The Daytona 500 is one of the big sporting events each year — up there with the Super Bowl and The Masters. But for true NASCAR fans, there are hundreds of races each year. And much of it is streaming live somewhere — very often in 4K!
There really is no question: NASCAR fans should cut the cord. The top streaming services offer you all you need to see all the major races for a fraction of what cable costs.
In a hurry? If you just want to start streaming NASCAR now, these three services will allow you to do that and provide good overall service as well:
- FuboTV: basic plan gets you all the NASCAR channels plus a whole lot more — especially for the sports fan. Check out FuboTV with a seven-day free trial!
- Sling TV: for a super-low price, you’ll get most NASCAR races and for a bit more (but still low-cost), you’ll get it all.
- Hulu + Live TV: get all the NASCAR channels plus the industry-leading on-demand TV show library. Try Hulu out with a seven-day free trial.
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How to Watch NASCAR Without Cable
There are lots of places you can find NASCAR content. And it changes over the years. For example, CBS used to be a major network for NASCAR. Today, it doesn’t really provide any coverage.
Now almost all NASCAR events air on Fox and NBC. The biggest races generally air on the flagship channels themselves. Many other races air on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and NBC Sports (NBCSN). Some races also run on FS2 and Fox Deportes.
During Olympics years, NBC moves races to other channels that might surprise you like CNBC and USA.
So if you are a big NASCAR fan, you need to get access to the channels related to Fox and NBC.
Although there are network apps that allow you to watch NASCAR, cord-cutters have two primary options.
An antenna will provide you with fair access to NASCAR races assuming you are able to get Fox and NBC. Many of the biggest races air on these channels.
But you will be missing a lot of NASCAR if you are limited to OTA channels. FS1 and NBCSN are particularly important. Similarly, but to a lesser degree, FS2 airs NASCAR races. And other NBCUniversal channels like CNBC and USA air NASCAR races when NBCSN is focused on other sporting events like the Olympics.
So an antenna-based system is okay for NASCAR, but you are better off with a streaming service.
Most of the major streaming services provide reasonable access to NASCAR. We discuss these in-depth just below.
Streaming services are more or less the opposite of OTA when it comes to NASCAR. Finding services with the right cable channels is relatively easy. What you need to watch out for are the local channels.
Unless you are also using an OTA antenna, make sure that any streaming service you choose includes the local Fox and NBC affiliates.
Best Streaming Services for NASCAR
Getting great coverage of NASCAR is just as easy without cable as it is with it. And it is a lot cheaper. The only requirement is that you have a good internet connection. (If you’re reading this, you probably already do!)
The top streaming services are pretty similar. They all offer channel packages (plus optional add-ons) with no contract. You just need to choose the package that’s right for you.
Since most of the major streaming services provide access to all the channels you want for NASCAR, your decision will probably be driven by price, broader channel selection, and technical details. We’ll discuss all of this below.
When it comes to sports, we think FuboTV is the best streaming service around. But when it comes to NASCAR, they have it all: the network channels (Fox, NBC) and FS1, FS2, NBCSN, and the lesser ones like CNBC and USA.
Even better, FuboTV provides a ton of live 4K programming. A good chunk of their 130+ 4K events each year are live NASCAR races.
FuboTV offers packages starting at $64.99/mo that feature over 110 channels of live TV, an on-demand library, and access to 250 hours of cloud DVR.
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|Missing NASCAR Channels?||None|
|Cloud DVR||250 hours|
|FuboTV Monthly Price||$64.99|
Even if you aren’t a sports fan outside of NASCAR, FuboTV still offers one of the best all-around live TV streaming services. See the following links for more details:
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV is an excellent option if you want to watch NASCAR online. They provide the best coverage of local channels in the industry. So they should have Fox and NBC in your area, where the big Cup Series races air.
They also provide the important cable channels: the two Fox Sports channels, NBC Sports (including RSNs), as well as CNBC, USA, and many others.
Hulu Live offers 85+ channels for $64.99 a month.
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|Cloud DVR||50 hours|
|Hulu + Live TV Monthly Price||$64.99|
Hulu with Live TV also provides access to an amazing on-demand library. For more information, check out the following links:
- Hulu + Live TV Review
- Hulu + Live TV Packages
- Hulu + Live TV Local Channels
- Free 7-Day Hulu + Live TV Trial!
