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USA series ‘Race for the Championship’ debuts Thursday night


USA Network’s behind-the-scenes docuseries of the 2022 NASCAR Cup season debuts at 10 p.m. ET Thursday night.

Documenting the lives of the sport’s best on and off the track, viewers will get a rare glimpse of what it takes to balance personal relationships with the pressure to perform. Packed with action, heart and drama, this exhilarating series will offer up a taste of what it’s really like to partake in the world’s top level of stock car racing. Watch as the drivers are pushed mentally and physically to their limits, navigating a NASCAR season unlike any other – with a new car, new tracks and new challenges – for their chance to make history.

Over 10 episodes, “Race for the Championship” will tell the story of the 2022 Cup season and playoffs. The series will feature past champions such as Chase ElliottKyle LarsonKyle BuschJoey Logano and Brad Keselowski, along with other drivers eager to write their own NASCAR legacies, including Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suárez, Ross ChastainCorey LaJoie and others.

 “I am excited to see it … and I think it will turn out really good,” Larson said. “I hope all the fans will really enjoy it.”

Said Kyle BuschI feel like it’s just another level of humanizing us. Athletes, drivers, families, things like that of what we do outside the sport. Obviously, there’s a lot to be filmed and a lot of things that go on behind the scenes and the things that aren’t on broadcast television each and every week.

“And so, to kind of showcase a little bit of that, obviously, there’s a storyline, a huge development of lives and situations that are outside of just the broadcast. And so I feel like they’re trying to do the best they can and showcase some of that and get some of those storylines out there. You know, one with us is just our family life and racing and Brexton racing and that sort of stuff, where how hectic it kind of is and what we do, outside of just being here every Saturday and Sunday.”

Craftsman returns as Truck Series sponsor in 2023


NASCAR and Stanley Black & Decker, the world’s largest tool company and a leader in outdoor equipment, announced Friday that Craftsman will return as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Truck Series beginning in 2023. After serving as the series’ title sponsor from its inception in 1995-2008, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will make its homecoming at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 17, 2023.

In addition to the Truck Series title sponsorship, Stanley Black & Decker will further expand its presence in the sport, entering into a multi-year partnership designating the company and its iconic brands as the “Official Tools Partner of NASCAR” and “Official Tools” of all NASCAR-owned and operated tracks.

 “We celebrate the return of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with our customers, distribution partners and employees,” said Doug Redpath, President of Hand Tools, Accessories and Storage for Stanley Black & Decker, in a statement. “From proud homeowners and homebuilders to auto enthusiasts and master mechanics, Craftsman has been the brand generations have trusted to get the job done.

“The Truck Series represents authentic, bold and proud drivers and fans, which embody the same characteristics of our Craftsman brand. We look forward to our return in Daytona in 2023 to reunite with our loyal fans as we begin this new chapter in NASCAR history.”

NASCAR Cratsman Truck Series title sponsorship includes exclusive brand integrations on vehicles, crew uniforms, tracks and more in addition to the branding of the Triple Truck Challenge and Championship Race entitlement. It will also serve as a platform to support the launch of new products, amplify seasonal promotions, and highlight the many ways Craftsman is building pride.

Craftsman replaces Camping World as Truck Series sponsor.

USA Network begins its run broadcasting NASCAR Cup, Xfinity races

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USA Network begins its run as NBC Sports’ new cable home of the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series this weekend with live race coverage from Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, beginning at 2 p.m. ET each day.

USA Network will be the exclusive home for 23 of the next 26 NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races through September, visiting iconic tracks such as Atlanta Motor Speedway, Watkins Glen International, Darlington Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway.

Including practice and qualifying, as well as the NASCAR ARCA Menards Series and Whelen Modified Tour, USA Network will present nearly 200 hours of NASCAR coverage in 2022.

USA Network has been a top five cable entertainment brand for over 20 years and is widely available across cable, satellite and streaming providers, including:

  • AT&T U-verse HD: Channel 1125
  • Charter Spectrum HD: Channel 101
  • Comcast XFINITY TV HD:  Channel 823
  • Cox Contour HD: Channel 1028
  • DIRECTV HD: Channel 242
  • DISH Network HD: Channel 105
  • Verizon FiOS: Channel 550
  • Optimum: Channel 38

Channel listings may vary by market and could be updated by the provider to a different channel at any time.

