New NASCAR Docuseries Gets Green Light

NBCUniversal has given the green flag for a new docuseries focusing on this year’s NASCAR Cup series Playoffs.

According to Deadline, the series with working title of Race for the Championship the eight-part episode series will show teams and drivers on and off the track as the Playoffs work their way to the conclusion of the season and the crowning of this year’s Cup champion. The series will air on the USA Network in 2022.

NASCAR’s Playoffs start at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 5.

The article on Deadline mentions that the program will be similar to USA’s WWE Raw franchise which had the hit docu-reality series Miz & Mrs. It follows the lives of Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and Maryse Mizanin in and out of the wrestling ring. Unscripted shows have become a key growth area for ad-supported cable networks like USA, taking over from scripted originals.

The Race for the Championship series will be produced by NASCAR Productions with NASCAR’s Tim Clark, Matt Summers and Amy Anderson serving as executive producers. NASCAR and NBCUniversal have a TV deal until 2025 and with NBC shutting down its sports network NBCSN all NASCAR programming is expected to move to the USA Network.

Greg Engle