Month: February 2017

Karyn Bryant

Explosive Clash of Top-Ranked Heavyweights Headlines FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LEWIS VS. BROWNE

Grisham Makes Play-by-Play Debut, While Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Cruz and Melendez Serve as Desk Analysts

LOS ANGELES, CA – Don’t blink when top-ranked heavyweights clash at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LEWIS VS. BROWNE live on FS1 and FOX Deportes on Sunday, Feb. 19 (9:00 PM ET) live from Halifax, Canada. Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) makes his blow-by-blow announcer debut alongside retired middleweight Brian Stann (@BrianStann) to call the fights live on FS1, while UFC bantamweight Erik “Goyito” Perez (@Goyito_Perez) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) are the Spanish language broadcast team on FOX Deportes.

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) and lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez (@GilbertMelendez) work as desk analysts with host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT and POSTFIGHT SHOWS from FOX Sports’ Los Angeles Studios. Reporter Heidi Androl (@HeidiAndrol) interviews fighters.

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LEWIS VS. BROWNE is headlined by an explosive heavyweight matchup as No. 8-ranked heavyweight Derrick Lewis (17-4, 1NC) and No. 9-ranked Travis Browne (18-5-1) collide in the five-round main event. On the fast track to the top of the division, Houston’s Lewis has won five straight bouts, with four of those victories coming by way of knockout. Now, Lewis faces the tough veteran Browne, who has knocked out the likes of Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett and Stefan Struve.

FOX UFC analyst Kenny Florian believes the allure of Lewis vs. Browne is simple: “Who doesn’t like to watch two gigantic men throw down? Both of these guys have crazy knockout power, they’re both finishers and both need a win.” Watch a preview of the fight from last Saturday’s FS1 UFC 208 POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

Also on Saturday night, No. 10-ranked welterweight Johny Hendricks (17-5) moves up to middleweight to face veteran Hector Lombard (34-6-1, 2NC) in an explosive co-main event. Featherweights Sam Sicilia (15-7) and Gavin Tucker (9-0) square off, while middleweight Elias Theodorou (12-1) faces Cezar Ferreira (12-5). The No. 7-ranked bantamweight Sara McMann (10-3) faces Gina Mazany (4-0), while lightweights Paul Felder (12-3) and Alessandro Ricci (10-4) are featured in the main card opener.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS on FS1 and FOX Deportes begin at 7:00 PM ET and feature four bouts. Nordine Taleb (11-3) and Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3) collide in a welterweight battle. The No. 3-ranked strawweight Carla Esparza (12-3) fights Randa Markos (6-5). Undefeated Aiemann Zahabi (6-0) faces Reginaldo Vieira (14-4) in a bantamweight fight. Plus, Jack Marshman (21-5) and Thiago Santos (13-5) open the PRELIMS with a middleweight bout.

Sunday’s coverage begins on FS1 (5:30 PM ET) with a special 90-minute FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW hosted by Bryant, with analysts Cruz and Melendez. The action wraps up after the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW. The FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place on Saturday, Feb. 18 (4:00 PM ET) on FS2 with the same studio crew.

On the popular FOXSports.com podcast “Fight Society,” host Damon Martin interviews Browne about his headlining bout and Theodorou about his clash with Ferreira. It’s available on iTunes and Soundcloud. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter for live updates throughout the #UFCHalifax fights this Saturday.

Fans can live stream the fights on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The fight is available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

For notes, coverage, bios, photography and more, visit the FOX UFC page on FOX Sports Press Pass.

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE TIME EVENT NET*
Saturday,

Feb. 18

4:00 PM ET FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS2
Sunday, Feb. 19 5:30 PM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Sunday, Feb. 19 7:00 PM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Sunday, Feb. 19 9:00 PM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LEWIS VS. BROWNE FS1 / FOX Deportes
Sunday, Feb. 19 12:00 AM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports on SiriusXM

Daytona Day

FOX Sports Doubles Down on ‘DAYTONA DAY’

NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway, Multiple Consumer Partners Bring Added Muscle to the Initiative
MasterChef Junior’s Chef Gordon Ramsay Delivering Menu, Recipes

CHARLOTTE, NC – Super chef Gordon Ramsay has designed a special menu, The Simpsons delivered a brand new promo and red-hot director Joseph Kahn’s anthem spot premiered in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Super Bowl. DAYTONA DAY, FOX Sports’ rolling marketing initiative pushing toward the Daytona 500 and the opening of the 2017 NASCAR season is back for year two in a big way.

