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NASCAR on Netflix Gets a Trailer and Release Date

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What’s Happening?

NASCAR and Netflix released a teaser trailer for the new Docuseries, NASCAR: Full Speed, which releases on January 30th. According to NASCAR, the series will have five 45-minute episodes focusing on the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

  • NASCAR and Netflix announced their partnership for the docu-series in August of 2023. Former driver and current NBC broadcaster, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and NASCAR’s Senior Vice President of Racing Development and Strategy, Ben Kennedy were listed as executive producers.
  • This is NASCAR’s second attempt at a docuseries. Another series revolving around the 2022 season called Race for the Championship aired on USA in 2022.
  • Fans are ecstatic at the new docuseries NASCAR is putting out. They have been waiting for this for a long time, especially since Formula One had the success they did with Drive to Survive.

Comments

A few of those involved with the project made comments regarding this series in the original release. NASCAR’s Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Tim Clark, is excited about how this documentary highlights the new era of NASCAR.

NASCAR has kicked down the door to an entirely new era recently — with new tracks, cars, team owners, and stars combining to deliver some of the best competition the sport has ever seen. Now is the perfect time to introduce people to the characters, competition and chaos that make NASCAR so compelling while still giving our most passionate fans plenty of new insights into their favorite teams and drivers.

Tim Clark

Connor Schell, executive producer and CEO of Word + Pictures, which is helping with the project as well, is excited about documenting the Playoffs specifically. He is excited to tell the story that he has been following so closely over time.

playoffs provide the perfect dramatic backdrop to tell a story filled with tons of tension and unforgettable characters…After spending the last several months embedded with these drivers on and off the track…(he) can’t wait to bring both core and casual fans deep inside this incredible world.

Connor Schell

Everything We Know

The release specifically highlights Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, William Byron, Ross Chastain, and Tyler Reddick as the drivers featured. While that does not mean other drivers will not be featured, it does make sense why these drivers would be featured.

Ryan Blaney is the series Champion. Therefore, he and his route have to be one of if not the main focus of the series.

William Byron won 6 races in 2023, so, he was arguably the best statistical performer of the season. On top of that, Byron squeaking in at Martinsville was one of the most intense moments of the Playoffs.

Denny Hamlin embraced his role as NASCAR’s villain throughout the season. That continued in the Playoffs after getting thunderous boos at Bristol.

Tyler Reddick races for Michael Jordan, and Reddick had one of the most unforgettable Playoff moves with a late pass for the win at Kansas. Still, Michael Jordan is going to get some “air time” (pun intended), so, they have to focus at least somewhat on Tyler Reddick and even Bubba Wallace.

Ross Chastain is a curious one as he was knocked out in the Round of 12. Sure, he won the season finale, so, he played a role in the Championship deciding race. However, why not give this nod to someone like Christopher Bell, who had a clutch win at Homestead to make the Championship 4?

Now, this may be down to NASCAR trying to get a big name in the release, but, why would they mention someone who is not prominently featured in the documentary?

At the end of. the day, it is all about what paints the most intriguing storylines for the viewer. Netflix has to build up to Ryan Blaney lifting up the Championship trophy, and they have to follow the correct storylines in less than 4 hours of content.

In the Stands

BowTiedPinkRobin said the new documentary looks “Sick”

So are we Joe Gibbs Racing.

Hunter is excited

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is excited as well.

Sam with a bit of a dig at Drive to Survive.

Kaulig Racing digitally inserts itself into the trailer.

ElitePrecision29 is excited to see how this reaches the younger demographic.

This Netflix documentary has been asked for by fans for a long time. Now, NASCAR is getting it. Will it reach the younger audience NASCAR is so desperately trying to reach?

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