What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? Racing fans ask those questions every weekend during the NASCAR Cup season. During the first half of the 2021 season, the answer will start with Fox or FS1.
On Sunday, February 14, Fox will broadcast NASCAR’s exhibition event, the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The 63rd edition of the Great American Race will also be the inaugural race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup season.
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With track attendance this year limited to around 30,000 due to COVID-19 protocols, being able to watch the race live on television takes on even greater importance. Fortunately for fans, there will be a number of ways to do it.
Below is everything you need to know to watch the 2021 Daytona 500, including the TV channel, start time, and live stream information.
What channel is the Daytona 500 broadcast on today?
- Television channel: Fox (TSN in Canada)
- Live broadcast: Fox Sports Go, fuboTV
- Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR radio
Fox will provide flag-to-flag coverage of the 63rd Daytona 500. The network is entering its 21st season covering the NASCAR Cup Series, and this year’s race will be Fox Sports’ 18th.
Below are the The 40 Largest Designated Market Areas for American Television, or DMAs, According to Nielsen Global Mediaand the Fox subsidiary in each market area:
|Market||Fox affiliate (digital / virtual channel)|
|New York||WNYW (5)|
|The Angels||KTTV (11)|
|Dallas-Fort Worth||KDFW (4)|
|San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose||KTVU (2)|
|Washington dc||WEIGHT (5)|
|Tampa-St. St. Petersburg||WTVT (13)|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul||KMSP (9)|
|Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne||WOFL (35)|
|Miami-Fort Lauderdale||WSVN (7)|
|Portland, Oregon.||KPTV (12)|
|St. Louis||KTVI (2)|
|San Diego||KSWB (69)|
|Salt lake city||KSTU (13)|
|San antonio||KABB (29)|
|Hartford-New Haven||WTIC (61)|
|Columbus, Ohio||WTTE (28)|
|kansas city||WDAF (4)|
|West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce||WFLX (29)|
|Las Vegas||KVVU (5)|
The race will be convened by broadcaster Mike Joy and analysts Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Larry McReynolds. This will be No. 42 of Joy’s Daytona 500, featuring her work on radio and television. Bowyer is in his first season on the Fox booth after retiring from racing full time last year.
The network will employ three pit reporters: Jamie Little, Regan Smith and Vince Welch.
The “NASCAR RaceDay” pre-race show will begin on FS1 at 11 am ET and then move to Fox at 1 pm ET. Chris Myers and Shannon Spake will host, while Gordon, Bowyer, McReynolds, Michael Waltrip, Bobby Labonte and Tom Rinaldi will provide additional coverage.
MORE: Will rain in the forecast disrupt the 2021 race?
What time does the Daytona 500 start today?
Start time: 2:30 pm ET
NASCAR lists 2:30 as the race start time, but televised ceremonies before the race will likely delay the fall of the green flag around 3 p.m. ET.
Daytona 500 Live Stream
Transmission options abound for the Daytona 500. AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu, Sling, Vidago, TVision and YouTube TV all have Fox. You can watch the race for free on fuboTV if you sign up for a seven day trial.
Anyone with a cable or satellite subscription can watch Fox’s live broadcast of the Daytona 500 via Fox Sports Go.
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 television show
|February 14th||Daytona 500||Daytona International Highway||2:30 pm||Fox||MRN|
|February 21st||O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 in Daytona||Daytona Road Course||3 pm||Fox||MRN|
|February 28th||Dixie 400 Vodka||Homestead-Miami Freeway||3:30 pm||Fox||MRN|
|7 of March||Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube||Las Vegas Expressway||3:30 pm||Fox||PRN|
|March 14||NASCAR Cup Series race in Phoenix||Phoenix race track||3:30 pm||Fox||MRN|
|March 21st||Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500||Atlanta Speedway||3 pm||Fox||PRN|
|28th March||Food City Ground Race||Bristol racetrack||3:30 pm||Fox||PRN|
|April 10th||Maximum pain relief Blue-Emu 500||Martinsville Speedway||7:30 pm||FS1||MRN|
|April 18th||Toyota 400 owners||Richmond Raceway||3 pm||Fox||MRN|
|April 25th||GEICO 500||Talladega Superspeedway||2 pm||Fox||MRN|
|May 2nd||NASCAR Cup Series race in Kansas||Kansas speedway||3 pm||FS1||MRN|
|May 9||NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington||Darlington Race Track||3:30 pm||FS1||MRN|
|May 16||Drydene 400||Dover International Highway||2 pm||FS1||MRN|
|may 23||NASCAR Cup Series race at COTA||Circuit of the Americas||2:30 pm||FS1||PRN|
|May 30||Coca-Cola 600||Charlotte Motor Speedway||6 pm||Fox||PRN|
|June 6th||Toyota / Save Mart 350||Sonoma Raceway||4 pm||FS1||PRN|
|June 13th||NASCAR All-Star Open||Texas race track||6 pm||FS1||MRN|
|June 13th||NASCAR All-Star Race||Texas race track||8 pm||FS1||MRN|
|June 20th||Ally 400||Nashville Superspeedway||3:30 pm ET||NBCSN||MRN|
|June 26th||NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono-1||Pocono Raceway||3 pm||NBCSN||MRN|
|June 27th||NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono-2||Pocono Raceway||3:30 pm||NBCSN||MRN|
|July 4th||NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America||America road||2:30 pm||NBC||MRN|
|July 11||Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart||Atlanta Speedway||3:30 pm||NBCSN||PRN|
|July 18||Foxwoods Resort Casino 301||New Hampshire Speedway||3 pm||NBCSN||PRN|
|August 8||Go bowling at The Glen||Watkins Glen International||3 pm||NBCSN||MRN|
|August 15th||Big Machine Vodka 400 in Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line||Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Circuit||1 pm||NBC||I AM S|
|August 22nd||FireKeepers Casino 400||Michigan International Speedway||3 pm||NBCSN||MRN|
|August 28||Coca Cola Zero Sugar 400||Daytona International Highway||7 pm||NBC||MRN|
Round of 16 knockout
|September 5||Cooking Southern 500||Darlington Race Track||6 pm||NBCSN||MRN|
|11 of September||Federated Auto Parts 400||Richmond Raceway||7:30 pm||NBCSN||MRN|
|September 18||Bass Pro Shops Night Run||Bristol racetrack||7:30 pm||NBCSN||PRN|
Knockout Round of 12
|September 26||South Point 400||Las Vegas Expressway||7 pm||NBCSN||PRN|
|October 3||YellaWood 500||Talladega Superspeedway||2 pm||NBC||MRN|
|October 10th||Bank of America ROVAL 400||Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Circuit||2 pm||NBC||PRN|
Round of 16 knockout
|October the 17th||Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500||Texas race track||2 pm||NBC||PRN|
|October 24th||Hollywood Casino 400||Kansas speedway||3 pm||NBCSN||MRN|
|31 October||Xfinity 500||Martinsville Speedway||2 pm||NBC||MRN|
Playoffs Championship 4
|November 7||NASCAR Cup Series Championship||Phoenix race track||3 pm||NBC||MRN|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.