Month: November 2017

Phil Parsons


Bell, Busch, Parsons, Waltrip and Welch Break Down Friday’s Race and Championship Battle

CHARLOTTE, NC – Christopher Bell won his first NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES championship Friday in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, broadcast live on FS1.

Bell, who finished second in the race to beat fellow Championship 4 contenders Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Austin Cindric, earned his first series championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports in just his second full season. In 2018, Bell moves to the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES to compete fulltime for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Below are quotes from Bell, Kyle Busch Motorsports co-owner Kyle Busch, FOX NASCAR analysts Michael Waltrip and Phil Parsons and play-by-play announcer Vince Welch from FS1’s post-race show.

On Sunday, FS1 also offers live, expanded pre-race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES finale with NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM ET).

“To be able to do this for all the guys at Kyle Busch Motorsports and to win the championship for a team that deserves the championship, is something that words cannot describe. My feelings right now — to run as good as we have week-in and week-out, not just this year, but this whole organization. This whole team has been good for so many years, you just don’t want to be that guy that lets them down. Really glad I didn’t let them down tonight.”
–Christopher Bell

“He’s (Kyle Busch) the best boss you could have. How cool is it that Kyle Busch is your boss? I’m just really thankful for the opportunity to be here. I remember when I first went to Kyle Busch Motorsports, I was so star-struck by him when I was driving his late models and I’d be around him. To win a championship for him, I’m just speechless.”
–Christopher Bell

“It’s a dream come true to be a Truck Series owner and to have as much success as we’ve had as a young company. It’s all a true testament to these guys — Rudy Fugle and everybody on the No. 4 truck, but more importantly, everybody at home, everybody at Kyle Busch Motorsports who do such a great job working on these Toyotas and making them as fast as they are every year. To be able to see Christopher mature and grow and get into the role he’s in this year from where he was last year, it just goes to show you that these guys develop and we do a good job of developing these guys. Our first driver’s championship, we’ll never forget, was Erik Jones. Now with Christopher Bell bringing home our second obviously continues to solidify our legacy in the Truck Series and what we’re all about, what we’ve been able to do and I couldn’t be more proud of Christopher and his family.”
–Kyle Busch

“Bell led the series in just about every statistical category this season, and it has been a championship-caliber season for him. This was a career year for him in so many ways, and as he gets ready to leave the Truck Series and move on to the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the future is so bright for this young man. He’s one of the real rising stars in the sport.”
–Vince Welch

“We knew Bell had the talent. He made the Championship 4 last year, they paired him with (crew chief) Rudy Fugle, and they made some magic.”
–Phil Parsons

“What a great performance by Christopher Bell. I’m more impressed with his patience tonight. He had a fast truck early. We know he had the truck that could have pushed the issue, gone up there and led a lot of the race, but he was calm and reserved and took what the race vehicle gave him. And in the end, it gave him the championship trophy. What stuck out most to me about this season was the race in Atlanta when he was so dominant and won every stage. He came out firing when the season started.”
–Michael Waltrip

“I love the fact we started the season with a rookie winning at Daytona with Kaz Grala and we finished the season with another rookie winning in Chase Briscoe. What a great crop of young drivers we had this year.”
–Phil Parsons


FOX College Football Saturday Tripleheader Kicks Off with Michigan at Undefeated Wisconsin

No. 5 Badgers Host No. 24 Wolverines Saturday at Noon ET on FOX

With only two weeks to go before Conference Championship Weekend, No. 5 Wisconsin puts its perfect record on the line against No. 24 Michigan Saturday on the FOX broadcast network. FOX Sports’ lead college football broadcast crew of play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Jenny Taft have the call from Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., when the game kicks off at 12:00 PM ET.

Saturday’s coverage begins at 11:30 AM ET on FOX and FS1 with FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME hosted by Rob Stone and analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt, followed by Michigan-Wisconsin on FOX and #12 TCU at Texas Tech on FS1.

A full day of action continues on the FOX broadcast network with another battle in the Big Ten, as No. 17 Michigan State hosts Maryland at 4:00 PM ET, with Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and Holly Sonders on the call, followed by Cal at No. 22 Stanford at 8:00 PM ET. Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Jennifer Hale call the action from Stanford Stadium in prime time. This week’s full schedule of games on FOX, FS1, FSN and BTN, including broadcasters, can be found HERE.

