The NASCAR Cup Series is trimming the fat off its playoff roster. And with an appearance in the vaunted Round of 8 on the line, everyone is putting their pedal to the metal.
There’s one problem, though: that strategy doesn’t really fly at the Roval, the site of the final race in the Round of 12.
Charlotte Motor Speedway’s alternate course is a fickle dance partner. It’s draped in color, with red and cream patterns lining the track’s surface. But it’s hard to maneuver along that peppermint-tinted asphalt; there isn’t much space and with 12 turns, any sudden movement could result in a pileup.
The final road course of the Cup Series calendar figures to present numerous obstacles to those who maraud within its hallowed walls. And for that, we’re grateful.
With that, here’s what you need to know about Sunday’s race, the Bank of America Roval 400, including start time and broadcast information.
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
- Date: Sunday, October 8
- Time: 2 p.m. ET
The Bank of America Roval 400 has a listed start time of 2 p.m. ET., but pre-race festivities are expected to push the waving of the green flag closer to 2:15 p.m. ET.
What channel is NASCAR on today?
- TV channel: NBC (U.S.) | TSN5 (Canada)
- Live stream: Peacock, Fubo
- Radio: PRN
Sunday’s race will be broadcast on NBC 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.
NASCAR playoff schedule 2023
(All times Eastern)
|Sept. 3||Southern 500 (Kyle Larson)||Darlington Raceway|
|Sept. 10||Hollywood Casino 400 (Tyler Reddick)||Kansas Speedway|
|Sept. 16||Bass Pro Shops Night Race (Denny Hamlin)||Bristol Motor Speedway|
|Sept. 24||AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 (William Byron)||Texas Motor Speedway|
|Oct. 1||YellaWood 500 (Ryan Blaney)||Talladega Superspeedway|
|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.