“We learned a lot in year one,” said Robert Gottlieb, FOX Sports EVP of Marketing. “But the one thing that rose above all others was the need for DAYTONA DAY to be an industry initiative and not just a FOX Sports marketing play. Having NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway get even more involved, as well as multiple consumer marketing partners getting behind the effort, elevates everything to the next level.

“Daytona Day has really been a part of NASCAR fans experience for a long time,” Gottlieb said. “People have been gathering together for decades with their friends, co-workers and families to eat, drink, party and watch the Daytona 500 … we just gave it a name and are trying to let people all over the country know this is a great day to get together, have some fun, and watch the Great American Race.”
With NASCAR and other industry stakeholders on-board at an increased level, FOX Sports sees Daytona Day as a long-term investment.

“The collaboration between FOX, NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway around Daytona Day has been unprecedented,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “The new campaign brings to life the fun and excitement of race day while celebrating some of the most thrilling, side-by-side racing we’ve seen in years.”

Daytona Day 2017 includes:

  • Consumer marketing partners including Pizza Hut, Smithfield, Toyota and Uber/UberEATS.
  • Promotional partnership with Comcast, title sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
  • A major Daytona Day anthem spot — one of seven separate promotional spots running in support of the Daytona 500 on FOX — directed by highly sought after Joseph Kahn, which premiered in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Super Bowl. Kahn has worked with U2, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Janet Jackson, Maroon 5 and Katy Perry. Daytona Day Anthem Spot
  • Viewers of the Super Bowl LI on FOX got a sneak peek of THE SIMPSONS’ Daytona Day promo with four-time NASCAR champion and FOX Sports analyst Jeff Gordon and fan-favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr., now scheduled to air in episodes of THE SIMPSONS on Feb. 12 and Feb. 19. The Simpsons Daytona Day
  • Super chef Gordon Ramsay, currently starring in MasterChef Junior, has developed a Daytona Day menu, complete with how-to videos. Daytona Day Menus & Recipes
  • Daytona 500 Hour Countdown, an expansive digital content effort with more than 500 pieces of content rolled out across multiple platforms between the Super Bowl and Daytona 500. Daytona 500 Hour Countdown
  • Daytona Day Pick 5 Sweepstakes housed on FOXSports.com; fans pick the top-five finishers of the Daytona 500 for a chance to win $50,000.
  • 250 Daytona 500 viewing parties, including several hosted by NASCAR tracks around the country, all supplied with Daytona Day party kits.
FOX Sports Doubles Down on ‘DAYTONA DAY’ (313 kB, last updated February 2017)
Rob Stone and Alexi Lalas MLS Desk

FOX Sports Presents 43-Match Lineup Over 13 Days

LOS ANGELES, CA – European soccer takes center stage on the FOX Sports family of networks with 43 matches featuring the return of the UEFA Champions League as well as the Europa League, Bundesliga and FA Cup. The 13-day lineup across FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes kicks off Valentine’s Day and features heavyweights Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich and many others.

For its eighth UEFA Champions League season, FOX Sports adds commentary to one match a week beginning Wednesday, Feb. 15. Lead play-by-play announcer John Strong will be on the call joined by a rotation of analysts.

UEFA Champions League action begins Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes with a clash between Lionel Messi’s Barcelona against Paris St. Germain at Parc des Princes. Rob Stone hosts studio coverage alongside analysts Warren Barton, Eric Wynalda and Alexi Lalas. Dr. Joe Machnik weighs in as rules analyst and Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl contributes as analyst. John Laguna, Mariano Trujillo and Monica Gonzalez are on the call in Spanish.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Bayern Munich squares off against rival Arsenal, marking the fourth time in five years that the two clubs meet in UEFA Champions League competition. Coverage begins at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Stone hosts studio coverage alongside Barton, Wynalda and Lalas. Strong calls the match alongside Stu Holden. On FOX Deportes, Laguna, Trujillo and Gonzalez are on the call in Spanish. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid headlines the action on FS2 against Napoli at 2:30 PM ET.