FOX College Football continues Sunday with FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS, a one-hour special airing opposite NFL regional coverage. Klatt, Stone, Leinart, Smith, Wannstedt, Bruce Feldman, Petros Papadakis and Danny Kannell recreate the CFB Playoff “war room” and discuss which four teams should have the right to play for a national championship. FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS premieres Sunday at 3:00 or 4:30 PM ET on FOX and re-airs Monday, Nov. 20, at 10:30 PM ET on FS1.

In 2017, FOX Sports televises top games from the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. FOX Sports is home to some of the biggest matchups of the season, including Ohio State at Michigan next weekend. FOX Sports also presents the Big Ten and Big 12 championship games and the Foster Farms Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.


UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and Retired Vet Yves Edwards Join Host Karyn Bryant for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: WERDUM VS. TYBURA this Saturday

Former Welterweight Contender Dan Hardy and John Gooden Call Fights Live from Sydney, Australia

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@twooodley) and retired vet Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) work as analysts in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio with host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: WERDUM VS. TYBURA on Saturday, Nov. 18.

In addition, Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) joins blow-by-blow announcer John Gooden (@JohnGoodenUK) to call the bouts Octagon-side from Sydney, Australia. Heidi Androl (@HeidiAndrol) adds reports and interviews fighters onsite. Victor Davila (@mastervic10) and Marlon Vera (@chitoveraUFC) have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

In the five-round main event, former heavyweight champion and No. 2-ranked Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1) faces No. 8 Marcin Tybura (16-2). FOX UFC analyst Kenny Florian believes Werdum’s jiu-jitsu skills give him the edge in the fight. “Werdum is probably in my top three as far as best grapplers to ever compete in the Octagon. He’s one of the finest submission experts you’ll ever see. Fabricio is very confident right now, coming off a quick turnaround. He wants the fight right now, which shows he’s very motivated to get that belt back.” Watch the preview from Saturday’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

Coverage begins on Friday, Nov. 17 (7:00 PM ET) with the FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW with Bryant, Woodley and Edwards in studio and Androl reporting onsite. The same crew kicks off Saturday’s programming at 7:00 PM ET on FS2 with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, previewing the evening’s fights.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin at 8:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes with four exciting bouts. Ryan Benoit (9-5) and Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-2) collide in a flyweight bout. Lightweight Nik Lentz (29-8-2 1NC) faces Will Brooks (18-3). Rashad Coulter (8-2) and Tia Tuivasa (5-0) square off in a heavyweight battle. Lightweights Damien Brown (17-10) and Frank Camacho (20-5) open the PRELIMS.

The three-hour main card begins FS1 and FOX Deportes at 10:00 PM ET and features five more action-packed bouts. Bec Rawlings (7-6) and Jessica-Rose Clark (7-4, 1NC) face each other in a flyweight bout. Tim Means (27-8-1, 1NC) and Belal Muhammad (12-2) lock horns in a welterweight scrap, while Jake Mathews (11-3) takes on Bojan Velickovic (15-5-1) in another 170-pound battle. Middleweights Elias Theodorou (14-2) and Daniel Kelly (13-2) fight, while Alex Volkanovski (15-1) and UFC-newcomer Shane Young (11-3) open the main card with a 150-pound catchweight bout.

The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS1.

Leading up to the fights, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and on the FOX UFC social pages. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates throughout the #UFCSydney fights this 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 and through the app store or on 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.




Nov. 17



Saturday, Nov. 18 8:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday, Nov. 18 10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: WERDUM VS. TYBURA FS1 / FOX Deportes

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

FOX Sports Films

New FOX Sports Documentary Series “MAGNIFY” Brings the Lives of Athletes and Communities into Focus

Series Kicks Off with “89 Blocks”, Executive Produced by LeBron James, Maverick Carter and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Followed by “Shot in the Dark”, Executive Produced by Dwyane Wade and Chance the Rapper
“MAGNIFY” Trailer: 

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports Films is excited to present “MAGNIFY”, a new feature-length documentary series, leveraging sports as a lens for examining important cultural stories. The films’ deep explorations of athletes’ on and off-the-field journeys connect to the challenges, change and unity that sports can bring to communities.

