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NASCAR TV ratings during the 2022 season

NASCAR TV ratings are a major indicator of growth within the sport. You will find the rating, average viewers, comparisons, and more in this article every week.

Austin Konenski

NASCAR runs events on four different channels known as FOX, FOX Sports 1 (FS1), NBC, and the USA Network. Each week will have the TV ratings for the NASCAR Cup Series race and information along with it.

Viewer tally compared to the 2021 season or the last similar event (18 races):

  • Eight races up (Busch Light Clash/Las Vegas/Phoenix/Atlanta/COTA/Richmond/Bristol Dirt/Dover)
  • Nine races down (Daytona 500/Auto Club/Martinsville/Talladega/Darlington/Kansas/All-Star Race/Coca-Cola 600/Sonoma)
  • One new event: (Gateway)

Related: NASCAR races today, TV schedule, and rankings

Let’s dive into the latest NASCAR TV ratings and viewership for the entire season.

Sonoma TV Ratings

NASCAR: Toyota / Save Mart 350
Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway was down 10.4% compared to last year’s event at 2.494 million average viewers. Both events were held on FS1.

  • 1.3 rating and 2.235 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 2.235 million
  • 2021: 2.494 million
  • 2020: N/A million
  • 2019: 2.480 million
  • 2018: 2.300 million

Gateway TV ratings

NASCAR: Enjoy Illinois 300
Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Gateway brought in 2.502 million average viewers and a 1.47 rating.

There’s nothing to compare it to outside of the June 6, 2021 race at Sonoma which was 1% down compared to Gateway with 2.494 million average viewers.

  • 1.47 rating and 2.502 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 2.502 million
  • 2021: N/A
  • 2020: N/A
  • 2019: N/A
  • 2018: N/A

Coca-Cola 600 TV ratings

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Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at the Coca-Cola 600 was down 4.7% compared to last year’s event at 4.061 million average viewers. Both events were held on FOX.

  • 2.20 rating and 3.869 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 3.869 million
  • 2021: 4.061 million
  • 2020: 3.960 million
  • 2019: 4.260 million
  • 2018: 4.100 million

NASCAR All-Star Race TV ratings

NASCAR: NASCAR All-Star Practice and Qualifying
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway was down 9.3% compared to last year’s event at 2.735 million average viewers. Both events were held on FS1.

  • 1.38 rating and 2.481 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 2.481 million
  • 2021: 2.735 million (Texas)
  • 2020: 2.076 million (Bristol)
  • 2019: 2.448 million (Charlotte)
  • 2018: 2.500 million

NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway

NASCAR: AdventHealth 400
Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was down 14.7% compared to last year’s event at 2.739 million average viewers. Both events were held on FS1.

  • 1.43 rating and 2.337 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 2.337 million
  • 2021: 2.739 million
  • 2020: 1.470 million (NBCSN)
  • 2019: 2.180 million
  • 2018: 2.040 million

Darlington TV ratings

NASCAR: Cup Series Goodyear 400
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway was down 15.4% compared to last year’s event at 3.091 million average viewers. Both events were held on FS1.

  • 1.45 rating and 2.614 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 2.614 million
  • 2021: 3.091 million
  • 2020: 6.323 million (NASCAR’s return from COVID-19/FOX)

NASCAR TV ratings – Dover Motor Speedway

NASCAR: DuraMAX Drydene 400
Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover Motor Speedway was up 18.3% compared to the last event that was postponed to Monday in 2019 at 0.798 million average viewers. Both events were held on FS1.

  • 1.45 rating and 0.944 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 0.944 million (postponed to Monday)
  • 2021: 2.431 million
  • 2020: 1.95 million (NBCSN)
  • 2019: 0.798 million (postponed to Monday)
  • 2018: 2.774 million

NASCAR ratings – Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR: GEICO 500
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway was down 0.4% compared to last year’s event at 4.701 million average viewers. Both events were held on FOX.

  • 2.61 rating and 4.682 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 4.682 million
  • 2021: 4.701 million
  • 2020: 3.356 million
  • 2019: 4.500 million
  • 2018: 4.700 million

Bristol Dirt TV ratings

NASCAR: Food City Dirt Race
Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Dirt was up 28.7% compared to last year’s event which was the first Cup Series dirt race since 1970 and on Monday at 3.114 million average viewers. Both events were held on FOX.

