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What channel is the Daytona 500 broadcast on today? Start time, TV schedule for the opening of the 2021 NASCAR season

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.

MORE: Follow the Latest Daytona 500 Weather Updates

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.

PLUS: Watch the Daytona 500 Live on fuboTV (7-day free trial)

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)
Chicago WFLD (32)
Philadelphia WTXF (29)
Dallas-Fort Worth KDFW (4)
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose KTVU (2)
Atlanta WEIGHT (5)
Houston KRIV (26)
Washington dc WEIGHT (5)
Boston WFXT (25)
Phoenix KSAZ (10)
Seattle-Tacoma KCPQ (13)
Tampa-St. St. Petersburg WTVT (13)
Minneapolis-St. Paul KMSP (9)
Detroit WJBK (2)
Denver KDVR (31)
Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne WOFL (35)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale WSVN (7)
Cleveland-Akron WJW (8)
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto KTXL (40)
Portland, Oregon. KPTV (12)
Charlotte WJZY (46)
St. Louis KTVI (2)
Raleigh-Durham TOGETHER (50)
Indianapolis WIDE (59)
Pittsburgh WPGH (53)
San Diego KSWB (69)
Baltimore WBFF (45)
Nashville WZTV (17)
Salt lake city KSTU (13)
San antonio KABB (29)
Hartford-New Haven WTIC (61)
Columbus, Ohio WTTE (28)
kansas city WDAF (4)
Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville WHNS (21)
Cincinnati WXIX (19)
Milwaukee WITI (6)
Austin KTBC (7)
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

Regular season

Date Race Clue Time television Radio
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

Date Race Clue Time television Radio
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

Date Race Clue Time television Radio
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

Date Race Clue Time television Radio
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

Date Race Clue Time television Radio
November 7 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix race track 3 pm NBC MRN

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