The 62nd running of the Daytona 500—a 500-mile, race around a 2.5-mile track in Daytona Beach, Fla.—will take place on Feb. 16, but a week earlier, a new reality show will premiere that goes behind the scenes.
It’s called NASCAR All In: Battle for Daytona, and judging by the preview alone, which has everything from personal moments to slow-motion sequences, it looks similar to the first sports documentary series, HBO’s Hard Knocks.
HBO’s series is produced by NFL Films, while MotorTrend’s new show is produced by NASCAR Productions.
MotorTrend is the Discovery Communications-owned network that was known as Velocity, but rebranded in 2018 to connect with the long-running car-focused magazine.
The drivers that will be featured in NASCAR’s new reality TV show
NASCAR All In: Battle for Daytona promises, according to a MotorTrend press release, “exclusive, inside access to NASCAR Cup Series drivers’ preparation for the Daytona 500 from the vantage point of the athletes, their race teams and families.”
This won’t be the first reality show to feature NASCAR drivers and their families. Last year, CMT aired Racing Wives, which featured Ashley Busch (who’s married to Kurt Busch), Samantha Busch (who’s married to Kyle Busch), and Whitney Ward Dillon (who’s married to Austin Dillon), plus Canadian driver Amber Balcean.
The press release says the new show “will go off the track in near real-time for an emotional, behind-the-scenes look at the highs and lows of real-life NASCAR racing for drivers.”
The three drivers mentioned are:
- Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing
- Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing
- Corey LaJoie of Go Fas Racing
New episodes will be released Mondays starting Feb. 10, but the series will not be broadcast on actual television.
MotorTrend GM Alex Wellen highlighted in the press release that this is “our first sports documentary series” and said it “is an intimate look at the ‘humans under the helmet’” that “will give our fans a never-before-seen look at the Great American Race.”
NASCAR’s Tim Clark said that “the journey leading up to the Daytona 500 is one filled with emotion, drama and intensity, all to be captured by NASCAR Productions and delivered straight to race fans.”