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NASCAR Broadcaster Silly Season: Who’s in the Booth in 2025?

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What’s Happening?

Who said “Silly Season” was only limited to drivers? With a brand new NASCAR media rights deal cranking up at the start of the 2025 season, many broadcasters are on the move. Bookmark this page as we keep track of all of the major NASCAR broadcasting moves this season.

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  • Starting in 2025, NASCAR will add Amazon Prime and Warner Bros. Discovery (TNT/TruTV) to their Cup Series media rights deal. Fox will take the first 14 races with NBC taking the last 14, and the two newcomers will split the middle 10 races of the season. Amazon Prime will take races 15 through 19, and Warner Bros. Discovery will take races 20 through 24.
  • Practice and qualifying will be split between Fox (Clash, Daytona 500, and All-Star Race), Amazon Prime (Other 1st half races), and TruTV (2nd half). FS1 will keep the Craftsman Truck Series, and The CW will broadcast the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
  • Fans are very excited about the new media rights deal, and those who make up the broadcasting talent will be a major part of it. The talent has to come from somewhere.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. LEAVES NBC for Amazon Prime/Warner Bros. Discovery

Dale Earnahrdt Jr. announced in February that his contract with NBC was up at the end of 2023, and his next destination was announced 3 weeks later. Dale Jr. will head to Amazon and Warner Bros. Discovery starting in 2025, seemingly taking the year off from broadcasting in 2024. It will be interesting to see how Dirty Mo Media fits into the plan, as full video episodes of the Dale Jr. Download have been moved from Peacock to YouTube. Could Amazon Prime be the new home for the Download?

Leigh Diffey Joins NASCAR on NBC

NBC will also shape up the lead, Lap-by-Lap announcer in 2024 in the wake of Dale Jr.’s departure. According to Adam Stern, NBC’s lead IndyCar announcer, Leigh Diffey, will be the lead broadcaster for NASCAR on NBC after the Olympic games. The plan for specific races has yet to be announced, but, Rick Allen will stay on as the lead broadcaster for all Xfinity Series races and seemingly all Cup Series races before the Olympics. This brings up an interesting question about the future of Rick Allen at NBC.

Mike Joy Plans to Return to Fox

Adam Stern reports that Mike Joy plans on returning to Fox Sports in 2025 despite his contract expiring at the end of 2024. Joy has been NASCAR on Fox’s lead lap-by-lap commentator since they received the NASCAR contract in 2001. Before that, he worked at MRN Radio, CBS, and TNN.

Shannon Spake OUT at Fox Sports

Rude Martzke reports that Shannon Spake and Fox Sports have parted ways, ending an eight-year run for the pair. Spake has been a part of NASCAR broadcasts with various networks for nearly two decades, serving as a host and a pit reporter. This comes after Fox Sports scaled back their NASCAR coverage in 2025, including losing the rights to the first half of the Xfinity Series season, going from 18 to 14 Cup Series events, and canceling NASCAR Race Hub.

This article will be updated as more broadcasting moves are made.

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