It has become common practice for fans of NASCAR to watch the races online via live streaming. This is one of the great benefits of living in the modern digital age. Whether you’re just trying to catch a Cup, Xfinity or Truck series race on the go, or you’re ready to cut the cord on cable TV, there are plenty of options on the table. Some ways require a subscription to stream, some are free with a service provider, and there are even a few completely free options to NASCAR live stream events (if you’re willing to take the risk). So how do you watch NASCAR races online? Here are some of your best options at the start of the NASCAR season.
Online options with paid subscriptions to a TV service provider
You must have a paid subscription with a TV service provider to access online live streams on the FOX Sports Go and NBC Sports apps. So unfortunately this is not an option for cable cutters. But it’s ideal for those with cable/satellite who want to catch all the NASCAR action on the go. Best of all, these apps are free and online live streams are provided at no additional cost.
FOX Sports Go
The broadcast rights for NASCAR’s top two series, the NASCAR Cup Series and the Xfinity Series, are split between FOX and NBC (and their affiliates). So, FOX Sports Go will only get you through the first half of the NASCAR season. That said, FOX owns the exclusive broadcast rights to NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, allowing you to catch the entire season of that series on the FOX Sports Go.
You can also download the free Fox Sports Go app on your favorite digital device(s) (see the link below to download the app). From there, just connect to your TV service provider and you’re good to go! You’ll get live access to practice sessions, qualifying, all the races that coincide with the FOX and FS1 NASCAR TV schedule, and more.
NBC Sports Network/USA – Live
If you’re a cable subscriber and want to watch NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races online during the second half of the NASCAR season (starting June 26 at the Nashville Superspeedway), you’ll need to turn to BNC Sportss, USA Network or the NBC Sports app. The app itself is free. All you have to do is download it to your favorite digital device(s) (see the link at the bottom to download the app), connect to your TV service provider and you can live stream the sessions. practice, qualifying, all the races on the NBC TV NBC and USA Network program and much more! NBCUniversal also has much of its sports programming on the Peacock streaming service, but that app is free if you have a cable connection.
Online streaming services without cable
The high costs and tricky contracts associated with cable TV can be a bit too much. That’s why millions of people have decided to cut the cord and turn to cheaper alternatives such as online streaming services. The good news is that most, if not all, of these alternatives have packages that allow you to catch all the NASCAR action without missing a single lap, at a cost of course. All you need is a supported digital device and a reliable internet connection/mobile data plan. Here are some of the best options for those ready to cut the cable cord.
YouTube TV is a cord-cutting option that is growing in popularity. For $64.99 per month, YouTube TV offers over 85 channels, including FOX, NBC, FS1 and USA Network, to cover all your NASCAR needs. Six accounts per household are included, and you can stream up to three devices at the same time. They even add unlimited DVR functionality at no additional cost. YouTube TV is supported on most iOS and Android devices. It’s also supported on Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Android TV to name a few. New users can get their first three months for $54.99 before dropping back to the regular price.
If you’re a fan of options and bundles, DirecTV Stream might just be the cord-cutting solution for you. DirecTV Stream offers five packages, ranging in price from $69.99 (over 65 channels) to $140.99 (over 140 channels and HBO Max, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz) per month. They also offer some of the best ranges of channels on the market without cable/satellite. The good news for NASCAR fans is that all DirecTV Now packages include the channels (in most markets) you need to catch all the race day action. Supported devices for DirectTV Stream include Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, iOS, Android, and multiple browsers, among others. Try it free for five days.
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu is best known for its vast library of videos on demand. But they also offer a Hulu + Live TV package that includes Disney+ and ESPN+ that lets you stream over 60 live TV channels for $69.99/month. The basic package includes all the channels you need to get your NASCAR fix, and you can remove ads from Hulu for an additional $6/month. You also get unlimited access to thousands of shows and movies in the Hulu streaming library, 50 hours of cloud DVR (you can add more for an additional fee), and the ability to stream on two devices at the same time. time. Hulu is also supported on a wide variety of devices.
