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How to watch the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

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Feb 11, 2020 — 4 min read

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

The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 started as the Interstate Batteries 500 back in 1997 and has gone by various names over the course of its 23-year history. One aspect that hasn’t changed, however, is where the races take place.

Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX, is home to the NASCAR Cup Series stock car race. For all you super fans out there, the race is actually 501 miles long, and it’s run on a 1.5-mile circuit. The race consists of three stages. Each of the first two stages requires drivers to complete 85 laps  — the home stretch, a daunting 164.

Some of the biggest names in the sport have won at Texas Motor Speedway, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch, who leads in most wins. Winners bolt their names into the Wall of Champions and are rewarded in true Texas-style with a white cowboy hat, cowboy boots and two six-shooters. 

The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 takes place in late March, over the weekend of the 27th. It concludes with the big race on Sunday, March 29, at 1 p.m. Two practice races are set for March 27. The qualifying race gets underway the next day and the showdown championship starts Sunday afternoon. 

If you’re not going to the race or camping outside the TMS backstretch to watch on the “Big Hoss TV,” you’ll want to make sure you have live access through your cable or streaming provider.  

2020 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 schedule 

You can read the complete schedule on the Texas Motor Speedway website. Updates and additional information will also be kept up-to-date as race-time nears. Below are the events scheduled for the big weekend. Whether the practice and qualifying rounds appear on FS1, as they have in previous years, remains to be seen. 

All race times are in Eastern Standard Time.

March 27, 2020

  • O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Practice | Texas Motor Speedway
    • Practice 1 – 5:05 p.m. | TBA
    • Practice 2 – 7:35 p.m. | TBA
  • Vankor 350 | NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series | Texas Motor Speedway
    • Practice – 11:35 a.m. | TBA
    • Qualifying – 6:05 p.m. |TBA
    • Race – 9:00 p.m. | FS1

March 28, 2020

  • O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Qualifying | Texas Motor Speedway
    • Qualifying race – 11:35 a.m. | TBA
  • XFINITY Series | My Bariatric Solutions 300 | Texas Motor Speedway
    • Race – 10:00 a.m. | FS1

March 29, 2020

  • O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 | Nascar Cup Series | Texas Motor Speedway
    • Race – 2:00 p.m. | FS1

Channels showing the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 

In its early days, CBS held the broadcast rights to the Texas Motor Speedway 500 race. But in 2001, FOX and NBC assumed the NASCAR mantle. FOX and NBC split coverage, with FOX televising the first 16 races of the NASCAR Cup Series, and NBC the final 20. FOX plans to host coverage across its networks, including on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and FX.

So if you want to tune in, make sure your cable provider offers FS1. If your provider doesn’t carry your local FOX channel, you might want to consider hooking up a reliable TV antenna to catch the action. You can also access FOX for free through the streaming service Locast in some markets.

One thing is for sure, the triple-header event will broadcast on FS1. Sirius XM’s NASCAR channel is another way to follow the action. 

If you have cable or satellite TV, chances are you already have access to FOX and FS1. But if you’re a DIRECTV customer, you’ll need to invest in the ENTERTAINMENT package to get FS1. 

  • FOX — O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 
  • FS1 — NASCAR

Streaming the races will grant you a few key perks over traditional cable. For one, cable alternatives like Sling TV and Hulu + Live TV let you record and save content with their DVR Cloud storage. Most live TV streaming packages also allow multiple users to stream at the same time. For example, Sling TV’s Blue plan lets you stream on four devices simultaneously. 

How to stream the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 

NASCAR’s app will keep you updated on all the latest driver stats, but you won’t be able to stream the race. Streaming is only available through live TV providers that offer access to FOX. 

The FOX Sports GO app, free through many traditional TV providers, lets you stream FS1 on various devices. Keep in mind, coverage may vary based on your current TV provider or locale. Since races are broadcast exclusively via FS1, below is a list of services where you can stream the network. 

Top streaming options for watching the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 

  • AT&T TV – Starts at $60/mo. Requires a two-year contract, and price increases in second year.
  • AT&T TV NOW — $65/mo.
  • FOX Sports GO — Free through TV provider
  • FuboTV — $59.99/mo.
  • Hulu + Live TV — $54.99/mo. 
  • Sling Blue — $30/mo.
  • YouTube TV $49.99/mo.

If you’re not interested in paying to watch, Locast gives you the ability to stream local networks for free. If you’re not enthusiastic about streaming services, you can always turn to an antenna. 

The bottom line 

There are many ways you can tune in and watch the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 — all you need is access to FS1. If you already have cable, you can use the FOX Sports GO app to stream through one of your devices. If you don’t have time to sit through the entire race, you can always turn to a cable alternative like YouTube TV to record and watch later. Just make sure your internet is up to snuff. Check out our Resource Center if you have questions.