Coverage Begins With Qualifying and Budweiser Shootout on Feb. 12;
FOX Sports Presents the 53rd Daytona 500 on Feb. 20
Network Celebrates 11th NASCAR on FOX Season
New York & Los Angeles – As FOX Sports prepares for its 11th season of NASCAR coverage, the network revs its engine with the unveiling of the 2011 NASCAR on FOX broadcast schedule. Prior to the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 20 (12:00 PM ET) FOX Sports presents the Budweiser Shootout on Saturday, February 12 in prime time (8:00 PM ET) followed by Daytona 500 Qualifying on Sunday, February 13 (1:00 PM ET).
NASCAR racing legend Darrell Waltrip and former champion crew chief Larry McReynolds return to provide race analysis for all NASCAR on FOX Sprint Cup events, and Mike Joy returns as race announcer. Prerace coverage is again hosted by Chris Myers with analysts Jeff Hammond and Waltrip while reporters Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda return to cover pit road. NASCAR on FOX “storm scout” and meteorologist Rick Dickert of FOX-owned KTTV in Los Angeles rejoins the crew to provide weather updates to viewers on the FOX NASCAR SUNDAY prerace show as well as during race coverage.
FOX’s 2011 NASCAR schedule is highlighted by races from Phoenix International Speedway on Sunday, February 27; Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 6; Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 20; Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 9; Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 17; Richmond International Speedway on Sunday, April 30; NASCAR racing from Dover, Delaware on Sunday, May 15 and the NASCAR on FOX season finale from Kansas Speedway on Sunday, May 30.
Despite two unprecedented delays to repair asphalt damage on the track during the 2010 running of the Great American Race, nearly 30 million people saw at least some part of FOX Sports’ coverage for last year’s race that lasted more than six hours and included 52 lead changes, a Daytona record. Nielsen Media Research estimated that 29.8 million Americans watched at least some part of the 2010 Daytona 500, a +14% gain over 2009’s 26.2 million.
FOX Sports commands the well-earned distinction as television’s most innovative sports broadcaster, ranking high among the network’s achievements are honors for its NASCAR coverage. NASCAR on FOX has garnered 14 Emmy Awards for its coverage including three for Outstanding Sports Series (2001, 2005, 2007), four for Outstanding Live Event Audio Sound (2002, 2005, 2006, 2009), one for Outstanding Graphic Design (2001), five for Outstanding Technical Team Remote (2001, 2003-05, 2007) and one for Promotional Announcement Episodic (2008).
NASCAR on FOX 2011 Schedule
Date Track Event Coverage Begins
Sat. Feb. 12 Daytona Int’l Speedway Budweiser Shootout 8:00 PM
Sun. Feb. 13 Daytona Int’l Speedway Daytona 500 Qualifying 1:00 PM
Sun. Feb. 20 Daytona Int’l Speedway Daytona 500 12:00 PM
Sun. Feb. 27 Phoenix Int’l Speedway NASCAR Racing from Phoenix 2:30 PM
Sun. March. 6 Las Vegas Motor Speedway NASCAR Racing from Las Vegas 2:30 PM
Sun. March 20 Bristol Motor Speedway NASCAR Racing from Bristol 12:30 PM
Sun. March 27 Auto Club Speedway NASCAR Racing from Fontana 2:30 PM
Sun. April 3 Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Racing from Martinsville 12:30 PM
Sat. April 9 Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Racing from Fort Worth 7:00 PM
Sun. April 17 Talladega Superspeedway NASCAR Racing from Talladega 12:00 PM
Sat. April 30 Richmond Int’l Raceway NASCAR Racing from Richmond 7:00 PM
Sat. May 7 Darlington Raceway NASCAR Racing from Darlington 7:00 PM
Sun. May 15 Dover Int’l Speedway NASCAR Racing from Dover 12:30 PM
Sun. May 29 Lowe’s Motor Speedway NASCAR Racing from Charlotte 5:30 PM
Sun. June 5 Kansas Speedway NASCAR Racing from Kansas City 12:30 PM
All times Eastern; Schedule subject to change