One of the more economical cord cutting alternatives is Sling TV. They offer three plans – Sling Orange ($35/month), Sling Blue ($35/month), and a combination of the Orange and Blue plans ($50/month). You can also add channel packages and select premium channels for an additional fee. For NASCAR viewing purposes, you will need to select either the Blue Package or the Orange/Blue Combo Package. These are the only options that include FOX, NBC, USA Network and their sports affiliates. Local network offerings, including NBC and FOX, are somewhat limited with Sling TV. So you will need to check if these channels are available in your area. But even if they’re not available, Sling TV offers a simple solution in the form of a free indoor digital antenna with a 2-month prepaid subscription. That should cover all your race day needs. Sling TV is supported by most digital devices, can stream to up to four devices simultaneously (Orange/Blue plan), and includes up to 50 hours of DVR space. Try it free for three days!
NBCUniversal launched Peacock in 2020 and continued to move its live sports content to its new app. If you just want to watch the races and don’t care about other channels, this is an affordable option. There’s a free version with ads, but you’ll have to pay $4.99 for the Premium version (with limited ads) to watch NASCAR when coverage moves to NBC/USA Network in the second half. You can also pay $9.99 for the Plus version without ads.
For hardcore NASCAR fans
NASCAR mobile app
The NASCAR Mobile app doesn’t allow you to stream live TV broadcasts of the races in the traditional sense, but it does include many great features in real time on race day. Free features include live race, qualifying and practice leaderboards for all NASCAR series. Live 360 degree dashcams for the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series, live radio broadcast for all NASCAR series, full schedules, driver and manufacturer standings, race highlights and exclusive video content. The NASCAR Mobile app also offers a premium paid subscription option. It can be purchased as a seasonal package for a one-time seasonal fee of $29.99 or as a monthly subscription for $4.99. Premium subscription-based content benefits include an ad-free experience, live audio between drivers and teams from all three NASCAR series, live audio for NASCAR officials (Cup Series only), real-time data in live for every driver, car telemetry (including estimated speed, rpm, throttle and fuel), and real-time GPS tracking of the top 10 drivers on the track.
NASCAR RaceView and Mobile App
Like the NASCAR Mobile app, NASCAR RaceView and its accompanying app do not offer traditional live TV broadcasts. However, if you’re an extreme NASCAR fan or a particular driver, RaceView goes above and beyond. Although the app itself is free, it is a subscription-based service. Options include a mobile-only annual subscription for a one-time fee of $29.99 or a mobile-only monthly fee of $4.99 per month. You can also opt for a mobile and desktop combination for a one-time seasonal fee of $79.99 or a monthly subscription fee of $9.99 per month.
Premium live features include:
- 3D virtual rendering of each car and track with multiple viewing angles
- REAL-TIME DRIVER STATS including MPH, RPM, throttle/brake, lap time, lag time, turn-by-turn performance, fuel estimates and points
- CHOOSE YOUR DRIVER: Select your favorite driver and watch the whole race
- CUSTOMIZE YOUR EXPERIENCE: Hear and watch different pilots at the same time
- LIVE LEADERBOARDS: Rankings of driver positions and statistics
- LIVE IN-CAR AUDIO Ranking positions and driver statistics
- LIVE RADIO Broadcast
- SCAN function for all audio channels
- ACCESS TO SCANNER PRODUCT included with subscription
PC EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
- CHOOSE FROM THREE VIEWS: RACE, RIDER AND PIT
- LEAD PREDICTION for all drivers on the lead lap
- PIT MODE: Virtual video of each driver’s pit stops, with performance data such as driver/crew times, total time and tire count
- NASCAR XFINITY SERIES 28 races available
EXCLUSIVE MOBILE FEATURES:
- WEEKLY TRACK VISITS: overview with track history
- DRIVER PAGES with updated paint schemes for every race
- TIME TRIAL: interactive function to pilot the track and the publication of each week
NASCAR and Motorsports Reddit Feed
If in doubt, head over to Reddit. There are a few places on Reddit that can help you find NASCAR streams to watch the race. Or just to chat about your favorite drivers and the current race. You can check out /r/motorsportsstreams/ or Reddit’s main NASCAR hub /r/NASCAR/.
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