NASCAR on FOX, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports 2 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR_on_FOXFollowing a dominating win by Kevin Harvick at Phoenix International Raceway last week in only his second start for Stewart-Haas Racing, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the season’s third race, live on FOX on Sunday, March 9 (3:00 PM ET) with pre-race coverage beginning at 2:30 PM ET.  Mike Joy leads the NASCAR on FOX booth with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds.  Chris Myers hosts with analysis from Michael Waltrip and pit reports from Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum.

FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR RACEDAY (1:30 PM ET) kicks off Sunday’s coverage, immediately followed by network pre-race coverage on FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (2:30 PM ET).  FOX Deportes telecasts the race live beginning at 3:00 PM ET, while FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, offers live streaming of the race, as well as all practice and qualifying sessions telecast on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.   Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of the race through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.

FOX Sports 1 features live coverage of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES practice and qualifying sessions from Las Vegas on Friday, while FOX Sports 2 picks up on Saturday. Sunday’s NASCAR VICTORY LANE on FOX Sports 1 features complete post-race interviews and analysis of the day’s pivotal moments.

Below are quotes from NASCAR on FOX analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds on the week’s headlines:

DARRELL WALTRIP ON KURT BUSCH RUNNING THE INDY/CHARLOTTE DOUBLE:

“What I particularly like about Kurt is his willingness to step outside the box and take chances; do something different.  He had his own drag car, which he’d always wanted to do.  That was a great experience for him.  Indy cars are intriguing to all of us.  Even back in my driving days, there were drivers who did both Indy and NASCAR — the Allisons and Cale (Yarborough) — but it never appealed to me because the cars were dangerous and scared me a bit.  I like Kurt’s willingness to take chances.  That’s how he is on the track and how his whole life has been.  He’s willing to take chances and put it all on the line.  It’s a big risk, but it could be a big reward.”

LARRY MCREYNOLDS ON VARIETY OF TRACKS IN THE FIRST FIVE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACES & WHEN TEAMS CAN TAKE STOCK OF THEIR PERFORMANCE: “Our first five races are run on five completely different types of tracks.  Normally after we’ve been to these first five races, regardless of the rules package, we have a pretty good measure of who is in trouble and who is in good shape in the garage.  The teams know this.  Teams and drivers can’t control some things, such as wrecks and engine failures, but as far as sheer performance is concerned, if teams perform well and leave Fontana with good performance across the board in the fifth race, they can assume they’re in pretty good shape moving ahead through the season.”

DARRELL WALTRIP ON STEWART-HAAS RACING’S 2014 START:

“It doesn’t surprise me Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers have had success so fast. Rodney is smart and a racer; he has driven before, so he understands the car and what a driver needs.  He’s laidback where Kevin can be high strung at times.  Tony Stewart has a new crew chief and has been trying to compete injured, which is hard. I haven’t seen it visibly affect him yet, but having been hurt myself, it’s a huge distraction, although you can drive through it.  He’s not 100 percent yet.  I can’t assess Danica.  I hope we haven’t seen the best of her, but when drivers come in with high expectations and perceived potential but don’t live up to that immediately, sometimes they never do.  She’s had some bad luck but most of that is because of where she has been running.  She is off to a shaky start and needs something good to happen to boost her confidence.”

NASCAR ON FOX, FOX SPORTS 1 & FOX SPORTS 2 AT LAS VEGAS PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

*All times live unless otherwise indicated & subject to change

Friday, March 7

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRACTICE (2:00-3:30 PM ET) (FOX SPORTS 1)

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE (3:30-4:30 PM ET) (FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR LIVE (4:30-5:00 PM ET) (FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES FINAL PRACTICE (5:00-6:30 PM ET) (FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES QUALIFYING (6:30-8:00 PM ET) (FOX Sports 1)

Saturday, March 8

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRACTICE (11:30 AM-12:30 PM ET) (FOX Sports 2)

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES QUALIFYING (12:30-2:00 PM ET) (FOX Sports 2)

NASCAR LIVE (2:00-2:30 PM ET) (FOX Sports 2)

