What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV schedule for Richmond raceSporting News — (Tadd Haislop)
What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday — or, in this case, Saturday — when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either FOX or FS1 for the first half of the 2019 season with differing start times.
As for Saturday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, the channel that will broadcast the race is FOX, and the start time is 7:30 p.m. ET, with the green flag scheduled for 7:44 p.m. ET. The start time for the pre-race show on FOX is 7 p.m. ET.
The 7:30 p.m. ET start time for Saturday's NASCAR Cup race signals the first night race of the 2019 season. As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to FOX, the network's flagship channel, for the Richmond race after last week's race on FS1.
Saturday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, the D-shaped, 0.75-mile circuit that has hosted 125 NASCAR Cup Series races since 1953, is the ninth race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch the race.
What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV for Richmond race
- Race: Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway
- Date: Saturday, April 13
- Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: Fox
- Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTV
- Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
The Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on Saturday will be the seventh race of the season to be shown on FOX. Last week's race was the second of the season to be shown on FS1. The 7:30 p.m. ET start time is the traditional start time for NASCAR Cup Series night races this season (with a few exceptions).
In addition to the TV coverage on FOX, Saturday night's race is available via live stream through FOX Sports Go or fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.
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All of the Cup Series drivers who will compete in Saturday's Richmond race will share a common goal — beating Kyle Busch. Easier said than done, of course.
Busch is looking to win his third consecutive race at Richmond Raceway after sweeping the two races at the track last season. Nobody has done that at Richmond since Bobby Allison won three consecutive races in 1982-83. Busch, the Cup Series points leader and winner of three races already this season, is still the only Cup Series driver who has finished in the top 10 in each race this season.
Busch, of course, drives for one of the two teams that have dominated the first quarter of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season — Joe Gibbs Racing and Penske Racing. Penske’s Joey Logano (Las Vegas) and Brad Keselowski (Atlanta, Martinsville) have won three races, and JGR’s Denny Hamlin (Daytona, Texas) and Busch (ISM Raceway, Auto Club, Texas) have won the other five races. A driver from one of those two teams has won eight of the last 10 races at Richmond.
Further, with a victory from one of its four drivers Saturday night, Joe Gibbs Racing would tie Petty Enterprises for the most organizational Cup Series wins (15) at Richmond.
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The two non-Penske/Gibbs drivers who have won any of the last 10 Richmond races are Kyle Larson and Kurt Busch, both of whom now drive for Chip Ganassi Racing. Larson has struggled so far this season, but Busch has three top-five and two top-10 finished through eight races. The silver lining for Larson: He leads all active Cup drivers in average starting position at Richmond (8.5).
Another driver who could spoil the Penske/Gibbs party is Stewart-Haas Racing's Kevin Harvick, who has three top-five finishes this season. Harvick has three career wins at Richmond, and no active driver has more Cup Series starts at the track than he does (36; tied with Kurt Busch).
Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with his six career wins at Richmond. Harvick's three wins put him in a three-way tie for second with Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson. Clint Bowyer, Logano and Kurt Busch each have two wins at the track.
Hamlin leads all active Cup Series drivers in laps led (1,659) at Richmond.