What time does the NASCAR race start today? TV schedule, channel for Darlington playoff race

For anyone who’s asking “What time is the NASCAR race today?” the answer is that the race is slated to finish under the lights.

The Cup Series is at Darlington Raceway this Labor Day weekend for the Cook Out Southern 500, the first race in the 2021 playoffs. The 367-lap, 501.3-mile event is scheduled for an evening start Sunday.

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NASCAR staged the majority of its 2021 Cup Series regular-season races in the daytime; Sunday’s race is the second in a string of five consecutive night events (Eastern time).

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for the Cook Out Southern 500, the opening race in the Round of 16, at Darlington:

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Darlington Raceway’s 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval is scheduled to drop at 6:18 p.m. ET.

Ideal weather conditions are expected. The National Weather Service’s Sunday forecast for Darlington, S.C., is for sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80s during the daytime, and clear skies with lows in the mid-to upper 60s at night.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

NBCSN’s programming will begin at 5 p.m. with the “Countdown to Green” prerace show, followed by race coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET. Rick Allen will call Stages 1 and 3 of the race; Dale Earnhardt Jr. will call Stage 2. Earnhardt, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will provide analysis in Stages 1 and 3. Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty will provide analysis in Stage 2. 

Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Parker Kligerman will be the pit reporters.

NASCAR live stream for Darlington race

Anyone who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s NASCAR race from Darlington 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 schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, starting with Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington, the first race in the Round of 16.

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 16

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 12

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 8

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Championship 4

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