NASCAR Playoffs 2021: How to watch the race at Bristol tonight without cable

The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs field is set. Sixteen drivers have qualified for postseason racing, which consists of eliminations after the Round of 16 (Darlington, Richmond, Bristol), the Round of 12 (Las Vegas, Talladega, Charlotte) and the Round of 8 (Texas, Kansas, Martinsville). Four drivers will compete for the title at the Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 7. 

The playoffs started two weeks ago at Darlington with Denny Hamlin taking the checkered flag and automatically advancing to the round of 12. Martin Truex Jr. punched his ticket to the next round with a win last week at Richmond. Kyle Larson will also advance on the strength of his performance in the first two playoff races.

Four drivers will be eliminated on Saturday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. The Bass Pro Shops Night Race takes place on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT) and will be broadcast on NBCSN. Here’s how you can watch the race without cable.

It’s elimination Saturday at Bristol. Four drivers will get knocked out of the playoffs on Saturday night, but Denny Hamlin won’t be one of them. He won the first playoff race and advanced to the round of 12.

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Which drivers are racing in the NASCAR Playoffs?

Here’s your field of 16 and where they stand heading into the third playoff race:

How to watch the NASCAR Playoffs without cable

NASCAR races are broadcast on either Fox, FS1, NBC or NBCSN. Saturday’s race will be shown on NBCSN. If you don’t have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can watch the race with a live TV service. The good news for race fans is that Fox, FS1, NBC and NBCSN are available on each streaming service. The catch is that not every service carries every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries Fox and NBC in your area.

If you live in an area with good reception, you can watch races broadcast on Fox and NBC for free on over-the-air broadcast channels just by attaching an affordable (under $30) indoor antenna to nearly any TV.

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes Fox, FS1, NBC and NBCSN. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area.

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Hulu with Live TV costs $65 a month and includes Fox, FS1, NBC and NBCSN. Click the “View channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code.

Read our Hulu with Live TV review.


All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our live-TV streaming services guide.

Read more: How to watch, stream the NFL in 2021 without cable

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