Even after the postponement, the remainder of the FireKeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway will not be shown on NBC.
Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway was initially supposed to get underway at 2:49 p.m. ET, but NASCAR moved up the green flag time to 2:30 p.m. ET in anticipation of bad weather, thus giving themselves an extra 19 minutes to potentially fit the race in.
Cup Series races are deemed official once they reach the earlier of the end of stage two or the halfway mark. With stage two of the 200-lap FireKeepers Casino 400 at the four-turn, 2.0-mile (3.219-kilometer) Brooklyn, Michigan oval set to end after lap 120, Sunday’s race would have been deemed official had it run for 100 laps.
Unfortunately, NASCAR changing the start time made no difference, as the race couldn’t get underway until after 4:00 p.m. ET anyway due to wet weather. When it finally did get underway, only 73 of 200 laps were completed before the red flag flew due to additional precipitation.
With sundown set for 8:49 p.m. ET and Michigan International Speedway not having any lights, NASCAR made the decision to postpone the rest of the race.
The final 127 laps of the FireKeepers Casino 400 are scheduled to be run on Monday afternoon beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET. According to The Weather Channel, there is a 55% chance of showers throughout the day on Monday.
Sunday’s race was being shown live on USA Network as opposed to NBC, and that is set to be the case on Monday as well.
The FireKeepers Casino 400 is set to remain the fifth straight race shown on the NBCUniversal-owned USA Network, which replaced NBC Sports Network as the alternative channel during NBC’s portion of the broadcast schedule after NBC Sports Network shut down at the end of 2021.
NBC hasn’t broadcast a Cup Series race live since early July, when the new Chicago Street Course hosted the first ever Cup Series street course race.
Two of the final three races of the regular season are set to be shown live on NBC, including the race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Sunday, August 13 and the regular season finale at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, August 26. The race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, August 20 is set to be shown on USA Network.
USA Network is set to cover the first four races of the playoffs, while NBC is set to take over for the final six.
Tune in to USA Network at 12:00 p.m. ET this afternoon for the live broadcast of the remainder of the FireKeepers Casino 400 from Michigan International Speedway. 23XI Racing’s Tyler Reddick leads the race on lap 74. If you have yet to take advantage of FuboTV’s free trial offer, do so now!