Opinion: Livestreaming is the best of times for racing fans

Opinion: Livestreaming is the best of times for racing fans


It’s never been easier for racing fans to gain access to a wider variety of disciplines.

“I wish SPEED Channel was still on the air.”

If only I had a dollar for every time a racing fan has said something like this.

Fans of a certain age miss SPEED. Older fans seem to really miss the Speedvision Channel that preceded it. But most don’t really seem to appreciate what’s right in front of us these days.

There were no shortage of racing options to be consumed live this weekend, even if NASCAR at Pocono and IndyCar at Belle Isle didn’t do it for you.

To that end, the following races could have been streamed live over the internet and cast right onto your television:

-World of Outlaws at Nashville
-U.S. Short Track Nationals at Jukasa
-TransAm at Belle Isle
-NASCAR Pintys Series at Jukasa
-NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Seekonk

The last two could even be consumed free of charge, no purchase required, beyond signing up for a free account on the NASCAR-owned FansChoice.TV platform.

SPEED was so beloved, much like MAVTV nowadays, due to the variety of programming and exposure to different disciplines of motorsports.

But the truth is that it’s never been easier to be a racing fan.

NASCAR streams each of its Home Track touring divisions live and for free on FansChoice. There are no shortage of pavement short track event Pay-Per-Views that can be purchased for the same price as a general admission ticket via Speed51.com. DirtonDirt features a similar format but for Dirt Late Models. Every CARS Tour Late Model race can be consumed via a similar model.

The World of Outlaws has a subscription service, DirtVision, for its Sprint Car and Dirt Late Model division, airing every single race across the country.

Speaking of MAVTV, for those who can’t wait to watch something on tape-delay, the company launched the Lucas Oil Racing Dot TV package, which offers live races for the ARCA Racing Series, Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series, Lucas Oil Sprint Cars and select SPEARS Southwest Tour Super Late Model races.

And with modern technology, these live streams can be blown up from your phone to your television in gorgeous high-definition.

Sure, there are those who refuse to pay for PPV, citing the notion that races should be free — or those who feel NASCAR shouldn’t make their races free because it slights the tracks and creates a false expectation for the rest of the industry.

These are debates to be had in the coming years as the motorsports community begins to better understand the new era in which we live in, but fans are already reaping the benefits.

It wasn’t that long ago that we all used to say, “I wish I could see the Knoxville Nationals, Snowball Derby, Dirt Late Model Dream and NASCAR Modified Tour, but I live too far away.”

It’s never been easier to enjoy the racing you love the most. It’s never been easier to get exposed to the racing you know the least.

Spread the word and appreciate what we have right in front us.

No, this isn’t the SPEED channel everyone yearns for. It’s actually something much better.

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