By Phillip Swann
The TV Answer Man – @tvanswerman
TV Answer Man, when NBC starts doing the NASCAR races this year, will they have them in 4K like Fox does? NBC has done some soccer and golf in 4K so why not auto racing, right? — Carl, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Carl, NBC Sports this year will broadcast 39 NASCAR races, 20 in the Cup Series and 19 in the Xfinity series, on NBC, USA Network and Peacock. (See the schedule below for times and channels.) The NBC races will start Sunday, June 25, with the Ally 400 from the Nashville Superspeedway in Nashville at 7 p.m. ET. The next Sunday, the network will air the first Chicago Street Race at 5:30 p.m. ET.
“The inaugural running of the Chicago Street Race will be a special event and boost excitement before we build momentum for the final six Playoff races airing on NBC culminating in a Champion being crowned in Phoenix,” Justin Byczek, senior vice president of programming and rights management for NBC Sports, said in a company press release.
Fox has been doing the first half of the NASCAR season and the network committed to producing seven races in 4K HDR, including this Sunday’s Toyota Save Mart 350 from the Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.
So will NBC take the baton (to mix sporting metaphors) and continue 4K coverage on June 25 and the rest of the season? This week, we asked a NBC Sports spokesman and the response was:
“No, NASCAR races on NBC will not be available in 4K this year.”
As the Brooklyn Dodgers fans used to say, wait until next year…Maybe.
Meanwhile, here’s a list of the 2023 NASCAR races on NBC and their times.
|NBC SPORTS 2023 NASCAR CUP SERIES SCHEDULE|
|Sunday, June 25||Nashville Superspeedway||NBC, Peacock||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, July 2||Chicago Street Race||NBC, Peacock||5:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, July 9||Atlanta||USA||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, July 16||New Hampshire||USA||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, July 23||Pocono||USA||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, July 30||Richmond||USA||3 p.m.|
|Sunday, August 6||Michigan||USA||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, August 13||Indianapolis Road Course||NBC||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, August 20||Watkins Glen||USA||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, August 26||Daytona||NBC||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, September 3||Darlington||USA||6 p.m.|
|Sunday, September 10||Kansas||USA||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, September 16||Bristol||USA||7:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, September 24||Texas||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 1||Talladega||NBC, Peacock||2 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 8||Charlotte ROVAL||NBC, Peacock||2 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 15||Las Vegas||NBC, Peacock||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 22||Homestead-Miami||NBC, Peacock||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 29||Martinsville||NBC, Peacock||2 p.m.|
|Sunday, November 5||Phoenix||NBC, Peacock||3 p.m.|
|NBC SPORTS 2023 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE|
|Saturday, June 24||Nashville Superspeedway||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 1||Chicago Street Race||USA||5 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 8||Atlanta||USA||8 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 15||New Hampshire||USA||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 22||Pocono||USA||5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 29||Road America||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, August 5||Michigan||NBC||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, August 12||Indianapolis Road Course||USA||5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, August 19||Watkins Glen||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Friday, August 25||Daytona||USA||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, September 2||Darlington||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, September 9||Kansas||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Friday, September 15||Bristol||USA||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, September 23||Texas||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 7||Charlotte ROVAL||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 14||Las Vegas||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 21||Homestead-Miami||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 28||Martinsville||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, November 4||Phoenix||USA||7 p.m.|
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— Phillip Swann