It’s race day! Today, fans across the nation have their eyes on Atlanta Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Quaker State 400. If you’re one of many who want to catch the action, you’re in luck. There are a handful of ways to watch today’s race.
The Quaker State 400 kicks off at 3:30 pm Eastern Time. However, pre-race coverage starts at 3. Fans can tune into the race on NBCSN for all the action. If you’d rather stream the race, that’s a possibility too. The NBC Sports website will have full coverage. However, you’ll need to log in with your cable or satellite provider. The NBC Sports app will have the coverage as well.
If you’re not able to watch the Quaker State 400 and still want to keep tabs on the race, you can listen to coverage. Performance Racing Network will be covering the race. You can also listen to the action on NASCAR’s SiriusXM station.
More About the Quaker State 400
This year marks the first time since 2010 that NASCAR has run two races in Atlanta in the same year. At the same time, it marks the return of the Quaker State 400 to Atlanta Motor Speedway. The track originally hosted the race from 1960 to 2010. In 2011, they relocated it to Kentucky Speedway. So, today’s race will be a momentous one.
Today’s Quaker State 400 marks a return to Atlanta. However, it also marks another big change. Today will be the last race on Atlanta Speedway’s asphalt track which was last resurfaced twenty-four years ago. This makes it the second oldest surface in the NASCAR circuit after Dover International Speedway’s concrete track, according to USA Today. They’re giving the Atlanta track a facelift after today’s race.
The company that owns Atlanta Motor Speedway has listened to drivers for the past two decades. Drivers do not want to see changes made to the track. However, its owners say a makeover is past due. So, after today’s Quaker State 400, Atlanta Speedway will be a brand new track. They aren’t just repaving the surface. They are also changing the banking on the turns from their current 28-degrees to 24-degrees.
Atlanta Motor Speedway hopes to keep the Quaker State 400 on their track for years to come. Brandon Hutchinson, Speedway president, said, “We’ve known for a while a repave had to take place. Asphalt can only last so long. A repave has been inevitable for some time.”
Drivers have lobbied against the change for years. So, Atlanta Motor Speedway did not seek their feedback before making the decision. They are interested in two key things. First and foremost, they want to give race fans what they want to see. Furthermore, they want to make sure their track is ready for NASCAR’s Next-Gen cars which will hit the track for the first time next year.
So, be sure to check out today’s NASCAR Quaker State 400 to see the end of an era in Atlanta.