What time does the NASCAR race start today? TV schedule, channel for 2023 Darlington race

What a difference a year has made for Martin Truex Jr.

The Joe Gibbs Racing star enjoyed a scintillating 2023 season, capturing the regular-season title after netting three wins and 15 top-five finishes in 26 races this year. He enters Sunday’s Southern 500 with a mammoth 36 playoff points, placing him in excellent stead to qualify for the Round of 12.

LIVE: Updates, highlights from the Southern 500 at Darlington

That’s a world away from his 2022, where he fell out of the postseason qualification during the final race of the regular season.

Truex is a NASCAR icon. But he still has more to prove; he found himself flushed under the crunch of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson during his younger years, limiting his chances at Cup Series gold. And although he reached the summit of NASCAR’s premier competition in 2017, Truex has finished as the circuit’s runner-up three times since.

Any good journey begins with a single step. For Truex, he’s hoping that step comes at Darlington, a place he has found intermittent success at over the years.

MORE: Watch the Southern 500 live with Fubo (free trial)

With that, he’s what you need to know about Sunday’s Southern 500, including start time and broadcast information.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Date: Sunday, September 3
  • Time: 6 p.m. ET

The Southern 500 has a listed start time of 6 p.m. ET., but pre-race festivities are expected to push the waving of the green flag closer to 6:30 p.m. ET.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

  • TV channel: USA (U.S.) | TSN5 (Canada)
  • Live stream: Peacock, Fubo
  • Radio: MRN

Saturday’s race will be broadcast on USA Network in the United States. Canadian viewers can find the action on TSN5.

Veteran announcer Rick Allen will lead the race’s lap-by-lap commentator. He’ll be joined by former Cup Series stars Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr., as well as former Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte.

Cord-cutters can follow the action on Peacock, as well as with Fubo, which offers a free trial.

MORE: Updated points, scenarios as drivers chase Cup Series championship

NASCAR schedule 2023: Regular season

(All times Eastern)

Date Race (winner) Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Feb. 19 Daytona 500 (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) Daytona International Speedway      
Feb. 26 Pala Casino 400 (Kyle Busch) Auto Club Speedway      
March 5

Pennzoil 400 (William Byron)

Las Vegas Motor Speedway      
March 12 United Rentals Work United 500 (William Byron) Phoenix Raceway      
March 19 Ambetter Health 400 (Joey Logano) Atlanta Motor Speedway      
March 26 EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix (Tyler Reddick) Circuit of the Americas      
April 2 Toyota Owners 400 (Kyle Larson) Richmond Raceway      
April 9 Food City Dirt Race (Christopher Bell) Bristol Motor Speedway      
April 16 NOCO 400 (Kyle Larson) Martinsville Speedway      
April 23 GEICO 500 (Kyle Busch) Talladega Superspeedway      
May 1 Wurth 400 (Martin Truex Jr.) Dover Motor Speedway      
May 7 AdventHealth 400 (Denny Hamlin) Kansas Speedway      
May 14 Goodyear 400 (William Byron) Darlington Raceway      
May 21 NASCAR All-Star Open (Josh Berry) North Wilkesboro Speedway      
May 21 NASCAR All-Star Race (Kyle Larson) North Wilkesboro Speedway      
May 29 Coca-Cola 600 (Ryan Blaney) Charlotte Motor Speedway      
June 4 Enjoy Illinois 300 (Kyle Busch) World Wide Technology Raceway      
June 11 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Martin Truex Jr.) Sonoma Raceway      
June 25 Ally 400 (Ross Chastain) Nashville Superspeedway      
July 2 Grant Park 220 (Shane van Gisbergen) Chicago Street Course      
July 9 Quaker State 400 (William Byron) Atlanta Motor Speedway      
July 16 Crayon 301 (Martin Truex Jr.) New Hampshire Motor Speedway      
July 23 (Denny Hamlin) Pocono Raceway      
July 30 Cook Out 400 (Chris Buescher) Richmond Raceway      
Aug. 6 FireKeepers Casino 400 (Chris Buescher) Michigan International Speedway      
Aug. 13 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard (Michael McDowell) Speedway Road Course      
Aug. 20 Go Bowling at the Glen (William Byron) Watkins Glen International      
Aug. 26 Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Chris Buescher) Daytona International Speedway      

NASCAR schedule 2023: Playoffs

(All times Eastern)

Date Race Track Time TV Radio
Sept. 3 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway 6 p.m. USA MRN
Sept. 10 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway 3 p.m. USA MRN
Sept. 16 Bass Pro Shops Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30 p.m. USA PRN
Sept. 24 AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 Texas Motor Speedway 3:30 p.m. USA PRN
Oct. 1 YellaWood 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN
Oct. 8 Bank of America Roval 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval 2 p.m. NBC PRN
Oct. 15 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2:30 p.m. NBC PRN
Oct. 22 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Homestead-Miami Homestead-Miami Speedway 2:30 p.m. NBC MRN
Oct. 30 Xfinity 500 Martinsville Speedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN
Nov. 6 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix Raceway 3 p.m. NBC MRN

Fans in Canada can watch all NASCAR races on TSN.

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