Europa League dominates coverage with seven matches on Thursday, Feb. 16, beginning at 10:50 AM ET when Krasnodar battles Fenerbahce on FS2. Later that day, two of England’s most storied clubs headline the action on FS1 as Gent hosts Tottenham Hotspur at 12:30 PM ET, followed by a clash between Manchester United and Saint-Etienne, two teams who have never before met in any European competition. Kate Abdo hosts studio coverage alongside Barton and Holden for both matches and recaps the day’s action on the Europa League Full Time show at 5:00 PM ET on FS2 and FOX Soccer Plus. Ross Dyer and Brian Dunseth are on the call for Gent-Tottenham Hotspur, while Keith Costigan and Lalas call Manchester United-Saint Etienne.

Friday’s Bundesliga coverage begins at 1:30 PM ET on Friday, Feb. 17 on FS1 and FOX Deportes when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s Bayer Leverkusen visits Augsburg at Impuls Arena. Ian Joy hosts studio coverage alongside Wynalda and Jovan Kirovski. Trujillo and Laguna call the match for FOX Deportes.

Coverage continues Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19 with seven FA Cup matches and five Bundesliga fixtures. Headlining the action Saturday on FS1 and FOX Deportes are Burnley-Lincoln City at 7:25 AM ET, followed by Huddersfield Town-Manchester City. Abdo hosts FA Cup studio coverage alongside Wynalda and Holden. On FOX Deportes, Jairo Moncada and Alvaro Izquierdo are on the call for Burnley-Lincoln City, while Ariel Torrone and Monica Gonzalez call Huddersfield Town-Manchester City. On Sunday, FS1’s lineup features the Spurs heading to Craven Cottage to face Fulham for the first time since 2014 at 8:30 AM ET, followed by Manchester United’s first visit to Ewood Park since 2012 to face Blackburn. Abdo hosts FA Cup studio coverage alongside Barton, Holden and Lalas. Moncada and Izquierdo call Fulham-Tottenham Hotspurs, while Laguna and Trujillo call Blackburn-Manchester United for FOX Deportes.

Sutton United’s historic FA Cup fifth-round tie against Arsenal kicks off next week’s soccer action on Monday, Feb. 20 at 2:30 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Abdo hosts studio coverage alongside Barton and Holden. The next day, Monaco, who has only lost once to an English opponent in the UEFA Champions League knockout round, takes on Manchester City at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Strong calls the match alongside Holden.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, FS1 airs first UEFA Champions League and Europa League doubleheader when Saint-Etienne squares off against Manchester United in the second leg Europa League round of 32 at 11:50 AM ET. Immediately following, three-time Europa League champion Sevilla takes on Leicester City. Stone hosts the day’s studio coverage alongside Barton, Wynalda and Lalas. Costigan and Holden are on the call.

Europa League and Bundesliga close out the week headlined by Tottenham Hotspur-Gent on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 3:00 PM ET, and Bayern Munich-Hamburg Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9:20 AM ET.

The full schedule of matches can be found in the PDF below.

All matches are available via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2Go mobile apps and on desktop computers via FOXSportsGO.com.

FOX Sports Presents 43-Match Lineup Over 13 Days (146 kB, last updated February 2017)
Larry McReynolds, Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon & Darrell Waltrip

FOX NASCAR Gears up for Its 17th Season of NASCAR Coverage with 100 Hours of Daytona Speedweeks Coverage

CHARLOTTE, NC – With an on-air team featuring a combined seven NASCAR premier series championships, FOX NASCAR announces its 2017 Daytona Speedweeks broadcast schedule, which culminates with the 59th running of the iconic DAYTONA 500 from Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 26 (2:00 PM ET). Live coverage begins at 1:00 PM ET on FOX NASCAR SUNDAY.

Marked by the network’s 17th consecutive season covering the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES, FOX NASCAR’s presentation of Daytona Speedweeks features approximately 100 hours of multi-platform programming, including THE CLASH AT DAYTONA, CAM-AM DUEL AT DAYTONA, and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES season openers.

DAYTONA 500
For the DAYTONA 500, FOX NASCAR is armed with seven championships’ worth of analysis and insight from Hall of Famer and three-time champ Darrell Waltrip alongside four-time champion Jeff Gordon, with veteran play-by-play announcer Mike Joy, covering his 42nd DAYTONA 500, and former DAYTONA 500-winning crew chief Larry McReynolds with race analysis.

