NASCAR and Comcast Reach 10-yr deal on series title sponsorship

nascarComcast’s XFINITY Brand to Become Only Third Title Sponsor of the Series ‘Where Names Are Made’

DAYTONA BEACH, FL and PHILADELPHIA, PA –– SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 ––  NASCAR and Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)announced today a historic agreement that will make Comcast’s XFINITY brand the title sponsor of what is now known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series through 2024. The 10-year term matches the longest single agreement around title sponsorship of any NASCAR national series in history, and is the longest entitlement sponsorship agreement in this series’ history.

Beginning January 1, 2015, the property will be known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series. XFINITY will become only the third title sponsor in series history following Anheuser-Busch (26 years) and Nationwide Insurance (seven years). The agreement also makes XFINITY an Official NASCAR Partner in the multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) and broadband ISP categories.

The announcement was made during an event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame – where the sport’s history is celebrated every day – and was the first series entitlement sponsorship ever announced at the venue.

XFINITY is Comcast’s residential service brand and is the nation’s largest video and high-speed Internet provider. The company has increased Internet speeds for existing customers 13 times in 12 years and recently introduced XFINITY on the X1 Entertainment Operating System. The company also offers XFINITY On Demand, the most robust video on demand platform in the world. Comcast serves business and residential customers in 39 states and Washington, D.C.

“We’re proud to welcome XFINITY to the NASCAR community as title sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the next decade,” said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman & CEO. “NASCAR and XFINITY are each leader brands with much in common. Both are focused on innovation and have products built for speed. Together, we will work to take this series to new heights and elevate one of the most unique and powerful partnerships in all of sports.”

What will soon be known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series is the property where names are made and is like nothing else in major pro sports. It features the most talented young drivers regularly competing side-by-side against NASCAR’s biggest and brightest stars.

“Technology lives at the heart of NASCAR, just as it does for XFINITY,” said Dave Watson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Comcast Cable. “NASCAR provides an exciting environment in which to showcase our video and Internet products and we look forward to further enhancing the fan experience at home, at the track and on the go for years to come.”

The series also has a large, highly engaged and technology-connected television audience. It races in some of the nation’s largest markets – from Chicago to Los Angeles to Miami – and at the sport’s biggest and most iconic tracks – from Daytona International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway, to Talladega Superspeedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

According to NASCAR Fan Engagement Tracker 2013 (commissioned by NASCAR and conducted by Toluna), NASCAR fans spend an average of four-and-a-half hours each week watching NASCAR on television and an additional two-and-a-half-hours each week following the sport on digital platforms.

XFINITY is among the premier sponsors in sports today and a robust sponsorship activation program is part of the new agreement with NASCAR, with aggressive planning already underway.

Comcast’s involvement with NASCAR is expanding rapidly. In addition to the NASCAR XFINITY Series announced today, Comcast’s NBC Sports unit will begin broadcasting NASCAR race events in July 2015.

After a successful seven-year run as series entitlement sponsor, Nationwide Insurance pivoted its marketing programs to become a NASCAR team sponsor next season. Nationwide also is the official auto, home, life and business insurance partner of NASCAR.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will make its return to Richmond International Raceway for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 on September 5, and will be aired on ESPN2. The first race of the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, and of the new partnership, will be during Daytona Speedweeks on February 21, 2015, at the famed Daytona International Speedway.

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 and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the premier U.S. sports car series. 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 Comcast Cable

Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

FOX Sports Unveils Expanded NASCAR Coverage for 2015

NASCAR_on_FOXFOX Carries 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Races,

Four NASCAR Nationwide Series Races Over-the-Air

FOX Sports 1 Adds NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Race Coverage;

Increases Already Strong Motor Sports Lineup

Charlotte, N.C. – FOX Sports, the leader in televised motor sports, today unveils its expansive NASCAR race schedule for 2015, including the first eight NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES point races on FOX, plus six coming to FOX Sports 1 for the first time.  The season kicks off from Daytona Speedweeks with the SPRINT UNLIMITED, DAYTONA 500 POLE QUALIFYING and 57th running of the DAYTONA 500 all on the broadcast network.