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES FINAL PRACTICE (2:30-3:30 PM ET) (FOX Sports 2)

Sunday, March 9

NASCAR RACEDAY (1:30-2:30 PM ET) (FOX Sports 1)

FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (2:30-3:00 PM ET) (FOX)

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING FROM PHOENIX (3:00 PM ET) (FOX)

NASCAR VICTORY LANE (8:00-8:30 PM ET; delayed) (FOX Sports 1)

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NBC Sports Group Adds Crew Chief Steve Letarte To NASCAR Broadcast Team

nbc-sports-groupMeteoric Career Includes Crew Chief Roles with Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and now NBC 

  Media Conference Scheduled for 8:30 AM ET Tomorrow at Daytona International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.January 9, 2014 — NBC Sports Group’s upcoming NASCAR coverage continues to take shape as another prominent figure from the sanctioning body’s elite series joins NBC and NBCSN’s expanding broadcast team.  Current Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Steve Letarte, who once stood at the helm of Jeff Gordon’s famed No. 24 race team, and now leads the crew behind the ultra-popular No. 88 car driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., has reached an agreement to join NBC’s multi-platform NASCAR coverage beginning in 2015.  The announcement was made today by Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN, and will be discussed in further detail at a Media Conference scheduled for 8:30 AM ET tomorrow at Daytona International Speedway.

“I’ve always been impressed with Steve Letarte’s interviews, and feel smarter after hearing him break down the crucial elements of each race,” said Flood. “It wasn’t long into our first meeting about this potential role on our broadcast team when I realized that Steve is going to be ‘Must See TV.’”

Letarte will join fellow analyst Jeff Burton and race announcer Rick Allen across NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series action on NBC and NBCSN, which includes races, pre- and post-race shows, qualifying, and studio programming. Click here for more information on Jeff Burton and Rick Allen.

“As soon as I met with Sam Flood and his team at NBC Sports it became obvious to me how excited they are to be covering NASCAR in 2015 and beyond.  Their excitement, along with my love for racing, solidified my decision to move away from the pit box and into the broadcast booth,” said Letarte.  “I want to thank Rick Hendrick and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports for the opportunities they have given me over the last 18 years, and I want to reaffirm my commitment to Dale Jr. and the entire 88 team to go win races and challenge for the championship in 2014.”

Letarte has worked for Hendrick Motorsports since he was just 16 years old.  In 1996, after graduating from high school early, Steve started traveling with the No. 24 race team, driven by Jeff Gordon, as a full-time mechanic and tire specialist.  His impressive work ethic moved him up the ranks quickly, assuming the role of car chief in 2002, and then crew chief for the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion in 2005 when Steve was 26.  After five successful seasons with the No. 24 team and Gordon, Letarte embarked on a new challenge and joined Hendrick’s No. 88 team driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Letarte and the No. 88 team started the 2011 season strong by capturing the pole at the Daytona 500,  and went on to qualify for the Chase, the first time for Earnhardt since 2008.  In 2012, Letarte and Earnhardt combined for their first win together, on Father’s Day at Michigan International Speedway.  Throughout the 2013 season, the No. 88 team solidly remained in the Top 10 in points and made the Chase for the Sprint Cup yet again.  Steve and his wife, Tricia, live in North Carolina with their two children.

On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and NBC Sports Group reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content beginning in 2015.

With this partnership, NBC’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race schedule includes a designation as the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, when the elite national series races through its final 10 events of the season.  The Chase culminates with the season-ending championship event, which returns to network television in 2015 for the first time since 2009. Of NBC Sports Group’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, seven will be carried on NBC annually, with 13 airing on NBCSN. Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.

In addition to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races, NBC also obtained exclusive rights to practice and qualifying sessions for NBC’s national series events during their portion of the season, as well as rights to broadcast the NASCAR K&N Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series, the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony and NASCAR’s season-ending banquets. Further, NBC is granted Spanish-language rights, certain video-on-demand rights and exclusive TV Everywhere rights for its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events.

