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Shake and bake! Here’s how to watch NASCAR this season

David Anders

Jan 28, 2020 — 6 min read

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In an effort to fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this event has been postponed.

NASCAR’s 72nd season gets underway February 16th in the same historic fashion it has since 1982 – with the Daytona 500. 

Unlike other sports where the biggest games are reserved for the end of the season, the “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing” is the first official race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. 

Following the Daytona 500, the world’s best drivers will make their way to iconic raceways across the nation in pursuit of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup. 

Aside from a day at the track, what’s the best way to watch NASCAR live? Every race will be televised, so you can keep up with all the action from Talladega to Pocono all season long. We detail how to watch NASCAR on TV below, so you can tune in to any and every race, with or without cable.

What channels are NASCAR races on?

FOX owns the broadcast rights for the first half of the season through June 14 and will split coverage between FOX and FOX Sports 1 (FS1). FOX also owns the rights to the Xfinity Cup Series races during this time and will air them all on FS1.

NBC will take over with the Chicagoland 400 on June 21 and will broadcast races on NBC and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) through the NASCAR Cup Series Championship on November 8. NBCSN will also air the remainder of the Xfinity Cup Series races.

You can get FOX, FS1, NBC and NBCSN from nearly any TV provider

Most major TV providers, if not all of them, offer the channels for watching live NASCAR races — FOX, FS1, NBC and NBCSN — and may even include them all with their lower-tiered packages. The exception is DIRECTV, which only offers FS1 with the ENTERTAINMENT package and above, and NBCSN with the CHOICE package and above. 

Without a traditional TV service, you can probably pick up your local FOX and NBC affiliates with a decent TV antenna. To get FOX Sports 1 and NBC Sports Network, however, you’ll need a cable TV service or over-the-top streaming service.

How to stream live NASCAR races

If you have a traditional TV service but can’t make it home in time for the race, you should be able to stream the NASCAR race on your mobile device. Most major TV providers have an app that lets you stream live TV with your login credentials. You can also stream live races straight from the networks on their sites, but you will also need your TV provider login information to do so. Keep in mind that streaming can use up a lot of data.

To stream live NASCAR races without a cable or satellite TV subscription, you’ll need an over-the-top (OTT) streaming service such as AT&T TV NOW or Hulu + Live TV. With an OTT service that includes the channels for streaming live NASCAR races, you can watch the race live at home or on the go.

Streaming services with FOX, FS1, NBC and NBCSN

NASCAR races air on some fairly popular channels, so many streaming services with live TV will have the channels you need. Sling TV offers local channels, including FOX and NBC, with their Blue and Orange & Blue packages, but only in select markets. 

Streaming NASCAR on NBC Sports Network Gold

When the NASCAR broadcasts switch over to NBC midway through the season, every race will be available to stream live on NBC Sports Gold. This new subscription sports streaming service will let you stream races aired on NBC and NBCSN. The NBC Sports Gold Track Pass will get you even more NASCAR coverage, including qualifying, documentaries and other racing events.

Can you stream live races on the NASCAR app?

No. NASCAR’s official app is a great way to keep up with driver stats and standings throughout the season. It also has live race features including driver audio and a leaderboard with the position order, but it does not offer live race streaming.

Buckle up for an exciting 2020 NASCAR season

Be ready for race day with a traditional TV service or an over-the-top service that gives you the channels you need to watch or stream the race live. If you plan on streaming live NASCAR races, you’ll also want a reliable internet connection to get a quality, consistent picture. Now that you know all the ways to watch NASCAR live, check out our Resource Center for more tips on how to watch and stream your favorite sports. 

2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule

You’ll find the 2020 NASCAR schedule below, as well as the network set to air each race. 

All race times are in EST

February

  • The Clash at DAYTONA | FOX Sports 1
    Sunday, Feb. 9 – 3:00 p.m. | Daytona International Speedway
  • Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 at DAYTONA | FOX Sports 1
    Thursday, Feb. 13 – 7:00 p.m. | Daytona International Speedway
  • Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 at DAYTONA | FOX Sports 1
    Sunday, Feb. 13 – 9:00 p.m. | Daytona International Speedway
  • DAYTONA 500 | FOX 
    Sunday, Feb. 16 – 2:30 p.m. | Daytona International Speedway
  • Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube | FOX 
    Sunday, Feb. 16 – 2:30 p.m. | Daytona International Speedway