The FOX over-the-air schedule, which boasts more races than any other outlet, features point events at Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix, California, Martinsville, Texas, Bristol, Talladega and Charlotte. In addition, six NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES point races are scheduled to air live on FOX Sports 1 for the first time, joining the BUDWEISER DUEL and the NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE.

As part of the new 10-year television package, NASCAR on FOX delivers, for the first time, the initial 14 races of the NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES season, with four events – Phoenix, Talladega, Charlotte and Dover – on FOX, and the remaining 10 on FOX Sports 1. The NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES is second only to Sprint Cup as the most-watched racing in the country.

”Everyone at FOX Sports welcomes the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and is pleased with the changes that NASCAR made to the Sprint Cup schedule for 2015,” said Bill Wanger, Executive Vice President, Programming, Research and Content Strategy, FOX Sports.  “We worked closely with NASCAR to have a strong second race and Atlanta fits the bill beautifully.  We now have a powerful 1-2 punch to start the season with Daytona and Atlanta before heading out West.”

In 2015, the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES returns to FOX (Talladega) and FOX Sports 1 for a full 23-race season of competition, beginning in Daytona. FOX Sports 1 also continues to deliver live coverage of practice and qualifying sessions across all three national series and the popular programs NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR RACEDAY, NASCAR LIVE and NASCAR VICTORY LANE, as well as live updates to viewers of FOX SPORTS LIVE, the network’s flagship news program.

In addition to extensive coverage from Winter Testing and Daytona Speedweeks, NASCAR on FOX also continues its 10 DAYS OF THUNDER campaign, highlighting the back-to-back Charlotte race weekends in May that culminate with a Memorial Day Weekend salute to our troops.

All races on FOX and FOX Sports 1 also are available through FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content.

2015 NASCAR on FOX/FOX Sports 1 lineup:

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on FOX (10 point races): Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 Pole Qualifying, Daytona, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix, California, Martinsville, Texas, Bristol, Talladega, Charlotte
  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on FOX Sports 1 (6 point races): Budweiser Duel, Richmond, Kansas, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Dover, Pocono, Michigan, Sonoma
  • 2015 NASCAR Nationwide Series on FOX (4 point races): Phoenix, Talladega, Charlotte, Dover
  • 2015 NASCAR Nationwide Series on FOX Sports 1 (10 point races): Daytona, Atlanta, Las Vegas, California, Texas, Bristol, Richmond, Iowa, Michigan, Chicagoland
  • 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on FOX (1 point race): Talladega
  • 2015 NASCAR Camping World Series on FOX Sports 1: Remaining 22 races

For a look at the complete 2015 NASCAR television schedule, please visit www.NASCAR.com.

The NASCAR on FOX lineup highlights a strong commitment to motor sports, which includes coverage of Monster Energy Supercross, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the MotoGP™ World Championship, the ARCA Racing Series and, beginning in September, the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship.

About FOX Sports

FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-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 Sports 2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports.  In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com.  Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network, BTN 2Go and a licensing agreement that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

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Notes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series – Sunday, July 13, 2014

nascar-on-tntNASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire

Countdown to Green served by Sonic

Adam Alexander (host), Kyle Petty (analyst), Wally Dallenbach (analyst) and Larry McReynolds (analyst)

Larry McReynolds on drivers to look out for to win leading up to the Chase:

“I personally think in these eight races before the Chase, we’ll have two more winners, which will give us 13 drivers that have a win that will make the Chase… Two drivers I’m looking at, Jamie McMurray, 22nd in points; Tony Stewart, 20th in points.”

Outtake from NASCAR President Mike Helton joining the TNT crew:

“I join the rest of the industry, and, oh, by the way, speak for the fans, saying ‘thank you’ [to Turner Sports] very much for covering our sport and bringing our sport to us.”

More from Helton on Turner Sports relationship:

“This is about thanking your organization, going back to Buddy Baker and Ken Squier and Dick Berggren, and the first crew, right all the way through to everyone that’s covering this race for TNT [today]. Thank you from a fan’s perspective. You gave us the ability to see things that we didn’t think we’d see back in the 80’s or didn’t have an opportunity to see. In today’s world, with the technology and everything that you brought to us, the personality and character, today’s our day to say thank you.”