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Jeff Gordon Reveals Opportunity That Few People Knew About – Not Even Rick Hendrick – on NASCAR Race Hub

fox-sports-1GORDON ON WHAT RICK HENDRICK MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN: “…I HAD A POTENTIAL FORMULA ONE OFFER AT ONE TIME.”

Talks Candidly About Changing His Approach as He Grows Older

Charlotte, N.C. – Four-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon sat down with NASCAR RACE HUB host Danielle Trotta to talk about his career, and what big opportunity existed early on that car owner Rick Hendrick may not have known about.

Here is what Gordon had to say on Thursday’s (10/14) edition of the show.

Jeff Gordon on pursuing other forms of racing early in his career: “When I first started to come into the NASCAR Nationwide Series – I did both (sprint cars & stock cars) because I was still competing for championships in other series. Once I became more established in the Cup Series with (Rick) Hendrick, it really wasn’t something I thought about. I’ve always enjoyed all forms of racing, if I can get the opportunity and drive another car; have a new experience, like I did with the F1 car and the 24 Hours of Daytona. The one thing that went through my head that I don’t think Hendrick even knew about was that I had a potential Formula One offer at one time. But, it was going to race in lower series – maybe even IndyCar. I was established in Cup; very happy with where I was at, things were going extremely well and that was a whole career change for me, in a racing series I knew very little about from a driving stand point, I was always an oval track driver. But that conversation never happened with Hendrick, that was behind the scenes and I made the choice and the decision on my own. We were coming up on some contracts and I chose to stay with Hendrick and won the championship the next year. It was a good choice.”

Gordon’s response to former crew chief Ray Evernham’s claim that he may want a different feel (in the car) now: “I think that when he and I were together, I was so young and super aggressive. I knew so little about the cars; all I knew was whatever he said, ‘Yep. That’s right.’ Just go out there and drive the wheels off the car. It’s not that, all of a sudden, I’ve started to drive different – the competition is different. What edge we had over the competition is a lot different. I give Ray a lot of credit for that. Have I changed? Absolutely, I’m 42 years old now. I drive using my head a little bit more… a little bit too much at times. I think that’s what happens over time. When you are younger, you’re more aggressive. When your older, you think about when to be aggressive, when to be patient. And as you get older and older, you start to think about patience, and less about the aggressiveness.

On his children’s level of understanding: “For (daughter) Ella, she has a pretty good understanding being six. For (son) Leo, every day I come home and if I was testing, or if I had just went to the race shop, did you win? I love having them at the race track. That also brings a lot of pride, joy and motivation for me to go out there and represent my team, my family and be the best driver that I can be out there – and also try to go to victory lane more often.

NASCAR and FOX Sports Extend And Expand Multi-Platform Rights Agreement

nascarfoxFOX Sports Adds Two Years to Agreement Announced In October,

Three More NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Races and 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series Events

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 1, 2013) – FOX Sports and NASCAR solidified their future together last October when they announced a multi-platform, multi-series media rights agreement through 2022. Today, less than 10 months later, the two organizations announced they have extended that agreement, which begins in 2015 and runs through 2024. In addition, FOX Sports has added exclusive rights to three additional NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events and the first 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series events of each season. FOX Sports secured exclusive rights to the entire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season through 2022 last fall and that part of the agreement also has been extended through 2024.

Financial terms of the extended agreement were not disclosed.

NASCAR’s media rights package for 2015 and beyond is now complete with FOX Sports holding rights to the first 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, first 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series races and entire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. NBC, which last broadcast NASCAR events in 2006, will televise the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series races and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events beginning in 2015.

In total, NASCAR will have the same number of NASCAR Sprint Cup races on network television – 16 – as it does in the current television package. FOX Sports will broadcast nine races and NBC will show seven.

“FOX Sports has been an outstanding partner for NASCAR and we could not be more pleased with the additional commitment they are making to our sport and the fans,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “FOX Sports has delivered for our fans a number of innovations that have changed how our sport is presented, and our entire industry has now come to expect excellence from NASCAR on FOX. We believe this new agreement underscores our shared commitment to the fans over the next decade.”

