Netflix and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Are Making a Docuseries About the NASCAR Playoffs

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Netflix and NASCAR are teaming up on a five-part docuseries covering the 2023 playoffs, the companies announced on Monday.

The title hasn't been announced, but the series is already in production, filming at the tail end of the regular season. There will be five 45-minute episodes, with behind-the-scenes footage covering the fight for the Cup Series championship. Production companies Words + Pictures and NASCAR Studios are running the effort, and they've got a big name attached. Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR hall-of-famer and son of the biggest NASCAR legend, is on-board as an executive producer.

That may help draw more eyeballs than NASCAR's first docuseries effort, last year's Race for the Championship (one of the many projects chasing Drive to Survive's success). The documentary followed drivers in their real lives but struggled to gain large-scale traction after premiering on the USA Network. Netflix's incredible scale and promotion of home-grown content may give this attempt a better shot at breaking through to mainstream audiences.


The series should debut in early 2024. If you want to get a sneak peek at the upcoming plot, playoff races begin on September 3.

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