Only one race of the NASCAR Cup Series remains before the championship in Phoenix: the Xfinity 500 on Sunday in Martinsville.
Four of the eight remaining competitors will be eliminated after the competition this weekend. Their difficult paths amid the COVID-19 pandemic end just before the finish line. Unlike previous laps, when some riders who were surprised they've made it so far say goodbye, those who were struck from the title field at Martinsville will do so after the 2020 start with the legitimate hope of to get a trophy.
Right now, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., and Kurt Busch are on the wrong side of the bubble. The drama gets even more intense if either of them can win in the final laps on Sunday.
The drivers of the Cup series who are still eligible for the championship are listed below, sorted by points:
|Item||driver||Distance to the cutoff|
|CUT OFF||CUT OFF||CUT OFF|
|7th||Martin Truex Jr.||-36|
Everything you need to know about the Martinsville Sunday Xfinity 500 race schedule is here.
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When does the NASCAR race start today?
- date : Sunday November 1st
- Start time : 2 p.m. ET
The last of three races of the eighth lap is planned for Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. It only takes four days for NASCAR to complete its rescheduled race in Texas. The brief turning point is one of several main stories that are expected to be discussed at length in Martinsville that afternoon.
Most of NASCAR's final playoff races took place around the same time, but some were postponed or postponed due to inclement weather. Rain threatens in the Sunday forecast for Martinsville. The track has lights, which means a night race is in play when the track needs time to dry.
The race lasts 500 laps in three stages and becomes official after 250. The distance of the race is 263 miles.
In desperate need of a win to secure a spot in Championship 4 in Phoenix, Martin Truex Jr. has hit the winning streak in two consecutive games in Martinsville.
Which channel is NASCAR running on today?
The NASCAR race in Martinsville is on NBC for a national television audience. The championship in Phoenix will also be shown on NBC.
The NBC network has a channel search feature that allows viewers to find the TV channel options in their areas.
As with all Cup Series races on NBC and NBCSN this season, Rick Allen, with the assistance of analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte, will be calling the Martinsville race on Sunday.
Spectators in Canada can catch this week's NASCAR race on TSN.
NASCAR live stream for the Martinsville race
Anyone with a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday's NASCAR race in Martinsville live on NBCSports.com or the NBC Sports app. This should be the preferred route for any viewer who has such a subscription but is unable to get in front of their television.
For those who don't have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five OTT TV streaming options that broadcast 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 2020 schedule
NASCAR continues to be committed to 36 races this season, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic brought the sports world to a standstill.
Despite so many changes to the regular season schedule, NASCAR is keeping its 10 fall playoff races intact and on their original tracks. Below is the playoff schedule, which has the Martinsville race on Sunday in bold.
|date||track||TV channel||Start time|
|Sun, September 6th||Darlington||NBCSN||6 p.m. ET|
|Saturday, September 12th||Richmond||NBCSN||7:30 p.m. ET|
|Sat, September 19||Bristol||NBCSN||7:30 p.m. ET|
|Sun, September 27th||Las Vegas||NBCSN||7 p.m. ET|
|Sun, October 4th||Talladega||NBC||2 p.m. ET|
|Sun, October 11th||Charlotte (ROVAL)||NBC||2.30. ET|
|Sun, October 18th||Kansas||NBC||2.30. ET|
|Wednesday October 28th||Texas||NBCSN||5 p.m. ET|
|Sun. November 1st||Martinsville||NBC||2 p.m. ET|
|Sun. November 8th||Phoenix Raceway||NBC||3 pm. ET|
In the regular season, a previously unscheduled race in Darlington took place on May 17th instead of the race originally planned for June 21st in Chicagoland. Another race in Darlington took place on May 20th instead of the originally planned April 19th race in Richmond. The Charlotte race on May 27 took the place of the Sonoma race originally scheduled for June 14.
The Pocono double header stayed as planned on the last weekend in June, and the Cup Series ran on consecutive days. These races were featured on Fox (and FS1) rather than NBC. Fox & # 39; s ended its coverage this season with the All-Star Race in Bristol on July 15th.
Previously postponed races in Dover and Michigan became part of the double heads Saturday through Sunday on those respective circuits in August.
With people quarantined for 14 days in New York after arriving from one of the states hard hit by COVID-19 (including North Carolina), the Watkins Glen race was moved to the Daytona street circuit on August 16 . According to The Athletic, NASCAR attempted to obtain a waiver of quarantine for its Watkins Glen races, but was rejected by Governor Andrew Cuomo's office.
The race on August 16 was the first race of the NASCAR Cup Series on the Daytona road.