FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
FOX Sports Brings ‘Hollywood Hotel’ Home For Autoclub 500 Sunday
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Returns to FOX Saturday
NASCAR ON FOX RACING FROM AUTOCLUB SPEEDWAY – Week two of the 2009 NASCAR on FOX season rolls into California this Sunday, Feb. 22 (5:00 PM ET) for the Autoclub 500. Fresh off his Daytona 500 win, Matt Kenseth looks to continue his success at the two mile oval in Fontana, having won this race in ’06 & ’07. Prerace host Chris Myers along with analysts Jeff Hammond and Darrell Waltrip bring fans all the news and features from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ traveling prerace set. Once the green flag drops, race announcer Mike Joy will be alongside Waltrip and Larry McReynolds to call all the twists and turns on the track while Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for up-to-the-second reports on teams and pit stops.
NCWTS COMES TO FOX THIS SATURDAY – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes over FOX on Saturday, Feb. 21 for the San Bernardino County 200. Coverage begins at 3:00 PM ET as race announcer Mike Joy, analysts Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip handle coverage for the highly competitive Truck Series. Defending champion Kyle Busch and the 30-plus driver field look to push their truck past the 130 MPH barrier and tame the 2-mile D-shaped oval of Fontana. Krista Voda, Dick Berggren and Matt Yocum provide all pertinent racing info as they account first-hand on the fast paced nature and decision making on pit row.
JOY: DALE JR.’S SPOTTER COULD HAVE PREVENTED 10-CAR WRECK – Dale Earnhardt Jr. has taken some heat in the world of NASCAR for causing a 10-car accident in lap 124 of the Daytona 500 when he attempted to pass Brian Vickers. However, NASCAR on FOX lead race announcer Mike Joy says his spotter neglected to inform him effectively. “Dale Jr. didn’t know the consequences of the action he took in trying to pass Brian Vickers. I don’t believe he knew that he and Vickers were racing for the free pass position to see who, if another caution came out, would be given the free pass and come back around on the lead lap. That’s something his spotter should have made him aware of. According to one person I talked to who carefully reviewed the team communications, he did not hear the spotter telling Dale Earnhardt Jr. who the other cars were in that pack that were one lap down. I agree with Dale Jr. Under normal conditions, he’s a lapped car, let him go! But there was a lot at stake and the risk to reward ratio was a lot higher than Dale Jr. knew.”
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