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NASCAR is shifting into fourth gear this weekend with the 2019 STP 500. It’s the first short-track race of the season and the sixth race in the Monster Energy Series, taking place at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia.
Kyle Busch has two STP 500 wins (2014, 2016) under his belt and is naturally the odds-on favorite to take home the trophy this year. Busch faces fierce competition from Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, and last year’s STP 500 champ Clint Bowyer may be poised to make a startling comeback. After all, short tracks are where Bowyer is most in his element. Regardless, the STP 500 will offer 263 miles of intense high-stakes action.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the 2019 STP 500 live stream for free.
The 2019 STP 500 lineup
- Landon Cassill #00
- Kurt Busch #1
- Brad Keselowski #2
- Austin Dillon #3
- Kevin Harvick #4
- Ryan Newman #6
- Daniel Hemric #8
- Chase Elliott #9
- Aric Almirola #10
- Denny Hamlin #11
- Ryan Blaney #12
- Ty Dillon #13
- Clint Bowyer #14
- Ross Chastain #15
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17
- Kyle Busch #18
- Martin Truex Jr. #19
- Erik Jones #20
- Paul Menard #21
- Joey Logano #22
- William Byron #24
- Corey Lajoie #32
- Michael McDowell #34
- Matt Tifft #36
- Chris Buescher #37
- David Ragan #38
- Daniel Suarez #41
- Kyle Larson #42
- Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. #43
- Ryan Preece #47
- Jimmie Johnson #48
- Cody Ware #51
- Jeb Burton #52
- DJ Kennington #77
- Alex Bowman #88
- Matt DiBenedetto #95
What channel is the STP 500 on?
The STP 500 will broadcast on FS1.
What time does the 2019 STP 500 start?
The STP 500 starts Sunday, March 24, at 2pm ET.
How to watch the STP 500 online for free
FS1 is available on many of the major live TV streaming services. When deciding which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming. Thankfully, no matter which service you decide to try, you’ll be able to start with a one-week trial, so you can watch the STP 500 for free. For a more complete rundown of streaming services, check out our guide to Sling TV competitors.
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, both of which cost $25 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.
- Cost: $44.95 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have almost 60 channels to flip through, including FS1, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geo Wild and Syfy. Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.
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- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)
FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, and even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are present too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC. Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you have a PS4 and are into the idea of having your gaming and streaming needs met in the same place, PlayStation Vue is made for you. Still, you don’t need a PS4 to enjoy this service. You can also use a Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and even Kodi. Plus, you’ll get awesome channels like AMC, BBC America, and Bravo in PlayStation Vue’s entry-level package. One subscription works with up to five devices, all with unlimited cloud DVR storage, which makes it one of the most binge-friendly solutions. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $49.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS, and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts. Each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. In addition to FS1, there are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels. Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
Other ways to watch the 2019 STP 500
- Cost: Free but requires a cable or live TV subscription
- Devices: Apple TV, iPad, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Roku, iOS and Android devices (full list here)
The great thing about signing up for any of the cable packages listed above is that they all work with the Fox Sports Go app. Sign in with your given subscription credentials and you can watch any and all Fox Sports channels including FS1, FS2, Fox College Sports, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Deportes, and even your local Fox affiliate right from the app. It’s a great back-up option, especially when you’re on the move.
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.