TNT reporter Chris Neville with No. 2 Brad Keselowski, on whether today’s car is as dominant as the one he had in Kentucky:

“It’s hard to know, Chris… The Redd’s Apple Ford Fusion was extremely fast in practice. But we’ve been that way a couple races this year, and only really in Kentucky have we been able to carry that over… I’m very, very optimistic and proud of the efforts so far this weekend.”

Kyle Petty reflecting on the end of 32 years of NASCAR on Turner Sports:

“All these people behind the cameras… they’re the ones that put the show on. We’re just blessed to be the face of it.”

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TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire

Adam Alexander (host), Wally Dallenbach (analyst), Kyle Petty (analyst), Larry McReynolds (analyst) and pit reporters Chris Neville, Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum

Petty on No. 48 Jimmie Johnson’s tire issues early in the race:

“These guys have won so many races, and yeah they can gamble, you take that, but you know what, after you have that issue three or four laps into the race, you would think you would be safe. Let me put some air in this thing, just be safe, get me to the first stop, the first green flag stop or regular stop and let’s see where we’re at.”

Outtake from TNT reporter Snider’s interview with No. 48 Johnson on his car’s tire issues early in the race:

“We’ll try to dig in it and learn more, but I can promise you one thing, it wasn’t the tire pressure. I’ve been out here two days running around and haven’t had a flat.”

Petty on No. 4 Kevin Harvick and his team:

“Since we were at Daytona in February, these guys, Kevin Harvick and that team, have been the top two or three fastest cars at every practice, every weekend, every qualifying session, it seems like, and had a shot at winning multiple races. And it’s well documented the pit road issues that they’ve had, that have kept them from winning more races this year.”

Outtake from TNT reporter Snider’s interview with No. 40 Joey Logano:

“Slowest car on the race track took us out, go figure. We had a pretty good AutoTrader Ford. We were just doing what we could to hang in there. We were obviously running second, Brad [Keselowski] is really, really fast, he’s got the car to beat right now… [I] felt like we could have a Penske one-two [finish] again and, to get taken out by the slowest car, [I] feel like there should be a driver’s test before you get out in a Cup car and make sure you know how to drive before you drive one, but I don’t know, guess there isn’t.”

Dallenbach on No. 2 Brad Keselowski:

“Brad [Keselowski] has been about two or three tenths of a second faster than everybody… and now that things have stabilized, he’s still that much faster than everybody else.”

McReynolds on the Toyota Test Car employed during NASCAR coverage on TNT:

“We’ve taken you places hopefully that you have not seen before, from the inspection process we did at Michigan, for a pit stop last week at Daytona, in the rain I might add. I know it’s been fun for me and I hope the fans have truly enjoyed everything we’ve done with this Toyota Camry Test Car this year.”

No. 2 Brad Keselowski on winning at New Hampshire and the success of the Penske team:
“It’s a privilege to have cars like this, and a team that’s just clicking. I guess you can say we’re red hot. It’s a thrill, I can’t believe it, [to] win both races. I thought we’d be pretty good here at Loudon. We’ve been really good here the last few years, but just haven’t been able to close out. And today we were able to do that.”

Adam Alexander wrapping up Turner Sports’ final NASCAR race on TNT:

“We’re laughing. What a fitting way for us to wrap it up because everyone says to us, about our coverage, ‘it seems like you have a great time,’ and I think each and every week we do.”

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Notes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series – Sunday, July 6, 2014

nascar-on-tntNotes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series – Sunday, July 6, 2014

Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola

TNT will conclude its NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series coverage Sunday, July 13, at 1 p.m. ET from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. TNT’s Countdown to Green served by Sonic will precede race coverage at 12 p.m.

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Countdown to Green served by Sonic Adam Alexander (host), Kyle Petty (analyst), Wally Dallenbach (analyst) and Larry McReynolds (analyst)

Wally Dallenbach on racing at Daytona in the summer vs. February:

“It is tougher because the track is usually a lot more slippery so you are moving around a lot…there is a lack of grip.”

Kyle Petty on the importance of the spotter at Daytona:

“You want that calming voice…you want to know (where the other drivers are on the track).  It’s not like when I drove…you can’t move around a lot (in the car and get a good feel).  You depend on the spotter to let you know when someone is inside and outside…the most important thing is, they help you avoid wrecks.”

