What channel is NASCAR on today? TV schedule, start time for Kansas race

The TV channel for a NASCAR race is elusive enough in a normal season when Fox and FS1 trade broadcasts of Cup Series events through the first half of the schedule before NBC and NBCSN take over for the second half. The schedule shake-up associated with the coronavirus pandemic make the “what channel is today’s NASCAR race on” question even more understandable.

Tonight, for the second time this season, the TV channel for the NASCAR race is NBCSN. The Super Start Batteries 400 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at Kansas Speedway marks NBC’s third broadcast of the season, as Fox’s slate ended with the July 15 All-Star Race.

Sunday’s race at Kansas is the 15th race in NASCAR’s return on an altered, short-term schedule, and the 19th Cup Series races overall as NASCAR attempts to keep a 36-race slate intact for 2020. The Kansas race originally was scheduled to run in late May but was rescheduled amid the pandemic and turned into a Thursday night event rather than a Sunday afternoon race.

That means the Kansas race also has a later start time than originally scheduled, with the green flag scheduled to wave shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET.

Below is how to watch Thursday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas, including the TV channel and live stream options.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

NBCSN is the TV channel for Thursday night’s race at Kansas even though it originally was scheduled to broadcast on FS1 before COVID-19 took its toll on the Cup Series schedule. 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.

As for Thursday night’s race on NBCSN, the 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 the race with the assistance of analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

The green flag for Thursday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas is scheduled to wave at 7:48 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain delays as there have been so often since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.

The Kansas race, rescheduled after it was postponed by the virus, was turned into a weeknight event rather than a Sunday afternoon race so NBCSN could benefit from such a time slot. The race is scheduled for 267 laps around the 1.5 mile oval in Kansas City, Kan.

Kansas Speedway obviously has lights, so the later start time won’t have too much of an impact on NASCAR’s ability to get the race in late Thursday night in the event weather threatens a delay.

NASCAR live stream for Kansas race

Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Thursday night’s NASCAR race at Kansas 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 hopes to keep 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.

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’s closed its coverage this season with the All-Star Race at Bristol on July 15.

The previously postponed races at Dover and Michigan are now 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.

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