NASCAR Broadcasting to Change as SPEED Channel will Officially Become FOX Sports 1
NASCAR fans are rather used to turning their remote controls to SPEED TV to find the latest NASCAR news. Besides that, the station also is host to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, non-point Sprint Cup Series races, practice sessions and qualifying.
As previously speculated, SPEED TV will now become FOX Sports 1. The channel will still be host of NASCAR races, but it won’t be around-the-clock coverage of all things Motorsports. It was probably the lone channel to cover auto racing on a daily basis with such an extent amount of dedication to NASCAR.
FOX Sports 1 will have coverage of numerous sports, not just auto racing. SPEED TV will still be around until Aug. 17, that’s the good news for NASCAR fans. NASCAR programming will also be continued and shouldn’t be too effected. FOX Sports 1 will continue to carry NASCAR Raceday, a popular pre-race show for NASCAR fans as well as Race Hub and Victory Lane. The shows will be continued, but there will be a new addition to the NASCAR schedule for the new channel.
According to a FOX Sports press release, FOX Sports 1 will begin to be the host of live NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races beginning as soon as 2015. It may not be a lot of races, but it will be a start. Fans have been asking for races to be shown on SPEED TV for several years after a highly successful run as the host of the entire Camping World Truck Series schedule. By the way, that series will also be exclusively shown on FOX Sports 1.
Since the channel is host to roughly 90 million homes, the move marks the biggest cable network launch in the history of television and one of the largest network launches as well. NASCAR may have to compete with the MLB as that league will be having some games on FOX Sports 1 as well. It should be interesting to see how fans and NASCAR itself adapts to the new channel. If they like it, it could be a sign of more things similar to this to come. If not, then maybe NASCAR will actually follow through with plans to make a television station which has been in talks for years now, but has never fallen through for numerous reasons.