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NASCAR: SPRINT ALL-STAR Race Live Saturday on FOX Sports 1

SOCCER: Arsenal Faces Hull City in David vs. Goliath Battle for England’s FA Cup Championship Saturday on FOX

MLB ON FOX: Yankees Face Pirates in Exciting Interleague Game Saturday on FOX Sports 1

#ICYMI: FOX SPORTS LIVE’s Gary Payton Looks at Clippers’ Mindset:  http://foxs.pt/1v62Q60

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 NASCAR ON FOX SPORTS 1 FROM CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

With 11 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races in the books for 2014, drivers and teams shift gears a bit this weekend for the annual non-points “dash for the cash” NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE, live on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, May 17 (7:00 PM ET) as part of FOX Sports 1 – 10 Days of Thunder programming from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Mike Joy leads the NASCAR on FOX booth for the 30th running of the star-studded event from Charlotte with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds. Chris Myers hosts from the famed Hollywood Hotel with analysis from Michael Waltrip and Jeff Hammond, and Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum reporting from the pits. Darrell Waltrip and Hammond teamed to win the inaugural NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE in 1985, following it up the next day with a win in the Coca-Cola 600 and the season championship a few months later. NASCAR RACEDAY kicks off Saturday’s coverage at 2:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1 and features an interview with car owner Richard Childress.

The SPRINT SHOWDOWN, the last-chance transfer race for the All-Star Race, moves to a new night this year, airing live on FOX Sports 1 on Friday, May 16 (7:00 PM ET). The two top finishing drivers advance to Saturday’s NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE, along with the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote.

Immediately following the SPRINT SHOWDOWN, the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES returns to action for the fourth race of its 22-race season at Charlotte, live on FOX Sports 1 on Friday (8:30 PM ET) with pre-race coverage beginning at 8:00 PM ET with NCWTS SETUP hosted by Krista Voda. After three races, Matt Crafton leads Timothy Peters in the point standings, followed by four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr., German Quiroga Jr. and Johnny Sauter. This week’s NCWTS SETUP features a look at driver Jimmy Weller, who in 2004 suffered a violent crash at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a USAC Sprint Car race. Weller remained in a coma for two weeks and underwent numerous surgical procedures to correct back and neck fractures sustained in the accident.

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 and shoulder programming telecast on FOX Sports 1. 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.

 

NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE FROM CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO on Saturday, May 17 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: 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 alongside Michael Waltrip with pit reports from Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum.

DARRELL WALTRIP RANKS HIS ’85 ALL-STAR WIN IN TOP FIVE OR SIX OF CAREER:  “I’d put the 1985 All-Star win in the top five or six wins of my entire career because it was the first one ever held. There can only be one first-time winner. You always want to win a new event and do something nobody else has done before. That alone makes it pretty special.”

JEFF HAMMOND SAYS THE EFFORT THAT WENT INTO WINNING THE ’85 ALL-STAR RACE WAS ASTOUNDING: “The effort we put into winning that first race will always stick in my mind because we never worked that hard on another car except for the Daytona 500.  To come back and win the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday made that whole weekend unbelievable.  It always will be not just a page, but a chapter in my history book because of what went into it.”

WALTRIP SAYS WINNING THE ’85 ALL-STAR RACE & COKE 600 IN SAME WEEKEND HAD HUGE CHAMPIONSHIP IMPLICATIONS FOR HIM THAT YEAR:  “Winning the All-Star Race was a big steppingstone for us in winning the championship that year because Bill (Elliott) had such a huge points lead on us, but from that race on, we knew we could beat him if we just worked harder. That weekend pole-vaulted us and got us the momentum and motivation we needed to fight Bill and wrestle the championship away from him. If we hadn’t been so good and won at Charlotte like we did, I don’t know where things would have ended up that year.”

LARRY MCREYNOLDS SAYS IT’S HARD TO PREDICT WHO THE TWO TRANSFER DRIVERS WILL BE FROM THE SPRINT SHOWDOWN INTO THE ALL-STAR RACE: “That’s a very tough one this year. Kyle Larson, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose all could be right up there. But if I had to choose based on their mile-and-a-half track performances this year, I’d go with Larson and Almirola.”

MCREYNOLDS WILL BE WATCHING SEVERAL STORYLINES ON SATURDAY: “Given the new no ride-height rule, new aerodynamics package and other things teams have dealt with this year, those that seemingly had their arms around the intermediate track package last year still are searching this year, and vice versa. We know for a fact the cars will be very fast, considering the speeds we’ve seen this year. I’ll also be watching for pit stops and pit strategy to be critical this weekend. Teams will be setting themselves up to have the best average finish at the end of segment four because that’s how they’ll enter pit road and perform their pit stops. That pit stop will be huge. And finally, is this when Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus finally get back to Victory Lane? They’ve won the last two All-Star Races and traditionally are in a league of their own at Charlotte. If they don’t at least run well, then that’s a whole other conversation.”