“This commitment to deeper storytelling – pointing the cameras where they’re needed most — diversifies our voice and gets audiences thinking about sports in a broader context beyond wins and losses,” says Charlie Dixon, EVP, Content at FOX Sports. “The aim is to create dialogue and hopefully affect change in the communities where these stories are told.”

The first documentary in the series is “89 Blocks” (82 minutes) airing Sunday, November 26 on FOX. The film, executive produced by Time Inc.’s SPORTS ILLUSTRATED with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s UNINTERRUPTED, brings an authentic perspective to the story of the East St. Louis High School Flyers football team — the pride and joy of a complex, at-risk Illinois community. This look at their exceptional challenges and heartwarming triumph during the 2016 season is directed by Emmy winner Josh Oshinsky.

“We want to give deep insight into sports at all levels and bring the viewer inside the journey for an entirely new perspective,” says Carter, CEO of UNINTERRUPTED. “With ‘89 Blocks,’ we found a special story that needed to be told.”

“Shot in the Dark” is the second feature film in the series, airing February 2018, produced by Los Angeles Media Fund and executive produced by Dwyane Wade and Chance the Rapper. Set against their hometown of Chicago, the film follows Orr Academy’s high school basketball team and its stars Tyquone Greer and Marquise Pryor as they aspire for greatness under inspirational head coach, Lou Adams, while facing systemic injustices that threaten to claim their future.

“Basketball empowered me to overcome the challenges of growing up on the south side of Chicago,” says Wade. “The odds were stacked against me, and the game changed the course of my life. It’s important to share these true stories of triumph to inspire the next generation to achieve their dreams when faced with life’s obstacles.”

“Shot in the Dark is an authentic and realistic look at high school sports in Chicago and what it means for our youth,” adds Chance. “It’s not really a game for some of us.”

Future series documentaries will include a film about the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense’s tragic plane crash in Colombia one year ago and a look at Deion Sanders, one the most famous, talented and polarizing athletes of the last 25 years.

“Working with athletes and entertainers that are passionate about these documentaries is invaluable,” says Gabe Spitzer, Executive Producer, FOX Sports Films. “We’ll be an outlet for creators to highlight stories that speak to their personal journeys in an open and engaging forum.”

About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes and FOX Sports GO. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

Time Inc.’s SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is the preeminent journalistic enterprise covering the world of sports both on and off the field. Debuting in 1954, SI has garnered worldwide acclaim for its award-winning storytelling born from an independent voice and for its unparalleled access to the most popular athletes and newsmakers from the sports world. This is the underpinning of the Group, which boasts a collection of best-in-class consumer products, platforms and businesses. The SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Group features the most-read sports magazine, a top 10 sports digital network and marquee franchises and properties including SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT, The MMQB, Planet Fútbol, the FanSided Network of sites and apps, Sportsperson of the Year, SI Fashionable 50, SI EATS, SI Kids, GOLF Magazine and For more information, visit and follow @SINow on Twitter, @SportsIllustrated on Instagram and Facebook and SI_mag on Snapchat.

Founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, UNINTERRUPTED is a digital media company totally dedicated to athletes, fans, and lovers of sport. Producing a wide range of unique, creative, and captivating content, UNINTERRUPTED empowers athletes to let the world see what they see, develop their most creative ideas, and tell the stories most important to them. As sports media and cultural influence continues to expand, UNINTERRUPTED is committed to the voice of athletes and the audience that wants to go deeper.

About Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF)
LAMF was launched in September 2014 by Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman with a mandate to finance and produce an eclectic slate of highly commercial feature films with individual budgets of up to $50 million, as well as scripted and unscripted content for television and other platforms, and live events. LAMF recently wrapped production on JULIET, NAKED based on the Nick Hornby novel; directed by Jesse Peretz, it stars Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd, and is produced by Soros, Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. LAMF’s recent feature film releases include THE SPACE BETWEEN US, and the horror film, THE BYE BYE MAN. Netflix has acquired global rights for LAMF’s dance comedy, STEP SISTERS, directed by Charles Stone (DRUMLINE), and Saban Films will release the Jim Carrey-starring thriller, DARK CRIME in 2018. LAMF has also formed a new entertainment company called Invent Media, to concentrate on the development, production and financing of unscripted series and other compelling content for television and OTT platforms, as well as the production of live events on a worldwide basis.

