OPINION: Where’s my 24/7 NASCAR Channel?

BY: Jonah Rens is 12 years old, and is a junior NASCAR reporter/writer for The Final Lap. His opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of The Final Lap. Follow him on Twitter @NascarRens

On August 17th 2013, Fox Sports launched Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. Many NASCAR fans would rather have this: “The All NASCAR Channel” Where it’s NASCAR 24/7 featuring old races, practice sessions, qualifying sessions etc. Now we didn’t get that with Fox Sports 1, and what we got with Fox Sports 1 was college basketball, college football, soccer etc.

Now we had some NASCAR on the Speed Channel at times but not always. Sometimes we had Motocross, Formula 1, IndyCar Racing, and more. But many NASCAR fans would like “The All NASCAR Channel.”

Last year NASCAR announced that NBC would air NASCAR races again starting in 2015. (The last time they aired races was back in 2006.) The announcer line up was finalized with Jeff Burton part time retiring from NASCAR and going into the broadcast booth. He will race the #66 Toyota for MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) part time in 2014. Rick Allen has announced/broadcasted various ARCA (Auto Racing Club of America) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events.

And finally, Steve Letarte will be the third NASCAR on NBC personality in the booth. After three years as Dale Earnhardt Jr’s crew chief, Letarte will be joining NASCAR on NBC. As you can imagine Dale Jr. is happy for his crew chief’s next career choice.

As for me an avid NASCAR racing fan I’m happy to see NASCAR on NBC on the air again after eight years apart from airing races. I’m pretty excited to see them return. As for how they perform when they come back on the air, that’s up to them. We’ll just have to wait and see.

(Edited by Kerry Murphey)