January 24, 2013; Charlotte, NC; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars of drivers Marcos Ambrose (9) and David Ragan (34) pull into the NASCAR hall of fame at the Parade of Fords during the 2013 Sprint Media Tour. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

It's Time For A NASCAR TV Network

The National Football League has one.  Major League Baseball has one.  The National Basketball Association has one.  Even the much maligned National Hockey League has one.  The one being referred to in all four cases is a television network dedicated to the specific sports league.  Unfortunately for whatever reason, NASCAR does not have its own network. Two of the aforementioned stick and ball leagues actually ranks below NASCAR in popularity too.

NASCAR has a huge archive of video not only of the Sprint Cup Series but the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series as well.  Old fans would love the network because they would be able to relive moments from the past that they long forgot while newer fans would receive an education and a better understanding of how NASCAR as a whole has progressed to what it is today.

Alongside airing old races, a NASCAR network could feature old shows like Inside Winston Cup and other similar programming from years gone by.  Again, this would be a great source of information for new fans as interviews with drivers such as Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki or car owners like Bud Moore and Junior Johnson would provide insightful information and help fans better recognize NASCAR’s heroes of the past.

Besides being a network for archive material, NASCAR could use the channel to broadcast live or tape-delayed coverage of their touring series such as the K&N East and West Series, the Whelen Modified touring series as well as NASCAR’s touring series in Canada, Mexico and Europe.  A NASCAR television network could also take the place of the now defunct DirecTV HotPass, something that was hugely popular with fans.

In a day and age where it seems there are networks dedicated to NCAA divisions, a NASCAR network would almost certainly succeed.  In truth, it’s probably something that is in the works but it’s a question of when more than if.

Tags: Camping World Truck Series NASCAR Nationwide Series Sprint Cup Series

  • David Russell Edwards

    One has to wonder why this situation exists. Is it because there isn’t enough demand for it? Or, is it because the Nascar model is to always have someone else pay the bills, and nobody is willing to put up the money? My guess is it is the former. Not enough interest in reruns of years, even decades old races, and the live events arent year round.

    • Bryant Douglass

      I agree with you David. Sadly we have that opinion. I think SPEED was the best option for NASCAR and FOX is ruining that. Now it puts NASCAR in a hole. Do they limit their coverage and tv exposure or risk losing money on a network.

      • David Russell Edwards

        Perhaps its because we overestimate the popularity of the sport because we like it. Saw an interesting stat about F1 today. F1 as we know is many times as popular as Nascar, worldwide. But its 490 Billion dollar cap is the equal of the TURKISH PREMIER LEAGUE! a turkish soccer league! Kinda says it all doesnt it?

  • Les Bailey

    Nascar has two problems, One is the product on the track sucks, and the other is the modern sports fan is fickle. The great hey day of racing ended when Bill France Jr turned over the reins of the business to Frick and Frack, Brian France, and Mike Helton.They can get some clout back if the product gets better, but the train has already left on the fad that was racing in the late nineties.

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