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What channel is the Daytona 500 playing on today? Start time, television program for the opening of the NASCAR season 2021

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What channel is NASCAR racing on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? Racing fans ask these questions every weekend during the NASCAR Cup Series season. In the first half of the 2021 season, the answer will start with Fox or FS1.

On Sunday February 14, Fox will air the NASCAR demo event, the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The 63rd edition of the Great American Race will also be the opening race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

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With track attendance limited this year to around 30,000 due to COVID-19 protocols, it is increasingly important to be able to watch the race live on TV. Luckily for the fans, there will be a few ways to do this.

Below you’ll find everything you need to know to watch the 2021 Daytona 500, including TV channel, start time, and live stream information.

MORE: Watch the Daytona 500 live with fuboTV (7 day free trial)

What channel is the Daytona 500 playing on today?

  • TV channel: Fox (TSN in Canada)
  • Direct: Fox sports go, fuboTV
  • Radio: MRN, NASCAR SiriusXM Radio

Fox will provide flag-to-flag coverage for the 63rd Daytona 500. The network is entering its 21st season covering the NASCAR Cup Series, and this year’s race will be Fox Sports’ 18th.

here are the 40 largest designated market areas for U.S. television, or DMA, according to Nielsen Global Media, and the Fox subsidiary in each market area:

Market Fox Affiliate (digital / virtual channel)
new York WNYW (5)
Angels KTTV (11)
Chicago WFLD (32)
Philadelphia cream WTXF (29)
Dallas-Fort Worth KDFW (4)
San Francisco-Oakland-San José KTVU (2)
Atlanta WEIGHT (5)
Houston KRIV (26)
Washington DC WTTG (5)
Boston WFXT (25)
Phoenix KSAZ (10)
Seattle-Tacoma KCPQ (13)
Tampa-St. Petersburg WTVT (13)
Minneapolis-St. Paul KMSP (9)
Detroit WJBK (2)
Denver KDVR (31)
Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne WOFL (35)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale WSVN (7)
Cleveland-Akron WJW (8)
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto KTXL (40)
Portland, Ore. KPTV (12)
Charlotte WJZY (46)
Saint Louis KTVI (2)
Raleigh-Durham SET (50)
Indianapolis WXIN (59)
Pittsburgh WPGH (53)
San Diego KSWB (69)
Baltimore WBFF (45)
Nashville WZTV (17)
Salt lake city KSTU (13)
Saint Anthony KABB (29)
Hartford-New Haven WTIC (61)
Columbus, Ohio WTTE (28)
Kansas City WDAF (4)
Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville WHNS (21)
Cincinnati WXIX (19)
Milwaukee WITI (6)
Austin KTBC (7)
West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce WFLX (29)
Las Vegas KVVU (5)

The race will be started by announcer Mike Joy and analysts Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Larry McReynolds. This will be Joy’s 42nd Daytona 500, counting her television and radio work. Bowyer is in his first season at the Fox booth after retiring from racing full time last year.

The network will employ three reporters at the booth: Jamie Little, Regan Smith and Vince Welch.

The “NASCAR RaceDay” preview show will premiere on FS1 at 11 am ET, then switch to Fox at 1 pm ET. Chris Myers and Shannon Spake will be the hosts, while Gordon, Bowyer, McReynolds, Michael Waltrip, Bobby Labonte and Tom Rinaldi will provide additional coverage.

MORE: Will the rain in the forecast disrupt the 2021 race?

What time does the Daytona 500 start today?

Start time: 2:30 p.m. ET

NASCAR lists 2:30 a.m. as the race start time, but the televised pre-race ceremonies will likely push the green flag back around 3 p.m. ET.

Daytona 500 Live Stream

Streaming options for the Daytona 500 abound. AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu, Sling, Vidago, TVision, and YouTube TV all offer Fox. You can watch the race for free on fuboTV if you sign up for a seven day trial.

Anyone with a cable or satellite subscription can watch Fox’s live broadcast of the Daytona 500 through Fox Sports Go.

2021 NASCAR Cup Series TV Show

Regular season

Dated Race Track Time TV Radio
February 14th Daytona 500 Daytona International Motor Circuit 2:30 p.m. Fox MRN
the 21st of February O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 in Daytona Daytona Road course 3 p.m. Fox MRN
February 28 Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway 3:30 p.m. Fox MRN
March 7 Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Las Vegas Auto Circuit 3:30 p.m. Fox PRN
March 14 NASCAR Cup Series Race in Phoenix Phoenix raceway 3:30 p.m. Fox MRN
March 21st Pleats of honor Quiktrip 500 Atlanta Auto Circuit 3 p.m. Fox PRN
March 28 Food City Dirt Race Bristol Motor Circuit 3:30 p.m. Fox PRN
April 10 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Martinsville Motor Circuit 7:30 p.m. FS1 MRN
April 18 Toyota 400 owners Richmond Raceway 3 p.m. Fox MRN
April 25 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2:00 p.m. Fox MRN
May 2nd NASCAR Cup Series Race in Kansas Kansas Speedway 3 p.m. FS1 MRN
May 9 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Darlington Darlington Motor Circuit 3:30 p.m. FS1 MRN
May 16 Drydene 400 Dover International Speedway 2:00 p.m. FS1 MRN
23 May NASCAR Cup Series Race at COTA Circuit of the Americas 2:30 p.m. FS1 PRN
May 30 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Circuit 18 hours Fox PRN
June 6 Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway 4 p.m. FS1 PRN
June 13 NASCAR All-Star Open Texas motor speedway 18 hours FS1 MRN
June 13 NASCAR All-Star Race Texas motor speedway 8 p.m. FS1 MRN
June 20 Ally 400 Nashville Superspeedway 3:30 p.m. ET NBCSN MRN
June 26 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Pocono-1 Pocono Raceway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
June 27 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Pocono-2 Pocono Raceway 3:30 p.m. NBCSN MRN
4th July NASCAR Cup Series Race at Road America Road America 2:30 p.m. NBC MRN
11 July Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart Atlanta Auto Circuit 3:30 p.m. NBCSN PRN
July 18 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 New Hampshire Motor Circuit 3 p.m. NBCSN PRN
August 8 Go bowling at the Glen Watkins Glen International 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
August 15th Big Machine Vodka 400 at brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course 13 hours NBC IMS
August 22 FireKeepers 400 Casino Michigan International Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
August 28 Coca Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Motor Circuit 7 p.m. NBC MRN

Playoffs Round of 16

Dated Race Track Time TV Radio
Sep 5 Cook Out Southern 500 Darlington Motor Circuit 18 hours NBCSN MRN
Sep 11 Federated auto parts 400 Richmond Raceway 7:30 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Sep 18 Bass Pro Shops Night Race Bristol Motor Circuit 7:30 p.m. NBCSN PRN

Playoffs Round of 16

Dated Race Track Time TV Radio
Sep 26 South point 400 Las Vegas Auto Circuit 7 p.m. NBCSN PRN
October 3 YellaWood 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2:00 p.m. NBC MRN
October 10 Bank of America ROVAL 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course 2:00 p.m. NBC PRN

Round of 16 heats

Dated Race Track Time TV Radio
October 17 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Texas motor speedway 2:00 p.m. NBC PRN
October 24 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
October 31 Xfinity 500 Martinsville Motor Circuit 2:00 p.m. NBC MRN

Playoffs Championship 4

Dated Race Track Time TV Radio
November 7 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix raceway 3 p.m. NBC MRN


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