Month: April 2017

Jeff Hammond Headshot

FOX NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES & NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Live on FOX from Texas
Keselowski in NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Booth as Analyst Saturday on FOX

CHARLOTTE, NC – NASCAR heads to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, with FOX Sports set to offer 17 hours of live action from the mile-and-a-half oval that just underwent a fresh repave. Included are FOX’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Sunday, April 9 (1:30 PM ET) and the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES on Saturday, April 8 (1:30 PM ET).

During the week, FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR’s most-watched daily news and information program, continues Mondays through Thursdays at 6:00 PM ET. Additionally, the NASCAR RACE HUB PODCAST launched recently and is available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play Music.

Below are programming information and quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
Date/Time: Sunday, April 2 (1:30 PM ET)
Network: FOX
Announcers: Mike Joy, Hall of Famer and three-time champion Darrell Waltrip, four-time champ Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds
Pit reporters: Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum
Hosts: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip
Pre-race:

  • FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (1:00 PM ET on FOX); hosted by Myers with Michael Waltrip, Gordon and Darrell Waltrip; reporters Little, Welch and Yocum
  • NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analysts Jeff Hammond and Bobby Labonte; reporters Kaitlyn Vincie and Kenny Wallace

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
Date/Time: Saturday, April 8 (1:30 PM ET)
Network: FOX
Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip and driver analyst Brad Keselowski
Pit reporters: Chris Neville, Jamie Little and Matt Yocum
Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (1:00 PM ET on FOX); hosted by Shannon Spake with analysts Michael Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Hosts: Spake and McReynolds

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

On the impact of stage racing on competition and strategy:
“Now that we are six races into the 2017 season, I’m ready to bang the gavel. The addition of stage racing has produced some awesome competition. It has created drama, excitement and displays of emotions where we didn’t have them before. It has been a game-changer, and I’ll challenge anyone who says they don’t like stage racing. Just tell me why.”
–Larry McReynolds

“We finally are seeing drivers step out and act like every single position matters — just like Ricky Stenhouse Jr. did at the end of stage 2 at Martinsville by bumping Kyle Busch out of the groove to stay on the lead lap. Stenhouse felt like that position mattered. That’s what it’s all about.”
–Jeff Hammond

On Team Penske’s strength out of the gate in 2017:
“The Penske cars are fast everywhere this year — in both qualifying and race trim. They have been fast at six completely different tracks. If it weren’t for Brad Keselowski’s wreck at Daytona and a late-race accident at Phoenix for Joey Logano, they might both have all top-five finishes. Their ability to overcome adversity has been key. The Penske teams do not shake or rattle when struggles comes their way.”
–Larry McReynolds

On the importance of accumulating playoff points early in the season:
“The intensity definitely has ramped up with the addition of playoff points, but that doesn’t mean drivers should disengage their brains or teams should let up. Teams need to remind their drivers what’s at risk. It’s okay to go after the points, but you can’t tear your car up in the process. Common sense should prevail.”
–Jeff Hammond

On expectations for the Texas race after the fresh repave and the absence of testing time by teams:
“What the racing will look like at Texas is a huge unknown because there are so many different variables: a repaved surface; a change to turns 1 and 2, where they took the banking out; and for both series, significantly less downforce than last year. NASCAR has ramped up the practice schedule for the weekend, which is good, but given the resources, simulation programs, technology, and everything teams have at their disposal, we probably won’t even notice all these changes. Texas used a lot of the same technology in the repave that Kentucky utilized with its repave. Plus, the Goodyear tire this weekend is very similar to the one raced last year at Kentucky after the repave. This could be a better race than what we’ve had, particularly because of the new aero package.”
–Larry McReynolds

On the recent decision not to repave Atlanta Motor Speedway:
“If we can get by without repaving a track, I’m all for that. But the tail has wagged the dog on the originally scheduled Atlanta repave. The drivers got together and talked track officials into changing their minds. There were two reasons Texas had to repave – and I hope we don’t end in this same box next year at Atlanta. Potholes and the track coming apart. Most of us lived through the pothole in the 2010 Daytona 500. Then we all lived through Texas last November when it had not rained in seven hours but took more than four hours to dry the track. We can’t have that. But like Kentucky proved, you can have a good first race back after a repave, due to today’s technology. I’ll have my fingers crossed that when we go to Atlanta next year, we don’t have rain and subsequent track weepers. We’d have no one to blame but the drivers, plus, of course, Atlanta and NASCAR for allowing the drivers to make that decision for them.”
–Larry McReynolds

On Kyle Larson’s success and consistency in 2017:
“He definitely is the hot thing right now but he has been a long time coming. He didn’t just pop onto the circuit and start lighting it up. It took him a while to get his second win (this year), but he’s leading laps, finishing well and leading the points. I like this young driver, and he has the type of consistency you need to get the job done.”
–Jeff Hammond

On Ryan Blaney’s improvement this season:
“He is making noise in the right direction. Everything he is doing is going the right way. He is knocking down strong finishes. Plus, he’s not afraid of NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. I love that he’s not backing down and is stepping up.”
–Jeff Hammond

