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



For anyone who’s asking “What channel is the NASCAR race on today?” the answer is the same one that was given the past couple weekends.

The channel for Saturday’s Cup Series playoff race, the Bass Pro Shops Night Race, is NBCSN. The NBC family of networks is airing all of the remaining Cup Series races in 2021, and NBCSN is showing Saturday’s race — the third and final race in the Round of 16 — from Bristol Motor Speedway.

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NBC and NBCSN will divide the 10 playoff race telecasts evenly through the season-ending Championship 4 race in November.

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Saturday’s race at Bristol, including the TV coverage and start time.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

  • TV channel: NBCSN (TSN5 in Canada)
  • Live stream: NBCSports.com | NBC Sports App | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
  • Radio: PRN

NBCSN’s programming will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the “Countdown to Green” prerace show hosted by Marty Snider with anaylsis from Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty. Race coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Rick Allen will handle play-by-play duties for the race while Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will provide analysis. Snider, Dave Burns and Dillon Welch will be the pit reporters. Rutledge Wood will be a specialty reporter.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Race: Bass Pro Shops Night Race
  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 18
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET (TV time)

The green flag for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Bristol Motor Speedway’s 0.533-mile oval is scheduled to drop at 7:47 p.m. ET.

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Rain could be a factor on race night. The National Weather Service’s Saturday night forecast for Bristol, Tenn., is for possible showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a low temperature in the low to mid-60s. Winds will be light. The weather service said that there is a 40 percent chance of precipitation.

NASCAR live stream for Bristol race

Anyone who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Saturday’s NASCAR race at Bristol 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 and NBCSN — AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu, Sling and YouTubeTV.

Below are links to each:

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 schedule

Below is the remaining schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, starting with Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race, the third and final race in the Round of 16.

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 16

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Sept. 18 Bass Pro Shops Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30 p.m. NBCSN PRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 12

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Sept. 26 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 7 p.m. NBCSN PRN
Oct. 3 YellaWood 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN
Oct. 10 Bank of America ROVAL 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course 2 p.m. NBC PRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 8

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Oct. 17 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Texas Motor Speedway 2 p.m. NBC PRN
Oct. 24 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Oct. 31 Xfinity 500 Martinsville Speedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Championship 4

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Nov. 7 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix Raceway 3 p.m. NBC MRN

MORE: NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, explained



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