Ford EcoBoost 400

FOX NASCAR at Homestead-Miami Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule

Keselowski, Joy, McReynolds, Hammond, Bodine & Welch Discuss Cup & Truck Series Championships, Earnhardt Jr.’s Final Race and Kenseth’s Phoenix Win

CHARLOTTE, NC – NASCAR crowns champions across its three national series this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, beginning with the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Friday (8:00 PM ET live on FS1).

FS1 also offers live, expanded pre-race coverage of Sunday’s MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES finale with NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM ET). FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR’s most-watched daily news and information program, previews the title races Monday through Thursday at 6:00 PM ET this week.

Below are programming information and quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond, Todd Bodine and Brad Keselowski and play-by-play announcers Mike Joy and Vince Welch.


  • Date/Time: Friday, Nov. 17 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Vince Welch, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip
  • Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • Pre-race: NCWTS SETUP (7:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analyst and two-time series champion Todd Bodine; reporters Sadler and Vincie
    • This Week: Live interviews with Championship 4 contenders Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter; a look back at Sauter’s win last weekend at Phoenix and a flashback to William Byron’s victory last season at Homestead
  • Post-race: 10:00 PM ET on FS1
    Note: FOX NASCAR’s Jamie Little hosts post-race championship celebrations from the championship stage


  • Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 19 (11:30 AM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Hosted by John Roberts and Jamie Little (from the FOX Sports set at Homestead-Miami Speedway) with analysts Larry McReynolds, Regan Smith and Michael Waltrip (at Homestead set); reporters Kaitlyn Vincie and Kenny Wallace
    • A special two-hour edition of NASCAR RACEDAY offers: live interviews with Championship 4 contenders Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.; a live interview with Matt Kenseth; a War Room feature in which FOX NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Hammond, AJ Allmendinger and Adam Alexander break down the 2017 title race; personal essays from the Championship 4 drivers; a farewell tribute to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his final race; a look back at the best moments from the 2017 season; interviews with the three Rookie of the Year contenders – Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Ty Dillon; and a “best of” “Where’s Wallace” features.


On the favorite to win the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES championship:
“I don’t see any weaknesses in Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 78 team. They just execute. I’ve been on the Truex bandwagon nearly all year and would love to see him win the championship because of everything he has been through. But I think Harvick is the guy to beat. They found speed in his Fords as of late. His mile-and-a-half track performances have been stout, and like Tony Stewart said, when you put Harvick in this situation, it’s like dangling a piece of meat in front of a hungry tiger. I’d like to see Truex win the championship, but I think this championship goes through Harvick.”
–Larry McReynolds

On whether the champion will need to win the race:
“I don’t know that they have to. I hope so because it adds to the storyline, but some drivers who didn’t make the Championship 4 will be tough at Homestead. Kyle Larson always is tough there. Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott will be tough there. Matt Kenseth may not have won his final race of the season either.”
–Larry McReynolds

On Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES start this weekend:
“Like everyone, I would have liked to have seen Dale Jr. be more competitive in his final season, but it doesn’t define the career of someone who has accomplished as much as he has. What he has meant to our sport is inexplicable – he has been the face of NASCAR, and that may not change with his retirement. Like Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, what he brings to the sport won’t stop when he climbs out of the car. But when I look at what he’s been through, it’s time.”
–Larry McReynolds

On Matt Kenseth wrapping what could be his final NASCAR season with a win last weekend but failing to secure a ride for 2018:
“Kenseth’s win at Phoenix was so cool, but I feel badly for him because he became a victim of today’s world of NASCAR. Owners are looking at younger drivers, and younger drivers don’t cost as much to the owners. His win reminded me of Jeff Gordon winning at Martinsville three years ago to advance to the Championship 4. But Jeff went out on his own terms, which Kenseth, unfortunately, isn’t doing.”
–Larry McReynolds

On Jimmie Johnson failing to qualify for the Championship 4 and the opportunity to win an historic eighth title:
“It’s hard to believe 51 weeks ago they were celebrating, hoisting the championship trophy at Miami. They won three races early in the season but never got their arms around the car this year. I know the No. 48 team is ready to get 2017 behind them and move on to the 2018 season and Johnson’s next chance to chase 8 (titles).”
–Larry McReynolds

