Month: February 2018

Daniel Cormier

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Cormier Joins Rogan and Anik to Call UFC 222: CYBORG VS. KUNITSKAYA

Today, FOX Sports announces UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier joins fellow analyst Joe Rogan and blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik to call UFC 222: CYBORG VS. KUNITSKAYA live from Las Vegas on FS1 and FOX Sports GO Saturday, March 3 (8:00 PM ET). Reporter Megan Olivi interviews fighters on-site. UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum, Marlon “Chito” Vera and Victor Davila call the Spanish language telecast on FOX Deportes.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, veteran MMA analyst Jimmy Smith and lead UFC host Karyn Bryant are on the FOX Sports desk in the Los Angeles studio for UFC 221 programming on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3.

At UFC 222, Brazilian superstar Cris Cyborg (19-1, 1NC) defends her UFC women’s featherweight crown against Russian knockout artist Yana Kunitskaya (10-3). The UFC champion at 145 pounds, Cyborg made her case as one of the greatest female fighters ever in December with her five-round win over former world titleholder Holly Holm. Now the 32-year-old from Curitiba looks to extend her remarkable unbeaten streak to 21 when she battles Kunitskaya. The 28-year-old former Invicta FC bantamweight champion now has the opportunity of a lifetime in front of her as she takes on Cyborg, with a chance to add UFC gold to her collection.

“Kunitskaya has some crazy kicks and she mixes up the combinations, but let’s be honest – Cyborg is looking as untouchable as ever,” says FOX UFC analyst Dominick Cruz. “I don’t know how well it’s going to go for Kunitskaya, but hopefully she has a chin because she’s going to have to take some damage to inflict some damage. No matter what, you’re in a barnburner with Cyborg.” Watch the UFC 222 preview from last Saturday’s FS1 UFC POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

FOX Sports begins its UFC 222 coverage with the UFC 222 WEIGH-IN SHOW on Friday, March 2 (7:00 PM ET) on FS2 and FOX Sports GO with host Bryant and analysts Evans and Smith previewing the upcoming bouts. Olivi interviews fighters onsite in Las Vegas.

Saturday’s programming begins with the UFC 222 PREFIGHT SHOW on FS1 and FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET) as Bryant, Evans and Smith break down the evening’s fights, while Olivi adds reports.

The two-hour UFC 222 PRELIMS continue on FS1, FOX Sports GO and FOX Deportes at 8:00 PM ET and feature four action-packed bouts. Strawweight Ashley Yoder (5-3) welcomes decorated jiu-jitsu champion Mackenzie Dern (5-0) in her highly anticipated UFC debut. No. 12-ranked lightweight Beneil Dariush (14-3-1) and Alexander Hernandez (8-1) tangle, while No. 8-ranked bantamweight John Dodson (20-9) and No. 10 Pedro Munhoz (15-2, 1NC) square off at 135 pounds. CB Dollaway (17-9) and Hector Lombard (34-8-1, 2NC) open the PRELIMS with an exciting middleweight bout. The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC 222 POSTFIGHT SHOW, with winner’s interviews and fight analysis.

Leading up to their fights, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and the FOX UFC social pages. All programs are on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

Darrell Waltrip

FOX NASCAR at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Live on FOX Sunday; Plus NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES & NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Live From Las Vegas Friday and Saturday on FS1

Charlotte, NC – NASCAR heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the third race of the season, with FOX Sports set to offer 21 hours of live action from the 1.5-mile oval, which kicks off the three-race “NASCAR Goes West” portion of the 2018 schedule. Below are programming information and quotes from FOX NASCAR analyst and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip on the week’s storylines and the weekend ahead.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

  • Date/Time: Sunday, March 4 (3:30 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
  • Pre-race: MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP PRE-RACE (3:00 PM ET on FOX); hosted by Chris Myers with Michael Waltrip, Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
  • NASCAR RACEDAY (2:00 PM ET on FS1), hosted by John Roberts with analysts Jeff Hammond and Bobby Labonte; pit reporting by Alan Cavanna and Kenny Wallace
  • Hosts: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

  • Date/Time: Saturday, March 3 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip and driver analyst Brad Keselowski
  • Pit reporters: Regan Smith and Matt Yocum
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (3:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Shannon Spake and Larry McReynolds
  • Hosts: Spake and McReynolds

