What channel is NASCAR on today? TV schedule, start time for Martinsville night race

Sporting News

The TV channel for a NASCAR race is elusive enough in a normal season when Fox and FS1 trade broadcasts of Cup Series events through the first half of the schedule. The challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic make the "what channel is today's NASCAR race on" question even more understandable.

Today, for the fourth time since NASCAR returned to live racing last month, the race will broadcast live on FS1. The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, which will be the first night race the NASCAR Cup Series has ever run at the half-mile oval, will proceed on its new date with a start time of 7 p.m. ET.

MORE: Watch today's NASCAR race live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Scroll to continue with content
Ad

Wednesday night's race at Martinsville is the seventh in NASCAR's return on an altered, short-term schedule as it attempts to keep a 36-race slate intact for 2020. For now, with remaining doubt about how NASCAR can construct its schedule beyond July given differing restrictions on gatherings of people from state to state, the short-term schedule only includes races through Aug. 2.

The night race at Martinsville was added back to the Cup Series schedule after being postponed from its original date (May 9). The race will be the same distance as originally scheduled, 500 laps for a total of 263 miles with stage lengths of 130, 130 and 240 laps.

Below is how to watch Wednesday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville, including the TV channel and live stream options.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

  • Race: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway

  • Date: Wednesday, June 10

  • TV channel: FS1

  • Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)

  • Radio: MRN

Including Wednesday's race at Martinsville, Fox and FS1 will broadcast seven more Cup Series races. That includes the July 15 All-Star Race before NBC takes over to broadcast its half of the schedule.

FS1 is carried by all major pay TV distributors. Fox Sports' site has a "find FS1" feature so viewers can find channel listings in their area and on their system.

As is the case for all the Cup Series races on Fox and FS1 this season, Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon will call Wednesday's race at Martinsville. Until further notice, they will do so remotely from the Fox studio rather than the booth at the track.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Date: Wednesday, June 10

  • Start time: 7 p.m. ET

The 7 p.m. ET start time for the mid-week race at Martinsville is the first and only such start time on NASCAR's modified Cup Series schedule for 2020. The only other 7 p.m. ET start time currently on the schedule is the open for the July 15 All-Star race.

The only other night race confirmed on the Cup Series schedule, at Kansas on Thursday, July 23, has a start time of 7:30 p.m. ET.

NASCAR live stream for Martinsville night race

Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Wednesday night's race at Martinsville 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 FS1 — 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. According to Fox Sports, 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:

Date

Track

TV channel

Start time

Sun., May 17

Darlington

FOX

3:30 p.m. ET

Wed., May 20

Darlington

FS1

7:30 p.m. ET

Sun., May 24

Charlotte

FOX

6 p.m. ET

Wed., May 27

Charlotte

FS1

8 p.m. ET

Sun, May 31

Bristol

FS1

3:30 p.m. ET

Sun, June 7

Atlanta

FOX

3 p.m. ET

Wed, June 10

Martinsville

FS1

7 p.m. ET

Sun, June 14

Homestead-Miami

FOX

3:30 p.m. ET

Sun, June 21

Talladega

FOX

3 p.m. ET

Sat., June 27

Pocono

FOX

3:30 p.m. ET

Sun., June 28

Pocono

FS1

4 p.m. ET

Sun., July 5

Indianapolis

NBC

4 p.m. ET

Sun., July 12

Kentucky

FS1

2:30 p.m. ET

Wed., July 15

All-Star Race (Charlotte)

FS1

7 p.m. ET (open) | 8:30 p.m. ET (race)

Sun., July 19

Texas

NBCSN

3 p.m. ET

Thurs., July 23

Kansas

NBCSN

7:30 p.m. ET

Sun., Aug. 2

New Hampshire

NBCSN

3 p.m. ET

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 Charlotte 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.

What to read next