FOX NASCAR AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Friday, April 7
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (12:00-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (2:30-4:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES final practice (5:00-6:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (6:00-7:30 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, April 8
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (9:30-10:30 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (10:30-11:30 AM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (12:00-1:00 PM) (FS2)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (12:00-1:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (1:00-1:30 PM) (FOX)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Racing (1:30-4:00 PM) (FOX)

Sunday, April 9
NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM-1:00 PM) (FS1)
FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (1:00-1:30 PM) (FOX)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (1:30-5:30 PM) (FOX)
NASCAR VICTORY LANE (6:30-7:00 PM) (FS1) (delayed)

NCWTS Booth: Vince Welch, Michael Waltrip & Phil Parsons

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race from Martinsville Most-Watched Truck Race in Five Years

CHARLOTTE, NC – Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on FOX from Martinsville (Va.) Speedway scored 1,591,000 viewers according to Nielsen Media Research, making it the most-watched NCWTS race on any network in five years.

The race, won by Chase Elliott, peaked at nearly two million viewers (1,952,000) during the final 30 minutes of the broadcast, and was the most-watched since the 2012 NCWTS race from Daytona International Speedway on SPEED.

Audience delivery was up 35% from last year’s race on FS1 (1,177,000) and was 23% better with Adults 18-49. Additionally, it was 24% better than FOX’s last NCWTS race, Talladega in October of last year, a race that delivered 1,285,000 viewers.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns May 12 from Kansas Speedway with the Toyota Tundra 250 live on FS1 at 8:30 PM ET.

Dominick Cruz UFC desk

Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Cruz Joins Rogan and Anik Again to Call UFC 210: CORMIER VS. JOHNSON 2

Retired Contenders Florian and Edwards Serve as FS1 Desk Analysts

LOS ANGELES, CA – Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) joins analyst Joe Rogan (@JoeRogan) and blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) to call UFC 210: CORMIER VS. JOHNSON 2 on Saturday, April 8 live from Buffalo, N.Y. Santiago Ponzinibbio (@SPonzinibbioMMA), Mario Delgado (@mariodelgadorzm), and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

In addition, retired UFC contenders Kenny Florian (@KennyFlorian) and Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) work as desk analysts with host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for the FS1 UFC 210 WEIGH-IN, PREFIGHT and POSTFIGHT SHOWS from FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studios. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on-site.

One of the most highly anticipated rematches in UFC light heavyweight history takes place when the Octagon touches down in Buffalo, N.Y. for the first time in more than 20 years, as champion Daniel Cormier (18-1) defends his belt against No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson (22-5).

Edwards believes the Cormier and Johnson headliner could be an even closer battle than the last time they met, when Cormier won by third-round submission after getting rocked early by Johnson: “Cormier is comfortable throwing these takedowns at you and chain-wrestling to get a guy down. If Johnson has worked on his takedown defense and he ups his cardio, this fight is going to be a lot more exciting than it was the first time around.” Watch the UFC 210 preview from the most recent FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

The two-hour, four-bout UFC 210 PRELIMS on FS1 and FOX Deportes begin at 8:00 PM ET. Myles Jury (15-2) squares off with Mike De La Torre (14-6, 1 NC) in a featherweight fight, while the No. 11-ranked welterweight Kamaru Usman (9-1) faces Sean Strickland (18-1) in a welterweight battle. Undefeated featherweight Shane Burgos (8-0) and Charles Rosa (11-2) go toe-to-toe. No.12 Patrick Cummins (8-4) and No. 12 Jan Blachowicz (19-6) open the PRELIMS in the light heavyweight division.

Saturday’s coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET on FS1 with the FS1 UFC 210 PREFIGHT SHOW hosted by Bryant, with analysts Florian and Edwards. The action wraps up after the main event with the FS1 UFC 210 POSTFIGHT SHOW. The FS1 UFC 210 WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place on Friday, April 7 at 4:00 PM ET on FS1 with the same studio crew.

FOXSports.com features UFC 210 preview articles leading up to the fight, and senior UFC writer Damon Martin interviews Cormier and Johnson about their title bout on FOX Sports’ popular podcast “Fight Society.” Martin also catches up with Gegard Mousasi, Will Brooks, and Patrick Cote about their main card fights. The podcast is available on iTunes and Soundcloud. Follow @UFConFOX on Facebook and Twitter to get a look at fight week and throughout the #UFC210 fights Saturday.

Viewers can live stream the UFC shows on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The shows are 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.

Following UFC 210, the Octagon heads to Kansas City for FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: JOHNSON VS. REIS on FOX, Saturday, April 15. To preview that event, FOX airs the Michelle Waterson documentary FIGHT MOM on Saturday, April 8 (12:00 PM ET) and UFC’S ROAD TO THE OCTAGON on Sunday, April 9 (12:00 PM ET).

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

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NET*
Friday,

April 7

4:00 PM FS1 UFC 210 WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1
Saturday,

April 8

12:00 PM FIGHT MOM FOX
Saturday,

April 8

7:00 PM FS1 UFC 210  PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Saturday,

April 8

8:00 PM FS1 UFC 210  PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

April 8

1:00 AM FS1 UFC 210 POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1
Sunday,

April 9

12:00 PM UFC’S ROAD TO THE OCTAGON:

JOHNSON VS. REIS

FOX

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83.