SPRINT SHOWDOWN (transfer race for NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE)

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Friday, May 16  (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum

NASCAR RACEDAY ALL-STAR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, May 17 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda, Matt Yocum and Rutledge Wood
  • This Week:Car owner Richard Childress and driver Joey Logano

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO on Friday, May 16 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Bob Dillner, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler

NCWTS SETUP

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1, Friday, May 16 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Krista Voda, Bob Dillner, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler
  • This Week:A feature on driver Jimmy Weller, who in 2004 suffered a violent crash at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a USAC Sprint Car race. Weller remained in a coma for two weeks and underwent numerous surgical procedures to correct back and neck fractures sustained in the accident.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday through Thursday (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Co-hosts Steve Byrnes, Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; analysts Matt Clark, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week:  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series reigning champion and current points leader Matt Crafton on Thursday, May 15
  • Next Week:  Casey Mears on Monday, May 19; live coverage of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Vote Day on Wednesday, May 21

SOCCER

ARSENAL AND HULL CITY FACE OFF IN DAVID VS. GOLIATH BATTLE IN ENGLAND’S FA CUP FINAL THIS SATURDAY ON FOX

  • Network/When: FOX, FOX Sports GO, Saturday, May 17 (11:30 AM ET)
  • Talent: Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda call the final live from Wembley Stadium in London. Rob Stone hosts studio coverage with analysts Warren Barton, Brian McBride, Dr. Joe Machnik and guest analysts Stuart Holden and FA Cup legend Vinnie Jones.
  • This Week: For just the second time ever, the FA Cup Final airs on U.S. broadcast television, when FOX features the match between Barclays Premier League sides Arsenal and Hull City to determine the champion of the world’s oldest soccer competition and England’s main domestic cup tournament. Arsenal, with 10 FA Cup titles to its name, reaches the final after beating last year’s champion Wigan Athletic on penalty kicks, while Hull City makes its first-ever FA Cup Final appearance in the team’s 110-year history.

MLB

MLB GAME OF THE WEEK COMES TO FOX SPORTS 1 THURSDAY WITH PADRES VS. REDS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Thursday, May 15 (12:30 PM ET).
  • Talent: Thom Brennaman, Eric Karros

PIRATES FACE YANKEES SATURDAY ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, May 17 (4:00 PM ET).
  • Talent:  Matt Vasgersian, Tom Verducci

COLLEGE SPORTS

K-STATE HOSTS TEXAS IN BIG 12 BASEBALL SHOWDOWN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, May 18 (4:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Dave Barnett and analyst Pat Combs
  • This Week: No. 19 Texas heads to K-State for the final conference game before the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship in Oklahoma City next weekend. FOX Sports 1 has the Big 12 Championship final on Sunday, May 25 (5:30 PM ET), following the BIG EAST baseball championship final from Brooklyn, NY, earlier that day (1:00 PM ET).

UFC

UFC TONIGHT REPORTS FROM TEAM ALPHA MALE WITH DILLASHAW, MENDES, DAVIS AND LUDWIG INTERVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, May 14 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Chael Sonnen, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Karyn Bryant is on location in Sacramento and provides reports from Team Alpha Male including interviews with UFC 173 bantamweight title challenger TJ Dillashaw, UFC 175 women’s bantamweight title challenger Alexis Davis, UFC 176 featherweight title challenger Chad Mendes, and outgoing coach Duane Ludwig. Insider Ariel Helwani provides additional reports.

 THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER – BOXER CLARK FACES WRESTLER ANDERSON IN A CLASSIC MATCHUP

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, May 14 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar
  • This Week:On the heels of Tim Williams’ surprising loss, coach BJ Penn gives his team a lecture on the risks of overtraining. Team Edgar heads to the mountains for a scenic practice session. Former boxer Josh Clark tries to get momentum back in Team Penn’s favor, as he faces skilled wrestler Corey Anderson of Team Edgar.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER – DILLASHAW INTERVIEW, MUNOZ’S INSIGHTS, TEIXEIRA RECOUNTS UFC 172

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, May 18 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Bantamweight title challenger TJ Dillashaw joins host Jon Anik in studio to discuss his quest to become the first fighter from Team Alpha Male to hoist UFC gold. Mark Munoz, one of MMA’s most inspiring and intellectual competitors, provides insight into his love of mixed martial arts. Then, watch Glover Teixeira’s unforgettable first-person account of his UFC 172 fight week as he puts his nine-year unbeaten streak on the line against Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title.

