NASCAR announces start times and networks for 2023

NASCAR announces start times and networks for 2023

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR, FOX Sports, and NBC Sports jointly announced 2023 race start times and networks for the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Twenty-one NASCAR Cup Series races will air on FOX or NBC broadcast networks in 2023, the highest number of broadcast races since 2009. The 2023 schedule marks the second consecutive year of growth on network television with one more race airing on broadcast than in 2022.

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Eleven races will air on FOX, including the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum (Sunday, Feb. 5, 8 p.m. ET), the Daytona 500 (Sunday, Feb. 19, 2:30 p.m. ET), and the next five points races to start the season. The Bristol Dirt Race returns to FOX in primetime on Easter night (Sunday, April 9, 7 p.m. ET), while Talladega Superspeedway (Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m. ET), the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Sunday, May 28, 6 p.m. ET) and Sonoma Raceway (Sunday, June 11, 3:30 p.m. ET) are the final NASCAR Cup Series races on broadcast in FOX Sports‘ portion of the season. FS1 will present eight NASCAR Cup Series races, beginning with the Duel at Daytona (Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. ET) and Richmond Raceway (Sunday, April 2, 3:30 p.m. ET).

In 2022, the NASCAR Cup Series experienced its highest viewership and share during the FOX segment of the schedule since 2017.

Ten broadcast races will air on NBC, one more than in 2022, including the kickoff of the NBC Sports portion of the season at Nashville Superspeedway in primetime (Sunday, June 25, 7 p.m. ET) and the NASCAR Cup Series‘ first-ever Chicago Street Race (Sunday, July 2, 5:30 p.m. ET). The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course (Sunday, Aug. 13, 2:30 p.m. ET) and regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway (Saturday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m. ET) will be the other regular season races airing on the network. Once again, the final six playoff races will air on NBC beginning with Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. ET and culminating with the championship race at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. ET.

“Over the last few years, we‘ve worked closely with our broadcast partners, tracks, teams, drivers, and industry stakeholders to deliver some of the most bold and innovative schedules in NASCAR‘s history — 2023 is no exception,” said Brian Herbst, NASCAR senior vice president of media and productions. “We will always look for opportunities to expand the distribution of our world-class racing product to NASCAR‘s loyal fanbase — by adding more broadcast and primetime races in 2023, our media partners are continuing their commitment to reach as many viewers as possible through their network platforms. This commitment was on full display in 2022, with a 4% year-over-year viewership increase for the NASCAR Cup Series and we look forward to continuing the momentum in 2023.”

Overall, 10 NASCAR Cup Series races will air in primetime during the 2023 season. The Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum, the Bristol Dirt Race, NASCAR All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway (Sunday, May 21, at 8 p.m. ET, FS1), Nashville Superspeedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway (Sunday, July 9, at 7 p.m. ET, USA Network), Daytona International Speedway, and Bristol Motor Speedway (Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. ET, USA Network) highlight racing under the lights next year.

Additionally, five NASCAR Xfinity Series races will air live on broadcast in 2023. FOX will be home to the classic NASCAR action from Darlington Raceway (Saturday, May 13, 1:30 p.m. ET), while NBC will carry the Xfinity Series four times, including from Road America (Saturday, July 29, 3 p.m. ET), Michigan International Speedway (Saturday, Aug. 5, 3:30 p.m. ET), Kansas Speedway (Saturday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m. ET) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Saturday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m. ET).

USA Network enters its second season as NBC Sports‘ cable home for NASCAR and will present 25 NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2023. NASCAR Xfinity Series racing will begin from Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, June 24, at 3:30 p.m. ET, while USA‘s coverage of the Cup Series premieres at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 9, at 7 p.m. ET. This season, six Cup Series races on USA Network delivered year-over-year viewership gains versus NBCSN races in 2021 and USA Network was also the most-watched cable network on television for seven races.

Craftsman will make its triumphant return to the Trucks Series in 2023 with 22 races scheduled on FS1. The return to North Wilkesboro (Saturday, May 20, 1:30 p.m. ET) will air on FOX. Thirteen NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races will run in primetime, highlighted by the playoffs opener at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on Friday, Aug. 11, at 9 p.m. ET and the championship at Phoenix Raceway on Friday, Nov. 3, at 10 p.m. ET.

Complete times and network schedules for all three national series are below. All times eastern and subject to change. Playoffs races are in bold.

