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 Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway, the Cup Series’ second of two visits to the “Tricky Triangle” this season, the channel that will broadcast the race is NBCSN. The start time for the race at Pocono is 3 p.m. ET.
The 3 p.m. ET start time is the fifth such start time this season (Texas, Sonoma, Chicagoland and New Hampshire were the others). As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend is on NBCSN for the fourth time this year. As part of NBC’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC was 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 Pocono, which will consist of three stages (50 laps, 60 laps and 60 laps), is the 22nd race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule (21st when not counting the All-Star Race). There are 16 races left this season, and just six races left before the playoffs.
Pocono Raceway is the most unique non-road course on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit. The 2.5 mile, triangle-shaped track features three distinctly unique corners with 14-degree banking in Turn 1, eight-degree banking in Turn 2 and six-degree banking in Turn 3. That banking in Turn 1 is important after cars reach their highest speeds toward the end of the 3,740-foot frontstretch.
“Trying to pass people is the trickiest part because it’s so finicky there after getting your car set-up to run by yourself in practice, but also getting it good for the traffic during the race and being able to out-corner guys out there,” Kyle Busch said of Pocono this week. “Having a lot of horsepower is important there, as well.”
Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s NASCAR race at Pocono.
Sunday’s 160-lap race at Pocono will be the fourth 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 Pocono is available via live stream through fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.
Another Cup Series race weekend, another event in which Busch will be considered a (if not the) favorite to win. The driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has won three of the last four races at Pocono, and a win Sunday would make him the third driver ever to win three consecutive races at the track (Bobby Allison, Tim Richmond). Busch has four wins this season, with his latest victory being the one he earned at Pocono in June.
Another strong contender at Pocono is Busch’s JGR teammate, Denny Hamlin. The driver of the No. 11 Toyota is the winningest active driver at this track; his 694 laps led at Pocono is second only to Jimmie Johnson’s 740.
Speaking of Johnson, after the June Pocono race this season, the driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet told Sporting News that, of all the tracks the series had visited at that point, Pocono was the one that felt the most different under the 2019 rules package.
“The 550 horsepower package is just so different,” Johnson explained. “All of them have felt that way, but I guess Pocono probably would be (the most different). Because the speed differences on the straight we felt everywhere. The raised corner speed we felt everywhere. But at Pocono we don’t shift any longer the way this rules package works out. That’s the first time in my 18 seasons of racing that I have gone to Pocono and did not shift while completing a lap.
“That makes it stand out as the most different. When I first went there I was shifting six times a lap. And then it went down to four, and now it’s down to zero. That’s a big difference.”
Johnson, who is still winless this season and trying to earn a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs, has 20 top-10 finishes in 35 starts at Pocono, but he has had only one in the last seven races – an eighth-place finish in June of last year.