Sling TV is our pick for the best low-cost live TV streaming service. And they are a great choice for NASCAR fans.
The Sling Blue plan includes NBC and Fox in most areas. But it also includes the essential cable channels FS1 and NBCSN as well as USA. And that’s for just $35/mo.
If you want the full package of NASCAR channels, you can get the Sports Extra add-on for $11/mo and the News Extra add-on for $6/mo. That would be a total of $52/mo for all the channels — the best NASCAR deal in the industry.
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|Missing NASCAR Channels?||FS2 (add-on), CNBC (add-on)|
|Cloud DVR||50 hours|
|Sling TV Monthly Price||$35.00|
You can also get the Blue plan along with the sports-oriented Orange plan together for $50 ($67 including the add-ons). But in that case, FuboTV and Hulu + Live TV are probably better deals because they provide more channels overall.
If you want more information, see the following links:
- Sling TV Review
- Sling TV Packages
- Sling TV Local Channels
- Sling TV Devices
- First Month With Sling TV for $10!
DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV)
DirecTV is a familiar and dependable brand that offers lots of extras. And their base plan will allow you to see almost all of the major NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races.
You get 65+ channels for $69.99 a month. In most areas, this includes the local affiliates of Fox and NBC, which air the biggest races. But you also get lots of races through FS1 and NBCSN as well as CNBC and USA.
If you want FS2, you will need to get their Ultimate plan, which includes 130+ channels for $94.99/mo. As an incentive, this plan includes HBO MAX for the first year.
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|Missing NASCAR Channels?||FS2 (add-on)|
|Cloud DVR||20 hours|
|DirecTV Stream Monthly Price||$69.99|
One standout aspect of DirecTV is its ability to stream on up to 20 screens simultaneously. This makes it a great service if you have a large household with people who want to watch different shows on different TVs and other devices.
Get more information about DirecTV Stream at these links:
Other Streaming Options
There are other options for streaming NASCAR:
- NASCAR Live TV: live stream (and rewatch) NASCAR and other auto races for $75/yr ($6.25/mo). The website doesn’t instill confidence but it’s the real deal.
- NBC Sports Trackpass: for $4.99/mo, you get to live stream a large number of NASCAR races (no Cup Series though).
- YouTube TV: offers a similar lineup to FuboTV but with less flexibility. For $64.99/mo, you get 85+ channels, which include all you need to enjoy NASCAR. See our YouTube TV review.
- Vidgo: only offers the Fox channels but it’s a good deal at $55/mo for 95+ channels. See our Vidgo review.
Streaming Devices for NASCAR
You need a TV or other device to stream NASCAR on. In almost all cases, the streaming services we’ve discussed will support whatever you currently use to watch TV.
TVs and Mobile Devices
All of the streaming services we’ve discussed here allow you to stream NASCAR on the vast majority of Smart TVs and other mobile devices. They all support the following:
- Amazon Fire TV: A device that plugs into your TV’s HDMI jack and turns it into a smart TV able to run apps like those for each streaming service.
- Android TV: The operating system that many smart TVs like Hisense use.
- Android Phones: Smartphones using the Android operating system.
- Apple TV: Apple’s HDMI device to turn your TV into a smart TV.
- iOS devices (iPhones, iPads): Smartphones and tablets using the Apple operating system.
- Roku: An HDMI device to make your TV “smart.”
Any computer, tablet, phone, or other device that can run a web browser can be used to watch NASCAR with the streaming services we’ve discussed. What’s more, some of these devices (like a laptop computer) can be connected to a regular TV to view on it — effectively making it a smart TV.
Chromecast allows you to stream video from your smartphone directly to your TV. It may sound complicated but it couldn’t be simpler. It is available from all the services except Vidgo.
Gaming Consules and More
Even gaming consoles are widely supported. All but DirecTV and Vidgo support Xbox. Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV both support PlayStation. Hulu + Live TV also supports Echo Show. And Sling TV supports Oculus for the VR fans out there.
There are some other minor devices supported by the various providers. The bottom line here is that all these streaming services support the vast majority of devices currently in use.
