Internationally, Formula One is the dominant auto racing organization but in the United States the ‘undisputed champion’ is NASCAR. The sanctioning body of stock car racing has a fascinating backstory with roots in ‘moonshine running’ in the deep South. From that humble beginning, the sport has grown and by some metrics is second only to the NFL in terms of mainstream popularity. The original NASCAR stock cars were souped up’ cars straight off the showroom floor. Today, NASCAR vehicles bear only superficial resemblance to their commercial counterparts.
NASCAR runs several different competitions, but the biggest and most popular is the Sprint Cup series. This series runs 36 races over ten months including a ten race playoff’ to crown the Sprint Cup champion. The Sprint Cup series is the primary driver of NASCAR’s popularity and revenues. 17 of the top 20 single day attendance sporting events worldwide are NASCAR Sprint Cup races. Overall, NASCAR claims 75 million fans and over $3 billion in licensed product sales, mostly representing the individual drivers.
WATCHING LIVE NASCAR RACING:
NASCAR does a better job than the so called ‘stick and ball sports’ at offering fans the opportunity to watch the races how they want. Starting with the 2015 season, NASCAR’s TV affiliates Fox Sports and NBC will televise all 36 races plus the mid-summer ‘All-Star Race’. NASCAR was a pioneer in embracing new broadcasting technologies–they were the first major sports organization to offer live online audio streaming. They now offer a wide array of platforms to race fans from multiple channel coverage on Satellite radio to online products that track every detail of the race right down to on-track telemetry.
Live race video streaming is available on the races covered by Fox TV allowing fans to watch online or on smartphone/tablet applications. It’s important to note that access is limited to cable or satellite subscribers. NBC is the ‘newcomer’ to NASCAR racing in 2015–they outbid TNT for the rights when they became available last year. TNT provided streaming coverage through their ‘Race Buddy’ platform that offered statistical data and multiple camera angles. The specifics of NBC’s NASCAR coverage are still in the works including online and mobile streaming. Given the amount of streaming that NBC already makes available as well as NASCAR’s favorable attitude toward new technology it’s very likely that they’ll provide live coverage of every race.
WATCH NASCAR RACING ONLINE FREE:
If you’re a cable or satellite customer in the United States, you’ve already got some good options for live audio and video streaming of NASCAR races. If you’re not, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to subscribe directly to NASCAR race streaming within the next few years. HBO was the first major network to announce that they’ll have a ‘standalone’ subscription service that doesn’t require cable/satellite TV beginning in 2015. Look for a number of networks–and professional sports leagues–to quickly follow their lead in allowing direct subscriptions to their programming.
So the future looks bright for live online race streaming but what about now? Currently, the best option is to watch NASCAR racing online free. Live streams are available online for every sport imaginable from all over the world. NASCAR live race streams are extremely easy to find, and they don’t require a special cable or satellite subscription. Live streaming offers the same options for viewing on different devices, and you can find race coverage with commentary in Spanish and other languages. You can also select from a variety of different streaming speeds so you can find the one that offers the best video quality for your Internet connection.
HOW TO FIND AND WATCH LIVE NASCAR RACE STREAMS:
Finding a stream to the race you want to watch couldn’t be easier. Most newcomers like to start at a website called ‘Wiziwig.’ They provide a comprehensive directory of sports from around the world as well as informational resources and a lively discussion forum. There’s a good chance you can find information on anything you need to know and if not you can ask in the forum.
Once you’re up to speed you’ll want to check out some of the other Internet sites dedicated to live sports streaming. These include ATDHE, SportsStreamTV, and First Row Sports as well as a number of others. It’s a good idea to start with a Google search–new sites come online frequently and existing sites change their web address. You’ll want to have the updated information in order to find what you’re looking for quickly. With live NASCAR streaming race day action will be better than ever–and it won’t cost you a dime!