NASCAR on television and radio

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The television and radio rights to broadcast NASCAR on television and radio are one of the most expensive rights of any American sport, with the current television contract with Fox Sports and NBC Sports being worth around US$8 billion.

In the early days of the sport, sports programs like CBS Sports Spectacular and ABC Wide World of Sports would air video highlight packages of NASCAR races. These packages were typically 15 to 30 minutes long that were cut from film of the entire race. This is similar to video packages created by NFL Films. For major races, like the Daytona 500, ABC Sports would show it live for a certain number of laps at the beginning and come back to it to show the end of the race. There had been a few races shown in their entirety in the 1970s, but these were always recorded and shown days or weeks later.

In 1979, CBS Sports televised the entire 1979 Daytona 500 live from start to finish. When ESPN came along in 1981, more races began being shown live in their entirety. Since 1992, all NASCAR races have been shown from start to finish, and all have been shown live since 1997. Until 2001, race tracks struck individual agreements with networks to broadcast races, but NASCAR wanted to capitalize on the growing popularity of the sport and announced in 1999 that television contracts would now be centralized; that is, instead of making agreements with individual tracks, networks would now negotiate directly with NASCAR for the rights to air a package of races.

Television[edit]

Early years[edit]

One of the earliest telecasts of a NASCAR race was the 1960 Daytona 500, parts of which was presented as part of CBS Sports Spectacular, with announcer Bud Palmer.[1]

In the ensuing years, but before 1979, there were three main sources of NASCAR telecasts:[citation needed]

  • ABC's Wide World of Sports, the sports anthology program, provided coverage of select NASCAR Winston Cup races in the 1970s. In 1971, it presented a 200-lap race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in its entirety, the first such broadcast of a NASCAR race. Throughout the 1970s, ABC presented portions of the Daytona 500, Southern 500, and other important races.
  • In the late 1970s, CBS Sports Spectacular aired some races; like Wide World of Sports, they were taped and edited.
  • Car & Track, a weekly auto racing show hosted by Bud Lindemann, recapped all of NASCAR's top-series races in the 1960s and 1970s in a weekly 30-minute syndicated show.

The following table is a list of races from NASCAR's top three series that have been broadcast partially or in their entirety on television during the 1960s.

Race Number Race Date Race Title Race Track Series Network Studio Host Studio Analysts Lap-by-Lap Commentator Analysts Pit Reporters Notes
2 of 44 February 12, 1960 100 Mile Qualifying Races Daytona International Speedway NASCAR Grand National Series CBS Bud Palmer First ever NASCAR broadcast.
3 of 44

1979–2000: Flag-to-flag coverage[edit]

CBS Sports President Neal Pilson and motor-sports editor Ken Squier believed that America would watch an entire stock car race live on television. On February 18, 1979, CBS presented the first flag-to-flag coverage of the Daytona 500.[2] Richard Petty won NASCAR's crown-jewel race for the sixth time, but the big story was the post-race fight on the track's infield between Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison, who crashed together on the final lap while leading.[2] The race drew incredible ratings, in part due to the compelling action both on and off the track, and in part because a major snowstorm on the East Coast kept millions of viewers indoors.[3]

As time passed, more Winston Cup races ended up on TV. ESPN broadcast its first race in 1981, from North Carolina Motor Speedway[4] (its first live race was later in the year at Atlanta International Raceway), and TNN followed in 1991. All Cup races were nationally televised by 1985; networks struck individual deals with track owners, and multiple channels carried racing action. Many races were shown taped and edited on Wide World of Sports and syndication services like Mizlou and SETN, but almost all races were live by 1989. By 2000, the last year of this arrangement, six networks televised at least one Cup series race: CBS, ABC, ESPN, TNN, TBS, and NBC.

Also, a growing number of races in the Busch Grand National Series and Craftsman Truck Series were made available for broadcast, and some track owners even threw in support races in lesser series. Likewise, Winston Cup qualifying aired on regional sports network Prime Network.

NASCAR wanted to capitalize on its increased popularity even more, so they decided that future deals would be centralized; that is, the networks would negotiate directly with NASCAR for a regular schedule of telecasts.

2001–2006: Fox, NBC, Turner Sports[edit]

On December 15, 1999 Fox Sports, FX, NBC and Turner Sports agreed to pay $2.4 billion for a new six-year television package, covering the Winston/Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series schedules.

  • Fox and FX would be responsible for covering the first half of the season. All Busch Series races during that part of the season would also be on Fox/FX. NBC and Turner would partner to cover the second half of the season, which beginning in 2004 would include the Chase for the Cup. Originally, Turner's broadcast outlet for its NASCAR coverage was to be TBS as it had been for every other race Turner had broadcast before. However, Turner Broadcasting opted to rebrand its sister network TNT as a drama-heavy network and decided to move the NASCAR coverage there in March 2001 as they felt it fit the new branding better.[5]
  • As part of the new contract, the Daytona events were split evenly between the networks. Fox would air the Daytona 500 in every odd numbered year during the contract, with NBC covering the then-Pepsi 400 those years. NBC would then, in turn, air the Daytona 500 in every even-numbered year with Fox receiving the Pepsi 400.
  • The network in charge of Daytona 500 coverage would also have the rights to air the events during Speedweeks, which consisted of the Budweiser Shootout, Daytona 500 pole qualifying, the two qualifying races held after pole qualifying, and the season opening Busch race.

ESPN retained the rights to the Craftsman Truck Series through 2002 under a separate contract. Beginning in 2003, Speed Channel bought out the rest of ESPN's contract and became the exclusive broadcast home of that series.

Initially, practice and qualifying sessions would alter between Fox Sports Net and FX during the Fox/FX portion of the season and between TNT and CNNSI during the NBC/TNT portion of the season. By the end of 2002, Speed had replaced Fox Sports Net and, due to CNN/SI shutting down in the spring of 2002, a deal was arranged with NBC/TNT to move most practice and qualifying sessions to Speed as well using NBC/TNT's production team and Speed graphics.

The centralized TV deal caused consternation among many longtime NASCAR fans. The biggest criticisms include an increase in commercial breaks, emphasis on the more popular drivers and teams to the exclusion of others, and the de-emphasis of actual racing coverage in exchange for more fluff and hype.[citation needed]

2007–2014: Fox, ESPN, Turner Sports[edit]

Late in 2005, NBC announced that they no longer wanted to carry NASCAR races on their schedule. ABC/ESPN took the opportunity to regain the series. On December 12, 2005, NASCAR announced its next TV contract: eight years, $4.8 billion with Fox/Speed Channel, ABC/ESPN, and TNT.[6] This time, the deal bundled the Camping World Truck Series in with the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series:

  • Fox broadcast the first 13 Cup races along with the Sprint Unlimited every year, including the Daytona 500. The package ran through the first weekend in June and the race at Dover International Speedway. Due to schedule adjustments, the package ended in 2010 with the Coca-Cola 600 and in 2011 with the spring Kansas race.
  • TNT, which split from former partner NBC, continued with the following six races at Pocono, Michigan, Sonoma, Kentucky, Daytona (Coke Zero 400), and Loudon. The Coke Zero 400 was presented with limited commercial interruptions until 2013.[7] The Kentucky race replaced the race at Chicagoland Speedway.
  • ESPN networks broadcast the remainder of the Cup schedule, beginning at the Brickyard 400; From 2007 to 2009, ABC carried coverage of the last race before the Chase at Richmond and all Chase for the Sprint Cup events, although in 2010 (following NASCAR's shift to standardized start times for races), only three races were aired on ABC, and the majority of coverage was allotted to ESPN networks.
  • ESPN networks held exclusive rights to the Nationwide Series across the entire season, with races on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC.
  • Speed Channel moved two of its Camping World Truck Series races to Fox from 2007–09; usually, they were scheduled to be the California race and the spring race at Martinsville. From 2010 to 2013, all CWTS races were on Speed; Fox returned to the series in 2014 with its telecast of the Talladega race.
  • Qualifying sessions for Sprint Cup races aired on Fox for the Daytona 500, Speed/FS1 for the next 18 races, and alternating between Speed/FS1 and ESPN/ESPN2 for the remaining 17 races.
  • NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions were broadcast by Speed/FS1 for the first 19 races and alternated between Speed/FS1 and ESPN2 for the remaining 17 races. Speed/FS1 was guaranteed at least one session each weekend during the ESPN portion of the schedule.
  • Nationwide Series practice and qualifying alternated between Speed/FS1 and ESPN2 throughout the entire season.
  • On the pay-per-view front, DirecTV premiered NASCAR Hot Pass at the 2007 Daytona 500. The package consists of four channels, each dedicated to a particular driver with team communications among the driver, crew chief, and spotter. From 2007–08, Hot Pass also had separate lap-by-lap announcers and color commentators for each channel.[8] In 2009 NASCAR Hot Pass became free, although without announcers, and on January 7, 2013, it was discontinued all together.[9]

