Ratings for the inaugural season of NASCAR Winston Cup coverage on Fox Sports and its FX cable network rose 29% from the first half of last year. Fox, which finished its coverage this season with last weekend's Dodge/Save Mart 350, said Thursday it averaged a 6.1 rating and 15 share for its 14 Winston Cup Series race. That was up 15% from the 5.3/14 last year on ABC and CBS for nine races during the first half of the season. Fox estimated it averaged 19.9 million viewers per race, up 1 million from last year. Fox Sports and FX combined to average a 5.3/13 for 19 races, 29% above the 4.1/10 for the first 19 races last season on ABC, CBS, ESPN, TNN and TBS. NBC and TNT begin their coverage with the Pepsi 400 on July 7 at Daytona International Speedway.