TNT reporter Marty Snider interviews AJ Allmendinger:

“We’re building something strong; it’s going to take some time…each week, we get stronger and we’re going to win some races.  But, more importantly, we just have a lot of fun.”

Dallenbach on racing at Daytona:

“It’s a mental race.  It’s like a mental chess game, but it’s a lot of fun to drive.”

Petty on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s chances of winning a championship this year:

“Yes, this more so than any other year because they have that consistency…when you look at the overall status of where that team is, they have risen way up the ladder.  The No. 48 team is still the team everybody is measured (up to) but they are knocking on that door a little.”

Dallenbach on Earnhardt:

“I think he has gotten to a point now where he has a shot at this…he knows, it’s always been a consistency problem with him…and that’s what they are working on and it looks like that is paying off.”

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TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing – Coke Zero 400 at Daytona powered by Coca-Cola

Adam Alexander (host), Wally Dallenbach (analyst), Kyle Petty (analyst), Larry McReynolds (analyst) and pit reporters Chris Neville, Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum

McReynolds on the 16-car accident early in the race:

“When I look at the drivers involved in this wreck, we’ve had 10 different winners in 2014 and it’s been a long time since we’ve had someone new win a race this year. When I look at the drivers involved, this opens the door to get our 11th winner.”

TNT reporter Snider interviews Ricky Stenhouse Jr. following the multi-car accident:

“We had a good head of steam run going towards the lead there and No. 33 pulled up in front of us and slowed up a little bit…[I] got a little bit loose off the corner, got it saved and was going straight for a little bit and then it looked like the No. 24 kind of checked up and moved down, maybe thought I was going to spin it out, and got into the outside of the No. 14 and turned him around…our car was really fast; I hate that it ended this way.”

McReynolds at lap 55:

“There is no question…we are racing to lap 80 [the halfway point, due to the weather].”

Outtake from TNT reporter Ralph Sheheen’s interview with Greg Biffle, following the second multi-car accident of the day:

“I watched the replay and it’s just close quarters racing…right there, [it] was just a matter of a chain reaction.”

Snider interviews David Gilliland following the wreck:

“I knew there was going to be trouble there and probably should have given myself some more room…with the track as warm as it is…handling is becoming an issue and cars are sliding around all over.”

Kyle Busch on the accident, which left his car upside down:

“It felt like a slow carnival ride.”

Danica Patrick during the rain caution following lap 112:

“The car is fast. It’s just been a matter of attrition and being a little lucky and making it through things.  We’ve been in two crashes and the car has been ok to keep going…we’ve been really fortunate from that perspective…here we are though with less than 50 to go and there’s only now 13 or 14 cars on the lead lap.”

Kyle Petty on the significance of No. 43 potentially taking the checkered flag on the 30th anniversary of Richard Petty winning his 200th race [during the last rain caution]:

“He always loved this place…it would mean so much, with my mother’s passing this year, with so much going on, this would mean a lot to him.”

[Race called due to prolonged weather delays and became official]

No. 43 Aric Almirola on winning the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona:

“To get this [car] into victory lane today, 30 years to the weekend that Richard Petty won his 200th win, is really really special…I’ll take them any way we can get them…this race team deserves to be in the Chase.

“I’ve said time and time again how bad I want to win here. This is my home race, two hours away from Tampa, Florida, and I grew up sitting in those grand stands…dreaming about what it would be like to race here and I just took the 43 car to victory lane at Daytona.”

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TNT’s 2014 NASCAR Summer Series Coverage Continues with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. ET

nascar-on-tntPre-Race Coverage Includes Behind-the-Scenes Access with AJ Allmendinger and his No. 47 Team

Turner Sports continues its exclusive coverage of the 2014 NASCAR Summer Series with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. ET.  The network will present the final 30 laps of the primetime race without commercial interruption courtesy of sponsors Coke Zero and Sprint.  TNT’s NASCAR Summer Series coverage will begin with the pre-race Countdown to Green served by Sonic at 6:30 p.m.

Adam Alexander will call the race and host the studio show alongside 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.

