NASCAR announced Wednesday that its website will feature live radio broadcasts of 32 regional touring series events in 2011.

The live broadcasts will be handled by a group from Speed51 Radio.

The first broadcast of the season took place Thursday for the K&N Pro Series West division season opening event at Phoenix International Raceway.

Events on the K&N Pro Series East and West Series, along with the Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified tour will be featured on the radio broadcasts, including season ending events for each of those divisions.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to bring the racing action at our short tracks to fans across North America," George Silbermann, NASCAR managing director of racing operations said in a release. "There is no substitute for being at the race track, but this is yet another avenue for fans to follow their favorite drivers and series wherever they may be."

Eight of the 16 Whelen Modified Tour events this season will be broadcast. The first Whelen Modified Tour broadcast will take place at Stafford Motor Speedway on May 1.Other events to be broadcast include New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 16), Riverhead Raceway (July 30), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Aug. 13), Thompson International Speedway (Sept. 11), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sept. 24), Stafford Motor Speedway (Oct. 2) and Thompson International Speedway (Oct. 16).