UFC COUNTDOWN – UFC 173: BARAO VS. DILLASHAW PREVIEWED

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, May 18 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Renan Barao, TJ Dillashaw
  • This Week:UFC Countdown goes inside the training camps of six dangerous, determined fighters set to take the stage at UFC 173 on May 24. Undisputed bantamweight champion Renan Barao puts his massive unbeaten streak on the line against aggressive Team Alpha Male prospect TJ Dillashaw. Welterweight gunslingers Jake Ellenberger and Robbie Lawler battle for a spot at the top of the division.

BOXING

VETERAN HONORIO COULD HAND OROZCO HIS FIRST DEFEAT AT GOLDEN BOY BOXING, SAYS MALIGNAGGI

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Deportes, Thursday, May 15 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Beto Duran, Paulie Malignaggi, ringside reporter Jessica Rosales.
  • This Week:San Diego’s rising star Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (19-0, 15 KOs) faces Mexican veteran Martin Honorio (32-8-1, 16 KOs) in the main event of the special Thursday edition of Golden Boy Live! on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. Winning three of his last five fights, Honorio wants to stop Orozco’s rise by any means necessary. “Antonio Orozco is a rising star with a big upside in the junior welterweight division, but Martin Honorio is no joke,” says FOX Sports boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi. “He’s a veteran who knows all the tricks, and he’s handed guys like Steve Luevano and John Molina Jr. their first losses, so Orozco will have to be focused and on top of his game to win.” The previously announced main event fight between Manuel “Tino” Avila (14-0, 5 KOs) and David “Morita” De La Mora (25-5, 18 KOs) is the 10-round junior featherweight co-main event. Opening the telecast is a six-round bantamweight bout between Paramount’s Manuel “Suavecito” Roman (16-2-3, 6 KOs) and Merida’s Jose “Cacho” Silveira (15-10, 6 KOs).

ARCA RACING SERIES

10-TIME ARCA CHAMPION KIMMEL LOOKS FOR 1OTH TOLEDO VICTORY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, May 18 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Ray Dunlap, Jim Tretow
  • This Week: The ARCA Racing Series heads to Ohio this weekend, where 10-time series champion Frank Kimmel looks to find his way back to Victory Lane in Toledo for the first time since 2005. With a record 80 series wins, Kimmel’s last Toledo win came in 2005; his first in 1994. Grant Enfinger maintains the series points lead with three wins in the first four races of the 2014 season, followed by Mason Mitchell and Kimmel. Justin Allison, grandson of NASCAR legend Donnie Allison and great nephew of Daytona 500 champion Bobby Allison (members of the original Alabama Gang), makes his ARCA short track debut this weekend.

MOTOGP

VARSHA SAYS THERE’S NO TELLING WHAT MARQUEZ CAN DO THIS YEAR ON MOTOGP TOUR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, May 18 (7:00 AM ET)
  • Talent:  Host Bob Varsha; analysts Gregory Haines and Nick Harris
  • This Week:MotoGP returns from a weekend off for Sunday’s MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of France with World Champion Marc Marquez riding a perfect streak in 2014. The 21-year-old Spaniard became just the first rider since 1992 to win the first four races of the season two weeks ago, winning his 36th Grand Prix in just his 100th race and extending his world championship lead over second-place Dani Pedrosa by 28 points heading into Le Mans. “I think even more significant than all the winning Marc Marquez has done this year is how he has done it,” says Bob Varsha. “Coming back from injury to win the season-opener, and more recently moving from seventh to second at Argentina, then sitting calmly behind another world champion in Jorge Lorenzo before passing him with ease. Fans can disagree about whether the Marquez riding style is as big a revelation as, say, Kenny Roberts’ was back in 1978, but there’s no doubt that we’re watching a great rider in complete harmony with a great bike, and there’s no telling what they might do this year. Even better, despite dominating, Marquez is still exciting to watch.” In addition, the MotoGP Moto2 Grand Prix of France premieres Sunday, May 18 on FOX Sports 2 (9:00 PM ET), and the Moto3 Grand Prix of France precedes it on FOX Sports 2 (8:00 PM ET).

ORIGINALS

PECOS LEAGUE’S TRINIDAD TRIGGERS PREPARE FOR GRUELING SEASON

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, May 20 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jacob Fabry, Andrew Azzopardi
  • This Week:Far removed from the glamorous life of Major League Baseball, Pecos League players are given a jersey, a hat and $50 a week to keep their big league dreams alive. This week, the Triggers settle in with their host families, team captain Jacob Fabry battles an early slump and catcher Andrew Azzopardi battles anything he can scream at.

