Some NASCAR Sprint Cup races heading to new Fox Sports 1

SPEED Channel will become part of the new FS1 on August 17. (Getty Images)
SPEED Channel will become part of the new FS1 on August 17. (Getty Images)
SPEED Channel will become part of the new FS1 on August 17. (Getty Images)

Fox Sports Media Group announced Tuesday that a new national, multi-sport network called FOX Sports 1 will launch on August 17. The new channel will replace the SPEED channel platform, which is almost exclusively motorsports, with a network covering all sports including college basketball, college football, NASCAR, soccer and UFC.

“Our ‘secret,’ admittedly a very poorly kept one, is now revealed,” said Co-president and COO Eric Shanks. “Fans are ready for an alternative to the establishment, and our goal for FS1 is to provide the best in-game experience possible, complemented by informative news, entertaining studio shows and provocative original programming.”

As an example of the new programming the schedule on Aug. 17 features live events for the entire day including a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Michigan and “UFC on FS1 1” in prime time. In 2014, FSMG’s new rights agreement with MLB takes effect, bringing regular and postseason games to FS1.MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.