NASCAR Races in 4K
More and more content is being streamed in 4K. Currently, the king of 4K streaming is FuboTV, which features over 130 4K events each year.
A large number of their 4K streaming events are NASCAR races. FuboTV provides a list of upcoming events. But you need a 4K device to stream them. They support most of the 4K versions of the devices listed above.
NASCAR fans have nothing to fear from cord-cutting. In fact, streaming services do as well if not better than cable TV. And they do it for a lot less money. There’s no reason not to get started now!
Can I watch NASCAR online for free?
There is no way to watch NASCAR online for free except with a trial subscription to a streaming service like FuboTV or Hulu + Live TV. There is, however, a way to watch NASCAR for free: install an OTA antenna. In most areas, you will get Fox and NBC, which will allow you to watch the biggest NASCAR races live.
How can I watch NASCAR on Fox without cable?
If you just want to watch the major races that air on Fox itself, you can get via an OTA antenna. But if you want Fox as well as the two Fox Sports channels, any of the major streaming services will do. Both FuboTV and Hulu + Live TV offer all three of these channels with their base plans.
What NASCAR Series and Tours can I stream?
NASCAR features a lot of categories of races, which run from February through November each year. The most popular are the NASCAR Cup Series (36 races) and Xfinity Series (33 races). Also very popular are:
- Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Series: 20 races
- Modified Tour (sponsored by Whelen Engineering): 17 races
- Truck Series (sponsored by Camping World and Gander Outdoors): 23 races.
There are also series outside the US:
- Canada Series (sponsored by Pinty’s Delicious Foods): 13 races
- Mexico series (sponsored by PEAK Antifreeze): 12 races
- Euro Series (sponsored by Whelen Engineering): 13 races.
(Note that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the number of races in some series but these are the usual number of races each year.)
What is the NASCAR Grand Slam schedule?
Although some might argue, the NASCAR Grand Slam consists of four of its most popular races. Here are the dates of the next events and the channels they will be streaming on:
- Southern 500: Sep 5, 2021, at Darlington Raceway (NBCSN)
- Daytona 500: Feb 20, 2022, at Daytona International Speedway (Fox)
- GEICO 500: Apr 24, 2022, at Talladega Superspeedway (Fox)
- Coca-Cola 600: May 29, 2022, at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Fox).
Is there an app to watch NASCAR live?
There are a lot of apps that will allow you to watch NASCAR live like the Fox Sports and NBC Sports apps. These apps require a cable subscription, however. There is also an official NASCAR app but it doesn’t allow you to stream live races. The best bet is to sign-up with one of the streaming services discussed above, which provides apps for all major devices.
Can I watch NASCAR on Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime is an on-demand service so it doesn’t offer any live programming. It does provide some NASCAR-related content (eg, NASCAR 2020: Under Pressure) via the Motortrend channel, which costs $4.99/mo. But all of the major streaming services offer the Motortrend channel, even Philo. So Amazon is not the place for NASCAR fans.
Can I listen to NASCAR for free?
When you can’t watch, you can still listen to NASCAR races. They are broadcast on local radio stations all over the nation. Otherwise, you can sign up for NASCAR Scanner. It provides radio broadcasts of all NASCAR events. It costs $2.99 per month or $9.99 for the whole season.
Can I watch NASCAR with Philo?
Surprisingly, you can watch NASCAR with Philo — at least in part. The vast majority of NASCAR airs on Fox and NBC channels. Not surprisingly, Philo’s plan for just $25 per month does not offer these channels. But it does offer MotorTrend, which provides some basic NASCAR coverage.
Can I stream NASCAR on the Fox and NBC apps?
Both Fox and NBC have apps that allow you to live stream NASCAR. Unfortunately, they are both fighting the tides of change by requiring you to have a cable subscription to use them. So if you are a cord-cutters, these apps are not going to work for you.
Rather than stick with cable and mess with multiple apps, NASCAR fans should look into a good streaming service where they can see all the big races in one place for less money.
More Information About Streaming NASCAR
The backbone of any NASCAR streaming system is support for the Fox and NBC channels. Check out the following for more information about adding them to your system without cable:
- Learn more about options to watch Fox
- Everything you need to know about FS1
- All your options for getting NBC
- Complete guide to getting NBCSN without cable.
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