By Jim Kimble / Published April 27, 2023
You can watch NASCAR races throughout 2023 on five live TV streaming services.
DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all carry key TV channels you need to watch your favorite race car drivers compete.
You can watch races that air on NBC through a Peacock subscription. NASCAR fans can also use a TV antenna to watch NASCAR races on NBC and FOX for free.
NASCAR has been around since 1948, making this year the 75th anniversary. The NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Craftsman Truck Series will all air on different channels this year. FOX Sports and NBC Sports networks carry all three national series on TV.
You can jump down to see all the NASCAR channels you need for 2023, the summary of how to watch NASCAR without cable, or read through all your options.
What channel is NASCAR on?
FOX, FOX Sports 1 (FS1), NBC, and USA Network all air NASCAR races throughout the year.
CNBC and Fox Sports 2 (FS2) sometimes will carry a race if there is a weather delay. The two channels sometimes carry practice sessions and qualifying rounds as well.
2023 NASCAR schedule
The NASCAR series runs from February 19 to November 5, concluding with the NASCAR Cup Series Championship.
|April 30||Wurth 400||Dover Motor Speedway||FS1|
|May 7||AdventHealth 400||Kansas Speedway||FS1|
|May 14||Goodyear 400||Darlington Raceway||FS1|
|May 21||NASCAR All-Star Race||North Wilkesboro Speedway||FS1|
|May 28||Coca-Cola 600||Charlotte Motor Speedway||FOX|
|June 4||Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter||World Wide Technology Raceway||FS1|
|June 11||Toyota/Save Mart 350||Sonoma Raceway||FOX|
|June 25||Ally 400||Nashville Superspeedway||NBC|
|July 2||Grant Park 220||Chicago Street Course||NBC|
|July 9||Quaker State 400||Atlanta Motor Speedway||USA|
|July 16||Crayon 301||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||USA|
|July 23||M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400||Pocono Raceway||USA|
|July 30||NASCAR Cup Series Race at Richmond||Richmond Raceway||USA|
|Aug. 6||FireKeepers Casino 400||Michigan International Speedway||USA|
|Aug. 13||Verizon 200 at the Brickyard||Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course||NBC|
|Aug. 20||Go Bowling at The Glen||Watkins Glen International||USA|
|Aug. 26||Coke Zero Sugar 400||Daytona International Speedway||NBC|
|Sept. 3||Cook Out Southern 500||Darlington Raceway||USA|
|Sept. 10||Hollywood Casino 400||Kansas Speedway||USA|
|Sept. 16||Bass Pro Shops Night Race||Bristol Motor Speedway||USA|
|Sept. 24||AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400||Texas Motor Speedway||USA|
|Oct. 1||YellaWood 500||Talladega Superspeedway||NBC|
|Oct. 8||Bank of America ROVAL 400||Charlotte Motor Speedway road course||NBC|
|Oct. 15||South Point 400||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||NBC|
|Oct. 22||NASCAR Cup Series Race at Homestead-Miami||Homestead-Miami Speedway||NBC|
|Oct. 29||Xfinity 500||Martinsville Speedway||NBC|
|Nov. 5||NASCAR Cup Series Championship||Phoenix Raceway||NBC|
How to Watch NASCAR Without Cable
All you need to start streaming NASCAR races is an internet connection, Smart TV or streaming device.
A Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Chromecast with Google TV or Apple TV will do the job.
Smart TVs by Samsung, Sony, and LG support most live TV services. XBox and PlayStation game consoles support watching live TV. You can watch TV on an iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet.
Cord-cutters shouldn’t forget that using a TV antenna is a great way to watch some races for free. Streaming services that offer live TV carry a variety of popular sports channels.
ESPN, ACC Network (ACCN), Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, SEC Network, Longhorn Network cover NFL, college football and other professional sports.
You can get many of these networks without having to pay for an sports add-on package.
You may want local channels such as ABC, NBC, and CBS to watch both NASCAR and your other favorite sports throughout the year.
- NASCAR channels: FOX, FS1, FS2, NBC, USA Network and CNBC.
DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) has all your key NASCAR channels in its entry-level channel package.
The Entertainment package has FS1, NBC, FOX, USA Network and CNBC in the Entertainment package.