TNT’s Countdown to Green served by Sonic will feature all-access coverage of AJ Allmendinger leading up to Daytona, along with an interview with Danica Patrick. Additionally, Sheheen will catch up with No. 24 Jeff Gordon and his stepfather at Daytona International Speedway about Gordon’s career and their over 35 year racing relationship. TNT’s Toyota Camry Test Car — a new addition to this year’s race coverage — will continue to bring fans closer to the action in a pre-race segment with McReynolds.

Country music star Lee Brice will perform prior to the race with the performance of his hit single “Hard to Love” shown during TNT’s pre-race coverage.

TNT will also continue to celebrate Turner Sports’ top moments from 32 years of NASCAR coverage with a special thematic feature each week during Countdown to Green served by Sonic.

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What to Look For: Kyle Petty

For this week’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola, TNT NASCAR analyst Kyle Petty offers his opinion on “What to Look For…” during the race:

–          “In our sport, Daytona is like Augusta National for golf, Churchill Downs for horse racing or Boston Garden was for the Celtics and basketball …it’s where we race. It is the place. That’s the way people look at it. It’s where my grandfather raced, my father raced, I raced and my son raced. It’s our whole family history. For me personally, it holds a lot of childhood memories. It’s a special place for all race fans.”

–          “All of the TNT races at Daytona over the years have been exciting, with an unexpected finish and an event somewhere in the middle of the race that changes everything. It’s not your typical race. Expect the unexpected.”

–          “I think Daytona in July is so unpredictable that you can’t predict a winner. You might say one guy is fast…but just because you’re the fastest at Daytona in July doesn’t mean you win the race. If I had to pick somebody, I’d pick Matt Kenseth. I think those guys are about to get back on top of their game, and he needs to win.”

 

TNT’s Upcoming 2014 NASCAR Summer Series Schedule:

(All Times Eastern)

Saturday, July 5  
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
7:30 – 11 p.m. Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola (Daytona International Speedway – Daytona, Fla.)
   
Sunday, July 13  
Noon – 1 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
1 – 4:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire

(New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, N.H.)

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TNT’s 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coverage Continues with Toyota/SaveMart 350 on Sunday, June 22, at 3 p.m. ET

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Pre-Race Coverage Includes Behind-the-Scenes Access with Marcos Ambrose

Turner Sports continues its 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series coverage with the Toyota/SaveMart 350 from Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 22, at 3 p.m. ET.  TNT’s NASCAR Summer Series coverage will begin with the pre-race Countdown to Green served by Sonic at 2 p.m. Adam Alexander will call the race and host the studio show alongside 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.

TNT’s Countdown to Green served by Sonic will feature all-access coverage of Marcos Ambrose leading up to Sonoma, along with an interview with Kevin Harvick. Additionally, the Toyota Camry Test Car — a new addition to this year’s race coverage — will continue to bring fans closer to the action on race day. Dallenbach will take the car on the track to highlight elements of the road course, while McReynolds will put his crew chief hat on for a pre-race segment.

Throughout the NASCAR Summer Series, TNT will celebrate Turner Sports’ top moments from 32 years of NASCAR coverage with a special thematic feature each week during Countdown to Green served by Sonic.

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What to Look For: Ralph Sheheen

For this week’s Toyota/SaveMart 350, TNT NASCAR veteran reporter Ralph Sheheen offers his opinion on “What to Look For…” during the race:

–          “What I love about Sonoma is that it’s a very aggressive race. It has become a very physical race behind the wheel, with drivers leaning on each other quite a bit, bumping and banging, with a lot of torn up sheet metal and hurt feelings at the end of the day. So as a race fan, that is something I love. I know the drivers really look forward to it. That’s what has become the image of what to expect at Sonoma each and every year…and boy they haven’t let us down lately.”

–          “Because of the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, where you really have to win to get in, there are some drivers who are going to see this as a golden opportunity to get themselves in the door…guys who feel like they are really good road course racers. There are some drivers who maybe feel like they’ve been denied the last couple of years and have missed out on that opportunity to win, such as No. 9 Marcos Ambrose. This is an opportunity for those drivers to really get up on the wheel and get the job done and maybe get themselves in the chase.”