Delivering stories and updates from pit road are pit reporters Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum. Chris Myers hosts FOX NASCAR SUNDAY and the network’s coverage from the famed Hollywood Hotel alongside Michael Waltrip, Darrell Waltrip and Gordon.

“The Great American Race” is streamed live in both English and Spanish through FOX Sports GO, the critically acclaimed app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on-the-go. All FOX NASCAR programming in 2017 is live streamed on FOX Sports GO. FOX Deportes, the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network in the U.S., also offers live coverage of the DAYTONA 500 and the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES season opener at Daytona.

FOX Sports’ Daytona Speedweeks coverage kicks off Friday, Feb. 17 on FS1 with MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES PRACTICE for THE CLASH AT DAYTONA (5:00 PM ET).

THE CLASH AT DAYTONA
THE CLASH AT DAYTONA, the first NASCAR event of the season, airs live on FS1 on Saturday, Feb. 18 (8:00 PM ET). Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. call the 75-lap, non-points race with McReynolds and pit reporters Little, Welch and Yocum. Myers and Michael Waltrip host the network’s coverage from the Hollywood Hotel. The annual all-star event debuted in 1979, originally known as the Busch Clash. Following several name changes over the years, the once-iconic moniker is back.

DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers hit the track again Sunday, Feb. 19, for DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING, live on FOX (3:00 PM ET), to set the prestigious first and second starting positions for the DAYTONA 500, as well as the starting order for the CAN-AM DUEL AT DAYTONA.

CAN-AM DUEL AT DAYTONA
The complete DAYTONA 500 starting order is determined following the CAN-AM DUEL AT DAYTONA, live on FS1 on Thursday, Feb. 23 (7:00 PM ET). The pair of qualifying races, historically one of Daytona Speedweeks’ most exciting events, are under the lights with Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Gordon on the call with race analysis by McReynolds and pit reporting by Little, Neville and Yocum. Myers and Michael Waltrip host.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
FOX Sports begins its third year of coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES from Daytona on Saturday, Feb. 25 with the season opener at 3:30 PM ET. Adam Alexander calls the action alongside Michael Waltrip and 2014 MONSTER ENERY NASCAR CUP SERIES champion Kevin Harvick with pit reporting by Little, Neville and Yocum. NASCAR RACEDAY – XFINITY, FS1’s XFINITY Series pre-race show, hosted by Shannon Spake with analysts Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip and Kenny Wallace, previews the action at 3:00 PM ET.

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
The NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES opens its season on Friday, Feb. 24 (7:30 PM ET) on FS1, with complete pre-race coverage beginning with NCWTS SETUP at 7:00 PM ET. Vince Welch has the call alongside Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip. Hermie Sadler and Kaitlyn Vincie cover pit road. John Roberts hosts NCWTS SETUP with analysis from two-time series champion Todd Bodine and reporting by Sadler and Vincie.

NASCAR RACEDAY
Before FOX coverage of the DAYTONA 500 begins on Sunday, Feb. 26, NASCAR RACEDAY, which was up 6% in total viewership in 2016 versus 2015, is live on FS1, bringing viewers the latest news as drivers prepare for the biggest race of the year. John Roberts hosts from the Charlotte studio, with Spake co-hosting from the FOX Sports set inside the Daytona Rising stadium. They are joined by analysts Jeff Hammond, Wally Dallenbach and Andy Petree. NASCAR RACEDAY also airs immediately preceding THE CLASH AT DAYTONA and the CAN-AM DUEL on FS1.

NASCAR RACEDAY: THE CLASH (Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6:00 PM ET on FS1) includes: a Kenny Wallace sit-down interview with Kevin Harvick regarding family, career and what his future holds; a Martin Truex Jr. piece on his life and career, featuring interviews with key people from his time at Michael Waltrip Racing and Furniture Row Racing; and a look at the evolution of the premier series sponsorship.

