NASCAR at Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Iconic Brickyard: How to Watch
The 2023 NASCAR playoffs loom on the horizon, with the chase for the championship flag commencing on September 3rd. As the clock ticks down, drivers are vying for coveted spots in the top 12 of the points standings with Chevrolet in the top manufacturer standings for 2023.
The hallowed grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, known as the Brickyard, are set to reverberate with the thunderous roars of stock car engines once again. While the annual Indy 500 commands worldwide attention, this weekend, the NASCAR juggernaut is poised to conquer the historic track with a thrilling doubleheader. Get ready for heart-pounding action as the Xfinity Series Penzoil 150 ignites the weekend on Saturday, August 12th at 5:30 p.m. ET. The excitement doesn't stop there, as the Cup Series Verizon 200 takes center stage on Sunday, August 13th at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Revving Up the Weekend: Schedule for NASCAR Xfinity and Cup Series Races
Date & Time:
- Xfinity Series: Saturday, Aug. 12 at 5:30 p.m. ET
- Cup Series: Sunday, Aug. 13 at 2:30 p.m. ET
- Xfinity Series: USA Network
- Cup Series: NBC
- Our Recommendation: DIRECTV STREAM with a 5-day free trial and $30 off
- Other Options: Fubo, Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling, Peacock (Details below)
History Meets High Speed: Insights into the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup Series Races
While the Indianapolis Motor Speedway unveiled its road course in 2000, NASCAR's engagement with it began in earnest a dozen years later, in 2012. Since then, the Xfinity Series Penzoil 150 has carved its place in history as a mainstay at this legendary venue. The Verizon 200, on the other hand, etched its name in the annals of racing history as it took over the mantle of the traditional Cup Series Brickyard 400 starting in 2021. Rumor has it that the oval race will be coming back in 2024, though.
Countdown to the Playoffs: The Championship Chase
The 2023 NASCAR playoffs loom on the horizon, with the chase for the championship flag commencing on September 3rd. As the clock ticks down, drivers are vying for coveted spots in the top 12 of the points standings. Leading the pack is Martin Truex Jr., closely pursued by William Byron, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Kyle Larson, rounding out the top five contenders. In the Xfinity Series, John Nemecheck, Austin Hill, Cole Custer, Justin Allgaier, and Chandler Smith are the fierce competitors dominating the current top five.
Current standings put Chevrolet in the lead with 852 points. Toyota is second, just 53 points behind at 799, with Ford in close proximity at 784 points. Last week in Michigan, Buescher, racing for Ford, proved himself a formidable competitor lap after lap in holding off Truex, whose No. 19 Toyota arguably was the fastest car in the race.
Streaming on Your Terms: Catch the Action on All Major Platforms
Streaming the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup Series Races from the Brickyard Road Course has never been easier. With six major streaming providers offering Live TV Streaming, fans have a plethora of options to choose from. These providers support viewing on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and the web.
- DIRECTV STREAM: Our top pick on the list due to the cheapest price at their scale, plus the addition of a 5-day free trial and a $30 discount over 3 months. It also has FS1, where you'll find other NASCAR races. And on top of that, you'll get unlimited DVR and a ton of options for football season coming up. The lowest tier starts at $75 per month, but the current deal brings it down to $65.
- Fubo: Our next choice in the list as it offers a 7-day free trial. Fubo will cost you about $86 per month but comes with all the NFL and NCAA channels you want.
- Hulu Live TV: This one of our favorites for Cord Cutters because of its broad coverage of live channels, cheap price, and the free subscription to ESPN+ and Disney+. However, come October, Hulu Live TV will be raising their price significantly. Right now it’s only $70 per month. Sorry, no free trial.
- YouTube TV: A robust streaming platform with a ton of channels that comes in at $73 per month.
- Sling: The cheapest live streaming service out of the bunch, the Blue tier carries NBC, USA, and FS1 (where other races are broadcast). Great for streaming NASCAR, but lacks the broad coverage of the other streaming platforms. Still not bad, especially with their 50% off deal going on right now for new subscribers which makes it just $20.
- Peacock: Last on our list, not because of the price or simplicity, but because it doesn’t carry FS1 (which other NASCAR races are broadcast on). If you go this route, it will be $6 for ad-supported or $12 for ad-free.
The Brickyard weekend promises to be a double dose of racing spectacle, with the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup Series races electrifying the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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