What time does the NASCAR race start today? Schedule, TV channel for Saturday Pocono race

The start time for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, the first of a two-day doubleheader at the Tricky Triangle, is a little earlier than the start time for tomorrow’s race. The distance for the Pocono Organics 325 on Saturday is also a little shorter, 130 laps as opposed to the 140 laps that will be run in Sunday’s race.

Due to the same coronavirus pandemic-related issues that shut down live sports in March, NASCAR created a modified schedule of races for May and June that continues today at 3:30 p.m. ET at the 2.5-mile triangle track in Long Pond, Pa. Fans are not allowed to attend either race in the Saturday-Sunday NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader at Pocono.

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Saturday’s NASCAR race at Pocono and beyond.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

The green flag for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono will wave shortly after 3:30 p.m. ET, about 30 minutes earlier than the start time for Sunday’s second leg of the doubleheader.

While the dates for both Pocono races in the Saturday-Sunday doubleheader remain unchanged from NASCAR’s original 2020 schedule despite the coronavirus shake-up, the start times are a little later. The pair of races originally were scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET and 3:30 p.m. ET, respectively, rather than 3:30 p.m. ET and 4 p.m. ET.

Those later start times are notable, because Pocono Raceway does not have lights in the event either race is delayed by weather.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

This is a notable change, as the original NASCAR Cup Series schedule for 2020 had NBCSN as the TV channel for both Pocono races on June 27-28. The broadcast network has changed along with NASCAR’s schedule shake-up amid COVID-19.

Including this weekend’s pair of races at Pocono, Fox and FS1 will broadcast four more Cup Series races. That includes the July 15 All-Star Race before NBC takes over to broadcast its half of the schedule.

Below are the top 40 TV markets in the Unites States and the local Fox affiliate for each.

As is the case for all the Cup Series races on Fox and FS1 this season, Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon will call Saturday’s race at Pocono. They will do so remotely from the Fox studio rather than the booth at the track.

NASCAR live stream for Pocono Saturday race

Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Saturday’s NASCAR race at Pocono live via Fox Sports Go. This should be the preferred route for a viewer who has such a subscription but isn’t able to get in front of his or her TV.

For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five major OTT TV streaming options that carry Fox — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV offer free trial options.

Below are links to each.

NASCAR schedule 2020

NASCAR on June 4 released its latest revised Cup Series schedule through July of 2020. It remains committed to running 36 races, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world. NASCAR hopes to keep its 10 playoff races in the fall intact and at their original tracks.

Below is the schedule revision for the Cup Series, starting with the races at Darlington the Cup Series ran in its return last month:

The Darlington race on May 17 ran instead of the the Chicagoland race that was originally scheduled for June 21. The Darlington race on May 20 ran instead of the postponed Richmond race that was originally scheduled for April 19. The Charlotte race on May 27 ran instead of the Sonoma race that was originally scheduled for June 14.

The Pocono doubleheader remains as previously scheduled for the final weekend of June, with the Cup Series racing on back-to-back days. Those races now will be presented on Fox (and FS1) rather than on NBC. Fox’s will close its coverage this season with the All-Star race at Bristol on July 15 before NBC takes over, but NBC will still broadcast the Brickyard 400 on July 5.

The Cup Series races still postponed include events at Dover and Michigan. NASCAR’s next challenge will be finding dates for those races while it tries to sort out the rest of the 2020 schedule, but doubleheaders at those tracks in August are possible.

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