The NASCAR Cup Series road course race on Sunday, Aug. 16 will proceed with the same start time as originally scheduled. That’s the only aspect of this weekend’s event that remains the same as it was before COVID-19 forced NASCAR to change everything else.
Due to the same coronavirus pandemic-related issues that shut down live sports in March, NASCAR created a modified schedule of races for May, June, July and August that continues today at 3 p.m. ET at the Daytona International Speedway road course instead of Watkins Glen International.
New York’s COVID-19 regulations were such that Sunday’s race could not be held at Watkins Glen, so NASCAR moved it Daytona while preserving the presence of a road course on the schedule. As for the TV channel, it will be the second race shown on broadcast network NBC this season. Which is fitting since it’s the first ever Cup Series race on the road course at the famed race track.
Scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 3 p.m. ET, Sunday’s race at the Daytona road course will consist of 65 laps around what’s now a 3.57-mile track for a total of 234.65 miles.
Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Daytona and beyond.
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What time does the NASCAR race start today?
- Race: GoBowling 235 at the Daytona International Speedway road course
- Date: Sunday, Aug. 16
- Start time: 3 p.m. ET
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the Daytona road course will wave shortly after 3 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain delays as there have been so often since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.
The good news in the event weather impacts Sunday’s race is NASCAR has sufficient lighting for the road course portion of the track to compliment Daytona’s oval lighting. This means NASCAR could push the race late into the evening if need be.
With the addition of the road course element, rather than a 2.5-mile oval, Daytona this weekend is a 3.57-mile circuit. Sunday’s Cup Series race is scheduled for 65 laps and 231 miles with stage lengths of 15 laps, 15 laps and 35 laps.
What channel is NASCAR on today?
When Sunday’s race was moved from Watkins Glen to Daytona last month, it also got a new TV channel, as NBC will now broadcast the race rather than NBCSN. NBC also is scheduled to show the Daytona oval race in two weeks, the last event in the NASCAR Cup Series regular season.
Of the 20 NASCAR Cup Series races NBC will broadcast in 2020, 12 were scheduled to be shown on NBCSN with the other eight on NBC’s flagship cable network.
Below are the top TV markets in the United States and the NBC affiliate/TV channel for each.
|Market||NBC TV channel (digital)|
|New York||4 (36)|
|Los Angeles||4 (36)|
|Dallas-Ft. Worth||5 (24)|
|San Francisco/Bay area||11 (12)|
|Washington D.C.||4 (48)|
|Tampa/St. Petersburg||8 (7)|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul||11 (11)|
|St. Louis||5 (35)|
|San Diego||39 (40)|
|Salt Lake City||5 (38)|
|San Antonio||3 (16)|
|Kansas City||41 (36)|
|Las Vegas||3 (22)|
|Oklahoma City||4 (27)|
|New Orleans||6 (43)|
As is the case for all the Cup Series races on NBC and NBCSN this season, Rick Allen will call the race with the assistance of analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte.
NASCAR live stream for Daytona road course race
Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s NASCAR race at Daytona live via NBCSports.com or the NBC Sports app. This should be the preferred route for a viewer who has such a subscription but isn’t able to get in front of his or her TV.
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five OTT TV streaming options that carry NBC and NBCSN — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV offer free trial options.
Below are links to each.
NASCAR schedule 2020
NASCAR on July 8 released its latest revised Cup Series schedule through August of 2020. It remains committed to running 36 races, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world. NASCAR also is keeping its 10 playoff races in the fall intact and at their original tracks.
Below is the schedule revision for the Cup Series regular season, starting with the races at Darlington the Cup Series ran in its return in May.
|Date||Track||TV channel||Start time|
|Sun., May 17||Darlington||FOX||3:30 p.m. ET|
|Wed., May 20||Darlington||FS1||7:30 p.m. ET|
|Sun., May 24||Charlotte||FOX||6 p.m. ET|
|Wed., May 27||Charlotte||FS1||8 p.m. ET|
|Sun, May 31||Bristol||FS1||3:30 p.m. ET|
|Sun, June 7||Atlanta||FOX||3 p.m. ET|
|Wed, June 10||Martinsville||FS1||7 p.m. ET|
|Sun, June 14||Homestead-Miami||FOX||3:30 p.m. ET|
|Sun, June 21||Talladega||FOX||3 p.m. ET|
|Sat., June 27||Pocono||FOX||3:30 p.m. ET|
|Sun., June 28||Pocono||FS1||4 p.m. ET|
|Sun., July 5||Indianapolis||NBC||4 p.m. ET|
|Sun., July 12||Kentucky||FS1||2:30 p.m. ET|
|Wed., July 15||Bristol (All-Star Race)||FS1||8:30 p.m. ET|
|Sun., July 19||Texas||NBCSN||3 p.m. ET|
|Thurs., July 23||Kansas||NBCSN||7:30 p.m. ET|
|Sun., Aug. 2||New Hampshire||NBCSN||3 p.m. ET|
|Sat., Aug. 8||Michigan||NBCSN||4 p.m. ET|
|Sun., Aug. 9||Michigan||NBCSN||4:30 p.m. ET|
|Sun., Aug. 16||Daytona (road course)||NBC||3 p.m. ET|
|Sat., Aug. 22||Dover||NBCSN||4 p.m. ET|
|Sun. Aug. 23||Dover||NBCSN||4 p.m. ET|
|Sat., Aug. 29||Daytona||NBC||7:30 p.m. ET|
The Darlington race on May 17 ran instead of the the Chicagoland race that was originally scheduled for June 21. The Darlington race on May 20 ran instead of the postponed Richmond race that was originally scheduled for April 19. The Charlotte race on May 27 ran instead of the Sonoma race that was originally scheduled for June 14.
The Pocono doubleheader remained as previously scheduled for the final weekend of June, with the Cup Series racing on back-to-back days. Those races were presented on Fox (and FS1) rather than on NBC. Fox closed its coverage this season with the All-Star Race at Bristol on July 15.
The previously postponed races at Dover and Michigan were made part of Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders at those respective tracks in August.
Because New York requires people to quarantine for 14 days after traveling from one of the states impacted heavily by COVID-19 (including North Carolina), the Watkins Glen race on Aug. 16 was moved to the Daytona road course. According to The Athletic, NASCAR tried to get a quarantine waiver for its Watkins Glen races but was denied by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
The Aug. 16 race will be the NASCAR Cup Series’ first on the road course at Daytona.
NASCAR playoff schedule 2020
|Date||Track||TV channel||Start time|
|Sun., Sept. 6||Darlington||NBCSN||6 p.m. ET|
|Sat., Sept. 12||Richmond||NBCSN||7:30 p.m. ET|
|Sat., Sept. 19||Bristol||NBCSN||7:30 p.m. ET|
|Sun, Sept. 27||Las Vegas||NBCSN||7 p.m. ET|
|Sun., Oct. 4||Talladega||NBC||2 p.m. ET|
|Sun., Oct. 11||Charlotte (ROVAL)||NBC||2:30 p.m. ET|
|Sun., Oct. 18||Kansas||NBC||2:30 p.m. ET|
|Sun., Oct. 25||Texas||NBCSN||3 p.m. ET|
|Sun. Nov. 1||Martinsville||NBC||2 p.m. ET|
|Sun. Nov. 8||Phoenix Raceway||NBC||3 p.m. ET|