For anyone who’s asking “What channel is the NASCAR race on today?” the answer can be found in the cable listings.
The channel for Sunday’s Cup Series playoff opener, the Cook Out Southern 500, is NBCSN. The NBC family of networks is airing all of the remaining Cup Series races in 2021, and NBCSN is showing Sunday’s race — the first race in the Round of 16 — from Darlington Raceway.
NBC and NBCSN will divide the 10 playoff race telecasts evenly through the season-ending Championship 4 race in November.
Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Sunday’s race at Darlington, including the TV coverage and start time.
What channel is NASCAR on today?
- TV channel: NBCSN (TSN5 in Canada)
- Live stream: NBCSports.com | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
- Radio: MRN
NBCSN’s programming will begin at 5 p.m. with the “Countdown to Green” prerace show, followed by race coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
The race broadcast will be a bit different from the usual presentation. Regular play-by-play announcer Rick Allen will call Stages 1 and 3 of the race, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. will call Stage 2. Earnhardt, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will provide analysis in Stages 1 and 3, but Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty will join Earnhardt for Stage 2.
“Stage 2 will feature three of the most famous last names in NASCAR together in the booth, with Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett calling the action,” NBC said in its weekly NASCAR broadcast preview. The Southern 500 has featured throwback themes in recent years.
Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Parker Kligerman will be the pit reporters.
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
- Race: Cook Out Southern 500
- Date: Sunday, Sept. 5
- Time: 6 p.m. ET (TV time)
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Darlington Raceway’s 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval is scheduled to drop at 6:18 p.m. ET.
Ideal weather conditions are expected. The National Weather Service’s Sunday forecast for Darlington, S.C., is for sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80s during the daytime, and clear skies with lows in the mid-to upper 60s at night.
NASCAR live stream for Darlington race
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five over-the-top (OTT) TV streaming options that carry NBC and NBCSN — AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu, Sling and YouTubeTV.
Below are links to each:
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 schedule
Below is the schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, starting with Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington, the first race in the Round of 16.
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 16
|Sept. 5||Cook Out Southern 500||Darlington Raceway||6 p.m.||NBCSN||MRN|
|Sept. 11||Federated Auto Parts 400||Richmond Raceway||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN||MRN|
|Sept. 18||Bass Pro Shops Night Race||Bristol Motor Speedway||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN||PRN|
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 12
|Sept. 26||South Point 400||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||7 p.m.||NBCSN||PRN|
|Oct. 3||YellaWood 500||Talladega Superspeedway||2 p.m.||NBC||MRN|
|Oct. 10||Bank of America ROVAL 400||Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course||2 p.m.||NBC||PRN|
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 8
|Oct. 17||Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500||Texas Motor Speedway||2 p.m.||NBC||PRN|
|Oct. 24||Hollywood Casino 400||Kansas Speedway||3 p.m.||NBCSN||MRN|
|Oct. 31||Xfinity 500||Martinsville Speedway||2 p.m.||NBC||MRN|
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Championship 4
|Nov. 7||NASCAR Cup Series Championship||Phoenix Raceway||3 p.m.||NBC||MRN|