Subscribers get more than 75 channels, including CMT, ESPN, FOX News, HGTV, Hallmark Channel, Newsmax and Paramount Network.
You get unlimited Cloud DVR and 40,000 on-demand shows and movies are included with any plan.
You can sign up for a free 5-day trial with any DIRECTV STREAM plan.
A subscription costs $74.99 per month. New customers can get $10 off for the first three months of service. So you pay only $64.99 per month during the promotional period.
The Choice package has more sports channels such as Big Ten Network and SEC Network, 40 regional sports networks, including Bally Sports networks. Choice subscribers get more than 105 channels for $99.99 per month.
During the signup process, you can get free trials of premium channels such as HBO Max, Cinemax and Showtime.
You can subscribe month to month and cancel whenever you want. DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets. Subscribers can watch on an unlimited number of screens within your home.
You can look over the different channel lineups before deciding whether to sign up.
- NASCAR Channels: FS1 and USA Network. (FOX and NBC in some markets)
Sling TV is the cheapest option to watch NASCAR without cable. The Sling TV Blue package has 40 channels, including FS1 and USA Network. A subscription is $40 per month.
NBC and FOX stations are offered in the markets that are listed below. That means, if you live in or near one of these cities, you should be able to get local FOX and NBC stations with the Sling Blue package.
|Dallas/Fort Worth||Miami/Fort Lauderdale|
|Minneapolis/St. Paul||San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose|
|New York||Washington, DC|
|San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose|
Discovery, History, NFL Network, and Stadium are in the channel lineup. You can get $10 off the first month of service when you sign up for a subscription.
For a larger channel package, you can combine the Sling Blue with Sling Orange for $55 per month.
All subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage.
Sling TV works on just about any streaming device: Roku, Firestick, Apple TV and even an Xbox. It is supported by Samsung Smart TVs and Smart TVs operating on Android TV or Google TV. Sling TV supports mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Sling TV has the Sports Extra add-on channel package at $11 per month. That adds networks such as NBA TV, SEC Network and MLB Network.
There are no hidden fees or contracts if you decide to keep the service. You can even use your subscription to activate the standalone channel apps after you sign up for service. You can look over the latest offer Sling TV has for new and returning customers.
You can read my review of Sling TV for a more detailed breakdown of the service.
- NASCAR channels: FS1, NBC, FOX, and USA Network
fubo (formerly fuboTV) every key NASCAR channel in its Pro bundle.
The Pro channel package has 152 channels, including local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX across the U.S.
Big Ten Network, Golf Channel, FOX News, ESPN, CMT and CNBC are part of the Pro bundle.
4K TV owners should know that fubo will have a number of NASCAR Cup races on FS1 in upgraded 4K resolution.
Subscribers get 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR storage. You can watch live TV on 10 screens at once within your home.
If you miss a NASCAR race, you can use fubo’s “look back” feature to watch sporting events that aired in the last 72 hours.
A subscription costs $74.99 per month. A regional sports fee is included, and costs between $10.99 to $13.99 per month.
fubo has a library of on-demand content, including movies and TV shows. Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV and Smart TVs all carry the fubo app.
Fubo has mobile apps for iPhone and Android so you can watch NASCAR live on your smartphone. Subscribers can watch live TV through their web browser.
You can get a free 7-day trial of fubo’s Pro plan, or look over the channel lineup for your area.
Hulu Live TV
- NASCAR channels: FS1, NBC, FOX, and USA Network
Hulu Live TV has over live TV channels, including all your local and cable TV networks necessary for NASCAR fans.
ACC Network, CBS Sports Network and SEC Network are part of the channel lineup. You can watch live TV on up to two screens at once.
Hulu with Live TV comes with unlimited DVR storage so you can record sports, news, movies or whatever else you want. Hulu carries local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC across the U.S.
A subscription costs $69.99 per month, and now includes Disney+ and ESPN+.
Hulu’s channel lineup has local NBC, ABC and FOX stations across the U.S. Hulu no longer offers a free trial for live TV, but you can look over the channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up.
- NASCAR channels: FS1, NBC, FOX, and USA Network
YouTube TV has 128 channels, including FOX, NBC, USA Network and FS1 for $72.99 per month.
The YouTube TV base plan has TNT, TBS, SEC Network, ACC Network, FS1, FS2, and NFL Network.