FOX Sports began broadcasting live NASCAR races in 2001 and will launch its new all-sports network, FOX Sports 1, on Aug. 17 with a live broadcast of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Michigan International Speedway as the network’s first-ever live event. NASCAR will be an anchor property for FOX Sports 1 and has been a large part of the promotional efforts to launch the new network. This new agreement marks the return of the NASCAR Nationwide Series to FOX Sports, a series it broadcast as part of its original package beginning in 2001.

“FOX Sports is now the exclusive home of NASCAR, the most popular racing series in America, for the first five months of every season through 2024,” said FOX Sports Co-Presidents and COOs Randy Freer and Eric Shanks. “The NASCAR Nationwide Series is second only to NASCAR Sprint Cup as the most-watched form of auto racing in the country. FOX Sports now owns the sport every weekend from Speedweeks and the Daytona 500 through June, and we expect these events to provide significant viewership for FOX Sports 1. The addition of Nationwide to the 1,100 hours of original motorsports programming already scheduled clearly puts FOX Sports at the front of the race to serve motorsports fans in the U.S.”

“We obviously are excited to extend our relationship with FOX Sports with a good balance of racing on the FOX Network,” said NASCAR VP of Broadcasting and Productions Steve Herbst. “NASCAR on FOX has been very popular with NASCAR fans everywhere and we believe its expanded schedule will strengthen its relationship with the fans and provide the sport with many opportunities to cross-promote and grow our combined audiences.”

Summary of FOX Sports’ Exclusive Rights (2015-2024):

·         First 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races of each season, including the Daytona 500

o    Nine on FOX Sports and seven on FOX Sports 1

·         First 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series points races of each season

o    Fourteen races on FOX Sports 1

·         NASCAR Sprint Unlimited, Budweiser Duel and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

·         All NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series, three international series and GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, both known for competition on road courses. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information, visit www.nascar.com and follow NASCAR at www.facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About FOX Sports

FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform U.S.-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FOX Sports 1; FOX’s 22 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go; FUEL TV; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com on MSN, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com, Scout.com and Yardbarker.com. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network, BTN 2Go and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network and FOX Sports Skybox restaurants.

ESPN’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Coverage Rolls Out at Indianapolis

espn-nascarESPN begins its coverage of the final 17 races of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule with a live, flag-to-flag telecast of the Brickyard 400 at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 28.  ESPN’s multimedia platforms will surround the race telecast on television, radio and online.

The telecast from Indianapolis is presented by Golden Corral and begins with the NASCAR Countdown pre-race show at noon ET from the Speedway’s iconic Pagoda. The program will set up the race with interviews and features before the race’s green flag flies at 1:19 p.m.

In addition to the race, ESPN will televise NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m. and ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup practice Saturday at 9 a.m.

Also from Indianapolis, ESPN will televise the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, with NASCAR Countdown at 4 p.m. and the green flag at 4:50 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jimmie Johnson will visit the ESPN telecast booth for part of the race.

ESPN will use 72 high definition cameras at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including four Ultra Hi Motion cameras for replays and unique action shots. One will be mounted on pit wall near the “Yard of Bricks” that make up the start/finish line at the Speedway while another robotic Ultra Hi Motion camera will be mounted to provide a low shot in the first turn. Two others will be in the second and fourth turns.

Eight cars competing in the race will carry onboard cameras and ESPN also will have a helicopter camera for overhead shots in the Brickyard 400 and for all 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup race telecasts.

Four former NASCAR Sprint Cup champions, including two NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers, will be an integral part of ESPN’s coverage team for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, including lead analyst Dale Jarrett, the 1999 driving champion and newly elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, who will work with two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree and lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick in the booth. Marty Reid will be the lap-by-lap announcer for the remainder of ESPN’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race telecasts this season beginning with Indianapolis.

NASCAR Countdown will feature analysis by 1989 champion driver and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and three-time champion crew chief Ray Evernham, with host Nicole Briscoe and NASCAR team owner Brad Daugherty. The Countdown team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race. Pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.