NASCAR RACE HUB
FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR’s most-watched daily news and update show, which enjoyed a 7% total viewership increase (144,000 vs. 134,000) in 2016 vs. 2015, airs Monday through Thursdays at 6:00 PM ET and is hosted by Alexander and Spake. On the weekends, the show continues with NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION, hosted by Roberts. Returning analysts include Dallenbach, Hammond, Petree, Gordon, Michael Waltrip, Bodine, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, David Ragan, Regan Smith, Drew Blickensderfer and “Bootie” Barker, as well as newcomers Austin Dillon, Bobby Labonte and Casey Mears. Alan Cavanna and Vincie offer live reports from the track.

DAYTONA 500 MEDIA DAY
DAYTONA 500 MEDIA DAY is live from Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday, Feb. 22 (9:00-11:00 AM ET) on FS1. Alexander anchors from the Charlotte studio, with co-hosts Myers and Spake interviewing drivers in the Hollywood Hotel in Daytona’s infield. Hammond and Petree offer analysis with Cavanna and Little reporting.

DAYTONA SPECIALS
In addition, FOX Sports has several NASCAR specials planned during Daytona Speedweeks. Immediately following the Feb. 23 CAN-AM DUEL AT DAYTONA, FS1 premieres REFUSE TO LOSE: JEFF GORDON AND THE 1997 DAYTONA 500 (10:00 PM ET). FOX Sports and NASCAR Productions team to deliver an inside look at four-time champion Gordon’s first win in the “Great American Race” using never-before-seen footage of the No. 24 team. Airing immediately following REFUSE TO LOSE on Thursday, Feb. 23 (11:00 PM ET) is NASCAR RACE CLASSIC: THE 1997 DAYTONA 500, a condensed version of the original race broadcast, hosted by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

On Friday, Feb. 24 (6:00 PM ET), a BEYOND THE WHEEL short-film series documentary airs featuring Bonneville ’71, Sueños de NASCAR, and Miracle at Daytona: The Tiny Lund Story. One of the short films, MIRACLE AT DAYTONA – THE TINY LUND STORY, premieres Thursday, Feb. 16 during NASCAR RACE HUB on FS1 (6:00 PM ET).

ARCA RACING SERIES
Catch even more live on-track action as the ARCA RACING SERIES season opener airs live on FS1 on Saturday, Feb. 18 (4:00 PM ET). Kevin Lee calls the race with analysis from Parsons and pit reporting by Jim Tretow and Heather DeBeaux.

 

Shannon Spake

FOX Sports Names Shannon Spake Co-Host of FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB

Broadcast Veteran Also Set to Host NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Pre-Race Show, Continue College Basketball and NFL Sideline Reporting in 2017

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports has named recent hire Shannon Spake co-host of its popular NASCAR RACE HUB (Monday through Thursday at 6:00 PM ET on FS1) alongside Adam Alexander for the 2017 NASCAR race season, beginning today.

Spake, who joined FOX Sports in July 2016, also will host NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY, live from the track preceding each weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race, in addition to continuing to serve as a sideline reporter for college basketball and several NFL games airing on FOX Sports.

Since her move to FOX Sports, the broadcasting veteran covered the sidelines for the network’s lead college football and basketball on-air teams for the 2016 season, in addition to making her NFL debut. She has extensive NASCAR television experience after multiple years as a pit reporter covering the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES, in addition to studio hosting duties, for ESPN.

Spake made her return to FOX Sports last year after spending 10 years with ESPN in multiple roles, beginning in 2006. While there, she served as a pit reporter for ESPN and ABC’s NASCAR coverage and offered reports on NASCAR and college sports for SportsCenter. Additionally, she hosted and reported for ESPN2’s NASCAR Now. Most recently, Spake was a sideline reporter for Saturday college football games and select Bowl games, including a New Year’s Six Bowl. Additionally, she served as a sideline reporter for ESPN’s Saturday Primetime and Super Tuesday SEC college basketball telecasts, was part of the 2015 NBA Draft coverage and covered multiple NCAA men’s basketball tournaments and Final Four championships for SportsCenter.

Prior to her tenure at ESPN, Spake worked for FOX Sports’ SPEED, beginning in 2005. She reported for NASCAR Nation, co-hosted Backseat Drivers and reported from the NASCAR garage during the network’s coverage of the 2006 Daytona SpeedWeeks.