NBC and FX no longer carried NASCAR as a result. NBC was paying $2.8 billion for six years of Sunday night telecasts of the National Football League starting in 2006. Both the new NFL and old NASCAR deals overlapped in 2006, which forced some postrace coverage at NBC races to air on CNBC. FX stopped airing sporting events from 2006 to 2010. (It did show the ninth inning of a rain-delayed Fox game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox when it conflicted with the start of the 2008 Subway Fresh Fit 500, as well as other games which overran into the starts of NASCAR races. Beginning in 2010, Fox's MLB games during NASCAR Saturdays were shifted to early in the afternoon.)

The new contracts increased the amount of coverage from each weekend's races. When the 2007 season began, all practices for NASCAR Cup Series races were televised, whereas only the final practice ("happy hour") was carried before. In addition, all Nationwide Series final practices and qualifying sessions were also shown; before, a few qualifying sessions were not seen and only a handful of practices were seen. Most, if not all, truck series time trials are also broadcast.

From 2007 to 2010, average race viewership fell from 7.85 million at its height to 5.99 million in 2010, according to the Sports Business Journal.[10]

In August 2013, Speed was replaced by Fox Sports 1, and Fuel TV by Fox Sports 2. Camping World Truck Series races remained on Fox Sports 1, while practice/qualifying sessions and regional series races alternated between Fox Sports 1 and 2 depending on scheduling. For North American markets outside of the United States, coverage of some NASCAR events carried by Speed at the time remained on an international version of Speed (now Fox Sports Racing) that operates in the regions.[11]

In 2014, the Sprint Unlimited moved to Fox Sports 1. Also, owing to the increased viewership of qualifying sessions under the new "group" knockout format, and being the first restrictor plate race under the new system, coverage of qualifying for that year's Aaron's 499 was moved to Fox, marking the only other race besides the Daytona 500 to have a qualifying round televised on broadcast television.[12]

Broadcasters[edit]

The broadcast teams for each package are as follows:

  • Fox retained most of the same announcers that have worked for the network since 2001: Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, and Darrell Waltrip in the booth, pit reporters Steve Byrnes, Dick Berggren, and Matt Yocum; and prerace hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond. Krista Voda moved up from Speed, and replaced Jeanne Zelasko as the fourth pit reporter, working all races. (That change was necessary because Major League Baseball on Fox, on which Zelasko also works, now lasts the entire season with the 2007 MLB contract.)
  • The ESPN/ABC team: There have been changes at the lead announcer. Jerry Punch started as announcer, but was replaced by Marty Reid and later by Allen Bestwick, who has the post currently. Others include Dale Jarrett, and Andy Petree in the booth; Dave Burns, Jamie Little, and Mike Massaro in the pits. Punch now also works Pit Road, while Marty Reid announces Nationwide races and ESPN's IndyCar races. Coordinating producer Neil Goldberg returned to ESPN in 2007 after six years at Fox.
  • TNT kept Bill Weber as lap-by-lap announcer and Wally Dallenbach as analyst. After some speculation, Kyle Petty was revealed as the second analyst for the network's coverage on February 7, 2007.[13] He continued his role as an active NASCAR driver for two seasons before retiring from driving. Benny Parsons, who was an NBC/TNT analyst, died on January 16, 2007 and it is unclear if he would have returned to the booth in any event, as he had reportedly talked about retirement after 2006 and had personally nominated Petty as his replacement prior to his death. The pit reporters are Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, and Lindsay Czarniak. McReynolds, a booth analyst for Fox, is the pre-race analyst.[14] Weber also continues as host of the Countdown to Green pre-race show. Marc Fein joins McReynolds on a new "pre-pre-race" show called NASCAR on TNT Live.

Bill Weber was forced to leave TNT shortly before the 4th race of TNT's schedule. Officially, Turner says it was due to a personal matter; however USA Today reported that it was due to an incident at a hotel the night before the race. Ralph Sheheen stepped in as announcer for the last 3 races on TNT in 2009. Adam Alexander filled in on pit road for the last 2 races, before moving to the announcer booth for 2010 and beyond. Sheheen returned to pit road, where he remains today. The NASCAR on TNT Live show has been discontinued and morphed into an hour-long Countdown to Green which is hosted by Alexander.

