The start time for Saturday’s NASCAR race at Richmond Raceway is the third of five consecutive night races for the Cup Series. The Federated Auto Parts 400 is also the second of 10 NASCAR playoff races that will crown a 2020 champion.
Amazingly, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule is back on track despite a two-month hiatus in the spring amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This schedule continues at 7:30 p.m. tonight. ET on the 0.75-mile oval in Richmond, Va.
Saturday night’s NASCAR race is the first on this track in 2020, although it was originally supposed to be the second. as the only Darlington race of the season. The Spring Race in Richmond, originally scheduled for April 19, was postponed because of the virus, and NASCAR eventually moved the race to Darlington Raceway.
Here’s everything you need to know about the schedule for the Saturday night NASCAR race in Richmond and beyond.
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When does the NASCAR race start today?
run: Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Racewaydate: Saturday September 12th Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET
The green flag for the NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday night in Richmond will fly shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET, provided there are no rain delays, as has so often been the case since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.
The 7:30 p.m. ET start time will make customization during the race critical for racing teams, even on a short distance (0.75 miles) like Richmond. The track will be hot and slippery at the start of the race and cooler and faster as the night progresses. And Richmond Raceway is known to be tough on tires and brakes.
Richmond Raceway obviously has lights so a weather delay could move the race into the late hours of Saturday and the early hours of Sunday. The race is scheduled for 400 laps (300 miles) and must reach half the point to be considered official in the event of weather problems.
Which channel is NASCAR running on today?
NASCAR is back on schedule after its two-month hiatus amid COVID-19 this spring, so the Saturday night race in Richmond will continue to be shown on NBCSN as originally planned.
Of the 20 NASCAR Cup Series races NBC was scheduled to air in 2020, 12 were scheduled to air on NBCSN and the other eight on NBC’s flagship cable network. Five of the last six races of the season will be shown on NBC.
For Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race in Richmond on NBCSN, the network has a channel finder feature that allows viewers to find TV channel options in their regions.
As with all Cup Series races on NBC and NBCSN this season, Rick Allen, with assistance from analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte, will be calling the race in Richmond on Saturday night.
NASCAR live stream for the Richmond race
Anyone with a cable or satellite subscription can stream the NASCAR race Saturday night in Richmond live on NBCSports.com or the NBC Sports app. This should be the preferred route for a viewer who has such a subscription but is unable to get in front of their television.
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five OTT TV streaming options that broadcast NBC and NBCSN – 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 2020 schedule
NASCAR continues to be committed to 36 races this season, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic brought the sports world to a standstill.
Despite so many changes to the regular season schedule, NASCAR is keeping its 10 fall playoff races intact and on their original tracks. Below is that playoff schedule.
Sun, September 6th
6 p.m. ET
Saturday, September 12th
7:30 p.m. ET
Sat, September 19
7:30 p.m. ET
Sun, September 27th
7 p.m. ET
Sun, October 4th
2 p.m. ET
Sun, October 11th
Sun, October 18th
Sun, October 25th
3 pm. ET
Sun. November 1st
2 p.m. ET
Sun. November 8th
3 pm. ET
In the regular season, a previously unscheduled race in Darlington took place on May 17th instead of the race originally planned for June 21st in Chicagoland. Another race in Darlington took place on May 20th instead of the originally planned April 19th race in Richmond. The Charlotte race on May 27 took the place of the Sonoma race originally planned for June 14.
The Pocono double header stayed as planned on the last weekend in June, and the Cup Series ran on consecutive days. These races were featured on Fox (and FS1) rather than NBC. Fox’s ended its coverage that season with the All-Star Race in Bristol on July 15th.
Previously postponed races in Dover and Michigan became part of the double heads Saturday through Sunday on the respective tracks in August.
With people quarantined for 14 days in New York after arriving from one of the states severely affected by COVID-19 (including North Carolina), the Watkins Glen race was moved to the Daytona street circuit on August 16 . According to The Athletic, NASCAR attempted to obtain a waiver of quarantine for its Watkins Glen races, but was rejected by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office.
The race on August 16 was the first race of the NASCAR Cup Series on the Daytona road.