On Kevin Harvick’s confidence the past few weeks and his ability to “turn up the wick” when needed:
“Kevin Harvick had been kind of quiet until they found their speed in the No. 4 car a few races ago. That’s when I noticed his chest coming out and him getting taller and taller. That’s the swagger we often see in Harvick. He loves this scenario and time of year. He has the attention of Martin Truex, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.”
–Jeff Hammond

On what makes Kevin Harvick such a fierce competitor in an elimination format:
“The first thing you have to think about with Kevin Harvick in any type of championship form is he has won one before. That’s a big deal. There’s confidence that comes with that. There’s experience that comes with that, that I don’t think you can understate. He’s done that, and now he’s starting to peak at the right time. I knew it was going to be fast, but when he went to Charlotte and won the stages there, went to Chicago and won stages there, showed the mile-and-a-half speed – that’s so critical because over half the race tracks in this format are mile-and-a-halves, including Homestead. He showed the speed and now he’s won at one and he’s won a championship before. He’s going to be a tough guy to beat at Homestead.”
–former MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES champion & NASCAR RACE HUB analyst Brad Keselowski (on NASCAR RACE HUB)

On which driver or team has the most work to do headed into the off-season:
“Although they have a player in the Championship 4, Team Penske has the most work to do. They’re adding a third team with Ryan Blaney. Since everything went down at Richmond in the spring, related or not, things have been a little dismal for that organization, although Brad Keselowski is in the hunt for the title. But if I had to choose just one car, it’s the No. 48 car.”
–Larry McReynolds

On what Dale Earnhardt Jr. has meant to NASCAR over his career:
“For his father’s fans, Dale Jr. became a rallying point, a tangible healing, early in his Cup Series career. Afterward, for Dale Jr.’s generation of drivers, he became the representation of their rise to prominence as the sport’s veteran stars aged out. And for everyone, Dale Jr. became the personification of Ken Squier’s brilliant, famous description of elite racers — ‘Common men, accomplishing uncommon deeds behind the wheel.’”
–Mike Joy

On the favorite to win the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES title Friday night:
“It’s so difficult to predict the champion because so much can transpire during a race to change its trajectory. It’s hard to go against (Johnny) Sauter who has the hot hand with back-to-back wins, but the best team over the course of the entire season has been Christopher Bell and the No. 4 team. After what happened to crew chief Rudy Fugle and this group last year with William Byron, you almost feel as if they’re owed one.”
–Vince Welch

On the possibility of Johnny Sauter winning the championship and joining an elite group of Truck Series drivers (Ron Hornaday Jr. (4), Jack Sprague (3), Todd Bodine (2) and Matt Crafton (2)) who have won multiple series championships:
“Johnny Sauter has a pretty good shot at winning the championship. He loves Homestead and the track really suits his driving style with its low grip. He has been good on mile-and-a-half tracks for a long time. Last year, he had a great truck there and finished second to win the championship. But he has to go through Christopher Bell, who beat him there last year. Bell will be tough, but Sauter has a pretty good shot.”
–Todd Bodine

On the key to winning the Truck Series championship:
“The key is to be mistake free or close to it. Avoid any missteps during practice and qualifying to set a confident tone for the race. Then when the green drops, you must execute. The driver must be aggressive while not stepping over the line. The pit crew must perform efficient stops. And if it comes down to a key decision, the crew chief must be spot-on. And a little luck won’t hurt.”
–Vince Welch

On Austin Cindric’s season and championship hopes:
“Talk about a tale of two seasons. In the first half of the year, he had an average finish of 18.2, but in the second half of the year (leading into Phoenix), they had a 7.1, so they’ve got it going on. This kid is getting it done when it counts. He’s calm, cool and collected and has a lot of confidence.”
–Todd Bodine

On any surprises in the Championship 4:
“If there’s a surprise, you’d have to say it’s Austin Cindric. Considering his lack of stock-car-type racing experience and the challenge of his team shutting down at season’s end, to be at Miami with a chance to win the title is impressive. He has continued to improve each week. I’d call him the longest shot of the four, but at least he’s got a shot.”
–Vince Welch

