In recent weeks, the topic of practice time has come up more often. Should NASCAR decide to increase the amount of practice, next year could be the time to do so for multiple reasons.

NASCAR‘s charter agreement with teams expires after this season. Teams seek to continue the charter system and receive more money so they are not as reliant on sponsorship to fund the organization.

Provided teams receive enough additional money beginning next year, that could help offset extra costs with longer practices. Another key is the new media rights deal.

Amazon Prime will stream practice and qualifying for the first 19 Cup races next year except the Busch Light Clash, Daytona 500 and All-Star Race. Those sessions will be on Fox Sports.

Warner Bros. Discovery will stream all Cup practices and qualifying sessions for the final 19 events of the season on Max and also broadcast those sessions on TruTV.

With the emphasis on streaming practice and qualifying, they may not have to always fall into a prescribed TV block. That could give NASCAR the freedom to expand those sessions if officials decide there is a need to do so.

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