Around the country, viewers who turn to FOX on Monday will see the Food City 500, a NASCAR race being held at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.

Except in the Bay Area, where FOX viewers are instead being treated to The Wendy Williams Show.

Here’s what happened: The Food City 500 was originally scheduled for Sunday, but weather in Bristol forced the race to be postponed to Monday morning at 1 p.m. ET, which is 10 a.m. PT.

While most FOX affiliates simply subbed in the race for their usual Monday-morning programming, the Bay Area’s KTVU chose to instead bump it to a sister channel, KICU, and keep its usual schedule.

Of course, the Bay Area is not exactly a haven for NASCAR types, so maybe The Wendy Williams Show and whatever else the affiliate has lined up will draw better ratings. Still, a number of Bay Area residents were confused by the switch.

The affiliate sent a handful of replies to confused viewers explaining that the race would air on KICU, also known as KTVU Plus.

This explanation did not please everyone.

We haven’t seen evidence that any other FOX affiliate passed on airing the NASCAR race, so it looks like KTVU was the only one. We’ve reached out to KTVU for an explanation of why they bypassed the race and will update this post if we get a response.

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  • Howard Salwasser

    I think it’s more of KTVU protecting it’s noon news.

    • Raymond Chuang

      And the entire very expensive syndicated programming block KTVU has.

  • Waquoit

    NASCAR had a good run. So did beach volleyball.

  • Justin_Herrick

    Can you blame them? People, especially in the Bay Area, are not watching NASCAR.

    • Daniel Mcfadin

      This is incredibly ignorant, just based off the Tweets used in this post and the fact NASCAR has held at race at Sonoma Raceway since the 1980s.

      • Justin_Herrick

        No, it’s not based off of the tweets in this post. It’s based on hard data. NASCAR’s ratings are continuing to fall. You can look it up. The data is waiting for you.

  • Ichabod Crane

    Must have been hard to talk around the real reasons for making the choice. Political correctness took all the wind out of this story.

  • noonan18

    I find it hilarious that when people get upset about something, the first thing they do is take to Twitter to complain about it. FYI- Taking to Twitter doesn’t solve the problem. If you need to take to Twitter for everything, maybe you should just watch it on your phone anyway. There. Problem solved.

  • George Rager

    KTVU has always done this for certain things. They’ve even pre-empted Fox primetime for events. I thought this would have stopped with Fox taking over ownership, but apparently not.