Welcome to FTW Explains, a guide to catching up on and better understanding stuff going on in the world. If you’re wondering about how to watch the remainder of the NASCAR season, now that NBC has taken over the broadcasts, but don’t know where to find races, we’re here to help.
The only off-weekend of the NASCAR Cup Series’ 36-race, nine-month season came and went last weekend, and it was perfect timing as the sport switches broadcast networks.
For the Cup Series, FOX Sports handles the first half (give or take) of the schedule, and NBC Sports takes over for the back half. So after the first 16 points races of the Cup season were on FOX’s channels, NBC is now up to bat, starting with Sunday’s Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway (5 pm ET, NBC).
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Rick Allen (play-by-play), Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte are returning to NBC’s broadcast team in the booth, while Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett, Brad Daugherty and Marty Snider are back for studio coverage.
However, things will be a little different for NASCAR fans who are used to switching between the main NBC channel and NBC Sports Network. At the end of 2021, NBCUniversal shut down NBCSN, switching some of its live sports over to USA Network or, in some cases, Peacock.
So what does that mean now that NBC Sports has taken over the NASCAR schedule?
Make sure you know where to find USA Network. The remaining 20 Cup races, along with 19 Xfinity Series races, will be on NBC or USA Network, and sometimes, pre-race and post-race coverage will switch to Peacock.
Cup’s regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway in August and the championship race at Phoenix Raceway in November will be available on both NBC and Peacock.
For the third-tier Truck Series, races will still remain with FOX on FS1.
So ahead of NBC’s first NASCAR weekend of the 2022 season, here’s a look at its complete broadcasting schedule:
Friday, June 24 — Xfinity practice
5:30 p.m. ET, USA Network
Friday June 24 — Cup practice
6:30 pm ET, USA Network
Saturday, June 25 — Xfinity qualifying
Noon ET, USA Network
Saturday, June 25 — Cup qualifying
1 p.m. ET, USA Network
Saturday, June 25 — Xfinity pre-race/post-race
3 pm ET/6 pm ET, USA Network
Saturday, June 25 — Xfinity Series’ Tennessee Lottery 250
3:30 p.m. ET, USA Network
Sunday, June 26 — Cup pre-race/post-race
4 pm ET/9 pm ET, Peacock
Sunday, June 26 — Cup Series’ Ally 400
5 p.m. ET, NBC/Peacock
And here’s the remainder of the Cup Series schedule and what channels are planned for each race broadcast:
- Sunday, July 3 — Road America, 3 pm ET, USA Network
- Sunday, July 10 — Atlanta, 3 pm ET, USA Network
- Sunday, July 17 — New Hampshire, 3 pm ET, USA Network
- Sunday, July 24 — Pocono, 3 pm ET, USA Network
- Sunday, July 31 — Indianapolis Road Course, 2:30 pm ET, NBC
- Sunday, August 7 — Michigan, 3 pm ET, USA Network
- Sunday, August 14 — Richmond, 3 pm ET, USA Network
- Sunday, August 21 — Watkins Glen, 3 pm ET, USA Network
- Saturday, August 27 — Daytona, 7 pm ET, NBC/Peacock
- Sunday, September 4 — Darlington, 6 pm ET, USA Network
- Sunday, September 11 — Kansas, 3 pm ET, USA Network
- Saturday, September 17 — Bristol, 7:30 pm ET, USA Network
- Sunday, September 25 — Texas, 3:30 pm ET, USA Network
- Sunday, October 2 — Talladega, 2 pm ET, NBC
- Sunday, October 9 — Charlotte Roval, 2 pm ET, NBC
- Sunday, October 16 — Las Vegas, 2:30 pm ET, NBC
- Sunday, October 23 — Homestead-Miami, 2:30 pm ET, NBC
- Sunday, October 30 — Martinsville, 2 pm ET, NBC
- Sunday, November 6 — Phoenix, 3 pm ET, NBC/Peacock