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Waltrip on Edwards: It Was Great To See Carl Do His Signature Backflip
NASCAR ON FOX LOOKS TO WIN BIG IN VEGAS – Two races into the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, a pattern has already formed; Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski finished both races in the top five. The top three in the early-season standings lead the series as NASCAR rolls into Sin City for the Kobalt Tools 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Sunday, March 10 (2:30 PM ET). Coverage begins with the FOX NASCAR SUNDAY prerace show hosted by Chris Myers, providing up-to-the-minute reports, live interviews with drivers, crewmen and officials shaping the day’s action and analysis from Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip.
Once the green flag drops, race announcer Mike Joy is alongside analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds to call all the twists and turns on the track while Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for reports on teams and pit stops. FOX Sports’ Jeff Hammond serves as the network’s roving analyst, taking fans from the garages to pit road and everywhere in between. This week, Voda interviews 2013 Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson.
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WALTRIP: EDWARDS BACK IN FORM – Following a close battle with Tony Stewart for the 2011 Sprint Cup title, Carl Edwards’ 2012 couldn’t have been more different. Struggling throughout the year, Edwards finished a disappointing 15th and missed The Chase. After his win last weekend at Phoenix, NASCAR on FOX analyst Darrell Waltrip believes a weight has been lifted, and Edwards is poised for a big 2013: “There’s no one in our sport that works any harder or wants to win any worse than Carl Edwards. He puts everything he has into it. When you go from as high up on the mountain as he was in 2011 to the depths of the valley he was in last year, you know the “Frustration Meter” was pegged. All of that was erased Sunday, and it was good to see Carl back in Victory Circle. It was great to see him do his signature post-win backflip again. Heck, I wondered if he remembered how to do it because it had been so long since he has taken a checkered flag in our NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”
To read more on Edwards and the continued great performance of Jimmie Johnson, click here: http://on-msn.com/13HfVqB
HAMMOND GETS TECHNICAL ON GEN-6 CAR – NASCAR on FOX’s Jeff Hammond writes in his latest column for foxsports.com that passing in the Gen-6 car is difficult and explains the science behind it: “Drivers are saying that when they get their cars up alongside each other, that there is enough air spilling off the car buffering it around. It’s still making it really challenging to pass someone. You have the tendency to lose the front nose specifically because the air is being taken away from it. I think it has shown them it’s a lot harder to pass than they had anticipated.”
For more on the Generation 6 car from Hammond, click here: http://tinyurl.com/bedhb5x
MANCHESTER UNITED AND CHELSEA BATTLE THIS SUNDAY ON FOX SOCCER – The FA Cup returns this weekend to FOX Soccer with a high-profile quarterfinal matchup between Manchester United and Chelsea, live Sunday, March 10 (12:00 PM ET). This “Clash of the Giants” features current Barclays Premier League leaders, the Red Devils, against reigning FA Cup champions, the Blues. FOX Sports renowned play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson makes the call live from Old Trafford alongside analyst Ian Wright, a veteran in the Premier League and two-time FA Cup winner with Arsenal. Manchester United is coming off a difficult exit in the UEFA Champions League against Real Madrid. After Sir Alex Ferguson fell short in the clash of managers against Jose Mourinho, the Scot faces another tense encounter with embattled Chelsea counterpart Rafa Benitez. Manchester United is relying on top striker Robin Van Persie to continue his scoring ways and help end their eight-year FA Cup title drought, while Chelsea looks to its experience to move one step closer to the semi-finals with four FA Cup titles in the last six seasons.
SHEEHAN’S DOUBLE BACKFLIP THE EDGE AT FIRST RED BULL X-FIGHTERS – The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour kicks off the 2013 season live on FUEL TV on Friday, March 8 (11:00 PM ET). The world’s top freestyle motocross (FMX) riders compete at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Mexico City in the exciting two-hour competition. According to FUEL TV analyst Andy Bell, Australian Josh Sheehan might have an edge over the other competitors. “Sheehan’s double backflip may be the talk of the night, and coupled with a solid run, this could really bring home the win for him,” said Bell. “The smart money may be on 2011 champion Dani Torres, as Mexico City is the set up that is closest to Dani’s home track advantage of Madrid, where he is the king of the Bull Ring.” Bell also names last year’s overall winner Levi Sherwood and Frenchman Thomas Pages as others to watch.