What time does the NASCAR race start? TV schedule, channel for 2023 Bristol playoff race

Bubba Wallace needs a miracle.

The 23XI Racing star has enjoyed a breakout 2023, earning his first appearance in the Cup Series playoffs after showcasing a level of consistency that has often eluded him throughout his young career. He even netted a seventh-place finish at Darlington, a performance that put him right in the mix for a spot in the Round of 12.

Then, Kansas happened. The site of so much joy last year — where he captured his second Cup Series victory —  became a reminder of just how brutal the Cup Series can be, even to its most talented drivers. After racing to the front of the pack, Wallace’s rear tires turned into ash and flame. Wallace ended up finishing in 32nd place, dropping him 19 points behind Kevin Harvick for the final spot in the Round of 12.

Drama tends to happen at Bristol. And Wallace has shown he can come through when it counts; he did as much at Daytona a few weeks ago to nab his golden ticket.

Still, the odds are not in his favor at present; he’ll need a career day at the Last Great Colosseum to give himself a chance.

MORE: Watch NASCAR at Bristol live with Fubo (free trial)

With that, he’s what you need to know about Sunday’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race, including start time and broadcast information.

What time does the NASCAR race start?

  • Date: Sunday, September 16
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

The Bass Pro Shops Night Race has a listed start time of 7:30 p.m. ET., but pre-race festivities are expected to push the waving of the green flag closer to 7:37 p.m. ET.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

  • TV channel: USA (U.S.) | TSN4 (Canada)
  • Live stream: Peacock, Fubo
  • Radio: PRN

Saturday’s race will be broadcast on USA Network in the United States. Canadian viewers can find the action on TSN4.

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.

NASCAR playoff schedule 2023

(All times Eastern)

Date Race Track Time TV Radio
Sept. 3 Southern 500 (Kyle Larson) Darlington Raceway      
Sept. 10 Hollywood Casino 400 (Tyler Reddick) Kansas Speedway      
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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