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

  • Date/Time: Friday, March 2 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Vince Welch, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip
  • Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler and Alan Cavanna
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS (8:30 PM ET on FS1), hosted by John Roberts with analysts Todd Bodine and Jeff Hammond

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

On the recent uptick in performance at Stewart-Haas Racing:
“Aric Almirola was in position to win the Daytona 500 and ran pretty well at Atlanta, and with Kevin Harvick’s win, Stewart-Haas Racing is at the top of the heap. Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch also are running well. For a team that switched manufacturers last year and was forced to overcome that hurdle, yet remained competitive, I’d say SHR is the best group out there across the board, from cars to drivers and crews, right now.”
–Darrell Waltrip

On possible performance concerns within the No. 48 team:
“Even though the season is just starting, if I was Jimmie Johnson, I’d be worried. They didn’t just fall into a slump; they’ve been there for a while and don’t seem to be working their way out of it. Once you’re in that situation, your confidence is shaken, despite how many races or championships you have. When you hit a plateau, wins aren’t as easy to come by. Then you throw in the age factor – usually once you are older than 40 or so – and it only works against you. Look no further than Richard Petty and me. Of course, there are some exceptions, such as Mark Martin and even Kevin Harvick right now. But the norm is the older you get, the harder the wins are to come by.”
-Darrell Waltrp

On any “magic age” when a driver isn’t as able to perform at the highest level:
“Look at any athlete in any sport, or even any individual outside sports, and it’s harder for a 40-year-old to compete against a 20-year-old. The reflexes and reactions of a young man are much quicker and more aggressive than someone twice his age — it’s just a fact of life. That doesn’t mean he is washed up or is a ‘has-been.’ It just means he is aging like every single person to walk the face of the earth. Some of those skills diminish, which is evident in the results.”
–Darrell Waltrip

On this weekend’s race at Las Vegas as a litmus test for how a team stacks up for the season:
“We usually say the season really starts at Atlanta, but maybe Atlanta isn’t the best gauge because its surface is so worn-out and not reflective of any other track. Las Vegas really is a better test of how teams will measure up against each other. However, once we get through Auto Club Speedway, we will have run a few more configurations and can better evaluate what everyone’s future will look like this year.”
–Darrell Waltrip

On anything that stands out so far in the 2018 season:
“We have seen quite a bit of driver emotion the first couple of weeks — from Austin Dillon winning the Daytona 500 with a ‘lucky penny’ in his car to spinning through the grass like Dale (Earnhardt Sr.) did, to Kevin Harvick appearing emotional after winning Sunday and holding up three fingers in a salute to Dale, to Bubba Wallace crying in the media center after the Daytona 500. There have been some incredible storylines and storybook endings thus far in 2018, and those situations inevitably draw out the emotion in all of us. Storybook endings produce strong emotional reactions, and it’s been refreshing to see both the past couple of weeks.”
–Darrell Waltrip

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

Friday, March 2
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (2:00-3:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (3:00-4:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (4:00-5:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES final practice (5:00-6:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES qualifying (6:00-7:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (7:00-8:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS (8:30-9:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Racing (9:00-11:00 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, March 3
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (12:00-1:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (1:00-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (2:00-2:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (2:30-3:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (3:30-4:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Racing (4:00-7:00 PM) (FS1)

Sunday, March 4
NASCAR RACEDAY (2:00-3:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP PRE-RACE (3:00-3:30 PM) (FOX)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (3:30-7:00 PM) (FOX)

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FS1 Celebrates a College Basketball Legend THE MAESTRO: THE ROLLIE MASSIMINO STORY

Hour-Long Original Documentary Chronicles Massimino’s Final Season Coaching NAIA Division II Keiser University

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports pays tribute to one of college basketball’s all-time great coaches with a new original documentary, THE MAESTRO: THE ROLLIE MASSIMINO STORY, debuting Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 11:00 PM ET on FS1 following the Seton Hall at Villanova college basketball game. THE MAESTRO chronicles former NCAA Champion coach Rollie Massimino’s final season with Keiser University, an NAIA Division II program, while he battled brain and lung cancer.