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – PAYTON LOOKS AT A PLAYERS’ MINDSET AS CLIPPERS’ SERIES CONTINUES WITH OKLAHOMA CITY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Ryan Field, Cole Wright, Gabe Kapler, Jim Jackson, Gary Payton, Bill Reiter, Petros Papadakis
  • This Week: FOX SPORTS LIVE expands its hockey coverage with noted hockey bloggers Dave Lozo (Bleacher Report) and Harrison Mooney (Yahoo!/Puck Daddy). Plus, basketball insiders Bill Reiter and Reid Forgrave report live from the NBA Combine in Chicago Wednesday through Friday. On Thursday, the crew is joined in studio by actor David Boreanaz, star of the hit FOX series BONES. With the story still dominating headlines, basketball Hall of Famer Gary Payton weighed in this week on what mindset the Los Angeles Clippers’ players must have during the playoffs. “Right now, [Sterling] is not running the team; it’s Doc Rivers, and you want to play for Doc Rivers. The NBA has done a great job of putting somebody else in place, and you’re going to have to deal with that. So, you have to think about it and say, ‘We’re not really working for him, we’re working for ourselves to become champions and we’re working for our coach, Doc Rivers.’” Watch the clip here: http://foxs.pt/1v62Q60

AMERICA’S PREGAME – FORMER NBA ALL-STAR AND LOS ANGELES CLIPPER MARQUES JOHNSON SAY STERLING HAS TO GO BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET), preempted Friday, May 16
  • Talent:  Mike Hill and Molly McGrath
  • This Week: Mike and Molly are joined by FOX Sports 1 analysts Rob Becker, Raja Bell, Royce Clayton, Jim Jackson, Joel Klatt, Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal. Five-time NBA All-Star and former Los Angeles Clippers forward Marques Johnson came by the studio on Tuesday and shared a disturbing personal tale from his dealings with embattled owner Donald Sterling. “It’s to the point now that if you’re Adam Silver, you’ve got to get this thing away from this guy by any means necessary. I don’t care how much it costs, you’ve got to get him to sell this basketball team.” Watch the clip here: http://youtu.be/SeDtWhlEhqY

MLB WHIPAROUND CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/Talent:  FOX Sports 1, Weekdays

o   Thursday, May 15 (9:00 PM ET) – Ryan Field, C.J. Nitkowski, Gabe Kapler

o   Friday, May 16 (12:00 AM ET) – Ryan Field, Gabe Kapler

o   Monday, May 19 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Tuesday, May 20 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Wednesday, May 21 (12:00 AM ET) – TBD

  • This Week: This nightly program expands FOX Sports 1’s commitment to baseball coverage with quick-turnaround highlights of in-progress games, MLB news and analysis. The hour-long program originates from Los Angeles.

THE MIKE FRANCESA SHOW

  • Network: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (1:00-5:00 PM ET) and FOX Sports 2, weekdays (5:00-6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Francesa

FOX Sports Covers THE NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE with 100,000 CAMERAS

NASCAR_on_FOXWHAT IF 100,000 CAMERAS & THOUSANDS OF FANS TOLD THE STORY OF THE NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE?

Crowd-Sourcing & Fan- & Driver-Generated Content the Nucleus of

FOX Sports 1’s 100,000 CAMERAS:  THE NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE on Thursday, May 22

                                                               Two Additional FOX Sports 1 Originals Premiere May 23 as Part of

FOX Sports 1 – 10 Days of Thunder Programming

It is impossible to walk down the street nowadays without encountering someone snapping a photo or video, digitally chronicling and instantaneously sharing their experiences worldwide.

Such is the inspiration as FOX Sports 1 and NASCAR Productions present 100,000 CAMERAS:  THE NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE, a groundbreaking concept that incorporates fan- and driver-generated video to showcase the race from fans’ points of view, regardless of location. Debuting Thursday, May 22 (9:30 PM ET), this special delivers an unprecedented portrayal of race day from all perspectives, from early morning until the team haulers head home.

100,000 CAMERAS:  THE NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE premieres immediately following seven hours of live FOX Sports 1 programming from Charlotte Motor Speedway and is the first of three new FOX Sports 1 and NASCAR Productions originals airing the week of the COCA-COLA 600 (live on FOX on Sunday, May 25 at 5:30 PM ET).  EMPTY CUP: QUEST FOR THE 1992 NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP premieres Friday, May 23 at 8:00 PM ET and THE 600: HISTORY OF NASCAR’S TOUGHEST RACE on Friday, May 23 at 9:00 PM ET.

