2018 NASCAR Cup Series schedule: Start times, TV channel for every race

NASCAR announced its 2018 race start times and network coverage for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Monday. 

NASCAR’s shakeup of its scheduling format will see a short track added to the playoffs while taking away Chicagoland Speedway’s kickoff race to the Cup Series playoffs. The playoffs will also feature a road course, kind of. 

Charlotte Motor Speedway’s playoff race on Sept. 30 will now take place on the venue’s 2.42-mile road course instead of its 1.5-mile oval.

Chicago will still host a regular-season Cup race (July 1), but it will no longer be a part of the playoffs. Instead, the recently announced second triple-header event weekend held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept. 16 (which took New Hampshire’s September race) will serve as opening track to the 10-race playoffs. 

NASCAR also moved the second of two races at Richmond International Raceway’s short track to the playoffs (Sept. 22). For the past 13 years, the second race at Richmond has served as the final race before the playoffs began. That honor will now belong to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which will see its Cup event in late July moved to September. 

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TV schedule, start times

Date

Location

Network

Race Start

Radio

2/11

Daytona 500 Qualifying at

Daytona International Speedway

FOX

12 p.m. ET

MRN

2/11

The Clash at

Daytona International Speedway

FS1

3 p.m. ET

MRN

2/15

The Duel at

Daytona International Speedway

FS1

7 p.m. ET

MRN

2/18

DAYTONA 500 at

Daytona International Speedway

FOX

2:30 p.m. ET

MRN

2/25

Atlanta Motor Speedway

FOX

2 p.m. ET

PRN

3/4

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

FOX

3:30 p.m. ET

PRN

3/11

Phoenix Raceway

FOX

3:30 p.m. ET

MRN

3/18

Auto Club Speedway

FOX

3:30 p.m. ET

MRN

3/25

Martinsville Speedway

FS1

2 p.m. ET

MRN

4/8

Texas Motor Speedway

FS1

2 p.m. ET

PRN

4/15

Bristol Motor Speedway

FOX

2 p.m. ET

PRN

4/21

Richmond International Raceway

FOX

6:30 p.m. ET

MRN

4/29

Talladega Superspeedway

FOX

2 p.m. ET

MRN

5/6

Dover International Speedway

FS1

2 p.m. ET

MRN

5/12

Kansas Speedway

FS1

8 p.m. ET

MRN

5/19

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Open at

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FS1

6 p.m. ET

MRN

5/19

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FS1

8 p.m. ET

MRN

5/27

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FOX

6 p.m. ET

PRN

6/3

Pocono Raceway

FS1

2 p.m. ET

MRN

6/10

Michigan International Speedway

FOX

2 p.m. ET

MRN

6/24

Sonoma Raceway

FS1

3 p.m. ET

PRN

7/1

Chicagoland Speedway

NBCSN

2:30 p.m. ET

MRN

7/7

Daytona International Speedway

NBC

7 p.m. ET

PRN

7/14

Kentucky Speedway

NBCSN

7:30 p.m. ET

PRN

7/22

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NBCSN

2 p.m. ET

PRN

7/29

Pocono Raceway

NBCSN

2:30 p.m. ET

MRN

8/5

Watkins Glen International

NBC

2:30 p.m. ET

MRN

8/12

Michigan International Speedway

NBCSN

2:30 p.m. ET

MRN

8/18

Bristol Motor Speedway

NBCSN

7:30 p.m. ET

PRN

9/2

Darlington Raceway

NBCSN

6 p.m. ET

MRN

9/9

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NBCSN

2 p.m. ET

IMS

9/16

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NBCSN

3 p.m. ET

PRN

9/22

Richmond International Raceway

NBCSN

7:30 p.m. ET

MRN

9/30

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NBC

2 p.m. ET

PRN

10/7

Dover International Speedway

NBCSN

2 p.m. ET

MRN

10/14

Talladega Superspeedway

NBC

2 p.m. ET

MRN

10/21

Kansas Speedway

NBC

2 p.m. ET

MRN

10/28

Martinsville Speedway

NBCSN

2:30 p.m. ET

MRN

11/4

Texas Motor Speedway

NBCSN

3 p.m. ET

PRN

11/11

Phoenix Raceway

NBC

2:30 p.m. ET

MRN

11/18

Homestead Miami Speedway

NBC

2:30 p.m. ET

MRN

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