  • 2.19 rating and 4.007 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 4.007 million (Easter Night)
  • 2021: 3.114 million (NASCAR’s first Cup Series race on dirt since 1970/Monday)
  • 2020: N/A
  • 2019: N/A
  • 2018: N/A

NASCAR TV ratings at Martinsville

NASCAR: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400
Ryan Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway was down 18% compared to last year’s event that was postponed to Sunday at 2.299 million average viewers. Both events were held on FS1.

  • 1.10 rating and 1.885 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 1.885 million
  • 2021: 2.299 million (postponed to Sunday)
  • 2020: 1.711 million (mid-week on FS1)
  • 2019: 2.180 million
  • 2018: 1.190 million (postponed to Monday)

Richmond TV ratings

NASCAR: Toyota Owners 400
Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway was up 19.4% compared to last year’s event at 3.315 million average viewers. The 2021 event was aired on FOX despite being down compared to the 2022 race being held on FS1.

  • 2.3 rating and 3.958 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 3.958 million (FS1)
  • 2021: 3.315 million
  • 2020: N/A
  • 2019: 2.787 million
  • 2018: 3.000 million

Related: USFL TV ratings

Circuit of the Americas TV ratings

NASCAR: EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix
Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas was up 57.2% compared to last year’s event at 2.373 million average viewers. The 2022 event was held on FOX while the 2021 race was impacted by weather and aired on FS1.

  • 2.18 rating and 3.731 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 3.731 million
  • 2021: 2.373 million (weather/FS1)
  • 2020: N/A
  • 2019: N/A
  • 2018: N/A

Atlanta TV ratings

NASCAR: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was up 7.5% compared to last year’s event at 3.724 million average viewers. Both events were held on FOX.

  • 2.36 rating and 4.003 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 4.003 million
  • 2021: 3.724 million
  • 2020: 3.957 million
  • 2019: 5.100 million
  • 2018: 5.600 million

Related: NFL TV ratings

Phoenix TV ratings

NASCAR: Ruoff Mortgage 500
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway was up 3.5% compared to last year’s event at 3.857 million average viewers. Both events were held on FOX.

  • 2.33 rating and 3.991 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 3.991 million
  • 2021: 3.857 million
  • 2020: 4.600 million
  • 2019: 4.800 million
  • 2018: 4.600 million

Related: NASCAR power rankings – Alex Bowman moves up after shocking win at Richmond Raceway

Las Vegas TV ratings

NASCAR: Pennzoil 400
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was up 4.3% compared to last year’s event at 4.358 million average viewers. Both events were held on FOX.

  • 2.7 rating and 4.544 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 4.544 million
  • 2021: 4.358 million
  • 2020: 5.500 million
  • 2019: 5.115 million
  • 2018: 4.735 million

Auto Club TV ratings

NASCAR: WISE Power 400
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway was down 4.8% compared to the last event that was run in 2020. Both events were held on FOX.

  • 2.61 rating and 4.570 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 4.570 million
  • 2021: N/A
  • 2020: 4.800 million
  • 2019: 4.180 million
  • 2018: 4.030 million

Daytona 500 TV ratings

NASCAR: Daytona 500
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series race at the Daytona 500 was down 3.4% compared to the last event that was run without delay in 2019. Both events were held on FOX.

  • 4.7 rating and 8.868 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 8.868 million
  • 2021: 4.830 million (rain delay)
  • 2020: 7.330 million (postponed to Monday)
  • 2019: 9.200 million
  • 2018: 9.300 million

Busch Light Clash TV ratings

NASCAR: Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series Busch Light Clash was up 171.6% compared to last year’s event at 1.577 million average viewers. This year’s event was aired on FOX while the 2021 race was aired Tuesday night and on FS1.

  • 2.3 rating and 4.283 million average viewers

History:

  • 2022: 4.283 million (FOX)
  • 2021: 1.577 million (Tuesday night)
  • 2020: 2.455 million
  • 2019: 2.294 million
  • 2018: 2.300 million