Waltrip: “Danica Lived Up to Hype at Daytona”

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NASCAR on FOX Heads to Phoenix for Subway Fresh Fit 500

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Waltrip: “Danica Lived Up to Hype at Daytona”

AFTER THRILLING SPEEDWEEKS IN FLORIDA, NASCAR ON FOX HEADS WESTFollowing five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson’s Daytona 500 victory and an impressive showing by rookie Danica Patrick, the 2013 NASCAR on FOX season rolls into the desert for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 from Phoenix International Raceway Sunday, March 3 (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. This week’s prerace program looks at Patrick’s Daytona 500 performance through footage leading up to the “Great American Race” and her in-car radio communication not previously heard.  Additionally, FOX NASCAR SUNDAY touches on the Clint Bowyer vs. Jeff Gordon melee that took place the last time both drivers were at the Phoenix track.

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.

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WALTRIP EXPECTS NEW CAR TO FLY IN PHOENIX – Once the green flag drops this Sunday in Phoenix, NASCAR on FOX’s lead race analyst and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip believes this one-mile track will showcase NASCAR’s “Generation 6” car in an exciting way.  “This new car is loaded with horsepower and down force, and those are two of a driver’s best friends,” writes Waltrip.  Additionally, the weight of the car has an impact this season in how well the new car handles compared to the old.  “Expect this car to be fast everywhere and expect to see new track records. Remember, they put this new car on a diet, too, as it is 150 pounds lighter. Throw that into the mix and expect to hear the words “bad fast” a lot in these next few weeks.”

Waltrip also weighed in on Danica Patrick’s Daytona 500 performance, saying she “lived up to the hype.” For more plus DW’s full recap of the “Great American Race” click here: http://tinyurl.com/an9doeu

MEXICAN NASCAR SERIES DEBUTS IN U.S. – On Friday, March 1 (9:00PM ET), FOX Deportes presents live coverage of NTS Phoenix, the first race of the 2013 NASCAR Toyota Series. One of three NASCAR-sanctioned international series, along with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the NASCAR Euro Racecar Series, the Mexican NASCAR series begins its 15-race schedule with its first-ever race in the United States. Defending series champion Jorge Goeters headlines the field at Phoenix International Raceway.

SONNEN PREDICTS KO VICTORY BY STANN AT UFC ON FUEL TV 8: SILVA VS. STANN –  UFC® on FUEL TV travels to Saitama Super Arena just outside Tokyo, Japan Saturday, March 2 (9:00 PM ET) for the network’s eighth installment featuring the legendary “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (34-12-1, 1NC), against top contender “All American” Brian Stann (12-5, 6-4 UFC), in a light heavyweight headlining bout. Chael Sonnen, FUEL TV’s UFC TONIGHT co-analyst and current UFC light heavyweight contender predicts a Stann victory: “Wanderlei’s heart is big, but his chin is more suspect. Brian Stann, the All-American, KO’s him in the first round.”

The live telecast consists of six exciting bouts including the co-main event – a heavyweight clash between ninth-ranked and seven-foot-tall Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve (29-5, 9-3 UFC), and knockout artist Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt (3-1 UFC, 8-7). An exciting lightweight battle ensues between “The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi (34-8, 1NC) taking on Diego “The Dream” Sanchez (25-5). Fourth-ranked middleweight Yushin “Thunder” Okami (29-7) faces eighth-ranked Hector “Lightning” Lombard (32-3-1, 1NC). Japan’s Mizuto Hirota (14-5-1) represents his home country against Rani Yahya (17-7). Siyar Bahadurzada (21-4-1), who is on a seven-fight win streak, faces Dong Hyun Kim (16-2-1, 1 NC) in a welterweight bout. UFC announcers Jon Anik and Kenny Florian call all bouts live from Japan on FUEL TV. Host Jay Glazer, UFC light heavyweight contender Sonnen and UFC middleweight veteran Michael Bisping offer analysis from FUEL TV’s Los Angeles studios. Veteran British MMA Journalist Gareth A. Davies interviews fighters backstage.

UFC® ON FUEL TV 8: SILVA VS. STANN PRELIMS STREAMED LIVE ON FUEL.TV AND FOXSPORTS.COMFUEL TV and FOXSports.com are webcasting the UFC PRELIMS beginning on Saturday, March 2 (7:50 PM ET), the stream can be seen at: http://www.fuel.tv/ufc/events/silva-vs-stann 

FUEL TV BRINGS BACK THE “FAN CAMeo” IN UFC POSTFIGHT SHOW – Immediately following UFC® ON FUEL TV 8: SILVA VS. STANN on Saturday, March 2 (1:00 AM ET), the UFC POSTFIGHT SHOW airs on FUEL TV featuring host Jay Glazer and analysts Sonnen and Bisping, breaking down the biggest and best moments of the evening. In the POSTFIGHT SHOW, FUEL TV brings back its “Fan CAMeo,” a groundbreaking feature on the FUEL TV website and app that allows viewers to record video reactions to the fights from their mobile phone, table or laptop, upload the clip and have it used within minutes on the live show: http://www.fuel.tv/fancameo

NORTH LONDON RIVALS MEET IN BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE SHOWDOWN – Only separated by four points, third-place Tottenham hosts fifth-place Arsenal Sunday, March 3 (10:30 AM ET), live on FOX Soccer. Rob Stone, Warren Barton and Eric Wynalda are joined by soccer enthusiast and CNN pundit Piers Morgan live from Studio 2B in Los Angeles. Finding himself on the hot seat after a series of inconsistent performances for the Gunners, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will rely on an offensive unit anchored by Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.

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