–          “I think this year’s race is going to be even more aggressive than it has in years past. My prediction is, who do you think is the hungriest? That is the guy who is probably going to be the most aggressive.”

 

TNT’s Upcoming 2014 NASCAR Summer Series Schedule:

(All Times Eastern)

Sunday, June 22  
2 – 3 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
3 – 6:30 p.m. Toyota/SaveMart 350 (Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, Calif.)
 
Saturday, June 28  
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
7:30 – 11 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Kentucky presented by KFC (Kentucky Speedway – Sparta, Ky.)
 
Saturday, July 5  
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
7:30 – 11 p.m. Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola (Daytona International Speedway – Daytona, Fla.)
   
Sunday, July 13  
Noon – 1 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
1 – 4:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire

(New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, N.H.)

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Notes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series – Sunday, June 8, 2014

nascar-on-tntNotes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series – Sunday, June 8, 2014

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Pocono presented by the Dodge Charger

TNT will continue its NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series coverage on Sunday, June 15, at 1 p.m. ET with the Quicken Loans 400 from the Michigan International Speedway. TNT’s Countdown to Green served by Sonic will precede race coverage at Noon.

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Countdown to Green served by Sonic
Adam Alexander (host), Kyle Petty (analyst), Wally Dallenbach (analyst) and Larry McReynolds (analyst)

TNT Reporter Ralph Sheheen interviews No. 48 Jimmie Johnson on his approach leading to the Chase:  “You have to be aggressive. This garage area is so competitive that what is working now there is no guarantee that it will work in August. You ideally hope you peak when the Chase starts but we all have to keep working hard and see where we end up.”

Sheheen interviews No. 11. Denny Hamlin on his success at Pocono: “Since the repave, we haven’t been quiet as strong but we still had some pretty solid runs. Obviously we haven’t gotten a pole since 2006, when we won the race. Hopefully this is a good sign that things are heading in the right direction for us.”

Dallenbach on Jeff Gordon: “I think the win in Kansas and some of the runs he’s had is refreshing for him.  A lot of people are saying he’s going to retire because of his back. He’s having as much fun now as he had for a long time. He gets around this place pretty good.”

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TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing — Nascar Sprint Cup Series from Pocono presented by the Dodge Charger

Adam Alexander (host), Wally Dallenbach (analyst), Kyle Petty (analyst), pit reporters Chris Neville, Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum
Petty on the strategy to attack the track at Pocono: “It is incredible smooth. The last time I was here you had the rough surface. It is a very technical race track and you have to hit your marks and, from a driver’s point of view, that’s all you can do – hit your marks and do the best you can. Pit strategy will play out.”

Dallenbach on the advantage to win at Pocono: “Pocono is a horsepower race track. I think you need a lot of engine here. The Hendrick Motorsports have an edge over everyone else. I think when it comes down to the end of the race, the horsepower is going to shine.”

Petty on Pocono on the fifth lap: “Track position is so important here. It is really hard to make ground early in a race. This is not a Charlotte or a Texas, a place where you visually see someone making massive progress. Pick them off one at a time, run your lap times and get position to pass them…that’s more important at this point in the race.”

Petty on Kasey Kahne and his car not being where he wants it to be: “I felt bad for him the other day. During an interview he did during qualifying, he seemed lost. They’ve struggled and they have been lost finding speed. As they go through this race, he’s at least been able to maintain and climb to the front.”

Petty on No. 48 Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports: “You have got to be impressed with Chad and what those guys have done on Pit Road with 48. That’s why they are a championship team.”

Petty on hitting walls at high speeds after the Kasey Kahne crash: “The first hit knocks the breath out of you. The second hit is the one that hurts…the most.”

Petty on the surprises at Pocono: “This race had a little bit of everything. Pretty good racing on the race track, six or seven strategies on pit road. No one knew what it was going to shake out to be.”

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TNT NASCAR Summer Series – Post-race Remarks

TNT reporter Marty Snider interviewed No. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr, winner of Nascar Sprint Cup Series from Pocono  presented by the Dodge Charger:

Earnhardt on not letting Brad Keselowski get close to blow debris off his grill in the final five laps: “He knew I wasn’t going to do that. I was trying to win a race. We had temperature on our car too. Brad had a better car, I’m owning up to that, but we won the race. It goes in the books and helps us towards the Chase.”

