For anyone who’s asking “What time is the NASCAR race today?” the answer is that it’s in NASCAR’s preferred window for races.
The Cup Series returns to action Sunday after a two-week hiatus caused by NBC’s coverage of the Tokyo Olympics. The Go Bowling at The Glen is scheduled for a mid-afternoon start.
NASCAR is holding the majority of its 2021 Cup Series races in the daytime; the next night race will be Aug. 28, for the regular-season finale at Daytona.
Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen International:
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
- Race: Go Bowling at The Glen
- Date: Sunday, Aug. 8
- Time: 3 p.m. ET (TV time)
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled to drop shortly after 3 p.m. ET.
While the race might start on time, there’s a small chance drivers will be racing on rain tires. The National Weather Service forecast for Sunday in Watkins Glen, N.Y., calls for a 30 percent chance of rain, with showers and thunderstorms possible after 2 p.m. Otherwise, skies are expected to be mostly sunny and the high temperature is expected to reach the low to mid-80s.
What channel is NASCAR on today?
- TV channel: NBCSN (TSN 3,5 in Canada)
- Live stream: NBCSports.com | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
- Radio: MRN
NBCSN’s programming will begin at 2 p.m. with its “Countdown to Green” prerace show, followed by race coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET. This week’s telecast will be presented in the “Radio Style” format. Play-by-play announcer Rick Allen and analyst Steve Letarte will be in the booth, while race reporters Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Mike Bagley will describe the action from key locations on the course. Parker Kligerman and Dillon Welch will be the pit reporters.
NASCAR live stream for Watkins Glen race
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 regular season and playoffs, beginning with Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen International, the 23rd race of the season.
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 regular season
|Aug. 8||Go Bowling at The Glen||Watkins Glen International||3 p.m.||NBCSN||MRN|
|Aug. 15||Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line||Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course||1 p.m.||NBC||IMS|
|Aug. 22||FireKeepers Casino 400||Michigan International Speedway||3 p.m.||NBCSN||MRN|
|Aug. 28||Coke Zero Sugar 400||Daytona International Speedway||7 p.m.||NBC||MRN|
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 16
|Sept. 5||Cook Out Southern 500||Darlington Raceway||6 p.m.||NBCSN||MRN|
|Sept. 11||Federated Auto Parts 400||Richmond Raceway||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN||MRN|
|Sept. 18||Bass Pro Shops Night Race||Bristol Motor Speedway||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN||PRN|
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 12
|Sept. 26||South Point 400||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||7 p.m.||NBCSN||PRN|
|Oct. 3||YellaWood 500||Talladega Superspeedway||2 p.m.||NBC||MRN|
|Oct. 10||Bank of America ROVAL 400||Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course||2 p.m.||NBC||PRN|
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 8
|Oct. 17||Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500||Texas Motor Speedway||2 p.m.||NBC||PRN|
|Oct. 24||Hollywood Casino 400||Kansas Speedway||3 p.m.||NBCSN||MRN|
|Oct. 31||Xfinity 500||Martinsville Speedway||2 p.m.||NBC||MRN|
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Championship 4
|Nov. 7||NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4||Phoenix Raceway||3 p.m.||NBC||MRN|