Quick thoughts on the 2023 NASCAR scheduling times
The 2023 NASCAR schedule was already announced in September, but now we know the times and TV networks. There’s a few items to unpack here which leads me to a few quick thoughts.
- I think it’s interesting that among the 23 Truck Series races, just 1 of them are on FOX. The other 22 are on Fox Sports 1. The one race on the big network? North Wilkesboro.
- The All-Star Race will air on FS1 instead of FOX and it’s at the same track as the 1 Truck Series race on FOX – North Wilkesboro.
- The Truck Series season finale remains at 10 p.m. ET.
- 3 of the final 5 and 4 of the last 7 Truck Series races starts at 9 p.m. ET or later.
- There’s only 3 Xfinity Series/Truck Series same-day doubleheaders next season. Atlanta (March 18) will be 2 p.m. ET/5 p.m. ET, Pocono (July 22) will be 12 p.m. ET, 5:30 p.m. ET and Homestead (Oct. 21) will be 12 p.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET.
- 13 of the 23 (57%) Truck races will air at night.
- 6 of the 33 (18%) of the Xfinity Series races start at night. However, 17 of the 33 begin at 4 p.m. ET or later though too.
- The Xfinity Series season finale moves back to night at 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 4.
- Just 5 of the 33 Xfinity Series races are on network TV (Darlington – FOX, Road America, Michigan, Kansas and Miami each on NBC).
- The summer race at Indy starts at 5:30 p.m. ET.
- 21 of the 36 (58%) 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.
- 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), Charlotte Motor Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, Chicago Street Race, Atlanta Motor Speedway (Sunday, July 9, at 7 p.m. ET, USA Network), Daytona International Speedway, Darlington Raceway (Sunday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. ET, USA Network), and Bristol Motor Speedway (Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. ET, USA Network) highlight racing under the lights next year.
- Among them are 7 points paying races including 5 of the 7 taking place on a Sunday night at that. Nashville and Atlanta are movers from Sunday afternoons to Sunday nights.
- Both Richmond races will air during the day.