August 26

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

first_imgWhat channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday, when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either FOX or FS1 for the first half of the 2019 season with differing start times.As for Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the channel that will broadcast the race is FS1, and the start time is 2 p.m. ET. The start time for the pre-race show on FS1 is 1:30 p.m. ET. Speaking of Johnson, he finished in the top five last week for the first time in almost a year. The driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet won the Bristol spring race two years ago.Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Penske Racing Ford and winner of two races so far this season (Atlanta and Martinsville), has a couple career wins at Bristol and is the most recent driver to win consecutive Cup races at the track. Busch, the driver of the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, has six career wins at Bristol, one fewer than brother Kyle.Unlike last week’s race, Sunday’s race at Bristol will not give drivers new a challenge as it relates to the Cup Series’ new rules/aero package for 2019. Like all short-track races on the schedule, the race at Bristol will feature cars running the traditional, 700-horsepower package without the air ducts or smaller tapered spacers reserved for bigger tracks. MORE: Watch the Food City 500 live with fuboTV (7-day trial)The 2 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race will be a relief to those watching from the east coast, as last week’s race at Texas started at 3 p.m. ET. As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to FS1 for the Bristol race after last week’s race on FOX, the network’s flagship channel.Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the half-mile circuit known as “The Last Great Colosseum,” is the eighth race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule and the second short track visit. Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch the race.What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV for Bristol raceRace: Food City 500 at Bristol Motor SpeedwayDate: Sunday, April 7Start time: 2 p.m. ETTV channel: FS1Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTVRadio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioThe Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday will be the second race of the season to be shown on FS1, as last week’s race was the sixth of the season to be shown on FOX. The 2 p.m. ET start time is the traditional start time for NASCAR Cup Series races in the Eastern time zone this season.In addition to the TV coverage on FOX, Sunday’s race is available via live stream through FOX Sports Go or fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.This year’s spring Bristol race, the first of two this season at the track, arrives with its fair share of intriguing storylines, beginning with the domination of two race teams this season.Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota) and Penske Racing (Ford) drivers have won each of the first seven races of the NASCAR Cup Series season. Kyle Busch, who won the Food City 500 at Bristol last season, has two victories this season and remains the points leader. He is the only driver who has finished in the top 10 in each Cup Series race this season, and he leads all active drivers with seven wins, including two of the last three, at Bristol.Close behind Busch in the standings is his teammate, Denny Hamlin, who won last week’s race at Texas and the season-opening Daytona 500. Hamlin and new crew chief Chris Gabehard apparently have clicked immediately. The No. 11 team has two wins, four top-five and six top-10 finishes this season; that’s already two wins more than Hamlin earned last year and nearly half the top-five finishes he recorded in 2018 (10). Now Hamlin will attempt to win back-to-back races for the third time in his career (2012, Bristol and Atlanta; 2010, Pocono and Michigan). He has one career Cup victory at Bristol.As for the other dominant race team this season, Penske Racing, two of its three drivers, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, have won races. That leaves Ryan Blaney still searching for his first win of the season. But he has been good at Bristol in the past.In the Bristol night race last year, Blaney led a race-high 121 laps but finished seventh. In the spring race last year, he led 100 laps but got caught up in a wreck while leading.MORE NASCAR:Schedule for new rules/aero packageOver the last 20 years, a Bristol race winner has gone on to win the NASCAR Cup Series championship just three times. All three of those wins occurred in the spring race, and all three drivers — Brad Keselowski in 2012, Jimmie Johnson in 2010 and Kurt Busch in 2004 — will be in the field Sunday.last_img read more