The start time for the NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway is basically the same as originally planned, although the event was moved to early August rather than late July as part of NASCAR’s updated schedule. The race in New Hampshire will also be shown on the same TV channel as originally planned.
Because of the same coronavirus pandemic issues that ended live sports in March, NASCAR created a custom match schedule for May, June, July, and August, which continues today at 3 p.m. ET on the mile-long oval in Loudon, NH It’s the third NASCAR Cup Series race to be featured on NBCSN this season.
The Sunday race in New Hampshire is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 3 p.m. ET and will count 301 laps for a total of 318.46 miles.
Below is everything you need to know about the schedule for Sunday’s NASCAR race in New Hampshire and beyond.
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
- RaceFoxwoods Resort Casino 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway
- Date: Sunday, August 2
- Start time3:00 PM ET (green flag at 3:18 PM ET)
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race in New Hampshire will be waving at 3.18pm ET, assuming there are no rain delays as there have been so many times since NASCAR went live racing again in May.
While NASCAR has plenty of time to get the race in while the sun doesn’t set in Loudon until shortly after 8 p.m. ET, the relatively late start time for a mid-race is notable because New Hampshire Motor Speedway has no lights.
It’s worth noting that the NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday is a standalone event with no Xfinity or Truck Series races on the track this weekend, so NASCAR shouldn’t have to worry about schedule conflicts like the Cup race is delayed by the weather.
What channel is NASCAR on today?
NBCSN is the TV channel for Sunday’s NASCAR race in New Hampshire as originally planned, which was not the case for the network’s first two races of 2020. Of the 20 NASCAR Cup Series races that NBC will broadcast in 2020, 12 would be shown on NBCSN with the other eight on NBC’s flagship cable network.
As for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on NBCSN, the network has one channel finder feature for viewers to find the TV channel options in their areas.
As is the case with all Cup Series races on NBC and NBCSN this season, Rick Allen will call the race with the help of analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte.
NASCAR live stream for the race in New Hampshire
Anyone with a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s NASCAR race live in New Hampshire NBCSports.com or the NBC Sports app. This should be the preferred route for a viewer who has such a subscription but is unable to come in front of his or her TV.
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five OTT TV streaming options with NBC and NBCSN – Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV offer free trial options.
Below are links to each.
NASCAR schedule 2020
NASCAR released its last revised Cup Series schedule through July 8 through August 2020. It remains committed to running 36 races, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic ended the sports world. NASCAR hopes to keep the 10 playoff races in the fall intact and on their original tracks.
Below is the schedule revision for the regular season of the Cup Series, starting with the races at Darlington, where the Cup Series returned in May.
|Date||Keep up||TV channel||Start time|
|So. May 17||Darlington||FOX||3:30 PM ET|
|Wed. May 20th||Darlington||FS1||7:30 PM ET|
|Sun 24 May||Charlotte||FOX||6:00 PM ET|
|Wed May 27||Charlotte||FS1||20:00 ET|
|Sun 31 May||Bristol||FS1||3:30 PM ET|
|Sun 7 June||Atlanta||FOX||3:00 p.m. ET|
|Wed June 10th||Martinsville||FS1||7 p.m. ET|
|Sun 14 June||Homestead-Miami||FOX||3:30 PM ET|
|Sun 21 June||Talladega||FOX||3:00 p.m. ET|
|Sat June 27||Pocono||FOX||3:30 PM ET|
|So. June 28||Pocono||FS1||4 p.m. ET|
|So. July 5||Indianapolis||NBC||4 p.m. ET|
|Sun 12 July||Kentucky||FS1||2:30 pm ET|
|Wed. July 15||Bristol (All-Star Race)||FS1||8:30 PM ET|
|So. July 19||Texas||NBCSN||3:00 p.m. ET|
|Thursday, July 23||Kansas||NBCSN||7:30 PM ET|
|Sun 2 Aug||New Hampshire||NBCSN||3:00 p.m. ET|
|Sat August 8||Michigan||NBCSN||4 p.m. ET|
|Sun 9 Aug||Michigan||NBCSN||4:30 PM ET|
|Sun 16 Aug||Daytona (road course)||NBC||3:00 p.m. ET|
|Sat 22 August||Dover||NBCSN||4 p.m. ET|
|Sun. August 23||Dover||NBCSN||4 p.m. ET|
|Sat 29 August||Daytona||NBC||7:30 PM ET|
The Darlington race on May 17 ran instead of the Chicagoland race originally scheduled for June 21. The Darlington race on May 20 ran instead of the postponed Richmond race originally scheduled for April 19. Instead, the Charlotte race ran on May 27 from the Sonoma race originally scheduled for June 14.
The Pocono doubleheader continued as planned for the last weekend of June, with the Cup Series racing on back-to-back days. Those races were presented on Fox (and FS1) instead of NBC. Fox closed his cover this season with the All-Star Race in Bristol on July 15.
The previously delayed races in Dover and Michigan are now part of the Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders on those respective circuits in August.
Because New York requires people to be quarantined for 14 days after traveling from one of the states had major consequences by COVID-19 (including North Carolina), the Watkins Glen race was moved to the Daytona road course on August 16. According to The Athletic, NASCAR tried to get a quarantine waiver for his Watkins Glen races, but was refused by the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The August 16 race is the first NASCAR Cup series on the road course in Daytona.