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What time does the NASCAR race start today? TV schedule, channel for Charlotte's ROVAL

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Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Clint Bowyer or Aric Almirola almost certainly need a race win to advance to the NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8 on Sunday at the Charlotte ROVAL course.

The playoff drivers, who enter the Bank of America ROVAL 400 race facing elimination, have encountered frustrating wrecks over the past few weeks that have plummeted their placement in the points standings. A victory Sunday, though, would automatically clinch a spot in the Round of 8.

Should one of the aforementioned four competitors win, Joey Logano and Alex Bowman would suddenly be in danger of falling out of the playoffs.

Here's what the playoff advancement bubble looks like heading into the ROVAL:

Pos.DriverDistance from cut line
4Chase Elliott+44
5Brad Keselowski+41
6Martin Truex Jr.+32
7Alex Bowman+22
8Joey Logano+21
CUT-OFFCUT-OFFCUT-OFF
9Kyle Busch-21
10Austin Dillon-21
11Clint Bowyer-38
12Aric Almirola-48

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Sunday's Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Race: Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 11
  •   Start time: 2:30 p.m. ET

The Round of 12 NASCAR playoff race at Charlotte on Sunday should begin soon after 2:30 p.m. ET. The temperature is supposed to be in the high-70s, and rain and lightning are considered likely. Charlotte Motor Speedway does have lights, but because of concerns about the infield brightness, a night race is not considered feasible.

The elimination race is 109 laps spread over three stages and will become official after Lap 55. The distance of the race is 250 miles.

Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott have won the two competitions at the still-novel ROVAL course, which debuted in 2018. Because of the combination of road and oval elements, as well as the lack of mid-week practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are likely to be many cautions. Last year, there were 10 cautions. In 2018, there were eight.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

After a stretch of NASCAR races on NBCSN, NASCAR at Charlotte on Sunday is getting the NBC broadcast treatment.

The Bank of America ROVAL 400 broadcast team is made up of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte.

NASCAR is going head-to-head with the NFL regular season for viewership. Last weekend's race was controversially moved to NBCSN during an intense Stage 3 to accomodate Sunday Night Football.

NASCAR live stream for ROVAL race

Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday's NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway live via NBCSports.comor the NBC Sports app. This should be the preferred route for a viewer who has such a subscription but isn't able to get in front of his or her TV.

For those who don't have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five OTT TV streaming options that carry 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 schedule 2020

NASCAR remains committed to running 36 races this season, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world.

Despite so many changes to the regular-season schedule, NASCAR is keeping its 10 playoff races in the fall intact and at their original tracks. Below is that playoff schedule, with Sunday's race at Charlotte in bold.

Date Track TV channel Start time
Sun., Sept. 6DarlingtonNBCSN6 p.m. ET
Sat., Sept. 12RichmondNBCSN7:30 p.m. ET
Sat., Sept. 19BristolNBCSN7:30 p.m. ET
Sun, Sept. 27Las VegasNBCSN7 p.m. ET
Sun., Oct. 4TalladegaNBC2 p.m. ET
Sun., Oct. 11Charlotte (ROVAL)NBC2:30 p.m. ET
Sun., Oct. 18KansasNBC2:30 p.m. ET
Sun., Oct. 25TexasNBCSN3 p.m. ET
Sun. Nov. 1MartinsvilleNBC2 p.m. ET
Sun. Nov. 8Phoenix RacewayNBC3 p.m. ET

As for the regular season, a previously unscheduled Darlington race ran on May 17 instead of the the Chicagoland race that was originally scheduled for June 21. Another Darlington race ran on May 20 instead of the postponed Richmond race that was originally scheduled for April 19. The Charlotte race on May 27 ran instead of the Sonoma race that was originally scheduled for June 14.

The Pocono doubleheader remained as previously scheduled for the final weekend of June, with the Cup Series racing on back-to-back days. Those races were presented on Fox (and FS1) rather than on NBC. Fox's closed its coverage this season with the All-Star Race at Bristol on July 15.

Previously postponed races at Dover and Michigan became part of Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders at those respective tracks in August.

Because New York required people to quarantine for 14 days after traveling from one of the states impacted heavily  by COVID-19 (including North Carolina), the Watkins Glen race on Aug. 16 was moved to the Daytona road course. According to The Athletic, NASCAR tried to get a quarantine waiver  for its Watkins Glen races but was denied by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

The Aug. 16 race was the NASCAR Cup Series' first on the road course at Daytona.