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,Â 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’sÂ Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway, the channel that will broadcast the race is FS1. The start time for the Pocono 400Â is 2Â p.m. ET, and the start time for the pre-race show on FS1Â is 12:30 p.m. ET. The green flag time, which originally was scheduled for 2:12 p.m. ET, was moved up to 2 p.m. ET due to the threat of rain.
The 2Â p.m. ET start time for Sunday’sÂ Pocono 400Â signals the first day race in almost a month for the NASCAR Cup Series. As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to FS1Â after last week’s race on FOX. As part of FOX’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, FOX was slated to show nine Cup races this year, and FS1 was scheduled to show eight, including theÂ All-Star Race a couple weeks ago.
Sunday’sÂ Pocono 400Â at Pocono raceway, which will consist of threeÂ stages (50 laps, 50 laps, 60 laps),Â is the 15thÂ race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule (14th when not counting the All-Star Race). Pocono Raceway, also known as the “Tricky Triangle,” is a unique, three-turn track that is 2.5 miles in length.
Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s Pocono 400.
The Pocono 400 at Pocono RacewayÂ on SundayÂ will be the sixthÂ race of the season to be shown on FS1, which also will be the TV channel for the last two FOXÂ races of theÂ Cup Series season.Â NBC and NBCSN will take over as the broadcast networks for the second half of the season, starting at Chicagoland.
In addition to the TV coverage on FS1, Sunday’sÂ Pocono 400Â is available via live stream through FOX Sports Go or fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.
The driver many will consider the favorite to win Sunday’s Pocono 400 is the driver who won this race last year … and the driver who won last week. Martin Truex Jr. has been money at Pocono of late. Including his win last season, Truex has three top-10 finishes in the last four Pocono races. The driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has three wins this season and sits sixth in the NASCAR Cup Series points standings.
Two of Truex’s teammates, though, could give him the biggest challenges at Pocono. Kyle Busch, the leader in the NASCAR Cup Series points standings, has led 239 laps in the last four Pocono races and has won two of the last three races at the Tricky Triangle. Denny Hamlin, another JGR driver, has won more Cup races at Pocono (four) than anybody else in Sunday’s field.
But we can’t mention JGR drivers without bringing up the other team that has dominated the first half of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season, Team Penske. Brad Keselowski is one of three drivers (Truex and Busch) who have three wins this season, and Joey Logano has been going back and fourth with Busch as the points leader.
Including Ryan Blaney,Â each of the Penske trio has a Pocono victory in his career.
It isÂ also worth noting that this will be the first Pocono race under the rules package that is new for NASCAR’s Cup Series in 2019, meaning there will be some unknowns going into the race in terms of the style of racing, how much drivers will need to lift in the corners and how easy (or difficult) it will be to pass.
According to the numbers, passing under the new rules package this season has been easier. Per NASCAR,Â green flag passes for the lead (513) are up 56 percentÂ compared to last seasonâs first 13 racesÂ (330). Further,Â total green flag passes (45,590) through the first 13 races of the season are up 30 percentÂ compared to 2018 (35,069).