Unlimited Cloud DVR is included with a subscription. And you can create up to 6 profiles for a household per account.
The service works with Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, NVIDIA Shield TV, Apple TV and Chromecast. You can get a free 7-day trial of YouTube TV without any obligations.
- NASCAR channels: NBC
Peacock streams a variety of live sports, including NASCAR, INDYCAR and WWE events.
You can start watching NASCAR races live on Peacock through the Premium Plan for $4.99 per month. There is a 7-day free trial with no obligations.
Sunday Night Football, Notre Dame Football, Premier League round out the tons of other sports coverage from NBC. Peacock has original shows such as “Lost Speedways 2” hosted by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Subscribers to the Premium Plus plan, which costs $9.99 per month, will get 24/7 access to their local NBC station.
Peacock has made all 210 NBC affiliates available to Premium Plus subscribers. This will enable viewers to watch NBC shows live when they air.
New customers can sign up for a free 7-day trial of Peacock Premium or Premium Plus.
Peacock has full seasons of “The Voice”, “Saturday Night Live”, “Yellowstone” and “The Office”. New, hit movies such as “Jurassic World: Dominion” are on the service.
How to Watch NASCAR for free
With a TV antenna, you can watch NASCAR Cup Series races for free when the series airs on NBC and FOX.
Using a TV antenna is the least expensive way to get a High Definition signal from local NBC, FOX, ABC, and CBS stations for free. You may get popular sub-channels such as MeTV, and GRIT through over-the-air (OTA) channels.
People living within 30 to 40 miles of local broadcast towers have an excellent shot at getting local broadcast channels with a quality TV antenna.
You can use the free tool at AntennasDirect to see whether NBC and FOX is available in your area. Local channels broadcast digital signals in 1080i or 720p, which is High Definition.
If you are new to TV antennas, here is a list of resources that I have written to get you started.
- How to Choose the Best TV Antenna
- How to Connect Multiple TVs to One Antenna
- Review: The Best Indoor TV Antennas
- Review: The Best Outdoor TV Antennas
Watching on the NASCAR mobile app
The NASCAR mobile app gives you a point of view that’s pretty close to each race car driver. You can download the NASCAR app on iPhones (current iOS) and Android smartphones.
The Official League app has NASCAR fantasy games, live scores along with driver lap, pit and position information. It provides a free way to listen to live races through broadcast radio.
You can find the app in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
How to Watch NASCAR FAQs
These are questions NASCAR fans ask when researching ways to watch NASCAR races on cable channels without a TV provider.
Where can I watch NASCAR today?
NASCAR races are on local FOX and NBC stations throughout the race season. You can look at the NASCAR schedule for which channel the Cup Series is on today.
Can I watch NASCAR on the FOX Sports app?
You can activate the live TV option within the FOX Sports app if you subscribe to cable, satellite or a live TV streaming service.
DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, Vidgo and YouTube TV all support activating the FOX Sports app. But you need to have FOX, FS1, or FS2 as part of your subscription to get those specific channels on the app.
How to watch NASCAR on Roku
There are a number of streaming platforms that offer live cable TV channels such as FS1 and USA Network. You just need internet service so you can start live streaming TV. DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all offer channels that air NASCAR races.
How can I watch NASCAR on my Smart TV?
You can watch NASCAR races on NBC and FOX for free by using a TV antenna. DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV have races that air on FS1 and USA Network. You can subscribe to Peacock to watch NASCAR races on NBC.
What are the best streaming services for watching NASCAR?
DIRECTV STREAM has a 5-day free trial, and gives you $10 off the first three months of service. The Entertainment plan has more than 75 live TV channels, including FOX and NBC stations along with FS1 and USA Network. Subscriptions run month to month. So you can cancel whenever you like. You can get a three month free trial of HBO Max, Cinemax, Showtime and other premium networks.
fubo has all four channels needed to watch NASCAR, along with 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR storage for recordings. Subscribers get an on-demand library of movies and TV shows. A subscription costs $74.99 per month. fuboTV works on Fire TV, Roku, Apple, on smartphones, tablets and PCs. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial.
Founder and Editor of The Cord Cutting Report. Before launching the site in 2016, he worked for more than two decades as a staff writer or correspondent for a number of daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe. His enthusiasm for tech began with the Atari 2600. Follow @james_kimble