2015–2024: Fox and NBC[edit]

On October 15, 2012, NASCAR and the Fox Sports Media Group (FSMG) announced a new $2.4 billion eight-year deal, a 30% increase from their previous deal.[15] On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and the NBC Sports Group announced a new $4.4 billion ten-year deal.[16][17][18] Ten days later on August 1, 2013, NASCAR and Fox extended and expanded their agreement, paying an additional $1.4 billion to do so, to complete NASCAR's new TV package through the 2024 season.[19][20] NBC reportedly bid over 50% more than ESPN and Turner for their portion of the package, despite Turner and ESPN expressing interest about continuing their relationship with NASCAR.[21]

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series[edit]

  • The first 14 races will be broadcast by Fox. Four races will be broadcast on Fox and the other 10 races will air on FS1.
  • The final 19 races will be broadcast by NBC. Four races will be broadcast by NBC and the other 15 races will air on NBCSN.
  • Practice and qualifying rights will belong to the network broadcasting the race.
  • All races will be live-streamed online.

Other rights[edit]

ESPN and TNT will no longer broadcast NASCAR for the foreseeable future. The new contract succeeded a partnership with Turner Sports and ESPN which it was paid by $4.8 billion that was covered by the previous contract which was eight years that began in 2007.

Historical Race Network Table[edit]

Below is a table (1988-present) of each race and the network upon which it was broadcast (Note: this reflects the networks upon which each race was predominantly shown, and does not reflect in-race movements and pre-emptions due to time constraints or other commitments):

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series[edit]

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series broadcast networks
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
1988 DAY

