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?
- Race: Cook Out Southern 500
- Date: Sunday, Sept. 5
- Time: 6 p.m. ET (TV time)
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?
- TV channel: NBCSN (TSN5 in Canada)
- Live stream: NBCSports.com | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
- Radio: MRN
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
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
|Sept. 5||Cook Out Southern 500||Darlington Raceway||6 p.m.||NBCSN||MRN|
|Sept. 11||Federated Auto Parts 400||Richmond Raceway||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN||MRN|
|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|