NBC’s coverage of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season is scheduled to begin at Nashville Superspeedway with the Ally 400 this weekend.
Following the first 16 races of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season, 18 if you include the preseason Busch Light Clash exhibition race at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway, and the one and only off weekend of the schedule last weekend, NBC is set to take over the broadcasting duties from Fox.
NBC’s portion of the broadcast schedule once again includes the final 10 races of the 26-race regular season and all 10 races on the playoff calendar. This portion of the schedule includes races on both regular NBC and USA Network.
USA Network took over as the alternative broadcast channel during NBC’s portion of the broadcast schedule last year following the shutdown of NBC Sports Network at the end of 2021.
Both NBC and USA Network are set to air 10 of the remaining 20 NASCAR Cup Series races.
NBC is set to show four regular season races, including this Sunday evening’s Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway, while USA Network is set to show the other six. USA Network is then set to lead off the postseason with four straight events, while NBC is set to broadcast the final six.
But who is in the broadcast booth for these 20 NASCAR Cup Series races on NBC or USA Network? All four announcers from the last five years are back. Rick Allen is set to continue to serve as the lead race announcer, and analysts Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are all set to return to the booth as well.
NBC is not using the approach Fox took in 2022 in 2023, bringing in different guest analysts from race to race. The booth should remain the same throughout the next 20 weeks, though the announcers have split up into two booths since Earnhardt joined the team in 2018. In 2021 and 2022, Allen and Letarte shared a booth while with Burton and Earnhardt shared another.
The Ally 400 is set to be broadcast live on NBC from the four-turn, 1.333-mile (2.145-kilometer) Lebanon, Tennessee oval beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 25. Start a free trial of FuboTV today and don’t miss it!