CBS

RCH

TBS

CAR

ESPN

ATL

ABC

DAR

ESPN

BRI

ESPN

NWS

ESPN

MAR

SETN

TAL

ESPN

CLT

TBS

DOV

ESPN

RIV

ESPN

POC

SCORE

MCH

CBS

DAY

ABC

POC

PPV

TAL

CBS

GLN

ESPN

MCH

ESPN

BRI

ESPN

DAR

ESPN

RCH

TBS

DOV

ESPN

MAR

ESPN

CLT

SCORE

NWS

ESPN

CAR

ESPN

PHO

ESPN

ATL

ESPN

1989 DAY
CBS
CAR
ESPN
ATL
ABC
RCH
TBS
DAR
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
MAR
ESPN
TAL
ESPN
CLT
TBS
DOV
ESPN
SON
ESPN
POC
PPV
MCH
CBS
DAY
ESPN
POC
ESPN
TAL
CBS
GLN
ESPN
MCH
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
DAR
ESPN
RCH
TBS
DOV
ESPN
MAR
ESPN
CLT
TBS
NWS
ESPN
CAR
ESPN
PHO
ESPN
ATL
ESPN
1990 DAY
CBS
RCH
TBS
CAR
ESPN
ATL
ABC
DAR
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
MAR
ESPN
TAL
ESPN
CLT
TBS
DOV
ESPN
SON
ESPN
POC
PPV
MCH
CBS
DAY
ESPN
POC
ESPN
TAL
CBS
GLN
ESPN
MCH
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
DAR
ESPN
RCH
TBS
DOV
ESPN
MAR
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
CLT
TBS
CAR
ESPN
PHO
ESPN
ATL
ESPN
1991 DAY
CBS
RCH
TBS
CAR
TNN
ATL
ABC*
DAR
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
MAR
ESPN
TAL
ESPN
CLT
TBS
DOV
TNN
SON
ESPN
POC
ESPN
MCH
CBS
DAY
ESPN
POC
ESPN
TAL
CBS
GLN
ESPN
MCH
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
DAR
ESPN
RCH
TBS
DOV
TNN
MAR
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
CLT
TBS
CAR
TNN
PHO
TNN
ATL
ESPN
1992 DAY
CBS
CAR
TNN
RCH
TBS
ATL
ABC
DAR
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
MAR
ESPN
TAL
ESPN
CLT
TBS
DOV
TNN
SON
ESPN
POC
ESPN
MCH
CBS
DAY
ESPN
POC
ESPN
TAL
CBS
GLN
ESPN
MCH
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
DAR
ESPN
RCH
TBS
DOV
TNN
MAR
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
CLT
TBS
CAR
TNN
PHO
TNN
ATL
ESPN
1993 DAY
CBS
CAR
TNN
RCH
TBS
ATL
TNN
DAR
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
MAR
ESPN
TAL
ESPN
SON
ESPN
CLT
TBS
DOV
TNN
POC
ESPN
MCH
CBS
DAY
ESPN
NHA
TNN
POC
TBS
TAL
CBS
GLN
ESPN
MCH
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
DAR
ESPN
RCH
TBS
DOV
TNN
MAR
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
CLT
TBS
CAR
TNN
PHO
TNN
ATL
ESPN
1994 DAY
CBS
CAR
TNN
RCH
TBS
ATL
ABC
DAR
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
MAR
ESPN
TAL
ESPN
SON
ESPN
CLT
TBS
DOV
TNN
POC
TNN
MCH
CBS
DAY
ESPN
NHA
TNN
POC
TBS
TAL
CBS
IND
ABC
GLN
ESPN
MCH
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
DAR
ESPN
RCH
TBS
DOV
TNN
MAR
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
CLT
TBS
CAR
TNN
PHO
TNN
ATL
ESPN
1995 DAY
CBS
CAR
TNN
RCH
TBS
ATL
ABC
DAR
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
MAR
ESPN
TAL
ESPN
SON
ESPN
CLT
TBS
DOV
TNN
POC
TNN
MCH
CBS
DAY
ESPN
NHA
TNN
POC
TBS
TAL
CBS
IND
ESPN
GLN
ESPN
MCH
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
DAR
ESPN
RCH
TBS
DOV
TNN
MAR
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
CLT
TBS
CAR
TNN
PHO
TNN
ATL
ESPN
1996 DAY
CBS
CAR
TNN
RCH
ESPN
ATL
ABC
DAR
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
MAR
ESPN
TAL
ESPN