Beginning Sept. 15 at Chicagoland Speedway, the final 10 races will comprise the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s playoffs, culminating Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the crowning of the series champion.

For the 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, ESPN will again utilize NASCAR NonStop, a split-screen commercial format that brings more racing action to viewers. The format, which ESPN used for the first time in 2011, shows the advertisement on the left side of the screen and a continuation of racing action on the right side. ESPN’s scoring ticker continues to move across the top of the screen, allowing NASCAR fans to follow the running order of the race during the breaks. NASCAR NonStop takes effect at or near the halfway point of the race, with the first half of the race presented in the traditional commercial break format.

Among the features that will be presented during ESPN’s coverage from Indianapolis:

Going Home with Juan Pablo Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya shows viewers around his home country of Colombia. The tour includes returning to the track where he grew up racing, spending time with family and his Formula Smiles philanthropy project that is changing lives of young Colombian boys and girls.

The Drive For 5

A look at the number 5: its importance in sports, its symbolism in society and the numerology behind the number 5. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon discuss their four wins at the Brickyard and what it would mean to be the first racer in history to win five times of the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Danica inspires and finds inspiration despite a lifetime of criticism

Danica Patrick has faced criticism her entire career. Despite breaking gender boundaries and setting records, (first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500, first woman to start on the pole for the Daytona 500) her career continues to be scrutinized. The intense criticism she has always faced is examined as is the way she motivates herself and has inspired a young generation of racers who look up to her.

Tony Stewart at The Brickyard

Our roots as humans stem from home. For Tony Stewart home is Indiana. He grew up racing sprint cars at Indianapolis Raceway Park and other short tracks and dreamed of one day racing the Indianapolis 500. As his career turned to NASCAR, his dream of winning the Indy 500 took a backseat. His career blossomed with many race wins and multiple championships. He continued to hang onto his sprint car roots; racing in the series when his NASCAR schedule allowed. One month ago, he lost his good friend and former roommate Jason Leffler. In a conversation with ESPN’s Marty Smith at the Brickyard, Stewart will look at his roots as a racer and how losing a friend has changed his life.

ESPN’s Multimedia Platforms Surround NASCAR

 

WatchESPN

All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and Apple TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliate provider including Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision, Cox, Charter Communications and AT&T U-verse (coming soon to NRTC members’ customers).

 

ESPN.com

ESPN.com will provide surround coverage from the Brickyard. Award-winning motorsports journalists Terry Blount, David Newton and John Oreovicz and ESPN.com motorsports editor K. Lee Davis will lead the reporting team, with additional contributions from NASCAR Insider Marty Smith. Blount, Newton, Oreovicz and other ESPN reporters and personalities maintain and regularly update blogs with their insights, perspectives and more. ESPN.com, along with Jayski.com, will feature extensive video, audio and editorial coverage of the 2013 NASCAR season. This week, a special five-part series on NASCAR’s France Family written by senior motorsports writer Ed Hinton is featured leading to the Brickyard.

 

espnw.com

espnW’s mission is to connect female fans with the sports they love and follow, and with Danica Patrick in her first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, espnW.com continues its full-season coverage. In addition, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Johanna Long will be blogging for espnW all season. espnW.com provides an engaging environment where women are an integral part of the sports conversation, share their perspective on men’s and women’s sports and find the motivation and support for their athletic goals and interests.

 

 

ESPN Radio

The Raceday program airs from 6 – 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, Programs will originate from Indianapolis with host Pat Patterson and include news, interviews and reports. In addition, ESPN Radio will have daily reports and interviews during other programming in the week leading up to the race. RaceDay airs 52 weeks a year and will originate from the site of every NASCAR Sprint Cup race this season.

 

ESPN The Magazine

The ESPN The Magazine “Body Issue,” on newsstands now, contains a column by senior writer Ryan McGee on the evolution of safety in NASCAR and the sanctioning body’s use of SAFER barriers at racetracks.

