It has become common practice for fans of NASCAR to watch races online via live streaming. It is one of the great perks of living in the modern digital age. Whether you're simply 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 live stream NASCAR events (if you are willing to take the risk). So, how do you watch NASCAR races online? Here are some of your best options as the NASCAR season gets underway.
Online options with paid subscriptions to a TV service provider
You are required to have a paid subscription to a TV service provider to access online live streams on the FOX Sports Go and NBC Sports apps. So, unfortunately, this isn't an option for the cord-cutters. But It is ideal for those who do have cable/satellite and want to catch all the NASCAR action on the go. Better yet, these apps are free and online live streams are provided at no additional charge.
Broadcasting rights for NASCAR's top two series, the NASCAR Cup Series and 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 does own the exclusive broadcasting rights for NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series, allowing you to catch the entire season in this series on the FOX Sports Go.
You can also download the free Fox Sports Go app on your favorite digital device(s) (see link at the bottom to download the app). From there, simply sign in to your TV service provider, and you're good to go! You will be granted live access to practice sessions, qualifying, all the races that coincide with the FOX and FS1 NASCAR TV schedule, and more.
NBC Sports/USA Network - Live
If you are a cable subscriber, and you want to catch races online in the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series during the second half of the NASCAR season (starting June 26 at Nashville Superspeedway), you will need to turn to NBC Sports, USA Network, or the NBC Sports app. The app itself is free. All you need to do is download it to your favorite digital device(s) (see link at the bottom to download the app), sign in to your TV service provider, and you will be able to stream live practice sessions, qualifying, all the races on the NBC and USA Network NASCAR TV schedule and much more! NBCUniversal also has much of its sports programming on the Peacock streaming service, but this app is free if you have a cable log-in.
Cable-free online streaming services
The high costs and tricky contracts associated with cable TV can be a bit much. That's why millions 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 make it possible 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 a few of the best options for those who are ready to cut the cord on cable.
YouTube TV is a cord-cutting option growing wildly in popularity. For $64.99 per month, YouTube TV offers 85-plus channels, including FOX, NBC, FS1, and USA Network to cover all your NASCAR needs. Six accounts per household are included, and you can stream on up to three devices at the same time. They even throw in an unlimited DVR feature at no extra cost. YouTube TV is supported on most iOS and Android devices. It is 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 it returns to the normal 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 (65-plus channels) to $140.99 (140-plus channels and HBO Max, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz) per month. They also offer some of the best channel lineups in the cable/satellite-free market. The good news for NASCAR fans is that all the 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 is best known for its vast library of videos on demand. But they also offer a Hulu + Live TV bundle that includes Disney+ and ESPN+ that allows you to stream 60-plus channels of live TV for $69.99/mo. Included in the base package are all the channels you need to get your NASCAR fix, and you can remove ads from Hulu for an additional $6/mo. 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 once. Hulu is supported on a wide variety of devices as well.
One of the more economical cord-cutting alternatives is Sling TV. They offer three packages — Sling Orange ($35/mo), Sling Blue ($35/mo), and a combination of the Orange and Blue packages ($50/mo). You can also add channel packages and select premium channels at an extra cost. For NASCAR viewing purposes, you will need to select the Blue package or the Orange/Blue combo package. Those 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 to see if those channels are available in your area. But even if they are not available, Sling TV offers an easy solution in the form of a free indoor digital antenna with a 2-month pre-paid subscription. That should cover all your race day needs. Sling TV is supported by most digital devices, can be streamed on up to four devices simultaneously (Orange/Blue package), and includes up to 50 hours of DVR space. Try it free for three days!
NBCUniversal launched Peacock in 2020 and has continued to move its live sports content over to its new app. If you only want to watch racing and don't care for 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 shifts to NBC/USA Network in the second half. You could also pay $9.99 for the ad-free Plus version.
For the hardcore NASCAR enthusiasts
The NASCAR Mobile app doesn't allow you to stream live TV broadcasts of the races in the traditional sense, but it does include plenty of cool real-time race day features. Free features include live race, qualifying, and practice leaderboards for all NASCAR series. Live 360-degree in-car cameras for the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series, live radio broadcast for all NASCAR Series, full schedules, driver and manufacturer standings, in-race highlights, and exclusive video content. The NASCAR Mobile app also provides 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 at a cost of $4.99. Perks of the subscription-based premium content include an ad-free experience, live audio between drivers and teams in all three NASCAR Series, live audio for NASCAR officials (Cup Series only), live real-time data for every driver, car telemetry (including speed, RPM, throttle, and estimated fuel), and real-time GPS tracking of the top-10 drivers on the track.
Much like the NASCAR Mobile app, NASCAR RaceView and the accompanying app do not offer traditional live TV broadcasts. However, if you are an extreme fan of NASCAR or a particular driver, RaceView goes above and beyond. While the app itself is free, this is a subscription-based service. Options include a mobile-only yearly subscription for a one-time fee of $29.99 or a monthly mobile-only rate of $4.99 a month. You can also opt for a mobile and desktop combo for a one-time seasonal fee of $79.99 or a monthly subscription fee of $9.99 per month.
Premium live features include:
- 3-D virtual rendering of every car and track with multiple viewing angles
- REAL-TIME DRIVER STATS including MPH, RPM, throttle/brake, lap times, time off lead, turn by turn performance, fuel estimates, and points
- CHOOSE YOUR DRIVER: Select your favorite driver and watch for the entire race
- CUSTOMIZE YOUR EXPERIENCE: Listen and watch different drivers at the same time
- LIVE LEADERBOARDS: Position Rankings and Driver Stats
- LIVE IN-CAR AUDIO Position Rankings and Driver Stats
- LIVE RADIO broadcast
- SCAN function for all audio channels
- SCANNER PRODUCT ACCESS included with subscription
EXCLUSIVE PC FEATURES:
- CHOOSE FROM THREE VIEWS: RACE, DRIVER & PIT
- LEAD PREDICTION for all drivers on lead lap
- PIT MODE: Virtual video of each driver's pit stops, complete with performance data such as driver/crew times, total time, and number of tires
- NASCAR XFINITY SERIES 28 races available
EXCLUSIVE MOBILE FEATURES:
- WEEKLY TRACK TOURS: Flyover with track history
- DRIVER PAGES with paint schemes updated for each race
- TIME TRIAL: Interactive feature to drive each week's track and post
Reddit NASCAR and Motorsports Streams
When in doubt, go to Reddit. There are a few places on Reddit that can help you find NASCAR streams to watch the race. Or to just have a discussion about your favorite drivers and the race at hand. You can check /r/motorsportsstreams/ or Reddit's main NASCAR hub /r/NASCAR/.