SON
ESPN
CLT
TBS
DOV
TNN
POC
TNN
MCH
CBS
DAY
ESPN
NHA
TNN
POC
TBS
TAL
CBS
IND
ABC
GLN
ESPN
MCH
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
DAR
ESPN
RCH
ESPN
DOV
TNN
MAR
ESPN
NWS
ESPN
CLT
TBS
CAR
TNN
PHO
TNN
ATL
ESPN
1997 DAY
CBS
CAR
TNN
RCH
ESPN
ATL
ABC
DAR
ESPN
TEX
CBS
BRI
ESPN
MAR
ESPN
SON
ESPN
TAL
ESPN
CLT
TBS
DOV
TNN
POC
TNN
MCH
CBS
CAL
ABC
DAY
ESPN
NHA
TNN
POC
TBS
IND
ABC
GLN
ESPN
MCH
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
DAR
ESPN
RCH
ESPN
NHA
TNN
DOV
TNN
MAR
ESPN
CLT
TBS
TAL
CBS
CAR
TNN
PHO
TNN
ATL
ESPN
1998 DAY
CBS
CAR
TNN
LVS
ABC
ATL
ESPN
DAR
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
TEX
CBS
MAR
ESPN
TAL
ABC
CAL
ABC
CLT
TBS
DOV
TNN
RCH
ESPN
MCH
CBS
POC
TNN
SON
ESPN
NHA
TNN
POC
TBS
IND
ABC
GLN
ESPN
MCH
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
NHA
TNN
DAR
ESPN
RCH
ESPN
DOV
TNN
MAR
ESPN
CLT
TBS
TAL
ESPN
DAY
TNN
PHO
TNN
CAR
TNN
ATL
ESPN
1999 DAY
CBS
CAR
TNN
LVS
ABC
ATL
ABC
DAR
ESPN
TEX
CBS
BRI
ESPN
MAR
ESPN
TAL
ABC
CAL
ABC
RCH
ESPN
CLT
TBS
DOV
TNN
MCH
CBS
POC
TNN
SON
ESPN
DAY
CBS
NHA
TNN
POC
TBS
IND
ABC
GLN
ESPN
MCH
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
DAR
ESPN
RCH
ESPN
NHA
TNN
DOV
TNN
MAR
ESPN
CLT
TBS
TAL
ESPN
CAR
TNN
PHO
TNN
HOM
NBC
ATL
ESPN
2000 DAY
CBS
CAR
TNN
LVS
ABC
ATL
ABC
DAR
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
TEX
CBS
MAR
ESPN
TAL
ABC
CAL
ABC
RCH
ESPN
CLT
TBS
DOV
TNN
MCH
CBS
POC
TNN
SON
ESPN
DAY
CBS
NHA
TNN
POC
TBS
IND
ABC
GLN
ESPN
MCH
ESPN
BRI
ESPN
DAR
ESPN
RCH
ESPN
NHA
TNN
DOV
TNN
MAR
ESPN
CLT
TBS
TAL
ESPN
CAR
TNN
PHO
TNN
HOM
NBC
ATL
ESPN
2001 DAY
FOX
CAR
FX
LVS
FOX
ATL
FOX
DAR
FOX
BRI
FOX
TEX
FOX
MAR
FOX
TAL
FOX
CAL
FOX
RCH
FX
CLT
FOX
DOV
FX
MCH
FOX
POC
FOX
SON
FOX
DAY
NBC
CHI
NBC
NHA
TNT
POC
TNT
IND
NBC
GLN
NBC
MCH
TNT
BRI
TNT
DAR
TNT
RCH
TNT
DOV
NBC
KAN
NBC
CLT
TNT
MAR
TNT
TAL
NBC
PHO
NBC
CAR
TNT
HOM
NBC
ATL
NBC
NHA
NBC
2002 DAY
NBC
CAR
FOX
LVS
FOX
ATL
FOX
DAR
FOX
BRI
FOX
TEX
FX
MAR
FOX
TAL
FOX
CAL
FOX
RCH
FX
CLT
FOX
DOV
FX
POC
FOX
MCH
FOX
SON
FOX
DAY
FOX
CHI
NBC
NHA
TNT
POC
TNT
IND
NBC
GLN
NBC
MCH
TNT
BRI
TNT
DAR
TNT
RCH
TNT
NHA
NBC
DOV
TNT
KAN
NBC
TAL
NBC
CLT
NBC
MAR
NBC
ATL
NBC
CAR
TNT
PHO
NBC
HOM
NBC
2003 DAY
FOX
CAR
FOX
LVS
FOX
ATL
FOX
DAR
FOX
BRI
FOX
TEX
FOX
TAL
FOX
MAR
FOX
CAL
FOX
RCH
FX
CLT
FOX
DOV
FX
POC
FOX
MCH
FOX
SON
FOX
DAY
NBC
CHI
NBC
NHA
TNT
POC
TNT
IND
NBC
GLN
NBC
MCH
TNT
BRI
TNT
DAR
NBC
RCH
TNT
NHA
TNT
DOV
TNT
TAL
NBC
KAN
NBC
CLT
NBC
MAR
NBC
ATL
NBC
PHO
NBC
CAR
TNT
HOM
NBC
2004 DAY
NBC
CAR
FOX
LVS
FOX
ATL
FOX
DAR
FOX
BRI
FOX
TEX
FOX
MAR
FOX
TAL
FOX
CAL
FOX
RCH
FX
CLT
FOX
DOV
FX
POC
FOX
MCH
FOX
SON
FOX
DAY
FOX
CHI
NBC
NHA
TNT
POC
TNT
IND
NBC
GLN
TNT
MCH
TNT
BRI
TNT
CAL
NBC
RCH
TNT
NHA
TNT
DOV
TNT
TAL
NBC
KAN
NBC
CLT
NBC
MAR
NBC
ATL
NBC
PHO
NBC
DAR
NBC
HOM
NBC
2005 DAY
FOX
CAL
FOX
LVS
FOX
ATL
FOX
BRI
FOX
MAR
FOX
TEX
FOX
PHO
FOX
TAL
FOX
DAR
FOX
RCH
FX
CLT
FOX
DOV
FX
POC
FOX
MCH
FOX
SON
FOX
DAY
NBC
CHI
NBC
NHA
TNT
POC
TNT
IND
NBC
GLN
NBC
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Radio[edit]