USA Network is also available via most streaming services, including:

  • DirecTV Stream
  • fuboTV
  • Hulu + Live TV
  • Sling TV (Blue package)
  • Youtube TV

Earlier this year, USA Network became the cable home of premium NBC Sports events, which, in addition to NASCAR, includes coverage of the Premier League, INDYCAR, the Olympic Games, USGA and The R&A Golf Championships, horse racing, cycling and more.

As in years past, coverage airing on USA Network will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app via authentication.

Following are NBC Sports’ full 2022 NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series schedules:

Date Location Platform Time (ET)
Sunday, July 3 Road America USA 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 10 Atlanta USA 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 17 New Hampshire USA 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 24 Pocono USA 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 Indianapolis Road Course NBC 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 Michigan USA 3 p.m.
Sunday, August 14 Richmond USA 3 p.m.
Sunday, August 21 Watkins Glen USA 3 p.m.
Saturday, August 27 Daytona NBC, Peacock 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 4 Darlington USA 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 11 Kansas USA 3 p.m.
Saturday, September 17 Bristol USA 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 25 Texas USA 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 2 Talladega NBC 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 9 Charlotte ROVAL NBC 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 16 Las Vegas NBC 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 23 Homestead-Miami NBC 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 30 Martinsville NBC 2 p.m.
Sunday, November 6 Phoenix NBC, Peacock 3 p.m.


Date Location Platform Time (ET)
Saturday, July 2 Road America USA 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 9 Atlanta USA 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 16 New Hampshire USA 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 Pocono USA 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 30 Indianapolis Road Course NBC, Peacock 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 6 Michigan USA 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 20 Watkins Glen USA 3 p.m.
Friday, August 26 Daytona USA 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 3 Darlington USA 3 p.m.
Saturday, September 10 Kansas USA 3 p.m.
Friday, September 16 Bristol USA 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 24 Texas USA 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 1 Talladega USA 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 8 Charlotte ROVAL NBC, Peacock 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 15 Las Vegas NBC, Peacock 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 22 Homestead-Miami USA 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 29 Martinsville NBC, Peacock 3 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 Phoenix USA 6 p.m.

Where to watch NASCAR: NBC, USA Network, Peacock schedule for Nashville


NBC Sports kicks into gear its portion of the 2022 NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. Over three days, NBC Sports will present nearly 15 hours of practice, qualifying and race coverage for the Cup and Xfinity Series across NBC, Peacock and USA Network.

NASCAR Cup Series Countdown to Green pre-race coverage will get underway in Nashville Sunday at 4 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock leading into Ally 400 race coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. Peacock will present post-race coverage immediately following the checkered flag at 9 p.m. ET.

Countdown to Green ahead of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 gets underway Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network, leading into race coverage at 3:30 p.m. ET. Post-race coverage will begin at 6 p.m. ET on USA Network.

Live coverage from Nashville begins on Friday with a pair of hour-long practice sessions, getting underway with the Xfinity Series at 5:30 p.m. ET and Cup Series at 6:30 p.m. ET on USA Network. Xfinity Series qualifying is presented on Saturday at noon ET, followed by Cup Series qualifying at 1 p.m. ET on USA Network.

Two-time Daytona 500 Champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., 21-time Cup Series race winner and “The Mayor” of NASCAR Jeff Burton, and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte will serve as analysts for both the Cup and Xfinity Series races this weekend from Nashville Superspeedway with lead NASCAR race announcer Rick AllenMarty SniderDave Burns and Parker Kligerman will serve as pit reporters.

NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett, auto racing icon Kyle Petty and JTG Daugherty Racing team owner Brad Daugherty will anchor studio coverage with Snider from the Peacock Pit Box during pre- and post-race coverage on Saturday and Sunday.

NBC Sports’ Rutledge Wood will serve as a “CityView” reporter and share stories from Nashville’s famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge to highlight the atmosphere and excitement around the race on Broadway in Music City. Last week, NBC Sports announced its NASCAR commentary team ahead of the season.

Peacock will present coverage of three NASCAR Cup Series (Nashville, Daytona, Phoenix) and four NASCAR Xfinity Series races (Indianapolis, Charlotte ROVAL, Las Vegas, Martinsville) throughout the season in addition to pre- and post-race coverage. Click here for more details.