ESPN Deportes

ESPN’s Spanish-language television, radio and Internet in the U.S. will televise the NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Indianapolis on a tape-delayed basis at 4 a.m. on Sunday, July 28, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Brickyard 400 on Monday, July 29, at 4 a.m. ESPN Deportes’ NASCAR commentator team will feature Andrés Agulla (play-by-play) and Alex Pombo (analysis). In addition to the telecast of the race, ESPN Deportes will have segments for its edition of SportsCenter.

 

ESPN International

ESPN International is one of the world’s leading syndicators of sports programming and its relationship with NASCAR is helping maximize coverage of NASCAR and providing a solid base of distribution. Through a combination of sales and network programming, the 38 NASCAR Sprint Cup races (including the Bud Shootout and Sprint All-Star Race) and 33 NASCAR Nationwide Series races are available to 112 countries and territories around the world. In addition, U.S. troops and their families serving around the world and Navy vessels at sea can watch the season through American Forces Network.

ESPN Classic

ESPN Classic will count down to the 20th running of the Brickyard 400 with airings of multiple past editions of the race as well as classic NASCAR-themed SportsCentury programs on Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. The race airings begin Thursday, July 25, at midnight with the 2011 race.

Visit www.espnmediazone.com for ESPN’s latest releases, schedules and other news, plus photos, video and audio clips and more.

About NASCAR on ESPN:

ESPN produces comprehensive, multi-platform coverage featuring telecasts of the final 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Additionally, ESPN is the television home of the NASCAR Nationwide Series. ESPN’s NASCAR coverage extends to ESPN.com, SportsCenter, ESPN the Magazine, WatchESPN, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN on Xbox LIVE, ESPN Radio and ESPN International, among other ESPN platforms. ESPN aired 262 NASCAR Cup Races over a 20-year period starting in 1981 and returned to NASCAR coverage in 2007. The network’s award-winning, live flag-to-flag coverage on ESPN has been honored with 19 Sports Emmy Awards, as well as many industry honors. It is widely credited for helping to popularize the sport nationwide.

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NASCAR and NBC Sports Group Reach Landmark Media Rights Agreement

NBC-sports-groupTen-Year Agreement Returns NASCAR to NBC Family of Networks Beginning in 2015, Further Underscores Strength of NASCAR’s Live Racing Product

And Positions Industry for Continued Growth

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. and NEW YORK (July 23, 2013) – NASCAR and NBC Sports Group announced today they have reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content beginning in 2015. Financial terms of the agreement, which runs through the 2024 season, were not disclosed.

With this partnership, NBC’s 20 Sprint Cup race schedule includes becoming the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s final 10 races of the season, including its season-ending championship event which will return to network television in 2015 for the first time since 2009. Of NBC Sports Group’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, seven will be carried on NBC annually, with 13 airing on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.

“NBC is known for being an exceptional partner and delivering outstanding production quality and presentation of live sports, as well as its broad portfolio of broadcast and digital properties so we are thrilled with the commitment they have made to NASCAR and its future,” said NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Brian France. “We know this partnership will yield great value to our entire industry, provide a premium experience to our most important stakeholders, the fans, and help us achieve a number of strategic growth objectives. Our new partnership with NBC and the recent extension by FOX validate the strength of our fan base and the many bold steps we have taken the last several years to provide fans with better, more accessible racing.”

In addition to rights to NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series races, NBC has also obtained exclusive rights to practice and qualifying sessions for NBC’s national series events during their portion of the season, as well as rights to broadcast the NASCAR K&N Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series, the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony and NASCAR’s season-ending banquets. Further, NBC has been granted Spanish-language rights, certain video-on-demand rights and exclusive TV Everywhere rights for its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events.

“Acquiring the rights and bringing NASCAR back to NBC comes at an important point in time for NBC Sports Network, NBC, and all of our distributors and affiliates,” said NBC Sports Group Chairman, Mark Lazarus. “We look forward to working with Brian and his management team, who have brought a renewed focus to NASCAR’s intersection of sports and technology.”

