What 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 NBC or NBCSN for the second half of the 2019 season with differing start times.
As for Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the Cup Series’ only visit to the track all season, the channel that will broadcast the race is NBCSN. The start time for the race at New Hampshire is 3 p.m. ET.
The 3 p.m. ET start time is the fourth such start time this season (Texas, Sonoma and Chicagoland were the others). As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend is on NBCSN for the third time this year. As part of NBC’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC is slated to show seven of the final 20 races of the season, with the other 13 scheduled to be shown on NBCSN.
Sunday’s race at New Hampshire, which will consist of three stages (75 laps, 75 laps and 151 laps), is the 21st race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule (20th when not counting the All-Star Race). There are 17 races left this season, and seven races left before the playoffs.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, an oval that features variable banking at two and seven degrees in the turns and one-degree banking on the straights, is a relatively flat track that is just over a mile in length (1.058). The slower speeds make for a race that resembles more of a short-track event than, say, a race on a one-mile track with high banking like Dover.
“Loudon is a Martinsville-like short track,” Kyle Busch said this week. “It’s a little more spread out, but there’s some rooting and gouging going on because it’s a one-lane track and everybody fights for that particular groove.”
Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s NASCAR race at New Hampshire.
Sunday’s 301-lap race at New Hampshire will be the third of 13 races this season to be shown on NBCSN. The network’s broadcast crew consists of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth, with Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman reporting from pit road.
In addition to the TV coverage on NBCSN, Sunday’s race at New Hampshire is available via live stream through fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.
Among the drivers to watch Sunday at New Hampshire is Kevin Harvick, who sits third in the NASCAR Cup Series points standings despite his failure to win a race so far this season. Harvick won this race last year, his sixth of eight victories in 2018. But the optimism the Stewart-Haas Racing driver carries with him to New England is rooted in more than just recent success.
Harvick has 11 career top-five finishes at New Hampshire, tied with Kurt Busch for the most among active drivers. He has finished in the top five in four of the last five races at the track, winning two of the last four. Hence the reason to believe the No. 4 car could end up in victory lane Sunday for the first time this season.
Of course, any mention of favorites for a Cup race needs to include Kyle Busch, who would have earned his fifth win of the season last week had his brother Kurt not beat him to the checkered flag at Kentucky. Like Harvick, Kyle Busch also has three career wins at New Hampshire, tied for the most among active drivers.
Among those in Sunday’s field, Busch also has the second highest driver rating at New Hampshire. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin, has the best rating.
As for a couple wild-card picks, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman are interesting contenders at New Hampshire. They have the third and 10th best driver ratings at the track, respectively, and both are hanging around the playoff cut line in the Cup Series points standings.