What channel is NASCAR on today? TV schedule, start time for 2020 championship race at Phoenix

There are four drivers battling for the NASCAR Cup Series championship on Sunday in a winner-take-all event staged at Phoenix Raceway.

Two of those competitors, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski, have appeared in the Championship 4 before and won. Denny Hamlin has fallen short on four occasions. And Chase Elliott has never advanced this far in a season.

Kevin Harvick is notably no longer in contention, having been eliminated last weekend at Martinsville.

NBC will broadcast the Championship 4 race through its conclusion.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

The start time for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Phoenix is 2 p.m. ET. Below is how to watch the Xfinity 500 competition, including the TV channel and live stream options.

NASCAR’s championship race at Phoenix is on NBC for a national TV audience.

The NBC network has a channel finder feature for viewers to find the TV channel options in their areas.

As is the case for all the Cup Series races on NBC and NBCSN this season, Rick Allen will call Sunday’s race at Phoenix with the assistance of analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte.

Viewers in Canada can watch this week’s NASCAR race on TSN.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

The NASCAR Cup Series championship race begins at Phoenix at 3 p.m. ET. That means it will be on at 1 p.m. local time. Despite the region’s reputation for always being unbearably hot, the temperature should be in the 60s.

Most of NASCAR’s recent playoff races have taken place around the same time, but several have been delayed or postponed because of inclement weather. There is not expected to be any rain for the title race.

The race is 312 laps spread over three stages. The distance of the race is 312 miles.

Chase Elliott’s best finish at Phoenix is second place, and he’s logged two top-five performances. Joey Logano’s has won twice in his career at the track, including a victory in March. Denny Hamlin also has two wins, but it’s taken him far more time than Logano to get there. Brad Keselowski has never won at the desert venue.

NASCAR live stream for championship race

Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s Championship 4 race 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. All five currently offer free trial options.

Below are links to each.

NASCAR playoff schedule, results for 2020

NASCAR managed to run 36 races this season, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world.

Despite many changes to the regular-season schedule, NASCAR kept its 10 playoff races in the fall intact and at their original tracks. Below is that playoff schedule, along with the results of completed races leading up to the championship on Sunday.

As for the regular season, a previously unscheduled Darlington race ran on May 17 instead of the the Chicagoland race that was originally scheduled for June 21. Another Darlington race ran on May 20 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’s closed its coverage this season with the All-Star Race at Bristol on July 15.

Previously postponed races at Dover and Michigan became part of Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders at those respective tracks in August.

Because New York required 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 was the NASCAR Cup Series’ first on the road course at Daytona.

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