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What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV schedule for Michigan race

Sporting 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, when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either NBC or NBCSN for the second half of the 2019 season with differing start times.

As for Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway, the Cup Series' second of two visits to the two-mile oval in the Irish Hills of southeastern Michigan this season, the channel that will broadcast the race is NBCSN. The start time for the race at Michigan is 3 p.m. ET.

The 3 p.m. ET start time is the seventh such start time (and fourth in a row) for the Cup Series this season. As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend is on NBCSN for the sixth time this year. As part of NBC's TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC was slated to show seven of the final 20 races of the season, with the other 13 scheduled to be shown on NBCSN.

MORE: Watch the Michigan race live with fuboTV (7-day trial)

Sunday's race at Michigan, which will consist of three stages (60 laps, 60 laps and 80 laps), is the 24th race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule (23rd when not counting the All-Star Race). There are 14 races left this season, and just four races left before the playoffs.

Michigan is a two-mile oval with moderate, 18-degree banking in the turns, five-degree banking on the frontstretch and two-degree banking on the backstretch. Unlike in years past, with the rules package the Cup Series is using in 2019, drivers can hold the throttle wide open all the way around the track if they so choose.

Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday's NASCAR race at Michigan.

What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV for Michigan race

  • Race: Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway
  • Date: Sunday, Aug. 11
  • Start time: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: NBCSN
  • Live streamfuboTV
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Sunday's 200-lap race at Michigan will be the sixth of 13 races this season to be shown on NBCSN. The network's broadcast crew consists of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth, with Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman reporting from pit road.

In addition to the TV coverage on NBCSN, Sunday's race at Michigan is available via live stream through fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.

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Though Team Penske's Joey Logano lost his Cup Series points standings lead to Kyle Busch last week, the driver of the No. 22 Mustang won at Michigan a couple months ago in dominating fashion, leading 163 of the 203 laps — the most in the history of Cup racing at this track. Logano will be among the favorites Sunday, as will his Penske teammate and Michigan native Brad Keselowski.

Though Busch can never be counted out, Michigan has not been a good track for Joe Gibbs Racing or Toyota in general. A Toyota has won just four Michigan races in the last 20 years, and Busch specifically has only one victory at the track (2011). His average finish at Michigan is 17.9, one of his worst average finish marks on the schedule.

MORE: Full 2019 NASCAR Cup Series schedule

As the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs approach, eyes are focusing more on Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman. The bad news for these three drivers is they're flirting with the cut line for the playoffs (the top 16 qualify). The good news is all three have won at Michigan in their careers.

Bowyer is 15th, 12 points ahead of both 16th-place Johnson and 17th-place Newman. Johnson and Newman are tied in points, but the Hendrick Motorsports driver holds the playoff edge by virtue of a higher finish on the season.

After Sunday's Michigan race, the last three events of the regular season will be at Bristol, Darlington and Indianapolis.