Fans everywhere are invited to tell their own NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE story by using their cameras and smart/mobile devices to capture the event and the hours preceding and following it, whether from the grandstands, on a road trip to the track, while tailgating, watching from home or from a neighborhood bar.  Using the hashtag #100KCams and #SprintAllStar, fans simply upload videos to their social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter, Vine, Facebook or the Banjo app) immediately following the race.

“NASCAR fans know how fun a race day is regardless of where they watch the race, and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is one of the biggest spectacles of the year,” said Steve Craddock, FOX Sports 1 SVP Production, NASCAR.  “We want to see their unique perspectives and share their pictures throughout the day and into the night.  If you have a camera or a camera phone, your All-Star experience could become part of the program.”

The 30-minute, high-energy special also features additional and specialty camera angles and content not seen in FOX Sports 1’s live telecast of the NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE (Saturday, May 17 at 7:00 PM ET), as well as driver wires and team radio scanner sounds.  Fans shooting video using a cell phone are encouraged to shoot horizontally for best results.  For more tips and information on how to take and submit video for 100 CAMERAS:  THE NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE, please visit www.foxsports.com/100KCams

EMPTY CUP:  QUEST FOR THE 1992 NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP focuses on Davey Allison’s 1992 season.  During this season, the Robert Yates Racing team experienced significant highs and lows with major victories and disabling setbacks, yet still led the point standings throughout much of the year.  Heading into the season finale at Atlanta, the No. 28 was one of three teams in the hunt for the championship but came up short in losing to Alan Kulwicki.  EMPTY CUP is a continuing, 30-minute documentary series that reflects on specific NASCAR seasons in which a driver and team lost their championship bid in the season’s final moments.

THE 600: HISTORY OF NASCAR’S TOUGHEST RACE is a 60-minute documentary about the people and events that define Charlotte Motor Speedway’s marquee event held every Memorial Day weekend. NASCAR legends Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon reflect on the race’s unorthodox history and the thrill of winning NASCAR’s longest race.

May 22 also marks the first of three NASCAR RACE HUB prime time specials on FOX Sports 1 — Thursday, May 22 (8:30 PM ET), Friday, May 23 (7:00 PM ET) and Saturday, May 24 (10:00 PM ET).  Additionally, FOX Sports 1 is LIVE from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, May 21 (4:00 PM ET) for the announcement of the sport’s five newest inductees and offers live cut-ins from Coca-Cola Speed Street in uptown Charlotte, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, during the week.

For a complete FOX Sports 1 – 10 Days of Thunder programming schedule, click http://foxs.pt/1mwsvDm

–FOX SPORTS–

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: MLB, NASCAR, Soccer & More

MLB ON FOX: LOGOFOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

MLB ON FOX: Angels vs. Yankees / Pirates vs. Cardinals Saturday Doubleheader on FOX Sports 1

NASCAR:  Harvick Looks for Third Win This Season Saturday on FOX

SOCCER: UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Final Four on FOX Sports 1

#ICYMI:

In Case You Missed It – FOX SPORTS LIVE: Parents are naming their kids FOX Sports 1: http://www.snappytv.com/snaps/fs1-onrait-about-fox-sports-live-on-fox-sports-1_9p

 

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MLB

ANGELS VS. YANKEES / PIRATES VS. CARDINALS SATURDAY ON FOX SPORTS 1 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, April 26 (12:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Kevin Burkhardt introduces fans to Saturday’s baseball action from FOX Sports 1’s Los Angeles studio, analysts Gabe Kapler and Eric Karros.

o   Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ New York Yankees: Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci & Ken Rosenthal (reporter) (1:00 PM ET)

o   Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals: Justin Kutcher & C.J. Nitkowski (4:00 PM ET)

MLB WHIPAROUND CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1, Weekdays
  • Talent: 

o   Thursday, April 24 (10:00 PM ET) – Ryan Field, Gabe Kapler, C.J. Nitkowski

o   Friday, April 25 (10:00 PM ET) – Ryan Field, Gabe Kapler

o   Monday, April 28 (12:00 AM ET) – Chris Myers, C.J. Nitkowski, Gabe Kapler

o   Tuesday, April 29 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Wednesday, April 30 (12:00 AM ET) – TBD

  • This Week: This nightly program expands FOX Sports 1’s commitment to baseball coverage with quick-turnaround highlights of in-progress games, MLB news and analysis. The hour-long program originates from Los Angeles.

DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE PREMIERES ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, April 29 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Derek Jeter, Joe Torre
  • This Week: New York Yankees shortstop, The Captain, Derek Jeter has made a lasting impression as one of the most graceful, successful and iconic figures not just in baseball, but in all sports. DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE is a one-hour special narrated by Jeter’s longtime manager Joe Torre and features more than 30 current players sharing personal anecdotes and memories in the days following Jeter’s announcement that this season would be his last. Sneak Peek: http://atmlb.com/1hlCHpu

 

NASCAR

NASCAR ON FOX, FOX SPORTS 1 & FOX SPORTS 2 FROM RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY – It’s back to work for NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES teams this weekend at Richmond International Raceway after the season’s first off-weekend. In the series’ last outing two weeks ago at Darlington, Kevin Harvick became the season’s first multi-race winner with his dominating victory in the year’s eighth race, breaking the streak of seven different winners in as many races. Veteran drivers such as reigning champion Jimmie Johnson and current points’ leader Jeff Gordon remain winless in 2014.

EARNHARDT JR. OR KYLE BUSCH ARE THE NEXT MULTI-RACE WINNERS IN 2014, SAYS WALTRIP: “With five top-three finishes in eight races, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had consistency,” says NASCAR on FOX analyst Darrell Waltrip. “He could have won Las Vegas if he hadn’t run out of gas.  He finished second at Darlington, so I look for him to get another win.  Kyle Busch could get it done this weekend at Richmond, too.”

KEVIN HARVICK’S TEAM IS TOPS IN THE GARAGE, SAYS MCREYNOLDS: “I view Harvick’s two wins as a bit of an artificial stat,” says NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds. “While the box score is the box score, if you look at the way they were running at Las Vegas, Bristol and Texas before they had mechanical issues, he could have four or five wins to his credit. They still need to make sure mechanical issues don’t continue to haunt them, but the No. 4 team has a leg up on the competition at the moment.”

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING FROM RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

  • Network/When: FOX, Saturday, April 26 (7:00 PM ET); FOX Deportes on Sunday, April 27 (2:00 AM ET; delayed), FOX Sports GO for participating video providers
  • Talent: 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 alongside Michael Waltrip with pit reports from Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum.

FOX NASCAR SATURDAY RICHMOND PRE-RACE SHOW

  • Network/When: FOX, Saturday, April 26 (6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda
  • Guests: Kevin Harvick, the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES’ only multiple-race winner so far this season.
  • This Week: The “art of the restart” at Richmond

NASCAR RACEDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, April 26 (5:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda and Rutledge Wood
  • Guests:  Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Marcos Ambrose and Clint Bowyer
  • This Week: McReynolds sits down with Matt Kenseth’s crew chief, Jason Ratcliff; Kaitlyn Vincie with a special “Mock Run” segment; rookie profile on driver Ryan Truex.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Thursday, April 24 (12:00 PM ET), Monday, April 28 (4:00 PM ET), Tuesday, April 29 (12:00 PM ET); Wednesday, April 30 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Steve Byrnes, Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; analysts Matt Clark; Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week: “Crunching the Numbers” for Richmond, “Let It Ride” Las Vegas odds segment and team grades through the first eight races on Thursday, April 24

SOCCER

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE SEMIFINALS KICK OFF

  • Network/When:

o   Benfica  vs. Juventus, FOX Sports 1, Thursday, April 24 (2:30 PM ET)

o   Sevilla vs. Valenica, FOX Sports 2, Thursday, April 24 (2:30 PM ET)

  • Talent: John Strong calls the Benfica-Juventus match alongside analyst Brian McBride. Rob Stone hosts, analysts McBride, Warren Barton, Janusz Michallik and FOX Sports soccer insider and Sports Illustrated senior columnist Grant Wahl.

THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS WRAP UP NEXT WEEK

  • Network/When:

o   Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid, FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, April 29 (2:00 PM ET);

o   Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea, FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 30 (2:00 PM ET)

  • Talent: Gus Johnson calls the Bayern Munich-Real Madrid match alongside analyst Eric Wynalda. Host Rob Stone, analysts Warren Barton, Brian McBride, 2008 UEFA Champions League winner Mikael Silvestre (Tuesday) and former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot (Wednesday), plus FOX Sports soccer insider and Sports Illustrated senior columnist Grant Wahl.

WORLD CUP FEVER CONTINUES WITH FINAL EPISODE IN RISE AS ONE SERIES

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, April 29 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Andrew Hamilton, Rudolf Zehmisch, Jay Winter, Lorraine Blackall, Una Barrie.
  • What: Budweiser and FOX Sports’ documentary series culminates with the sixth and final episode, “World War Truce,” which looks at Christmas Eve during World War I between the Germans and Brits and how it testified to the unifying power of soccer.

