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What time does the NASCAR race start today? TV schedule, channel for Daytona Road Course race

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NASCAR on Sunday will wrap up three weeks of racing at Daytona International Speedway with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 on the Daytona Road Course.

The World Center of Racing is hosting the first two races of the 2021 Cup Series season, which were preceded by six days of Speedweeks activities at the track. The final race day of the stretch will be a 70-lap test for drivers on the 3.61-mile road course.

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

The starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Daytona will be led by 2020 series champion Chase Elliott, who has won the last four Cup road races, and 2021 Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell. 

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 21
  • Start time: 3 p.m. ET (Green flag at 3:20 p.m. ET)

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on the Daytona Road Course is scheduled to wave at 3:20 p.m. ET.

Although NASCAR will race on the Daytona Road Course on Sunday even if it gets wet, there still will be weather-related threats: If the rain is too heavy, if there is lightning in the area or if there is too much water on the course. The weather forecast for Daytona Beach, Fla., on Sunday is partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the mid-60s and about a 15 percent chance of precipitation.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

  • Race: O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona (Daytona Road Course)
  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 21
  • TV channel: Fox (TSN5 in Canada)
  • Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
  • Radio: MRN

Fox and FS1 are the networks that televise NASCAR races during the first four months of the Cup Series schedule. Fox will air Sunday’s race, which will be run on the Daytona Road Course. The race is the second one of the NASCAR Cup Series 2021 season.

Fox and FS1 are scheduled to air Cup Series races through the June 13 All-Star Race at Texas. NBC and NBCSN are scheduled to air the remaining NASCAR Cup Series races of 2021, including the playoffs.

As is the case for all the Cup Series races on Fox this season, Mike Joy will call the race with the assistance of analysts Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Larry McReynolds.

NASCAR live stream for Daytona Road Course race

Anyone who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR race at Daytona live via FoxSports.com or the Fox Sports Go app.

For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are seven OTT (over-the-top) TV streaming options that carry Fox and FS1 — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV, Vidgo, AT&T Now and TVision. Of the seven, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV offer free-trial options.

Below are links to each.

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 schedule

Below is the remaining schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series regular season and playoffs, beginning with Sunday’s race on the Daytona Road Course.

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 regular season

Date Race Track Time TV Radio
Feb. 21 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona Daytona Road Course 3 p.m. Fox MRN
Feb. 28 Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway 3:30 p.m. Fox MRN
March 7 Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Las Vegas Motor Speedway 3:30 p.m. Fox PRN
March 14 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Phoenix Phoenix Raceway 3:30 p.m. Fox MRN
March 21 Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway 3 p.m. Fox PRN
March 28 Food City Dirt Race Bristol Motor Speedway 3:30 p.m. Fox PRN
April 10 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Martinsville Speedway 7:30 p.m. FS1 MRN
April 18 Toyota Owners 400 Richmond Raceway 3 p.m. Fox MRN
April 25 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2 p.m. Fox MRN
May 2 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Kansas Kansas Speedway 3 p.m. FS1 MRN
May 9 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Darlington Darlington Raceway 3:30 p.m. FS1 MRN
May 16 Drydene 400 Dover International Speedway 2 p.m. FS1 MRN
May 23 NASCAR Cup Series Race at COTA Circuit of the Americas 2:30 p.m. FS1 PRN
May 30 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway 6 p.m. Fox PRN
June 6 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway 4 p.m. FS1 PRN
June 13 NASCAR All-Star Open Texas Motor Speedway 6 p.m. 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
July 4 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Road America Road America 2:30 p.m. NBC MRN
July 11 Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart Atlanta Motor Speedway 3:30 p.m. NBCSN PRN
July 18 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN PRN
Aug. 8 Go Bowling at The Glen Watkins Glen International 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Aug. 15 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course 1 p.m. NBC IMS
Aug. 22 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Aug. 28 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Speedway 7 p.m. NBC MRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 16

Date Race Track Time TV Radio
Sept. 5 Cook Out Southern 500 Darlington Raceway 6 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Sept. 11 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway 7:30 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Sept. 18 Bass Pro Shops Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30 p.m. NBCSN PRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 12

Date Race Track Time TV Radio
Sept. 26 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 7 p.m. NBCSN PRN
Oct. 3 YellaWood 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN
Oct. 10 Bank of America ROVAL 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course 2 p.m. NBC PRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 8

Date Race Track Time TV Radio
Oct. 17 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Texas Motor Speedway 2 p.m. NBC PRN
Oct. 24 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Oct. 31 Xfinity 500 Martinsville Speedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Championship 4

Date Race Track Time TV Radio
Nov. 7 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix Raceway 3 p.m. NBC MRN

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