Current broadcasts[edit]

Currently, two separate networks cover NASCAR races on radio:

From 2002—2006, all races were heard on XM channel 90 across the continental United States. In 2007, national satellite radio rights moved to Sirius channel 90. Among the programs on Sirius NASCAR Radio are a weekly program co-hosted by TV pit reporter Matt Yocum and Tony Stewart, and a morning drive time show formerly hosted by David Poole of The Charlotte Observer and Marty Snider of NBC and TNT. The Morning Drive is now hosted by MRN turn announcer Mike Bagley and MRN lead writer Pete Pistone. PRN's Jim Noble and Richard Childress Racing museum curator and former fueler Danny "Chocolate" Myers host the afternoon show called Tradin Paint. Longtime MRN turn announcer Dave Moody hosts SiriusXM Speedway. PRN pit reporter and turn announcer Brad Gillie co-hosts the Late Shift with Kenny Wallace. He's also the regular host of the weekend show Press Pass. Pat Patterson, also PRN turn announcer, hosts the weekend show The Frontstretch.

Following the merger of XM and Sirius, Sirius NASCAR Radio is heard on the XM through the "Best of Sirius" package on channel 90.

Both networks also have affiliation deals with hundreds of local radio stations. Many stations sign with more than one of these networks to ensure coverage of the entire season. However, for Indianapolis, if there is a conflict between the INDYCAR Radio affiliate and the radio station that carries NASCAR races, the INDYCAR Radio affiliate has first choice of carrying the race.

Beyond the United States[edit]

While NASCAR does not produce a "world feed" broadcast, it does have 23 international broadcast partners. Among them are NTV, TSN, Premier Sports, Motorvision TV, Sportsnet, The Score, Bell TV, Speed Latin America, Fox Sports Latin America, ESPN Middle East, Fox Sports Australia, AB Moteurs, ESPN America, Eurosport, Viasat Motor, Ziggo Sport Totaal, Sport TV, StarHub, Dubai Sports Channel, SNTV, Fox Sports Asia[22] and American Forces Network.[23] Neo Sports in India start broadcasting NASCAR races in March 2010 at Martinsville.

All international broadcasts are directly taken from the domestic feed. Although the graphics are from NASCAR and without advertising.

Broadcast networks[edit]

These are the broadcasters for the 2017 NASCAR season:

Country TV Network Language Free-to-air / Free-to-view / Pay Trucks Xfinity Cup Notes
Africa SuperSport Varies Pay Live Live Live
Asia Fox Sports Asia Varies Pay No Highlights Live
Sports Illustrated Television (Hongkong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand) Varies Pay Live Live No
 Australia Fox Sports English Pay Live Live Live
 Brazil Fox Sports 2 Portuguese Pay Live* Live Live *Subject to other live events. Every race shown commercial-free. Viewer can choose between the original or Portuguese Commentary.
Record News Portuguese Free No No highlights
 Canada TSN English Pay No Live Live
Fox Sports Racing Pay Live No* No* *Simulcast of Practices, Qualifyings and Exhibition Races broadcast on FS1/FS2
RDS French Pay No Live* Live* *Subject to other live events.
 Croatia Sport Klub Croatian Pay No No Live NASCAR Cup Series shown commercial-free.
 Czech Republic Arena Sport Slovakian Pay Live Live No Every race is shown commercial free
 Denmark Eurosport DK Danish Pay Live Live Live Every race is shown commercial free
 France AB Moteurs French Pay No No Live
 Germany Motorvision TV German Pay Highlights No Live Each race will be broadcast without advertising, and the viewer can choose between the original or German Commentary. Is currently not broadcast on Cable TV as the contract with Sky has ended. Motorvision over Satellite and IPTV is still available.
 Hungary DIGI Sport Hungarian Pay No No Live NASCAR Cup Series shown commercial-free.
 India NEO Sports English Pay No No Live
 Italy Fox Sports Speed Italian Pay Live Highlights Live
Latin America (except Brazil) Fox Sports 3 Spanish Pay Live* Live* Live* *Subject to other live events. SD/HDTV feed.
 Japan Nittele G+ Japanese Pay No No Live Live the Cup series, only the selected races.
 Netherlands Ziggo Sport Totaal Dutch Pay Highlights (some races live) Highlights (some races live) Live Each race will be broadcast without advertising, and the viewer can choose between the original or Dutch Commentary
 Poland Motowizja Polish Pay No No Live Most NASCAR Cup Series races live. Highlights from every race.
 Portugal Sport TV Portuguese Pay Live Live Live Every race is shown commercial free
 Romania DIGI Sport Romanian Pay No No Live NASCAR Cup Series shown commercial-free.
Scandinavia Viasat Motor Norwegian and Swedish Pay No No Live
 Serbia Sport Klub Serbian Pay No No Live NASCAR Cup Series shown commercial-free.
 Slovakia Arena Sport Slovakian Pay Live Live No Every race is shown commercial free
 Slovenia Sport Klub Slovenian Pay No No Live
 Spain Eurosport Spanish Pay Live Live Live
 United Kingdom Premier Sports English Pay Highlights Highlights Live NASCAR Cup Series shown commercial-free.
 United States Fox English Free 1 Live Live Fox Sports carries the first 16 races of the season, as well as both exhibition races.
Fox Sports English Pay Live Live Live
NBC English Free No Live Live NBC Sports carries the final 20 races of the season.
NBCSN English Pay No Live Live
American Forces Network English Free Live Live Live Serves the United States Armed Forces around the world.