THE MAESTRO: THE ROLLIE MASSIMINO STORY is produced by FOX Sports and Point Road Productions, led by Billy Raftery (son of FOX Sports college basketball analyst Bill Raftery), NBA veteran Grant Hill, college basketball personality Jay Bilas and Olivia Zimmerman.

The late Massimino, who led his Villanova team to victory over Georgetown for the 1985 NCAA Championship, created a family atmosphere among his staff and players at Keiser, where he spent the last 11 years of his career, teaching lessons that extended far beyond the basketball court. Not only did Massimino live with his assistant coaches and invite his players over for Thanksgiving dinner, he focused on graduation – an accomplishment he revered above anything on the court. THE MAESTRO highlights these important relationships, focusing on one of Coach Mass’s lifelong lessons: “When adversity strikes, the true guy comes out.”

THE MAESTRO also captures both the highs and lows of Massimino’s final year as a coach before he passed away on August 30, 2017. During the 2016-17 season and his team’s battle to qualify for the NAIA Tournament, Massimino earned his 800th career win but also dealt with the disappointment of not being selected for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. However, the relationships and personal successes of his players drove Massimino to continue his long and storied coaching career.

 

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FOX Sports Announces South By Southwest® Venue and Full Schedule of Events Celebrating The Beautiful Game

FOX Sports House will host experiences March 9-12, connected to the upcoming World Cup™; joined by
MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen’s Gordon Ramsay, FOX Sports’ Alexi Lalas, Rob Stone, Stu Holden and Rachel Bonnetta along with influential executive innovators from FOX and other major brands

FEBRUARY 26, 2018 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – The FOX Sports House opens March 9-12 at the 2018 South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals. With its sights on the World Cup™, FOX Sports kicks off a celebration of soccer at one of the world’s biggest interactive showcases for sports, innovation and the arts.

Highlights include the SXSW® Sports Kickoff party, FOX Sports talent-hosted panel conversations with influential sports innovation voices, the groundbreaking PHENOMS documentary series launch and recognition of the Nossa Chape documentary’s film festival debut.

All event information and RSVP information can be found here: https://foxsportshouse.splashthat.com/. The full schedule is as follows and is subject to change:

Friday, March 9:
The FOX Sports House is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Each day has different programming and events. Throughout each day, the house will offer DJ sets, food, drinks, and more. Rachel Bonnetta will also host a daily preview of her Twitter show that’s set to officially air in Moscow during this summer’s World Cup™.

FOX Sports House Open House
Location: 318 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
About: The FOX Sports House kicks off the brand’s World Cup™ with a celebration featuring special guests, food, drinks and entertainment. The FOX Sports House is open to all SXSW® attendees.

South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Sports Kickoff Party
Location: 318 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
7:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m.
About: FOX Sports will host the official SXSW® Sports Kickoff Party on Friday, March 9th from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m, kicking of the festival’s celebration of sports and innovation. A little less than 100 days out from the World Cup™, the brand’s FOX Sports House serves as an immersive homage to the beautiful game’s biggest global moment. On Friday night, guests can enjoy tattoo artists, interactive photography, and music as well as tacos, Moscow Mules and a selection of international beers.

Saturday, March 10:
The FOX Sports House hours are 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“Women of FOX Sports” Present: The Art and Science of Social Media
11:30 a.m. (approx. 30-45 mins)
Location: 318 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
About: Join host Rachel Bonnetta (FOX Sports Host), Kendra Bracken-Ferguson (Chief Digital Officer of CAA-GBG) and other influential voices for a discussion on social media influence and its role at the intersection of sport, style and popular culture. The conversation will cover the personalities and strategies that help dictate the constantly evolving present and future social media landscape.

24/7 Viewership and the World Cup™ – Broadcast, Social and “Digital Primetime”
4:00 p.m. (approx. 30-45 mins)
Location: 318 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
About: Moderator Stu Holden (FOX Soccer Analyst) speaks with Kay Madati (Vice President and Global Head of Content Partnerships, Twitter) and Devin Poolman (Executive Vice President, Technology, FOX Sports) about the present/future of creating engaging cross-platform content. With matches and viewers across different time zones this summer, media companies are creating a range of solutions to serve fans throughout the day on every device via TV, digital and social. Topics will also include new details on FOX Sports and Twitter’s live show collaboration during World Cup™ and more.

