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What time does the NASCAR race start today? TV schedule, channel for Saturday’s Pocono race

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For anyone who’s asking “What time is the NASCAR race today,” the answer is that it depends on which day you’re inquiring about.

The Cup Series is running a weekend doubleheader at Pocono Raceway: the Pocono Organics CBD 325 on Saturday and the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 on Sunday. Each race has a different start time, but both will be run in the afternoon.

NASCAR is holding the majority of its 2021 races in the daytime, and the Pocono races are no exception, not least because the 2-mile track does not have lights.

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for the weekend races at Pocono.

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What time does the NASCAR races start today?

The weekend races at Pocono have different TV and green flag times.

Day Race Time (ET) TV network
Saturday Pocono Organics CBD 325 3 p.m. NBCSN
Sunday Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 3:30 p.m. NBCSN

The green flag on Saturday’s race will drop at 3:19 p.m. ET. Sunday’s green flag will drop sometime after 3:30 p.m.

Rain could affect those times. The National Weather Service forecast for Long Pond, Pa., site of Pocono Raceway, calls for a slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms both days and high temperatures between 85 and 90. The chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

  • TV channel: NBCSN (TSN3 in Canada)
  • Live stream: NBCSports.com | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
  • Radio: MRN

Saturday

Prerace coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. with “Countdown to Green” on NBCSN. The race telecast will begin at 3 p.m. ET. Rick Allen will call the race with the assistance of analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth. Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman will be the pit reporters.

Sunday

“Countdown to Green” will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET and the race will air at 3:30 p.m. ET. The announcing lineup for Saturday’s race will also be in place Sunday: Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth; Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman in the pits. 

NASCAR live stream for Pocono races

Anyone who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Saturday and Sunday’s NASCAR races at Pocono 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 remaining schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series regular season and playoffs, beginning with this weekend’s races at Pocono.

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 regular season

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
June 26 Pocono Organics CBD 325 Pocono Raceway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
June 27 Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 Pocono Raceway 3:30 p.m. NBCSN MRN
July 4 Jockey Made in America 250 presented by KwikTrip Road America 2:30 p.m. NBC MRN
July 11 Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart Atlanta Motor Speedway 3:30 p.m. NBCSN PRN
July 18 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN PRN
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

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
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

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
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

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
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

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Nov. 7 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix Raceway 3 p.m. NBC MRN

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