“We are excited about the cross-promotional opportunities NBC provides, especially in the timeframes right before NBC’s NASCAR schedule and during the Chase,” said NASCAR VP of Broadcasting and Productions, Steve Herbst. “We’re confident NBC will utilize its powerful Championship Season lineup, including the NHL Playoffs, Premier League, the French Open, the Kentucky Derby and other events, to build interest and excitement for NASCAR. Those opportunities, combined with the opportunity to lead into the number one show on television – NBC’s Sunday Night Football – for select Chase races, were both very attractive prospects when considering this partnership.”

Summary of key NBC Sports Group Exclusive Rights – 2015-2024:

  • Final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races (7 on NBC, 13 on NBCSN)
  • Final 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series races (4 on NBC, 15 on NBCSN)
  • NASCAR K&N Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events
  • NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series events
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony and season-ending banquets
  • ‘TV Everywhere’ live-streaming rights for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • Spanish-language broadcast rights on Telemundo and Mun2 for national series events and NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series, three international series and GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, both known for competition on road courses. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information, visit www.nascar.com and follow NASCAR at www.facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About NBC Sports Group

When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of broadcast television, cable television, radio and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks, two regional news networks, NBC Sports Radio and all of their respective digital properties. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, MLS, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.

TNT’s 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coverage Continues with the New Hampshire 300

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Network Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Martin Truex Jr. and his No. 56 Team

TNT will culminate its six-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series schedule with the New Hampshire 300 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 14, at 12 p.m. ET.  Coverage will begin with the Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book pre-race show at 11 a.m. Adam Alexander will call the race and host the pre-race show with analysts Kyle Petty, Wally Dallenbach and Larry McReynolds. In addition, veteran reporters Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and Chris Neville will patrol pit road to bring viewers comprehensive coverage and access prior to and during each race.

Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book will go behind-the-scenes with Martin Truex Jr. this week.  TNT cameras will be embedded with his team over the course of the week preceding the New Hampshire 300 as they travel and prepare for the upcoming race.

Additionally, during the pre-race coverage, TNT will televise a special feature with Matt Kenseth and his wife Katie in their hometown of Cambridge, Wisconsin. The couple will sit down with TNT reporter Marty Snider to discuss Matt’s decision late last season to leave Roush Racing after 14 years together, as well as his success since joining Joe Gibbs Racing. TNT will also go behind-the-scenes with Matt as he visits hometown fans and races with his son Ross.

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TNT’s 2013 NASCAR Summer Series Coverage Continues with Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola

NASCAR-on-TNTTNT’s 2013 NASCAR Summer Series Coverage Continues with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET

TNT Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Carl Edwards and his No. 99 Team

TNT continues its exclusive coverage of the 2013 NASCAR Summer Series with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET.  The network will present the final 30 laps of the prime-time race without commercial interruption courtesy of sponsors Coke Zero and Sprint.  TNT’s coverage will begin with the pre-race Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book at 6:30 p.m.

Adam Alexander will call the race and host the pre-race show with analysts Kyle Petty, Wally Dallenbach and Larry McReynolds. In addition, veteran reporters Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and Chris Neville will patrol pit road to bring viewers comprehensive coverage and access prior to and during the race.

TNT’s Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book will continue to showcase weekly features highlighting different drivers and their lives on-and-off the racetrack, while also previewing the week’s race. This week’s coverage will follow Carl Edwards and his No. 99 team. TNT cameras are embedded with Edwards and his team over the course of the week as they travel to Daytona and prepare for the race.

The pre-race show will also include an interview with Danica Patrick. Additionally, nine-time Grammy® Award winner Sheryl Crow will perform prior to the race with a select portion of the appearance shown during TNT’s Countdown to Green.

TNT’s coverage of the 2013 NASCAR Summer Series will culminate with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire on Sunday, July 14, at 1 p.m. with the pre-race show beginning at noon.

 

Visit the Turner Sports online pressroom for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR.

 

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TNT’s 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coverage Goes Prime Time on Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Kentucky presented by KFC on Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Network Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Kurt Busch

Turner Sports continues its 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series coverage with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Kentucky presented by KFC from Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET.  TNT’s NASCAR Summer Series coverage will begin with the pre-race Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book at 6:30 p.m.