Sunday, March 11:
FOX Sports House hours: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Nossa Chape Behind-the-Scenes: Connecting Community and Sport through Film
12:30 p.m. (approx. 30-45 mins)
Location: 318 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
About: Rob Stone (FOX Sports Studio Host) will host Gabe Spitzer (Executive Producer, FOX Sports Films) and others involved in the film to discuss the process of creating SXSW® 2018 film selection, NOSSA CHAPE, a film from Jeff and Michael Zimbalist (THE TWO ESCOBARS, PELÉ: THE BIRTH OF A LEGEND) The film chronicles the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense’s tragic 2016 plane crash in Colombia. The film is the third documentary in FOX Sports Films’ new series, MAGNIFY, which leverages sports as a lens for examining important cultural stories.

South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Panel: The World Becomes the World Cup™
3:30 p.m – 4:30 p.m.
Location: JW Marriott, Salon AB, 110 E 2nd Steet

Panelists: Moderator Alexi Lalas (FOX Soccer Analyst), David Neal (Executive Producer, FIFA World Cup on FOX Sports), Aaron Maines (Director of Sports Marketing, adidas) and an additional major brand executive.

About: This summer, the “World Becomes the World Cup™.” FOX Sports, the official English-language tournament broadcaster will roll out its largest production in the network’s 24-year history, connecting to viewers across TV, digital and social. Other elite brands will also vie for awareness, connecting to both the match action and culture that surround the game — a field of play ripe for fresh ideas. U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer and FOX Soccer Analyst, Alexi Lalas will host a discussion of the 360-degree approach to this summer’s World Cup™ with some of the business/brand “players” connecting to the tournament, including 35-time Emmy and Peabody Award Winner, David Neal (Executive Producer, FIFA World Cup on FOX Sports), Aaron Maines who leads Adidas soccer’s U.S. sports marketing and one additional major brand executive.

PHENOMS Launch Event: Seizing the Global Spotlight
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: 318 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
About: Celebrate the launch of FOX Sports’ PHENOMS series with food, drink, series preview and discussion.
Gordon Ramsay (star of FOX’s MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen, 24 Hours to Hell and Back), Mario Melchiot (Executive Producer, PHENOMS; former professional player), Rob Stone (FOX Sports Studio Host) and David Worthen (Executive Producer, PHENOMS; Vice President, FOX Digital Studio) come together to showcase and discuss the beautiful game and its rising stars. PHENOMS is a groundbreaking documentary series, chronicling the journey of world’s next great soccer players on their quests to represent their respective countries in the upcoming World Cup™.

RSVP: phenomslaunchevent.splashthat.com

Monday, March 12:
FOX Sports House hours: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

FOX Sports House Open House
Location: 318 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
About: The FOX Sports House is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. Each day has different programming and events. Throughout each day, the house will offer DJ sets, food, drinks, and more. Rachel Bonnetta will also host a daily preview of her Twitter show, set to officially airs during this summer’s World Cup™.

SXSW® attendees are invited to experience the FOX Sports House throughout the conference by attending the above panels and special events. For more on the FOX Sports House, please visit to keep updated on the event.

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 FOXSports.com 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.

About SXSW®:
SXSW® dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, TX, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features conference programming, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2018 will take place March 9- 18, 2018.

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FOX Sports Embarks on 23rd Consecutive Season as Home to Baseball’s Greatest Events

All-Star Game, National League Division and Championship Series and 114th World Series Highlight Network’s 2018 MLB Coverage

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports, in its 23rd consecutive season of Major League Baseball coverage, sets its schedule for the 2018 MLB season on the FOX broadcast network, FS1 and FOX Deportes. In addition to regular season game telecasts and its nightly in-season baseball-centric studio show, MLB WHIPAROUND on FS1, FOX Sports features baseball’s most coveted events highlighted by the 2018 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard from Nationals Park in Washington, DC, as well as the National League Division Series presented by Doosan and Championship Series airing on FS1, the FOX broadcast network and FOX Deportes, and culminating with the exclusive presentation of baseball’s 114th World Series airing on the FOX broadcast network and FOX Deportes. All games broadcast on FS1 and the FOX broadcast network are streamed live via the FOX Sports GO app and the FOX Sports app for all subscribers of participating video providers.

