The beginning time for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Darlington Raceway marks the second of 5 consecutive night time races for the Cup Sequence. The Southern 500 additionally marks the primary of 10 NASCAR playoff races that may crown a 2020 champion. And sure, it’s nonetheless NASCAR’s annual throwback race.
Amazingly, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Sequence schedule is again on observe as initially constructed regardless of a two-month lengthy hiatus amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That schedule continues tonight at 6 p.m. ET on the 1.366-mile, egg-shaped oval in Darlington, S.C.
Sunday night time’s NASCAR race is definitely the third at this observe in 2020 despite the fact that it was initially scheduled because the lone Darlington race for the season. As a part of its return to reside racing in Might, NASCAR scheduled a pair of races at Darlington due partially to the observe’s shut proximity to the Charlotte, N.C., space, the place race groups are headquartered. It eradicated many of the journey logistics that have been problematic throughout a pandemic.
This time, although, there are higher stakes hooked up to the Darlington race as 16 playoff drivers look to start their postseason runs on excessive notes.
Under is all it’s essential to know in regards to the schedule for Sunday night time’s NASCAR race at Darlington and past.
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What time does the NASCAR race begin right now?
Race: Prepare dinner Out Southern 500 at Darlington RacewayDate: Sunday, Sept. 6 Begin time: 6 p.m. ET
The inexperienced flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Sequence race at Darlington will wave shortly after 6 p.m. ET, assuming there are not any rain delays as there have been so typically since NASCAR returned to reside racing in Might.
This begin time usually creates a novel problem for drivers at Darlington. The late-summer South Carolina warmth makes for a slick race observe that evolves because the day turns into night time and the circumstances get cooler. Mid-race changes shall be key for that cause.
Darlington Raceway clearly has lights, so a climate delay may push the race into the late hours of Sunday and early hours of Monday.
Sunday night time’s race is is among the longest time-wise of the Cup Sequence season. It’s scheduled for 367 laps (501.three miles) and wishes to succeed in the midway level to be thought of official within the occasion of climate points.
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What channel is NASCAR on right now?
NASCAR is again on schedule even after its two-month hiatus amid COVID-19, so Sunday’s race at Darlington will nonetheless be proven on NBCSN as initially scheduled.
Of the 20 NASCAR Cup Sequence races NBC was scheduled to broadcast in 2020, 12 have been slated to be proven on NBCSN with the opposite eight on NBC’s flagship cable community. 5 of the final six races of the season shall be proven on NBC.
As for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Sequence race at Dover on NBCSN, the community has a channel finder function for viewers to seek out the TV channel choices of their areas.
As is the case for all of the Cup Sequence races on NBC and NBCSN this season, Rick Allen will name Saturday night time’s race at Darlington with the help of analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte.
NASCAR reside stream for Darlington race
Anyone who has a cable or satellite tv for pc subscription can stream Sunday night time’s NASCAR race at Darlington reside by way of NBCSports.com or the NBC Sports activities app. This needs to be the popular route for a viewer who has such a subscription however is not capable of get in entrance of his or her TV.
For individuals who haven’t got a cable or satellite tv for pc subscription, there are 5 OTT TV streaming choices that carry NBC and NBCSN — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. Of the 5, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV provide free trial choices.
Under are hyperlinks to every.
NASCAR schedule 2020
NASCAR stays dedicated to operating 36 races this season, 4 of which have been accomplished earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports activities world.
Regardless of so many modifications to the regular-season schedule, NASCAR is preserving its 10 playoff races within the fall intact and at their authentic tracks. Under is that playoff schedule.
Solar., Sept. 6
6 p.m. ET
Sat., Sept. 12
7:30 p.m. ET
Sat., Sept. 19
7:30 p.m. ET
Solar, Sept. 27
7 p.m. ET
Solar., Oct. four
2 p.m. ET
Solar., Oct. 11
2:30 p.m. ET
Solar., Oct. 18
2:30 p.m. ET
Solar., Oct. 25
three p.m. ET
Solar. Nov. 1
2 p.m. ET
Solar. Nov. eight
three p.m. ET
As for the common season, a beforehand unscheduled Darlington race ran on Might 17 as a substitute of the the Chicagoland race that was initially scheduled for June 21. One other Darlington race ran on Might 20 as a substitute of the postponed Richmond race that was initially scheduled for April 19. The Charlotte race on Might 27 ran as a substitute of the Sonoma race that was initially scheduled for June 14.
The Pocono doubleheader remained as beforehand scheduled for the ultimate weekend of June, with the Cup Sequence racing on back-to-back days. These races have been introduced on Fox (and FS1) quite than on NBC. Fox’s closed its protection this season with the All-Star Race at Bristol on July 15.
Beforehand postponed races at Dover and Michigan turned a part of Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders at these respective tracks in August.
As a result of New York required folks to quarantine for 14 days after touring from one of many states impacted closely by COVID-19 (together with North Carolina), the Watkins Glen race on Aug. 16 was moved to the Daytona highway course. In response to The Athletic, NASCAR tried to get a quarantine waiver for its Watkins Glen races however was denied by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s workplace.
The Aug. 16 race was the NASCAR Cup Sequence’ first on the highway course at Daytona.