For anyone who’s asking “What time is the NASCAR race today?” the answer can be found in the name of the race.
The Cup Series is at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race, the third race in the series’ 2021 playoffs. The 500-lap, 266.5-mile event is scheduled for an evening start Saturday.
NASCAR staged the majority of its 2021 Cup Series regular-season races in the daytime; Saturday’s race is the third consecutive night event at the start of the playoffs.
Below is all you need to know about the schedule for the Bass Pro Shops Night race, the third and final race in the Round of 16, at Bristol:
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.
BRISTOL LINEUP: Starting order, pole without qualifying
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.
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.
NASCAR live stream for Bristol race
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
|Sept. 18||Bass Pro Shops Night Race||Bristol Motor Speedway||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN||PRN|
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 12
|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
|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
|Nov. 7||NASCAR Cup Series Championship||Phoenix Raceway||3 p.m.||NBC||MRN|