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 NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either FOX or FS1 for the first half of the 2020 season with differing start times.
As for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, formerly known as California Speedway, the TV channel that will broadcast the race is Fox. The start time for the Auto Club 400 is 3:30 p.m. ET, and the start time for the pre-race show on Fox is 2:30 p.m. ET. The green flag time is scheduled for 3:46 p.m. ET.
The 3:30 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 is the second of three consecutive such start times as NASCAR’s Cup Series completes its early-season West Coast swing. Last week’s race at Las Veags also started at 3:30 p.m. ET, as will the March 8 race at Phoenix Raceway. As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to Fox for the third consecutive week. As part of Fox’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, Fox is slated to show nine Cup races this year, and FS1 is scheduled to show eight, including the All-Star Race in May.
Sunday’s Auto Club 400, which will consist of three stages (60 laps, 60 laps, 80 laps), is the third race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. Auto Club Speedway is a bumpy, two-mile oval that features 14-degree banking in the turns, 11-degree banking on the 3,100-foot frontstretch and three-degree banking on the 2,500-foot backstretch. Located in Fontana, Calif., Auto Club Speedway has hosted Cup Series races since 1997.
Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s Auto Club 400.
What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV for Auto Club 400
The Auto Club 400 will be the third race of the season to be shown on Fox, which also will be the TV channel for the next three races on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. NBC and NBCSN will take over as the NASCAR Cup Series broadcast networks for the second half of the season, starting at Chicagoland Speedway on June 21.
Below are the top 40 TV markets in the Unites States and the local Fox affiliate for each.
Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s Auto Club 400 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 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.
Among the favorites to win Sunday’s Cup race at Auto Club is Kyle Busch despite the fact that the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (and the defending series champion) sits 27th in points. Busch won last year’s Auto Club 400, marking his third win at the track in the last eight years. An absurd 70 percent of his career laps led have come at Auto Club (564 of 807).
The other favorites for Sunday’s race include Cup Series points leader Ryan Blaney, who has three top-10 finishes in his last four starts at Auto Club, and Jimmie Johnson, the top-rated driver at Auto Club (114.0). Kevin Harvick also has been strong at the track throughout his career.
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