Adam Alexander will call the race and host the pre-race show with analysts Kyle PettyWally Dallenbach and Larry McReynolds. In addition, veteran reporters Ralph SheheenMarty SniderMatt Yocum and Chris Neville will patrol pit road to bring viewers comprehensive coverage and access prior to and during the race.

TNT’s Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book continues to showcase weekly features highlighting different drivers and their lives on-and-off the racetrack, while also previewing the week’s race. This week’s coverage will follow 24-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner Kurt Busch. TNT cameras are embedded with Busch and his team over the course of the week as they travel from the west coast to Kentucky and prepare for this week’s race in the bluegrass state.

Additionally, TNT’s Matt Yocum will visit with Kevin Harvick, 17-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner. The two will discuss Harvick’s fitness training regimen including his use of a heart rate monitor during races.

 

TNT’s 2013 NASCAR Summer Series Schedule:

(All Times Eastern)

                              

Saturday, June 29  
6:30 p.m. ET Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book
7:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Kentucky presented by KFC (Kentucky Speedway)
 
Saturday, July 6  
6:30 p.m. Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book
7:30 p.m. Coke Zero 400 at Daytona powered by Coca-Cola (Daytona International Speedway)
   
Sunday, July 14  
Noon Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book
1 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

Visit the Turner Sports online pressroom for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR.

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Notes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series – Sunday, June 23, 2013

NASCAR-on-TNTNotes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series – Sunday, June 23, 2013

Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Sonoma Raceway

TNT will continue its NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series coverage on Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Kentucky presented by KFC at Kentucky Speedway.

TNT’s Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book will precede race coverage at 6:30 p.m.

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Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book
Adam Alexander (host), Kyle Petty (analyst), Wally Dallenbach (analyst) and Larry McReynolds (analyst)
Dallenbach on the importance of starting near the front at Sonoma: “Track position is really important. It’s a premium to have a good qualifying position today.”

Sheheen interviewed No. 16 Greg Biffle on his season: “We have a good opportunity to get into the [NASCAR Sprint Cup Series] Chase.”

McReynolds on which driver is on the move: “There is no question my guy is moving up – [No. 29] Kevin Harvick.”

Dallenbach on what it might take to win: “You’ve just got to stay on the race track today. If you can stay on the race track and minimize your mistakes, you’ve got a pretty good chance of winning the race.”

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TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing: Toyota/Save Mart 350
Adam Alexander (host), Wally Dallenbach (analyst), Kyle Petty (analyst), pit reporters Chris Neville, Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum

Petty on No. 56 Martin Truex, Jr: “He’s been a solid road racer since he’s come to the [NASCAR Sprint Cup] Series.”

Petty on Turn 11 at Sonoma: “Turn 11 is the best place to be offensive and make a pass.”

Dallenbach on Turn 11 at Sonoma: “That [Turn 11] is your best passing opportunity.”

Petty on No. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya: “You know when he gets close [to a competitor], he’s going to make something happen.”

McReynolds on the strategy used halfway through the race at Sonoma: “I like the guys on a two-stop strategy – Jimmie Johnson and [Juan Pablo] Montoya.”

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TNT NASCAR Summer Series – Post-Race Remarks

TNT’s Sheheen interviewed the winner of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 – No. 56 Martin Truex, Jr.

Truex, Jr: “I can’t even put it into words. We’ve been close a lot and it feels [darn] good to get the win.”

TNT’s Snider interviewed runner-up Jeff Gordon

Gordon: “This is one of those crazy types of races. We were on the three-stop strategy. Finally, we had a race car that was fantastic.”

TNT’s Yocum interviewed fourth place finisher Kurt Busch and discussed the pit road speeding penalties:

Busch: “We were fast…even in pit road. I was speeding both times. We just had to battle.”

TNT’s Neville interviewed Juan Pablo Montoya

Montoya: “It’s a heartbreak today.”

TNT’s Yocum interviewed Carl Edwards

Edwards: “Strategy changed a lot today. It was a pretty smooth day. I love this place.”

TNT’s Neville interviewed Marcos Ambrose

Ambrose: “We fought hard all day. It certainly wasn’t the day we were looking for.”

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