Racing fans can watch NASCAR at Phoenix International Raceway live online as Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks to follow up his big win at the Daytona 500 with a repeat performance.
At NASCAR’s season-opening race last week, Earnhardt pulled off a win that is likely to make NASCAR execs very happy. The sport saw its popularity wane and television ratings dip in recent years, falling from highs in the mid 2000s.
Last week’s win was important to NASCAR, with Earnhardt serving as the most popular driver with casual fans and the face of the sport. It also ended a streak in which Dale Earnhardt Jr. won only two races in the last six years for team owner Rick Hendrick.
Fans can turn to the The Profit on CNBC 500 Presented by Small Business Fueling America on Sunday to see if Earnhardt can follow up the win. The race starts at 3 pm ET, with coverage starting at 2:30 pm on Fox as well as online.
Racing fans who watch NASCAR at Phoenix International Raceway live online will see Brad Keselowski in the pole position after he won in NASCAR’s new format. Instead of going out one at a time, the entire field now gets a 30-minute session to post the fastest lap. The top 12 advance to a 10-minute second round.
Keselowski edged Joey Logano with a track-record top speed of 139.384 mph.
“It’s a lot more nerve-racking,” Keselowski said. “Usually a pretty good rule of thumb is that If it’s more nerve-racking for the drivers, it’s a lot more fun for our fans and partners and all those things, and that’s a good thing. I more interested in feedback from our fans to see if they liked it.”
Jamie McMurray qualified third, while Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth.
McMurray said the new format added some intrigue to qualifying.
“The qualifying format was before because I felt like I was one of those guys it was exciting for me because I wasn’t in, I made another run, I got in,” McMurray said. “The excitement was there.”
Fans who want to watch NASCAR at Phoenix International Raceway live online can turn to Fox Sports Go, though registration is required. NASCAR also provides a Raceview product that lets fans follow every car and get real-time driver stats, which is available for $9.95 per month.