The official home of the NASCAR Championship and Playoffs, NBC Sports will once again present the final 20 NASCAR Cup Series races and 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2022 across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, culminating with the Championship at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 5-6. Click here for more information on NBC Sports’ 2022 NASCAR coverage.


  • Keith Urban: Throughout the past month, four-time GRAMMY© Award winner Keith Urban helped kick off NBC Sports’ NASCAR promotional campaign featuring music inspired by his hit single Wild Hearts filmed at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Click here for more details.
  • NASCAR Pick ‘Em: NBC Sports’ free-to-play game, NASCAR Pick ‘Em, features a weekly contest for each NASCAR Cup Series race throughout the season. NASCAR Pick ‘Em is available for download now on the NBC Sports Predictor app powered by PointsBet (available in the App Store and Google Play Store).


  • AnalystsDale Earnhardt Jr.Jeff BurtonSteve Letarte
  • Play by PlayRick Allen
  • Pit ReportersMarty Snider, Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman
  • “CityView” ReporterRutledge Wood


  • Host: Marty Snider
  • Analysts: Dale JarrettKyle PettyBrad Daugherty


  • TV – NBC, USA Network
  • Streaming – Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Date Coverage Platform Time (ET)
Fri., June 24 NASCAR Xfinity Series Practice USA Network 5:30 p.m.
NASCAR Cup Series Practice USA Network 6:30 p.m.
Sat., June 25 NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying USA Network Noon
NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying USA Network 1 p.m.
Countdown to Green – NASCAR Xfinity Series USA Network 3 p.m.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 USA Network 3:30 p.m.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Post-Race USA Network 6 p.m.
Sun., June 26 Countdown to Green – NASCAR Cup Series Peacock 4 p.m.
NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.
NASCAR Cup Series Post-Race Peacock 9 p.m.

NASCAR drivers share songs that pump them up


What song gets a driver pumped up on race day? As NASCAR heads to Music City for Sunday’s Cup race at Nashville Superspeedway (5 p.m. ET on NBC), we asked Cup drivers that question.

They responded. We put their songs on a Spotify playlist to enjoy.

Here’s the list:

AJ Allmendinger: Five Finger Death Punch – “Bad Company”

Aric Almirola: Niko Moon – “Good Time”

Ryan Blaney: Sturgill Simpson – “You Can Have The Crown”

Alex Bowman: Morgan Wallen – “You Proof”

Chase Briscoe: Motley Crue – “Kickstart My Heart”

Chris Buescher: Whiskey Myers – “Gasoline”

Harrison Burton: Tyler Childers – “Whitehouse Road”

Kurt Busch: Aerosmith – “Dream On” … Kenny Chesney – “When The Sun Goes Down” and Jimmy Buffett – “Margaritaville”

Kyle Busch: Jason Aldean – “Dirt Road Anthem”

William Byron: Anything early 2000s

Ross Chastain: Pitbull – “I Believe That We Will Win (World Anthem)”

Austin Cindric: “There’s no way I’m not gonna be the guy listening to country music”

Cole Custer: George Strait – “Amarillo By Morning”

Austin Dillon: Garth Brooks – “Friends In Low Places”

Ty Dillon: Tim Montana – “Hillbilly Rich”

Chase Elliott: Eric Church – “Talladega”

Todd Gilliland: Parker McCollum – “Hell of a Year”

Justin Haley: Milky Chance – “Stolen Dance”

Denny Hamlin: Post Malone – “Circles”

Kevin Harvick: Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”

Erik Jones: Waylon Jennings – “Are you sure Hank done it this way?”

Brad Keselowski: Waylon Jennings – “Lonesome, On’Ry and Mean”

Corey LaJoie: Morgan Wallen – “Livin’ The Dream”

Kyle Larson: Anything country

Joey Logano: Walker Hayes – “AA”

Michael McDowell: NF – “The Search”

Tyler Reddick: Jason Aldean – “Crazy Town”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Parker McCollum – “To Be Loved By You”

Daniel Suarez: Pitbull – “Can’t Stop Us Now”

Martin Truex Jr.: Cole Swindell – “Stereotype” and “Small Town Throwdown” by Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett

Bubba Wallace: Wage War – “Death Roll”

Cody Ware: Avicii – “Wake Me Up”