March

  • Auto Club 400 | FOX 
    Sunday, Mar. 1 – 3:30 p.m. | Auto Club Speedway
  • FanShield 500 | FOX 
    Sunday, Mar. 8 – 3:30 p.m. | ISM Raceway
  • Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 | FOX 
    Sunday, Mar. 15 – 2:00 p.m. | Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Dixie Vodka 400 | FOX 
    Sunday, Mar. 22 – 2:00 p.m. | Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 | FOX Sports 1 
    Sunday, Mar. 29 – 2:00 p.m. | Texas Motor Speedway

April

  • Food City 500 | FOX Sports 1
    Sunday, Apr. 5 – 2:00 p.m. | Bristol Motor Speedway
  • TOYOTA OWNERS 400 | FOX 
    Sunday, Apr. 19 – 2:00 p.m. | Richmond Raceway
  • GEICO 500 | FOX 
    Sunday, Apr. 26 – 2:00 p.m. | Talladega Superspeedway

May

  • NASCAR Cup Series Race at Dover | FOX Sports 1
    Sunday, May 3 – 2:00 p.m. | Dover International Speedway
  • NASCAR Cup Series Race at Martinsville | FOX Sports 1
    Sunday, May 9 – 8:00 p.m. | Martinsville Speedway
  • NASCAR All Star Open | FOX Sports 1
    Sunday, May 16 – 7:00 p.m. | Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • NASCAR All-Star Race | FOX Sports 1
    Sunday, May 16 – 9:00 p.m. | Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Coca-Cola 600 | FOX 
    Sunday, May 24 – 6:00 p.m. | Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Kansas 400 | FOX 
    Sunday, May 31 – 2:00 p.m. | Kansas Speedway

June

  • FireKeepers Casino 400 | FOX Sports 1
    Sunday, Jun. 7 – 2:00 p.m. | Michigan International Speedway
  • Toyota / Save Mart 350 | FOX Sports 1
    Sunday, Jun. 14 – 3:00 p.m. | Sonoma Raceway
  • Chicagoland 400 | NBC Sports Network
    Sunday, Jun. 21 – 2:30 p.m. | Chicagoland Speedway
  • Kids Free 325 | NBC Sports Network
    Saturday, Jun. 27 – 3:00 p.m. | Pocono Raceway
  • Worry-Free Weather Guarantee 350 | NBC Sports Network
    Sunday, Jun. 28 – 3:30 p.m. | Pocono Raceway

July

  • Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered By Florida Georgia Line | NBC
    Sunday, Jul. 5 – 3:30 p.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart | NBC Sports Network
    Saturday, Jul. 11 – 7:30 p.m. | Kentucky Speedway
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 | NBC Sports Network
    Sunday, Jul. 19 – 3:00 p.m. | New Hampshire Speedway

August

  • Consumers Energy 400 | NBC Sports Network
    Sunday, Aug. 9 – 3:00 p.m. | Michigan International Speedway
  • Go Bowling at The Glen | NBC Sports Network
    Sunday, Aug. 16 – 3:00 p.m. | Watkins Glen International
  • Drydene 400 | NBC Sports Network
    Sunday, Aug. 23 – 3:00 p.m. | Dover International Speedway
  • Coke Zero Sugar 400 | NBC 
    Saturday, Aug. 29 – 7:30 p.m. | Daytona International Speedway

September

  • Southern 500 | NBC Sports Network
    Sunday, Sep. 6 – 6:00 p.m. | Darlington Raceway
  • Federated Auto Parts 400 | NBC Sports Network
    Saturday, Sep. 12 – 7:30 p.m. | Richmond Raceway
  • Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race | NBC Sports Network
    Saturday, Sep. 19 – 7:30 p.m. | Bristol Motor Speedway
  • South Point 400 | NBC Sports Network
    Sunday, Sep. 27 – 7:00 p.m. | Las Vegas Motor Speedway

October

  • Alabama 500 | NBC
    Sunday, Oct. 4 – 2:00 p.m. | Talladega Superspeedway
  • Bank of America ROVAL 400 | NBC
    Sunday, Oct. 11 – 2:30 p.m. | Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
  • Hollywood Casino 400 | NBC
    Sunday, Oct. 18 – 2:30 p.m. | Kansas Speedway
  • Texas 500 | NBC Sports Network
    Sunday, Oct. 25 – 3:00 p.m. | Texas Motor Speedway

November

  • NASCAR Cup Series Fall Race at Martinsville | NBC
    Sunday, Nov. 1 – 2:00 p.m. | Martinsville Speedway
  • NASCAR Cup Series Championship | NBC
    Sunday, Nov. 8 – 3:00 p.m. | ISM Raceway