What time does the NASCAR race start today? TV schedule, channel for Watkins Glen race

For anyone who’s asking “What time is the NASCAR race today?” the answer is that it’s in NASCAR’s preferred window for races.

The Cup Series returns to action Sunday after a two-week hiatus caused by NBC’s coverage of the Tokyo Olympics. The Go Bowling at The Glen is scheduled for a mid-afternoon start.

NASCAR is holding the majority of its 2021 Cup Series races in the daytime; the next night race will be Aug. 28, for the regular-season finale at Daytona.

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen International:

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled to drop shortly after 3 p.m. ET.

While the race might start on time, there’s a small chance drivers will be racing on rain tires. The National Weather Service forecast for Sunday in Watkins Glen, N.Y., calls for a 30 percent chance of rain, with showers and thunderstorms possible after 2 p.m. Otherwise, skies are expected to be mostly sunny and the high temperature is expected to reach the low to mid-80s.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

NBCSN’s programming will begin at 2 p.m. with its “Countdown to Green” prerace show, followed by race coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET. This week’s telecast will be presented in the “Radio Style” format. Play-by-play announcer Rick Allen and analyst Steve Letarte will be in the booth, while race reporters Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Mike Bagley will describe the action from key locations on the course. Parker Kligerman and Dillon Welch will be the pit reporters.

NASCAR live stream for Watkins Glen race

Anyone who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s NASCAR race from Watkins Glen 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 regular season and playoffs, beginning with Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen International, the 23rd race of the season.

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 regular season

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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