NASCAR All-Star Race not being broadcast on Fox

All-Star Race, North Wilkesboro Speedway, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
All-Star Race, North Wilkesboro Speedway, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

The All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway marks the final race of a four-race stretch of NASCAR Cup Series races on Fox Sports 1 instead of regular Fox.

Not since the 1996 season has the NASCAR Cup Series run a race at North Wilkesboro Speedway, but that is set to change this Sunday with the All-Star Race, which had been held at Texas Motor Speedway the last two years.

While the race for the $1,000,000 prize is not a points race, this marks a long-awaited return to the famed four-turn, 0.625-mile (1.006-kilometer) North Wilkesboro, North Carolina oval. For several years, the track’s future looked bleak, at best.

Make not of the fact that, despite the build-up to this event, it is set to be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 as opposed to regular Fox. It marks the fourth straight race on Fox Sports 1, after all but two events had been shown live on Fox from the start of the season in early February until mid-April.

For the average NASCAR fan, this doesn’t change much, other than which channel to select before the race.

The only change is who is set to join lead announcer Mike Joy and driver analyst Clint Bowyer in the booth. The third spot in the booth is typically reserved for a guest analyst, though there were four who joined the booth throughout the Goodyear 400 throwback race at Darlington Raceway this past Sunday afternoon.

At North Wilkesboro Speedway, Darrell Waltrip is set to make his return to the booth. Waltrip was a full-time analyst in the Fox Sports booth until his retirement after the network’s portion of the 2019 schedule. He returned in 2022 for the dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and now he is set to be back again.

After the All-Star Race, there are just three more races until the switch to NBC and USA Network for the rest of the regular season, with two set to be shown live on Fox and one set to be shown live on Fox Sports 1.

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Fox Sports 1 is set to broadcast the All-Star Open live from North Wilkesboro Speedway beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 21, with the All-Star Race set to follow at 8:00 p.m. ET. Begin a free trial of FuboTV now and don’t miss any of the action from NASCAR’s return to the iconic race track!