To learn more about Spake, click here. For more information on FOX NASCAR, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

FOX NASCAR Press Pass

FOX NASCAR Announces Next Lineup of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers as Guest Analysts for 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series

CHARLOTTE, NC – For the third consecutive year, FOX Sports features a rotation of prominent MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers as guest driver analysts for its 2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race telecasts, beginning with the season opener at Daytona.

FOX NASCAR adds to the TV booth for the first time Chase Elliott (one race) and Jamie McMurray (one), who join Kevin Harvick (five), Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano (two each). The full schedule is included below.

The Cup Series drivers will team with FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip to offer analysis for the entire race to which they are assigned. In 2016, Harvick, Keselowski, Logano, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a turn in the FOX NASCAR booth. FOX Sports began using MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers as analysts for its NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races in 2015, utilizing Harvick, Keselowski, Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, now a full-time FOX NASCAR analyst, and Patrick.

Earlier this month, FOX Sports announced Earnhardt is scheduled to join the FOX NASCAR television booth as a guest driver analyst during FS1’s live coverage of THE CLASH AT DAYTONA, the exhibition race that serves as a precursor to the 2017 NASCAR season, on Saturday, Feb. 18 (8:00 PM ET).

Also previously announced this year is Harvick serving as a driver analyst for three NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES races telecast on FS1 in 2017 – Kansas, Eldora and Talladega. Additionally, Harvick will contribute as an analyst on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, the most-watched daily NASCAR news and highlights program (Monday through Thursday at 6:00 PM ET), joining a solid rotation of MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers and crew chiefs that also includes Keselowski, Logano, AJ Allmendinger, “Bootie” Barker, Austin Dillon, Bobby Labonte, Casey Mears, David Ragan and Regan Smith.

FOX NASCAR driver analyst schedule for the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES:

Date Location Driver Analyst* Network Race Start**
2/25 Daytona International Speedway Harvick FS1 3:30 PM
3/4 Atlanta Motor Speedway Elliott FS1 1:30 PM
3/11 Las Vegas Motor Speedway McMurray FS1 4:00 PM
3/18 Phoenix International Raceway Harvick FOX 4:00 PM
3/25 Auto Club Speedway Keselowski FS1 4:00 PM
4/8 Texas Motor Speedway Keselowski FOX 1:30 PM
4/22 Bristol Motor Speedway Harvick FS1 12:30 PM
4/29 Richmond International Raceway Logano FS1 12:30 PM
5/6 Talladega Superspeedway Harvick FOX 1:00 PM
5/27 Charlotte Motor Speedway TBA FS1 1:00 PM
6/3 Dover International Speedway Logano FS1 1:00 PM
6/10 Pocono Raceway Harvick FOX 1:00 PM
6/17 Michigan International Speedway TBA FS1 1:30 PM
6/24 Iowa Speedway TBA FS1 8:30 PM

 

*Subject to change
**All times EST

 

Gail Miller Bisher and Chris Myers at Madison Square Garden

FOX Sports Goes to the Dogs During Westminster Week

FS1, FOX Sports GO & Nat Geo WILD Offer More Coverage than Ever Before of the World’s Greatest Dog Show
WATCH: Westminster Kennel Club Dogs Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports offers more coverage than ever before of the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show with nearly 30 combined hours on FS1, FOX Sports GO and Nat Geo WILD during Westminster Week. Action on FS1 begins Sunday, Feb. 12, with the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and runs through Tuesday, Feb. 14, when for the first time ever on FS1, the Westminster Kennel Club crowns its “Best in Show”.

FS1 is the television home for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the second-longest continuously running sporting event in the United States, on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13-14 at 8:00 PM ET live from Madison Square Garden. Westminster Kennel Club Director of Communications Gail Miller Bisher provides expert analysis of the breeds alongside FOX Sports veteran announcer Chris Myers, while backstage correspondent Katie Nolan, reporter Karyn Bryant and host Jenny Taft also contribute to the network’s coverage of the event. Monday’s presentation crowns the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding group winners, while Tuesday’s telecast names winners in the Sporting, Working and Terrier groups, plus Best in Show.

Following the group judging and “Best in Show” on Monday and Tuesday nights, FS1 presents the first ever Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show post-shows, recapping the events from both nights. The wrap-up shows feature analysis and reporting from Bisher, Myers, Nolan, Bryant, Taft and FOX Sports @TheBuzzer correspondent Rachel Bonnetta, who also provides behind-the-scenes digital coverage for breed, group and Best in Show judging during Westminster Week. Monday and Tuesday nights’ telecasts are streamed live on FOX Sports GO with television provider login, and viewers can use the hashtag #WKCDogShow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured during Nolan’s social segments.

