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What time does the NASCAR race start today? Television schedule, channel for Darlington’s playoff race



For anyone wondering “What time is the NASCAR race today?” the answer is that the race is scheduled to end under the lights.

The Cup Series is at Darlington Raceway this Labor Day weekend for the Cook Out Southern 500, the first race in the 2021 playoffs. The 367-lap, 501.3-mile event is scheduled to begin Sunday night.

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NASCAR hosted the majority of the 2021 Cup regular season races during the day; Sunday’s race is the second in a series of five consecutive evening events (Eastern Time).

Here’s everything you need to know about the schedule for the Cook Out Southern 500, the inaugural round of 16 race, at Darlington:

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What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Race: Cooking Southern 500
  • Date: Sunday September 5
  • Weather: 6 p.m. ET (TV time)

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Darlington Raceway’s 1,366-mile egg-shaped oval is set to fall at 6:18 p.m. ET.

Ideal weather conditions are expected. The National Weather Service Sunday Forecast for Darlington, SC, It is for sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s during the day, and clear skies with lows between 60 and 60 degrees at night.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

  • Television channel: NBCSN (TSN5 in Canada)
  • Live broadcast: NBCSports.com | fuboTV7-day free trial)
  • Radio: MRN

NBCSN programming will begin at 5 pm with the pre-race show “Countdown to Green,” followed by coverage of the race beginning at 6 pm ET. Rick Allen will call stages 1 and 3 of the race; Dale Earnhardt Jr. will call Stage 2. Earnhardt, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will provide analysis on Stages 1 and 3. Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty will provide analysis on Stage 2.

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Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Parker Kligerman will be the pit reporters.

NASCAR Live Stream for Darlington Race

Anyone with a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s NASCAR race from Darlington live via NBCSports.com wave NBC Sports app.

For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five over-the-top (OTT) TV streaming options that both broadcast NBC and NBCSN: AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu, Sling, and YouTubeTV.

Below are the links to each:

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Schedule

Below is the schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, beginning with Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington, the first race in the Round of 16.

Round of 16 of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
September 5 Cooking Southern 500 Darlington Race Track 6 pm NBCSN MRN
11 of September Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond race track 7:30 pm NBCSN MRN
September 18 Bass Pro Shops Night Run Bristol racetrack 7:30 pm NBCSN PRN

Round of 12 of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV 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 of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs

2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Championship 4

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
November 7 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix race track 3 pm NBC MRN




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