UFC

TEIXEIRA PRESENTS UNIQUE CHALLENGES FOR JONES AT UFC 172 TITLE FIGHT, SAYS ROGAN: This weekend the UFC heads to Baltimore, Md., for UFC 172, headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between champion Jon Jones and challenger Glover Teixeira. UFC analyst Joe Rogan believes Teixeira presents a lot of unique challenges for Jones: “Teixeira has been a mixed martial arts fighter for a long time. He’s been a longtime training partner of [former champion] Chuck Liddell, he’s trained all over the world and his results inside the Octagon have been nothing short of spectacular. He has vicious one-punch knockout power, he has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and he’s a real threat to Jon Jones’ title. He’s got to figure out a way to get inside the long strikes of Jones, time them, close the distance quickly and land the devastating shots.” To watch his breakdown of the fight, click here: http://bit.ly/1gNNHg2

UFC TONIGHT INTERVIEWS JONES AND TEIXEIRA ABOUT UFC 172 TITLE BOUT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 23 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Chael Sonnen, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Hosts Florian and Sonnen interview UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira about their upcoming title match at UFC 172. Light heavyweight contender Phil Davis talks about his UFC 172 bout with Anthony Johnson. Insider Ariel Helwani and Karyn Bryant add reports.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER – TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF WITH MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 23 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar
  • This Week: Eight middleweights and eight light heavyweights move into the fighter house, ready to pursue their dreams of becoming The Ultimate Fighter. The tournament kicks off with a middleweight matchup between Irishman Cathal Pendred and the Mexican-born Hector Urbina. At weigh-ins, coaches BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar must pull their heated fighters apart. Later, the two middleweights enter the Octagon prepared for a vicious battle.

UFC 172 WEIGH-IN SHOW: CORMIER JOINS AS ANALYST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Friday, April 25 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Coverage of UFC 172: JONES VS. TEIXEIRA begins on FOX Sports 2 with the UFC 172 WEIGH-IN as the 22 fighters try to make weight for their fights. UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier and light heavyweight Chael Sonnen join as analysts.

UFC 172 PREFIGHT SHOW: JONES – TEIXEIRA TITLE FIGHT PREVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, April 26 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Jay Glazer and analysts Cormier, Sonnen and Stann preview the fights at UFC 172.

           

UFC 172 PRELIMS FEATURE KEY MATCHUP BETWEEN TOP-RANKED FLYWEIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, April 26 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: TheUFC 172 PRELIMS feature four exciting fights, including a flyweight bout between No. 2-ranked Joseph Benavidez (19-4) and No. 8-ranked Tim Elliott (10-4-1). Plus, Japanese legend Takanori Gomi (34-9, 1NC) faces Isaac Vallie-Flagg (14-4-1) in a lightweight bout.

UFC 172 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, April 26 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC ON FOX studio crew recaps UFC 172 and analyzes the light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and challenger Glover Teixeira. The one-hour review also features exclusive interviews with the winners, plus UFC President Dana White.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER – FABER ON THE BRINK

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, April 27 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: UFC veteran Urijah Faber provides an exclusive first person account of his much anticipated fight week and bantamweight title tilt against Renan Barao. Plus, UFC stars reveal who their idols are, and how they inspire them to this day. Then, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar contemplate a world in which the UFC never existed, and riff on the careers some of the sport’s most famed fighters would have pursued instead.

SUPERCROSS

 

VILLOPOTO POISED TO COLLECT FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TITLE THIS WEEKEND – SHEHEEN SAYS ROCZEN IS SEASON’S BIGGEST SURPRISE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, April 26 (7:30 PM ET); FOX Sports 1 re-airs Sunday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Ricky Carmichael, Jenny Taft, Danielle Trotta
  • This Week: Three-time defending 450SX Class champion Ryan Villopoto is a virtual lock for a fourth consecutive title when Monster Energy Supercross rolls into MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Saturday. As riders prepare for the season’s penultimate race, FOX Sports’ Ralph Sheheen offers insight into Supercross surprises and disappointments: “The biggest surprise might have been the rookie class. There were a lot of expectations coming into the year as to how Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac would do. Tomac struggled with injuries and still hasn’t really found the speed many thought he would have. Roczen, on the other hand, has been in the title chase all season, won a couple of rounds and even claimed the highly prestigious Anaheim season opener. I think the biggest disappointment has to be Ryan Dungey. Once again, he was a title contender and a pre-season favorite and, once again, he is going to come up short. He also had a handful of races he should have won that he came up short in. He rides well but just ends up a hair short.” To take a virtual run on the MetLife course, please visit: http://foxs.pt/1hiB4gQ. In addition, a premiere airing of the AMSOIL Arenacross race from Albuquerque debuts Sunday, April 27 (2:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1.

