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NBC held rights to half the schedule with Fox under the original 2001 deal, but left NASCAR when it expired. The network airs the bulk of IndyCar on its cable NBC Sports Network channel, and confirmed Sunday night it has signed a four-year deal for the rights to Formula One _ which had been held by Fox _ to be televised on both NBC and NBC Sports beginning next season.

Fox opened its negotiating window early, and announced this deal less than two weeks after completing an eight-year extension through 2021 with Major League Baseball. The network is shoring up all of its programming in anticipation of launching a national all-sports cable network, which is expected to be replace the motorsports dedicated channel Speed.

Much of NASCAR’s shoulder programming is aired now on Speed, which is expected to be called Fox Sports 1 after the re-brand.

This new contract will put the Truck Series on the national cable channel. Fox retained the rights to practices and qualifying sessions, but did not announce Monday how much will air or on what channel. Most is currently shown on Speed.

NASCAR has only said the Daytona 500 will air on Fox under this new agreement. Fox has aired all Cup points races on network television since 2007.

It’s possible, though, some could be televised on the national cable channel.

Fox said this deal shows its commitment to NASCAR.

“NASCAR has been a staple at FOX for more than a decade and we consider it one of the signature sports we cover,” FSMG co-presidents and CEO’s Eric Shanks and Randy Freer said in a statement. “With our commitment renewed, we look forward to presenting NASCAR thoroughly, professionally and creatively for many years to come.”