2023 NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

Date

Race / Track

Network

Start Time (ET)

Radio

Sunday, February 5

Clash (LA Memorial Coliseum)

FOX

8 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Thursday, February 16

Duel at Daytona

FS1

7 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, February 19

DAYTONA 500

FOX

2:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, February 26

Auto Club

FOX

3:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, March 5

Las Vegas

FOX

3:30 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, March 12

Phoenix

FOX

3:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, March 19

Atlanta

FOX

3 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, March 26

COTA

FOX

3:30 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, April 2

Richmond

FS1

3:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, April 9

Bristol Dirt

FOX

7 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, April 16

Martinsville

FS1

3 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, April 23

Talladega

FOX

3 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, April 30

Dover

FS1

2 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, May 7

Kansas

FS1

3 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, May 14

Darlington

FS1

3 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, May 21

NASCAR All-Star Race
(North Wilkesboro)

FS1

8 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, May 28

Charlotte

FOX

6 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, June 4

World Wide Technology Raceway

FS1

3:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, June 11

Sonoma

FOX

3:30 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, June 25

Nashville Superspeedway

NBC

7 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, July 2

Chicago Street Race

NBC

5:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, July 9

Atlanta

USA

7 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, July 16

New Hampshire

USA

2:30 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, July 23

Pocono

USA

2:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, July 30

Richmond

USA

3 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, August 6

Michigan

USA

2:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, August 13

Indianapolis Road Course

NBC

2:30 p.m.

IMS/SiriusXM

Sunday, August 20

Watkins Glen

USA

3:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, August 26

Daytona

NBC

7:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, September 3

Darlington

USA

6:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, September 10

Kansas

USA

3:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, September 16

Bristol

USA

7:30 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, September 24

Texas

USA

3:30 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, October 1

Talladega

NBC

2:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, October 8

Charlotte Roval

NBC

2:00 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, October 15

Las Vegas

NBC

2:30 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, October 22

Homestead-Miami

NBC

2:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, October 29

Martinsville

NBC

2:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, November 5

Phoenix

NBC

3:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

 

2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series Schedule

Date

Location

Network

Start Time

Radio

Saturday, February 18

Daytona

FS1

5 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, February 25

Auto Club

FS1

5 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, March 4

Las Vegas

FS1

4:30 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, March 11

Phoenix

FS1

4:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, March 18

Atlanta

FS1

5 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, March 25

COTA

FS1

5 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, April 1

Richmond

FS1

1 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, April 15

Martinsville

FS1

7:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, April 22

Talladega

FS1

4 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, April 29

Dover

FS1

1:30 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, May 13

Darlington

FOX

1:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, May 27

Charlotte

FS1

1 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, June 3

Portland

FS1

4:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, June 10

Sonoma

FS1

8 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, June 24

Nashville Superspeedway

USA

3:30 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, July 1

Chicago Street Race

USA

5 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, July 8

Atlanta

USA

8 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, July 15

New Hampshire

USA

3 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, July 22

Pocono

USA

5:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, July 29

Road America

NBC

3 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, August 5

Michigan

NBC

3:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, August 12

Indianapolis Road Course

USA

5:30 p.m.

IMS/SiriusXM

Saturday, August 19

Watkins Glen

USA

3:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, August 25

Daytona

USA

7:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, September 2

Darlington

USA

3:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, September 9

Kansas

NBC

3 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, September 15

Bristol

USA

7:30 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, September 23

Texas

USA

3:30 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, October 7

Charlotte Roval

USA

3:30 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, October 14

Las Vegas

USA

3:30 p.m.

PRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, October 21

Homestead-Miami

NBC

3 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, October 28

Martinsville

USA

3:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, November 4

Phoenix

USA

7 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

 

2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Schedule

Date

Location

Network

Start Time

Radio

Friday, February 17

Daytona

FS1

7:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, March 3

Las Vegas

FS1

9 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, March 18

Atlanta

FS1

2 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, March 25

COTA

FS1

1:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, April 1

Texas

FS1

4:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, April 8

Bristol Dirt

FS1

8 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, April 14

Martinsville

FS1

7:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, May 6

Kansas

FS1

8 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, May 12

Darlington

FS1

7:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, May 20

North Wilkesboro

FOX

1:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, May 26

Charlotte

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, June 3

World Wide Technology Raceway

FS1

1:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, June 23

Nashville Superspeedway

FS1

8 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, July 8

Mid-Ohio

FS1

1:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, July 22

Pocono

FS1

12 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, July 29

Richmond

FS1

7:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, August 11

Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

FS1

9 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, August 27

Milwaukee

FS1

4 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, September 8

Kansas

FS1

9 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Thursday, September 14

Bristol

FS1

9 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, September 30

Talladega

FS1

1 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, October 21

Homestead-Miami

FS1

12 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, November 3

Phoenix

FS1

10 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM