule for 2020 NASCAR season-opener

What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday, when each NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either Fox or FS1 for the first half of the 2020 season with differing start times.

As for Sunday’s Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR’s finest race and the event that caps the biggest week in stock car racing, the channel that will broadcast the race is Fox, and the race has a start time set for 2:30 p.m. ET.

The 2:30 p.m. ET start time for the Daytona 500 on Sunday is the only such start time of the Cup Series’ regular season; a couple playoff races also will start at 2:30 p.m. ET. As for the TV channel, the Daytona 500 is on Fox for the 14th consecutive year. It marks Fox’s first broadcast with its new, two-man booth setup with only Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon on the call.

Sunday’s Daytona 500 will consist of three stages: 65 laps, 65 laps and 70 laps. Daytona International Speedway is a 2.5-mile oval that features 31-degree banking in the turns, three-degree banking on the backstretch and 18-degree banking in the trioval. Denny Hamlin won last year’s Daytona 500.

Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s Daytona 500.

What channel is the Daytona 500 on today?

Fox’s prerace coverage will begin long before the green flag at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway is waved. The network’s Daytona 500 coverage will begin at 11 a.m. ET with “NASCAR Raceday” on FS1, and the show will move to Fox at 1 p.m. ET.

On the call of the 2020 Daytona 500 will be Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon, marking the first race the duo has worked together since longtime Fox NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip retired. Joy will call his 41st Daytona 500, and Gordon will call his fifth.

“In a two-man booth, you’re much more focused on the call of the race and not looking for other storylines,” Joy told Sporting News when asked about the pros and cons of Fox’s new broadcast setup.



(NASCAR/Fox Sports)

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Fox also will lean on additional analysis from Jamie McMurray. The recently retired driver will be joined by Larry McReynolds, the longtime Fox broadcaster who again will deliver information on race trends and team strategy, basically the crew chief of the broadcast.

The veteran reporting team of Matt Yocum, Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Regan Smith will provide stories and updates from pit road for the Daytona 500. Chris Myers and Adam Alexander will anchor Fox’s prerace coverage.

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

What time does the Daytona 500 start today?

The “start time” for the Daytona 500 is 2:30 p.m. ET, but that’s the start time for the prerace ceremonies, including the invocation, the national anthem, the command to start engines and the pace laps.

The green flag time for Sunday’s Daytona 500 is 3:05 p.m. ET.

Below is Fox’s broadcast schedule for Sunday’s Daytona 500 coverage.

Daytona 500 live stream

Cord-cutters shouldn’t have a problem finding a live stream for the 2020 Daytona 500 — Sling, Hulu, YouTube TV, fuboTV and AT&T Now all carry Fox.

Another option: Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can access Fox’s live broadcast of the Daytona 500 via Fox Sports Go.

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