FS1 and FOX Sports GO carry the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster finals on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 8:00 PM ET with Justin Kutcher, Terry Simons and Jennifer Hale on the call. Sunday’s telecast is the fourth annual event from Pier 94 in New York City in which the nation’s swiftest canines run, jump and weave for the right to be called top dog. Click HERE to watch last year’s winning run by Holster the Australian Shepherd.

Before moving to Madison Square Garden on Monday, Feb. 13, FOX Sports GO offers live streams from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM ET from 10 different rings during breed judging in the Hound, Toy and Non-Sporting groups; the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries; and the Masters Obedience Championship. From 2:00-4:00 PM ET, Nat Geo WILD offers select coverage of breed judging and the Masters Obedience Championship. On Tuesday, Feb. 14, FOX Sports GO once again provides live streams from 10 different rings for breed judging in the Sporting, Working and Terrier groups; plus the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM ET. Nat Geo WILD is live from 2:00-4:00 PM ET with select coverage from both events. Kutcher is joined by accomplished judges Paula Nykiel and Jason Hoke for daytime breed judging. Breed judging on FOX Sports GO requires no television provider information, and viewers can watch up to four rings simultaneously through the Multi-View function available on desktop and select connected devices.

Content available on FOX Sports GO can be streamed live on FOXSportsGO.com, WestminsterKennelClub.org or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming on FOX Sports GO is now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox One, Android TV and Fire TV. Visit WestminsterKennelClub.org for the full television and streaming schedule and for streaming FAQs.

In July of 2015, FOX Sports and Westminster Kennel Club announced a 10-year agreement bringing Westminster Kennel Club’s conformation show to FS1 and Nat Geo WILD beginning with this year’s event. FS1 remains home to the Master’s Agility Championship at Westminster through 2026.

For more information, including biographies and photography, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

FOX Sports Goes to the Dogs During Westminster Week (173 kB, last updated February 2017)
GEICO 500

THE SIMPSONS Welcome NASCAR’s Gordon, Earnhardt Jr. to Latest Daytona Day Adventure

Animated Promo Part of Enhanced Marketing Effort Behind ‘Great American Race,’ Tees Up Countdown to Daytona 500 on FOX

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports welcomes back Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and the rest of the gang from Springfield – and, this time, THE SIMPSONS are bringing along some of their NASCAR pals.

Four-time NASCAR champion and FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon joins NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., as part of an animated promo for DAYTONA DAY, the expanded, second-year marketing initiative in support of the 59th running of the DAYTONA 500 on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 26 (2:00 PM ET).

“It was really cool … it’s such a popular show,” Gordon said. “Whether they are making fun of you or not, it’s just an honor to be a part of it.”

Viewers of Sunday’s Super Bowl LI on FOX got a sneak peek of the Daytona Day promo with Gordon and Earnhardt, now scheduled to air in episodes of THE SIMPSONS on Feb. 12 and Feb. 19.

THE SIMPSONS airs Sundays (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Now, in its second year, the DAYTONA DAY campaign, which now includes support from NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway and multiple consumer marketing partners, continues to recognize and celebrates the parties and social gatherings happening around the country on the day of the DAYTONA 500.

“It’s an honor for all of us at FOX Sports to be able to tap into such a definitive and recognizable piece of pop culture to support our DAYTONA DAY efforts,” said Robert Gottlieb, FOX Sports EVP of Marketing. “Having the creative firepower of Gracie Films helping to build Daytona Day is a true thrill.”

“THE SIMPSONS promo was a successful cornerstone of last year’s DAYTONA DAY campaign, and NASCAR is honored to work with FOX on the initiative again this year,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “As a past DAYTONA 500 champion making his return to racing, it’s only fitting that Dale Earnhardt Jr. join THE SIMPSONS to build anticipation for the Great American Race.”

Homer Simpson added: “Which way is the barbecue pit?”

For more information on the FOX Sports DAYTONA 500/DAYTONA DAY efforts, please visit FOX Sports Press Pass.