What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV schedule for Daytona night race

What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday – or, in this case, Saturday – when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either NBC or NBCSN for the second half of the 2019 season with differing start times.

As for Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway, the Cup Series’ second visit to Daytona this season, the channel that will broadcast the race is NBC. The start time for the race at Daytona is 7:30 p.m. ET, and the start time for the pre-race show on NBC is 7 p.m. ET.

The 7:30 p.m. ET start time for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona is the third such start time this season (Richmond and Kansas were the others). As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series is on NBC for the first time this season. (Fox’s portion of the broadcast schedule ended a couple weeks ago, and last week’s race was on NBCSN.) As part of NBC’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC is slated to show seven of the final 20 races of the season, with the other 13 scheduled to be shown on NBCSN.

Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, which will consist of three stages (50 laps, 50 laps, 60 laps), is the 19th race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule (18th when not counting the All-Star Race).

Daytona International Speedway is a 2.5-mile oval that features 31-degree banking in the turns, 18-degree banking in the tri-oval and three-degree banking on the backstretch. The speedy-yet-narrow superspeedway is arguably NASCAR’s most famous track for a reason – expect some tight, exciting racing.

Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Saturday night’s NASCAR race at Daytona.

What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV for Daytona night race

The Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday will be the first of seven races this season to be shown on NBC. The network’s broadcast crew consists of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth, with Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman reporting from pit road.

In addition to the TV coverage on NBC, Saturday night’s race at Daytona is available via live stream through fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.

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Qualifying for Saturday night’s race at Daytona was cancelled due to lighning in the area, meaning the lineup was set based on owner points. Joey Logano will start on the pole. The Team Penske driver has six top-10 finishes in the last nine races at Daytona, but he has led only 74 laps (in 21 starts) and posted an average finish of 17th in his career at the track.

This will be the first night race at a superspeedway (and the first at Daytona) with the rules package that’s new for 2019 – no restrictor plates; just a tapered spacer to control the cars’ speed.

“Obviously, they are different kind of race tracks a little bit in their own ways and I think teams will go to Daytona with a little different mindset of what they had at Talladega,” Ryan Blaney said this week regarding comparisons to the superspeedway race with this package earlier in the year. “Just trying to figure it out. I think it will be a good race. I thought Talladega was a pretty good race and I think it will get better as teams start to understand the package.

“It’s a race I look forward to every year.”

It’s a race Joe Gibbs Racing driver Erik Jones is looking forward to, as well. Jones scored his only career victory in this race last season. One of his teammates, Denny Hamlin, won the Daytona 500 this year. Another, Kyle Busch, has been dominating at all tracks this season. So can Jones keep up?

“I’m looking forward to getting back to Daytona,” Jones said this week. “It’s always cool coming back to a track where you are the defending race winner. Looking forward to the race and defending our win from last year.

“It’s always fun to get down there on the 4th of July. It’s usually a great crowd, a great turnout and great atmosphere for the race. Looking forward to getting out there and hopefully we’ll be able to get another win to lock ourselves in the playoffs and have a lot fun at the same time.”

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