After a long and tragic 37 years away, the NASCAR Cup Series is finally making its return to the City of Music.
So how can you watch NASCAR’s epic return to a fan-favorite race track?
The practice event was yesterday at 2:05 p.m. ET on NBCSN and was 50 minutes long. The qualifying race will stream on Sunday at 11:05 a.m. ET also on NBCSN. It is a single-car, one-lap qualifying race.
You can tune in for the race on NBCSN, MRN, or SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Several news outlets, as well as the official NASCAR page, will release race highlights as the event unfolds. You can also watch both on the NBC Sports website and on the NBC Sports app.
The race is 300 laps, which equates to 399 miles. The green flag will wave signaling the start of the race at 3:45 p.m. ET.
The “Countdown to Green” pre-race coverage will start up at 2:45 p.m. and will be hosted by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and country music artist Brad Paisley on NBCSN. This weekend marks the start of NBC’s NASCAR coverage. The Motor Racing Network’s radio coverage starts up at 2:30 p.m.
Seeing as the event is taking place in the home of country music, Luke Combs will be the Grand Marshal for the event.
Excitement for the NASCAR Nashville Race
“I am excited for the Nashville Superspeedway – we are getting back into the Nashville market. That track has been sitting there for a few years now, so to get back out there is going to be great. They have sold out for this race weekend. That is awesome to have all the fans and to have a packed house,” Erik Jones, a driver for Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet, said, according to NASCAR.com.
Crew chief of William Byron’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Rudy Frugle, spoke about why this track provides new difficulties for racers this weekend.
“It races like a short track and has short-track features, but it also has the characteristics of a mile-and-a-half track. That’s going to be your biggest issue: finding a setup that balances that line perfectly. You want it to handle similar to how it would at a concrete short track like Dover but also handle well aero-wise like a mile-and-a-half,” Frugle said.
A part of the reason NASCAR abandoned the track is because of the traction is not as good on the outside lanes. NASCAR laid down a resin to improve the grip so drivers still feel comfortable passing each other.
Drivers like Denny Hamlin, Chase Briscoe, Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr., Bubba Wallace, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, and several others will line up for the qualifying race first.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been a huge advocate for bringing racing back to Nashville. “I fell in love with it I really did. I knew about the history of the track, I knew about my father’s history here … knew about Nashville and what Nashville was all about,” Earnhardt said, according to FOX 17.