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

For anyone who’s asking “What time is the NASCAR race today?” the answer is: Earlier than it has been recently.

The Cup Series is at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the YellaWood 500, the fifth race in the 2021 playoffs. The 188-lap, 500-mile event is scheduled for an afternoon start.

NASCAR scheduled the majority of its 2021 Cup Series regular-season races for the daytime. The six remaining playoff races are all scheduled to begin in the afternoon. The final race to begin at night on the East Coast this season took place last Sunday at Las Vegas

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for the YellaWood 500, the second race in the Round of 12, at Talladega:

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Talladega Superspeedway’s 2.66-mile oval is scheduled to drop at 2:03 p.m. ET. The track does not have lights, which makes an early-afternoon start necessary. 

TALLADEGA LINEUP: Starting order, pole without qualifying

Another benefit to an earlier start: the ability to finish the race even if it rains. And rain is in the forecast for Sunday. The National Weather Service is calling for showers and possibly a thunderstorm after the scheduled start time, with a high temperature near 80. The weather service puts the chance of precipitation at 60 percent.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

NBC’s programming will begin at 1 p.m. ET with the network’s “Countdown to Green” prerace show, hosted by Marty Snider with analysts Brad Daugherty and Kyle Petty. Race coverage will begin at 2 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, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns and Parker Kligerman are the pit reporters this weekend. Rutledge Wood will be a “specialty reporter,” in the words of NBC. 

NASCAR live stream for Talladega race

Anyone who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s NASCAR race at Talladega 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 playoffs, starting with Sunday’s YellaWood 500, the second race in the Round of 12.

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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