MOTOGP

MOTOGP HEADS TO ARGENTINA FOR THE FIRST TIME

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, April 27 (12:00-2:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Bob Varsha; analysts Gregory Haines and Nick Harris
  • This Week: MotoGP heads to Argentina for the first time ever this weekend at the newly upgraded Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. The MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Argentina marks the series’ first race in South America since the 2004 Rio De Janeiro Grand Prix in Brazil. MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez dominated all weekend long in the Grand Prix of the Americas two weeks ago in Austin, Texas, en route to netting his second win in as many races this season. He leads the point standings by 14 points over Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.  Two-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo looks to jumpstart his season in the season’s third race after enduring a terrible start to the season that saw him crash out on the first lap in the season opener at Qatar and suffer a penalty at Austin en route to finishing 10th.

BOXING

GOLDEN BOY BOXING RETURNS TO PUERTO RICO WITH TWO BELTS ON THE LINE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, April 28 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rich Marotta, Beto Duran and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: Golden Boy Promotions returns to the boxing-rich island of Puerto Rico with a 10-round WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title fight between Michael “The Artist” Perez (19-1-2, 10 KOs) from Newark, N.J. and 23-year-old Jorge “Koky” Romero (24-8, 21 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The bout is Perez’ sixth in Puerto Rico and he will attempt to extend his five-fight unbeaten streak against Mexican warrior Romero, reigniting the storied Puerto Rico vs. Mexico boxing rivalry. In the co-main event, two of the top junior bantamweights in the world battle for a world title shot, as Puerto Rico’s own McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) faces off against fellow unbeaten Ezequiel Aquino (15-0-1, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in an IBF Junior Bantamweight title elimination bout.

RED BULL

RED BULL AIR RACE HEADS TO CROATIA FOR SECOND STOP

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, April 28 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Nick Fellows, analyst Mike Mangold
  • This Week: On the Adriatic Sea amidst the breathtaking scenery of the historic town of Rovinj, Croatia, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship readies for the second leg of its eight-stop series. Britain’s Paul Bonhomme won the season opener in Abu Dhabi, and is holding a slim lead over Austria’s Hannes Arch and Canada’s Pete McLeod. In the Red Bull Air Race, pilots race against the clock as they try to navigate their race planes as fast as possible through a challenging low-altitude slalom course filled with Air Gate obstacles. The pilots endure forces of up to 10Gs in the tight air-course turns..

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – KAPLER ON WHY PUJOLS IS ONE OF BEST HITTERS OF OUR GENERATION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Charissa Thompson, Gary Payton, Jim Jackson, Gabe Kapler, Bill Reiter and Petros Papadakis
  • This Week: On Thursday, April 24, Detroit Pistons Point Guard and 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups joins in studio as a guest panelist.On Tuesday night’s edition of FOX SPORTS LIVE, Gabe Kapler broke down Albert Pujols’ power resurgence and how the Angels’ slugger hit career home runs Nos. 499 and 500 on the same night: “What we’re seeing this year is just an absolute resurgence in his pure pop. It’s not necessarily his line drives or his base hits, but his home runs are there. What’s happening here is we get to celebrate a man that has been arguably the greatest right-handed hitter of our generation, right up there with Miguel Cabrera.” Click here to watch the entire segment.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – 2004 NBA FINALS MVP BILLUPS ON THURSDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Hill and Molly McGrath
  • This Week: This week, Mike and Molly are joined by FOX Sports analysts Royce Clayton, Scott Fujita, Kenny Florian, Chael Sonnen, Matt Iseman and Jim Jackson, while 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups is in studio on Thursday, April 24.

CROWD GOES WILD – 3X SUPERCROSS CHAMP RYAN VILLOPOTO ON THURSDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (5:00 PM ET); airs at 8:00 PM ET on Friday, April 25
  • Talent:  Regis Philbin, Georgie Thompson, Jason Gay, Michael Kosta, Trevor Pryce and Katie Nolan. Guest panelist Cliff Floyd on Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25.
  • Guests: Bill Laimbeer (New York Liberty Head Coach & General Manager) and Ryan Villopoto (three-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion) on Thursday, April 24; Jim Norton (comedian & radio personality) and Nick Young (Los Angeles Lakers) on Friday, April 25; and Eric LeGrand (former Rutgers football player and host of “A Walk to Believe”) on Monday, April 28.
  • ICYMI: In case you missed it, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones stopped by CROWD GOES WILD this week and talked about his cat, Ronda Rousey vs. Floyd Mayweather, and why, despite having two brothers in the NFL, he didn’t play football. Click here to watch the full interview.

THE MIKE FRANCESA SHOW

  • Network: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (1:00-4:00 PM ET) and FOX Sports 2, weekdays (4:00-6:30 PM ET); airs from 1:00-6:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 2 Wednesday, April 23, Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30; preempted Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25
  • Talent:  Mike Francesa

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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