What time does the NASCAR race start today? TV schedule, channel for 2021 Championship 4 at Phoenix

For anyone who’s asking “What time is the NASCAR race today?” the answer is that the green flag will drop around the usual time for a NASCAR Cup Series race in 2021.

NASCAR is concluding its season at Phoenix Raceway this weekend, and the final race of the year will be the Cup Series Championship. It will decide the series champion for 2021. The 312-lap, 312-mile event on Phoenix’s 1-mile oval will begin in the afternoon.

Daytime racing has been the norm for NASCAR’s Cup Series this year, and the trend will continue Sunday in the season finale.  

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for the Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Phoenix Raceway’s 1-mile track is scheduled to drop at 3:34 p.m. EST Sunday (1:34 p.m. MST). The track has lights, so the race can finish after sunset, which is set for 5:37 p.m. MST on Sunday.

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Weather does not figure to be the cause of a delay. The National Weather Serivce’s forecast for Avondale, Ariz., where Phoenix Raceway is located, is for sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80s. Winds will be calm to light.  

What channel is NASCAR on today?

NBC’s programming will begin at 1:30 p.m. EST with an extended “Countdown to Green” prerace show hosted by Marty Snider with Dale Jarrett and Brad Daugherty. Kyle Petty, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Kelli Stavast will also take part in the show.

Race coverage will begin at 3 p.m. Rick Allen will have the play-by-play call while Earnhardt, Burton and Letarte will provide analysis. Snider, Stavast, Dave Burns and Parker Kligerman will be the pit reporters. Rutledge Wood will provide in-race reports and interviews.

NASCAR live stream for Phoenix race

Anyone who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s NASCAR championship race at Phoenix live via NBCSports.com or the 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 carry NBC — AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu, Sling and YouTubeTV.

Below are links to each:

NBC is televising the race, so it can also be streamed on the network’s premium service, Peacock. Streamers can also watch the race with TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. 

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