On the 2018 Truck Series season:
“There have so many good stories and examples of success during this season — not just the four racing for a championship. We’ve had four first-time winners, shocking moments and late race drama. There have been tears of joy and tears of pain. The beauty of live sports is you never know what’s going to happen next. On a personal level, I enjoy the intensity of competition and witnessing how teams handle the emotional rollercoaster of a 23-race season. It’s rewarding seeing drivers and teams make improvement during the course of the season. The Truck Series embodies so many aspects of what’s good about the great sport of racing.”
–Vince Welch

(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Friday, Nov. 17
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES final practice (10:00-11:00 AM ET) (FS1)
NCWTS SETUP (7:30-8:00 PM ET) (FS1)

Sunday, Nov. 19
NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM-1:30 PM ET) (FS1)
NASCAR VICTORY LANE (9:30-10:00 PM ET) (FS1) (delayed)


Bruce Arena Joins FOX Sports as Analyst for USA-Portugal

Former U.S. Men’s National Team coach Bruce Arena joins FOX Sports as a studio analyst for FS1’s presentation of the USA-Portugal international friendly on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Studio coverage begins at 3:30 PM ET.

Arena makes his first studio appearance since the USA’s World Cup elimination, joining host Rob Stone and U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Alexi Lalas for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage. Once the action begins on the field, John Strong calls the match alongside former U.S. MNT midfielder Stu Holden (3:45 PM ET).

John Strong and Stu Holden in the Booth

No. 1 Ranked U.S. Women’s National Team and U.S. Men’s National Team Close Out 2017 Campaigns on FS1

LOS ANGELES, CA – The U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Teams close out their 2017 slates on FS1 Sunday, Nov. 12 and Tuesday, Nov. 14 respectively.

Jill Ellis’ No.1-ranked U.S. WNT battles No. 5-ranked Canada in an international friendly at 9:00 PM ET on FS1. Katie Witham hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage from a field-level set at Avaya Stadium alongside former U.S. WNT midfielder Leslie Osborne. Renowned broadcaster JP Dellacamera calls the match live alongside two-time U.S. WNT Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Wagner, with Witham reporting from the sideline.

Two days later, the U.S. MNT squares off against No. 3 ranked Portugal in an international friendly at Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa in Leiria, Portugal. Studio coverage begins at 3:30 PM ET on FS1 with host Rob Stone and U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Alexi Lalas. Play-by-play announcer John Strong calls the match alongside former U.S. MNT midfielder Stu Holden.

All FOX soccer matches can be live streamed via FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer Match Pass. FOX Sports GO is available on or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming is also now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.


Big Ten and Big 12 Championship Races Play Out Saturday on FOX

No. 5 Oklahoma Hosts No. 6 TCU in Prime Time with Playoff Implications on the Line
No. 12 Michigan State Visits No. 13 Ohio State in Crucial Big Ten East Showdown at Noon ET

NEW YORK, NY – Major matchups in the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences hit the gridiron on the FOX broadcast network Saturday, Nov. 11, highlighted by a primetime showdown between No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 TCU at 8:00 PM ET. FOX Sports’ lead college football game crew, play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Jenny Taft, call the action in Norman, Okla., as top Heisman Trophy contender Baker Mayfield looks to give his Sooners an edge in the conference standings and playoff rankings, while Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs look for another signature win to add to their resume.

Kicking off a tripleheader of FOX college football Saturday at 12:00 PM ET, the Big Ten East once again goes through Columbus, Ohio, as No. 13 Ohio State hosts No. 12 Michigan State with the winner taking over first place in the division. Play-by-play announcer Joe Davis, analyst Brady Quinn and sideline reporter Bruce Feldman have the call live from The Horseshoe.

FOX Sports’ college football coverage kicks off Saturday at 11:00 AM ET on FOX and FS1 with an hour-long edition of FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME. FOX Sports is proud to host several members of our nation’s military in studio during its Saturday coverage hosted by Rob Stone with analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt. Saturday’s pregame includes a special feature on UCF walk-on and decorated U.S. Army veteran Rory Coleman who enlisted in 2010 and was deployed to Afghanistan. A front line medic, Coleman was caught in a grenade blast in 2011 and went into a coma for nine days before finishing his enlistment. After his tour, “Captain America,” as his father calls him, walked on at UCF and has contributed to the undefeated Knights on special teams and as a leader in the locker room.

