Cord Cutters Guide to Watching NASCAR for Free: May 2017

May 02, 2017

NASCAR Racing Series Airing on FOX – May 2017

Without a doubt, NASCAR is one of the most popular sports in the United States. Every weekend, hundreds of thousands of fans flock to race tracks across the nation to watch some of the greatest drivers in the world square off in high octane races that tax both man and machine.

Ever more people end up tuning in to the race at home. Now what you may not know is that you don’t have to have a cable subscription to tune in to the action. In fact, all you really need to watch NASCAR without cable is a simple device called an over-the-air (OTA) antenna.

For those of you that don’t know, an OTA TV antenna is the modern descendant of the fabled “rabbit ear” antennas from your youth (or even before your time). With it, you can watch all of the broadcast networks in your area for free and in uncompressed HD; making it a great deal even if you don’t like sports.

Coming up in May, NASCAR will have several major races in two championship series; and fortunately for us, it’s available to watch via an OTA antenna. The two racing series we’ll  be able to watch are the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Here’s a quick rundown of both:

NASCAR XFINITY Series

The XFINITY Series is often a showcase of the younger talent. Think of it like a JV squad of NASCAR racers, where young and ambitious drivers hope to earn distinction and make a name for themselves.

Occasionally you’ll have some of the more experienced racers, such as Kyle Busch (who has the record for most series wins), participate in the series, for one reason or another. But in general it’s frowned upon and often derisively referred to as “Buschwhacking.”

Oddly enough, the term does not refer to Kyle Busch but rather hearkens back to the days where the series was called the Busch Series. The current series champion is Daniel Suárez.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

It may not sound like the most prestigious trophy in racing, but the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is in fact the top racing series in the sport. If you’re just getting back into racing after a long absence, you might remember it Nextel or Sprint Cup Series.

Alternatively, if you were a fan back in the day when legends like Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. roamed the raceway, you might know it as the Winston Cup. The current series champion is Jimmie Johnson.

Over-the-Air NASCAR Schedule

Alright, now that we know a bit more about our racing series, let’s take a look at NASCAR’s OTA television schedule:

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
NXS = NASCAR XFINITY Series

May 6

  • 12:30 PM, NXS Pre Race Show, FOX
  • 1:00 PM, NXS Sparks Energy 300, FOX
  • 3:30 PM, NXS Post Race Show, FOX
  • 4:00 PM, MENCS Geico 500 qualifying, FOX

May 7

  • 1:30 PM, MENCS Pre Race Show, FOX
  • 2:00 PM, MENCS Geico 500,  FOX

May 28

  • 5:30 PM, MENCS Pre Race Show, FOX
  • 6:00 PM, MENCS Coca-Cola 600, FOX

Who is your favorite NASCAR Driver? Mine’s Jeff Gordon (just kidding!). Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!

Find out how you can watch your local FOX affiliate with an antenna by plugging in your zip code.

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