Earnhardt on winning for the first time at Pocono: “I’ve never won here. I’ve never been here (Victory Lane). I can mark this one off.”

TNT reporter Chris Neville interviews No. 22 Brad Kewlowski on his team hitting their stride:

“We are hitting the summer stretch with a lot of momentum. I’m really proud of team. I wish I could have executed better and get the win. Dale and I were pretty equal but he just made the right move at the end.”

TNT reporter Ralph Sheheen interviews Jimmie Johnson on fighting through adversity on the track at Pocono:

“We started deep in the field and then got ourselves up towards the front. We made contact. I don’t know who it is on the 51 car but God was looking out for him today. My car pivoted around him and didn’t hit anyone. I was scared to death I was going to hurt someone. I couldn’t get it done with my Cobalt car but I’m so stoked for my teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr., to be in Victory Lane.”

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TNT Revs Up for Six-Race 2014 NASCAR Summer Series

nascar-on-tntRace Coverage to Feature All-Access Pass and Debut of Toyota Camry Test Car at Pocono

TNT’s presentation of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will feature all-access coverage throughout the six-week NASCAR Summer Series. TNT’s coverage will start Sunday, June 8, at Pocono Raceway at 1 p.m. ET, continuing throughout the summer with behind-the-scenes content featuring a select driver and their team, along with special “off the track” segments and more.

The Toyota Camry Test Car, a new addition for this year’s race coverage, will take viewers inside the car and bring them closer to the action. TNT analysts Kyle Petty and Wally Dallenbach will use the car for pre-race driving segments on the track, taking viewers into the turns and down the straightaways before the green flag drops each week. Additionally, the car will be a resource for analyst Larry McReynolds during the race as the former crew chief will outline key performance features and mechanical challenges during the race.

TNT will once again follow a driver and their team over the course of the entire week as they travel and prepare for the upcoming race, with coverage beginning when the driver leaves the previous track and continuing throughout the network’s next NASCAR Summer Series telecast. Featured drivers will include Kyle Larson (Pocono), Austin Dillon (Michigan) and AJ Allmendinger (Daytona), among others.  The all-access pieces will air during the pre-race Countdown to Green served by Sonic show.

TNT, in its 32nd consecutive year of exclusive NASCAR Summer Series coverage, will feature six consecutive races – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Pocono, Pocono Raceway (June 8); Quicken Loans 400, Michigan International Speedway (June 15); Toyota/SaveMart 350, Sonoma Raceway (June 22); NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Kentucky presented by KFC, Kentucky Speedway (June 28), Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, Daytona International Speedway (July 5) and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire, New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 13).

Each of the six races feature a diverse blend of tracks – ovals with three turns (Pocono); the first road race of the year (Sonoma); a long track (Michigan) and a short track (New Hampshire) – which have led to unpredictable outcomes.

The network will return its marquee commentator crew with analysts Petty, Dallenbach and McReynolds joining play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander for each race. Alexander will also host the network’s 60-minute Countdown to Green served by Sonic pre-race show with Petty, Dallenbach and 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.

Fans engaging via social platforms during TNT’s NASCAR coverage are encouraged to use @BR_NASCAR.

TNT’s 2014 NASCAR Summer Series Schedule:

(All Times Eastern)

Sunday, June 8      
Noon – 1 p.m. ET Countdown to Green served by Sonic
1 – 4:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Pocono

(Pocono Raceway – Long Pond, Pa.)

 
Sunday, June 15  
Noon – 1 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
1 – 4:30 p.m. Quicken Loans 400 (Michigan International Speedway – Brooklyn, Mich.)
 
Sunday, June 22  
2 – 3 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
3 – 6:30 p.m. Toyota/SaveMart 350 (Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, Calif.)
 
Saturday, June 28  
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
7:30 – 11 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Kentucky presented by KFC (Kentucky Speedway – Sparta, Ky.)
 
Saturday, July 5  
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
7:30 – 11 p.m. Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola (Daytona International Speedway – Daytona, Fla.)
   
Sunday, July 13  
Noon – 1 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
1 – 4:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire

(New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, N.H.)

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

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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–