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

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Despite winning the ROVAL at Charlotte with ease last weekend, Chase Elliott's Round of 8 position remains tenuous entering NASCAR's Kansas race on Sunday.

Elliott is five points above the cut-off line to advance to the Cup Series championship, an indicator of how talented the field is in 2020.

Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Alex Bowman and Kurt Busch are on the wrong side of the bubble but have enough time to change their fortunes. A race win in any of the next three outings would clinch advancement.

Here's what the playoff picture for remaining contenders looks like at the start of the Round of 8:

Pos. Driver Distance from cut-off
1Kevin Harvick+45
2Denny Hamlin+32
3Brad Keselowski+13
4Chase Elliott+5
CUT-OFFCUT-OFFCUT-OFF
5Joey Logano-5
6Martin Truex Jr.-10
7Alex Bowman-18
8Kurt Busch-21

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

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Race : Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway
  • Date : Sunday, Oct. 18
  •   Start time : 2:30 p.m. ET

The Round of 8 NASCAR playoff race at Kansas on Sunday should begin at about 2:30 p.m. ET. Rain is possible but considered unlikely for the competition.

The race is 267 laps spread over three stages and will become official after Lap 134. The distance of the race is 400 miles.

Kevin Harvick is the most accomplished playoff racer at Kansas with three career victories at the track.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

The NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8 begins on NBC. At this point there are no more pretenders in the playoff field. Every contending driver still alive is a genuine threat to win the 2020 championship. That will hopefully translate to fun racing Sunday.

The Hollywood Casino 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 Kansas race

Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday's NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway live via  NBCSports.com  or 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 Kansas 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. 18 Kansas NBC 2:30 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.