Announcers[edit]

Country TV Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator Pit reporters Studio anchor Studio commentator
 Brazil Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Fox Sports 2 Hamilton Rodrigues, Thiago Alves Edgar Melo Filho, Rodrigo Mattar
Xfinity Series
Fox Sports 2 Hamilton Rodrigues, Thiago Alves Edgar Melo Filho, Rodrigo Mattar
Camping World Truck Series
Fox Sports 2 Hamilton Rodrigues, Thiago Alves Edgar Melo Filho, Rodrigo Mattar
 Canada Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
RDS Didier Schraenen
Dominic Fugère (fill-in)
Patrick Carpentier
Marc Cantin
Xfinity Series
RDS Didier Schraenen
Dominic Fugère (fill-in)
Patrick Carpentier
Marc Cantin (fill-in)
Camping World Truck Series
RDS Didier Schraenen
Dominic Fugère (fill-in)
Patrick Carpentier
Marc Cantin (fill-in)
 France Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
AB Moteurs Pat Angeli
Philippe Chéreau
Xfinity Series
AB Moteurs Pat Angeli
Philippe Chéreau
Camping World Truck Series
AB Moteurs Pat Angeli
Philippe Chéreau
 Germany NASCAR Cup Series
Motorvision TV Philipp Lietz (one race only), Stefan Heinrich, Lenz Leberkern, Pete Fink
 Hungary Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
DIGI Sport Vidu Pál, Godina Zsolt Makai György
 Netherlands Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Ziggo Sport Totaal Rick Winkelman
Xfinity Series
Ziggo Sport Totaal Rick Winkelman
Camping World Truck Series
Ziggo Sport Totaal Rick Winkelman
 Poland Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Motowizja Szymon Tworz
 Portugal Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Sport TV Bruno Aguiar
José Manuel Costa
Xfinity Series
Sport TV Bruno Aguiar
José Manuel Costa
Camping World Truck Series
Sport TV Bruno Aguiar
José Manuel Costa
 Spain Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Eurosport 2 Javier Rubio Santi Ayala
Xfinity Series
Eurosport 2 Javier Rubio Santi Ayala
Camping World Truck Series
Eurosport 2 Javier Rubio Santi Ayala
 United States Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Fox Sports Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Jeff Gordon
Jamie Little
Regan Smith
Matt Yocum
Vince Welch
Chris Myers Jeff Gordon
Darrell Waltrip
Michael Waltrip
Larry McReynolds (rules analyst)
FS1
NBC Sports Rick Allen
Leigh Diffey
Jeff Burton
Steve Letarte
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Dale Jarrett
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast
Parker Kligerman
Krista Voda Dale Jarrett
Kyle Petty
NBCSN
Xfinity Series
Fox Sports Adam Alexander Michael Waltrip
Phil Parsons
Jamie Little
Regan Smith
Matt Yocum
Hermie Sadler
Kaitlyn Vincie
Shannon Spake Larry McReynolds
Michael Waltrip
FS1
NBC Sports Rick Allen
Leigh Diffey
Dave Burns
Jeff Burton
Steve Letarte
Dale Jarrett
Kyle Petty
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast
Ralph Sheheen
Parker Kligerman
Krista Voda Dale Jarrett
Kyle Petty
NBCSN
Camping World Truck Series
Fox Sports Vince Welch Phil Parsons
Michael Waltrip
Todd Bodine (fill-in)
Hermie Sadler
Kaitlyn Vincie
Alan Cavanna
John Roberts Todd Bodine
FS1

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