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

For anyone who’s asking “What time is the NASCAR race today?” the answer is that the event is a prime-time special.

The Cup Series is at Richmond Raceway this weekend for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders, the second race in the series’ 2021 playoffs. The 400-lap, 300-mile event is scheduled for an evening start Saturday.

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NASCAR has staged the majority of its 2021 Cup Series regular-season races in the daytime; Saturday’s race is the third in a string of five consecutive night events (Eastern time).

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders, the second race in the Round of 16, at Richmond:

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

The green flag for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Richmond Raceway’s 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval is scheduled to drop at 7:45 p.m. ET.

Weather is not expected to be a concern. The National Weather Service’s forecast for Richmond, Va., calls for clear skies, light winds and the temperature falling into the low 60s on Saturday night, after a sunny afternoon with a high temperature in the low 80s.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

NBCSN’s programming will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the “Countdown to Green” prerace show, followed by race coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Rick Allen will handle play-by-play duties while Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will provide analysis. Earnhardt’s shift in the booth will cap a marathon Saturday for him. He is scheduled to drive in the Xfinity Series race at Richmond on Saturday afternoon. Earnhardt drives in one NASCAR race per year. He’ll be racing in the No. 8 JR Motorsports car. 

Marty Snider, Parker Kligerman and Dillon Welch will be the pit reporters.

NASCAR live stream for Richmond race

Anyone who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Saturday’s NASCAR race from Richmond 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 schedule for the remainder of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, starting with Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders at Richmond, the second race in the Round of 16.

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 16

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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