This week’s full schedule of games on FOX, FS1, FSN and BTN, which kicks off Friday with another edition of “Pac-12 After Dark” between No. 9 Washington and Stanford, can be found HERE.

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Three-Time Pro Bowler Greg Olsen Teams with FOX Sports as NFL Game Analyst

NEW YORK, NY – On the heels of pairing the NFL’s most famous twins, Tiki and Ronde Barber, in the broadcast booth earlier this season, FOX Sports furthers its commitment to bringing insightful voices to its game coverage by adding current Carolina Panther tight end Greg Olsen Sunday, Nov. 19 as game analyst. The announcement was made today by John Entz, FOX Sports President of Production & Executive Producer.

“We are really looking forward to having Greg join our coverage,” Entz said. “As a current player, his unique insight and knowledge of today’s game and players provides a great addition to our broadcast.”

Olsen joins Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver, as the Los Angeles Rams visit the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The addition of Olsen to the broadcast booth occurs for one game only, Week 11, during his team’s bye week. This marks the third time in the network’s history that an active NFL player steps into the booth as a full game analyst during the regular season, succeeding Matt Hasselbeck (2014) and Marcus Allen (1994).

“It’s going to be a little strange making the transition from the field to the broadcast booth this week, but I’m really pumped to take on the challenge,” Olsen said.

Olsen was selected by the Chicago Bears in the 2007 NFL Draft as the 31st pick overall. After four strong seasons, he was traded to the Carolina Panthers in 2011. Quickly establishing a name for himself in North Carolina, Olsen played a key role in the Panthers’ Super Bowl 50 berth against the Denver Broncos. To date, Olsen has made three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances and is the first tight end to record three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

Daniel Cormier and Kenny Florian

UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Florian Picks Pettis Over Poirier

Pettis on fighting Poirier: “This time I’m going for the kill.”
Cormier on GSP’s next fight: “I’d like to see GSP fight Woodley next.”

NEW YORK, NY – UFC TONIGHT was hosted by Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier, with Karyn Bryant adding reports. The crew recapped UFC 217, previewed the upcoming FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: POIRIER VS. PETTIS and caught up with Dustin Poirier, Anthony Pettis, and Matt Brown.

UFC TONIGHT host Daniel Cormier on Georges St-Pierre’s victory at UFC 217: “First off, how big did he look? He looked huge in there. And the superman jab was back. His skills were still there, his fight IQ was there and to finish Bisping, that’s very difficult to do. He deserved the win.”

UFC TONIGHT Kenny Florian on GSP winning the middleweight belt: “This was vintage Georges St-Pierre, but he did up a weight class and he did it against Bisping, who keeps a very active pace and never gets finished. Georges mixed variety and takedowns and got the submission win. It’s amazing that he came back after four years and got finish over the champion. We’ve seen crazy comebacks, but after four years, this is just mind-blowing.”

Cormier on Tyron Woodley calling out GSP after UFC 217: “Be very careful saying stuff like Boogie man – it didn’t work out well for Joanna when she did it. But I think Georges should have fought Woodley at 170. It’s his weight class. I felt like he was a little slower at 185 and his athleticism was a little off because of all the muscle. I’d like to see GSP fight Woodley next. It would allow Tyron to fight the guy who vacated the title that he has now. It makes all the sense in the world.”

Florian on if GSP will fight again: “I don’t think any options raise the legacy of GSP. What gets better than being champ, walking away, and then coming back after four years to win the middleweight title. I want to see him fight again, but I don’t know what any of those potential fights do for him?”

VIDEO: Who should GSP fight next? Tyron says he’ll go up to 185. Should he? DC and Kenny weigh in!

Cormier on what TJ Dillashaw did to win the belt: “The adjustments that TJ made was key. In round one, Cody was waiting and countered him. In the second round, TJ’s coach told him more kicks and that’s what won it for him. TJ has always been one of the best. Saturday he proved leaving Team Alpha Male was good move because now he’s the champion again.”

Florian on if Dillashaw should fight Demetrious Johnson next: “I think Demetrious is the fight I want to see. It helps Demetrious as well. TJ is very vocal about wanting it. If you beat Demetrious, who’s considered one of the pound-for-pound best, that’ll raise TJ’s status. Both guys need this fight. It would be a really big fight for the lower weight classes.”

