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

For anyone wondering “What time is the NASCAR race today?” The answer is that the green flag will fall when NASCAR has started the majority of its Cup races in 2021.

The Series Cup is at Martinsville Speedway this weekend for the Xfinity 500. It is the last race in Round of 8, which means it will decide the Championship 4 course. The 500-lap, 263-mile event on the track short of 0.526 miles from Martinsville will begin in the afternoon.

Daytime racing has been the norm for the NASCAR Cup Series this year, and the trend will continue through the end of the season next weekend in Phoenix.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Xfinity 500 schedule at Martinsville Speedway:

PLUS: Watch today’s NASCAR race live on fuboTV (7-day free trial)

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Race: Xfinity 500
  • Date: Sunday October 31
  • Weather: 2 pm ET (TV time)

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at the 0.526-mile short track at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled to fall at 2:12 p.m. ET Sunday. The track has lights so the race can end after sunset if there is a delay.

MARTINSVILLE LINEUP: Starting order, pole unranked

Weather conditions must guarantee a punctual start. the National Weather Service forecast for Ridgeway, Virginia., where Martinsville Speedway is located, is for mostly sunny skies and a high temperature approaching 65 degrees. However, winds could reach gusts of up to 20 mph.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

  • Television channel: NBC (TSN5 in Canada)
  • Live broadcast: NBC | NBC Sports App | Peacock | fuboTV7-day free trial)
  • Radio: MRN
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NBC programming will begin at 1:30 pm ET with the pre-race show “Countdown to Green” hosted by Marty Snider with Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett. Coverage of the race will begin at 2 pm Rick Allen will have the play-by-play call, while Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will provide analysis.

Snider, Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman and Dillon Welch will be the pit reporters. Rutledge Wood will provide coverage as a specialized reporter.

NASCAR Live Stream for Martinsville Race

Anyone with a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s NASCAR race at Martinsville live via 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 broadcast NBC: AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu, Sling, and YouTubeTV.

Below are the links to each:

NBC is televising the race, so it can also be broadcast on the premium network service, Peacock.

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Schedule

Below is the remaining schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, beginning with Sunday’s Xfinity 500 at Martinsville, the final race in Round of 8.

Round of 16 of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
31 October Xfinity 500 Martinsville Speedway 2 pm NBC, TSN5 MRN

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

MORE: NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Explained

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