Cormier on Dillashaw vs. Johnson: “What if TJ goes down and wins at 125? Will he defend that belt? TJ ain’t defending at both weights. It would just make it really hard. Let them fight at 130 pounds, with no belt on the line. It won’t hold up either division. Who wants to work with Dominick Cruz if he’s waiting on a fight? Not us.”

VIDEO: Who should TJ Dillashaw fight next? DC and Kenny decide!

Florian breaks down Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier: “Pettis is a master of deception. He mixes things up and then baits you with something, then gets you to bite and takes you out. He goes low, checks out what you do and then goes upstairs. With this fight, I want to see who’s going to lead the dance. Both are exciting fighters. Pettis has to keep Poirier in the kicking range.”

Cormier on Poirier and Pettis’s skills: “Poirier starts fast with his left hand. He hasn’t seen the level that Pettis has. When Pettis was the star, he was mixing everything up. He’s known for his standup, but when he gets guys hurt, he can finish them with submissions.”

Cormier on Poirier’s keys to victory: “He starts fast with his strong left hand. He’s known for his standup. Key one is to get in boxing range. He’s a powerful striker and has to be in range to land them. Second, he’s got to apply pressure and close the distance. That will be important to take out Anthony’s kicks.”

Florian on Pettis’ keys to victory: “He’s as creative as it gets and has knockout power on the feet and finishing ability on the ground. Key number one is to use his creativity. He needs space to move and use his skills. Key two, he needs to get into kicking range. He’s one of the best when he keeps his opponents on the outside.”

Cormier picks Poirier while Florian picks Pettis to win. Says Florian: “I think Pettis gets it done by decision. It’s going to be a close one.”

Dustin Poirier on how he’ll fight Pettis: “I’ve been working on my wrestling at American Top Team. I feel like that’s his biggest hole in his game. We know he has amazing kickboxing.”

Poirier on why he’s stumbled in big fights: “A lot of that is overthinking, over caring. I have to go out there and just have fun. I’m going to go in there and show the world what I do.”

Poirier on if he’d face James Vick next after his callout: “He deserves a guy of our caliber after his win. But I feel like I’m one win away from the title. I want the winner of Alvarez – Gaethje or Khabib vs. Barboza.”

VIDEO: Dustin Poirier Interview

Anthony Pettis on his keys to beating Poirier: “I’ve got to put him on his heels. I can’t let him move forward. He’s a slow starter. He can’t put me and my back against the cage, so for us put him on his heels and punish him is really important.”

Pettis on Poirier’s style: “He’s a southpaw but doesn’t throw too many kicks. I’m ready to expose his mistakes. Last fight I played it safe, but this time I’m going for the kill.”

Pettis on getting back to the title: “It’s a long road. There are so many good guys. I’m excited to feel the way I do. I’m ready to go.”

Pettis on moving back from 145 to 155: “My goal was becoming a champion in two weight classes. But I can’t make the weight. I’m ready to go out there and show people what I can do.”

Pettis on what advice he gives his brother: “I tell him to take his time. The UFC wants to push him fast. Their job is to create challengers, not champions. So I tell him to take his time. And hold on to it a long time.”

VIDEO: Anthony Pettis interview

Matt Brown on why he’s thinking this is his retirement fight: “The number one thing is whether I have the motivation to have another championship run. I got really close with Lawler. I don’t want to be a journeyman. I don’t want to be just fighting for money and fighting to fight. In my mind, it’s about do I have the hunger to get back to the top?”

Brown on if he’s prepared for Saturday’s fight with Diego Sanchez: “I still have the hunger to fight. I think this is my retirement fight. I think every fighter goes through some introspection and questions at the end. I’m feeling great. My injuries are gone. My mind is clear. I have motivation and my hunger is back. If I can continue it, I will keep fighting. But if not, I’m not going to keep fighting just for the money.”

Brown on how he wants to end the fight: “I don’t have any specific ways I want the fight to go. I can go in there and accept anything that happens. I’m going to defeat him in any way I can. I don’t worry about what happens. He needs to worry about what happens.”

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UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Florian Picks Pettis Over Poirier (157 kB, last updated November 2017)