FOX Sports’ national broadcast schedule showcases the top performing teams of last season, with 66 appearances by 2017 postseason participants. The World Series Champion Houston Astros appear a total of eight times on FOX Sports with the reigning National League Champions Los Angeles Dodgers appearing eight times during the regular season. The New York Yankees also make nine appearances on FOX Sports, and the Chicago Cubs are featured seven times during the 2018 regular season.

In addition, the FOX Sports Regional Networks combine to offer more than 2,300 games and carry exclusive partnerships with 15 teams: Angels, Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Indians, Marlins, Padres, Rangers, Rays, Reds, Royals, Tigers, Twins and Yankees. FOX Deportes, which is in its 22nd year of existence as the first and longest-running Spanish-language sports network in the United States, carries 31 regular season game telecasts.

FOX Sports features two regular season game broadcasts from outside the United States in 2018 as the Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins contest takes place from Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico on April 17th. Additionally, in celebration of the Cinco De Mayo holiday in Mexico, the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the San Diego Padres from Estadio Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico on May 5th.

FS1 televises a full slate of regular season games, beginning with the World Series Champion Houston Astros visiting the Texas Rangers on Saturday, March 31 at 4:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Later that evening, the Milwaukee Brewers take on the San Diego Padres from Petco Park in San Diego, Calif., at 8:30 PM ET on FS1.

The FOX broadcast network carries regionalized action on nine Saturdays in prime time, beginning Saturday, May 26 with three regionalized telecasts featuring the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. New York Yankees; Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians; and San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs, all airing at 7:00 PM ET.

Matchups, times and network(s) are to be determined for the final two Saturdays of the regular season with the exception of the Detroit Tigers vs. Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 PM ET on FS1.

Eric Shanks is President, COO & Executive Producer of FOX Sports. Mark Silverman is President, FOX Sports National Networks. John Entz is President, FOX Sports Production and Executive Producer.

2018 MLB on FOX REGULAR SEASON BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(Note: Schedule Subject to Change – Times Refer to On-Air)

Saturday, March 31
4:00 PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
8:30 PM ET – FS1
Milwaukee Brewers at San Diego Padres

Wednesday, April 4
7:30 PM ET – FS1
St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers

Saturday, April 7
4:00 PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers

Saturday, April 14
4:00 PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Texas Rangers at Houston Astros
7:00 PM ET – FS1
Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals

Tuesday, April 17
7:00 PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins
(San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Saturday, April 21
4:00 PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Cleveland Indians at Baltimore Orioles

Saturday, April 28
4:00 PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals
9:00 PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels

Saturday, May 5
4:00 PM ET – FS1
Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals
7:00 PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
(Monterrey, Mexico)

Thursday, May 10
10:00 PM ET – FS1
Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Angels

Saturday, May 12
4:00 PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Washington Nationals at Arizona Diamondbacks

Tuesday, May 15
8:00 PM ET – FS1
St. Louis Cardinals at Minnesota Twins

Saturday, May 19
1:00 PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Oakland Athletics at Toronto Blue Jays

Saturday, May 26
4:00 PM ET – FS1
Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers
7:00 PM ET – FBC
Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees (FOX Deportes)
Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians
San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs

Saturday, June 2
4:00 PM ET – FS1
Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins
7:00 PM ET – FBC
Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros
Chicago Cubs at New York Mets
Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies (FOX Deportes)

Tuesday, June 5
8:00 PM ET – FS1
Miami Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals

Saturday, June 9
7:00 PM ET – FBC
New York Yankees at New York Mets
Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies

Thursday, June 14
7:00 PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

Saturday, June 16
8:00 PM ET – FBC
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers (FOX Deportes)
Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners

Saturday, June 23
4:00 PM ET – FS1
New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
7:00 PM ET – FBC
Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets (FOX Deportes)
Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros
Seattle Mariners at Boston Red Sox

Saturday, June 26
7:00 PM ET – FS1
Arizona Diamondbacks at Miami Marlins

Saturday, June 30
7:00 PM ET – FBC
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees (FOX Deportes)
Colorado Rookies at Los Angeles Dodgers
Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals

Saturday, July 7
4:00 PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers
7:00 PM ET – FBC
Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels
Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals
Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals

Tuesday, July 10
8:00PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins

Saturday. July 14
7:00PM ET – FBC
New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers (FOX Deportes)
Texas Rangers at Baltimore Orioles

Tuesday, July 17
8:00PM ET – FBC, FOX Deportes
American League at National League
All-Star Game at Nationals Park

Saturday, July 21
7:00PM ET – FBC
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels (FOX Deportes)

Saturday, July 28
4:00PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

Saturday, August 4
4:00PM ET – FS1
New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (FOX Deportes)
7:00PM ET – FS1
Los Angeles Angles at Cleveland Indians

Saturday, August 11
4:00PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs
7:00PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Milwaukee Brewers at Atlanta Braves

Saturday, August 18
4:00PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Indians
7:00PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals

Saturday, August 25
4:00PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Washington Nationals at New York Mets
7:00PM ET– FS1
Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins

Saturday, September 1
4:00PM ET – FS1
Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees
7:00PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians

Tuesday, September 4
8:00PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers

Saturday, September 8
4:00PM ET – FS1, FOX Deportes
Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox

Saturday, September 15
1:00PM ET – FBC
Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals (FOX Deportes)
7:00PM ET – FS1
Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals

Saturday, September 22
1:00PM ET – FBC, FOX Deportes
TBD at TBD
TBD at TBD

Saturday, September 29
1:00PM ET – FBC, FOX Deportes
TBD at TBD
TBD at TBD
7:00PM ET– FS1
Detroit Tigers at Milwaukee Brewers

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18.1 Million Viewers Watch Daytona 500 on FOX

Nielsen Out-of-Home Data Gives 18-34 Demo Viewership Lift
2018 Daytona 500 Delivers Best Streaming Performance Ever For NASCAR Event on FOX Sports GO

CHARLOTTE, NC – With today’s inclusion of Nielsen Media Research out-of-home viewing data, Sunday’s Daytona 500 on FOX averaged 9,781,000 across all platforms, peaking at more than 11.5 million viewers. According to Nielsen, more than 18.1 million viewers watched all or part of the Great American Race.

The Daytona 500, with Austin Dillon scoring a dramatic victory in the iconic No. 3 and newcomer Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. crossing the line second in Richard Petty’s celebrated No. 43, was the highest rated and most-viewed FOX telecast of any kind since the NFC Championship Game in January, and remains the most-watched motor sports event on television.

Out-of-home data inclusion provided a 7.4% lift in the coveted 18-34 demo, the highest percentage increase of any demo.

Race coverage garnered an average-minute audience of 51,004 for the livestream telecast on FOX Sports GO and FOX Now, up 28% over last year’s 39,832, making it the best-performing NASCAR event in FOX Sports GO history.

With more than 700,000 total interactions across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the week of Feb. 13-19, FOX Sports enjoyed 44% year-to year social media growth from 2017’s 499,000.

Finishing with a Nielsen Rating of 5.3/12, top television markets for the race included Greensboro (15.1/27), Greenville (14.3/24), Indianapolis (12.2/22), Charlotte (10.7/21) and Knoxville (10.2/18).

NASCAR racing returns this weekend from Atlanta Motor Speedway, with a NASCAR Xfinity Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 24 (2:00 PM ET/4:30 PM ET on FS1) and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday, Feb. 25 (2:00 PM ET on FOX).

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FOX NASCAR Reporter Cavanna Redefines the Mixing of Business with Pleasure this Weekend at Atlanta

Dual-State Couple Rendezvous in Atlanta during Cavanna’s NASCAR Duties for FOX Sports this Weekend

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX NASCAR reporter Alan Cavanna and his CNN national correspondent wife, Dianne Gallagher, have been married for nearly one year. Unlike most newlyweds, though, their nights at home often require a suitcase – for one.

To further both their careers, Cavanna and Gallagher currently reside in different cities until work permits them a shared zip code. For now, Cavanna, a reporter for FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR RACEDAY and the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES, calls Charlotte, N.C., home. Gallagher, whom he met while working in local TV in Charlotte, is based in Atlanta, site of their next “date night,” compliments of Cavanna’s FOX NASCAR duties at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend.

“We see each other as often as we can, but this is the first time work has brought us together since we got married,” Cavanna said. “We’ve looked forward to the Atlanta race because it will allow us to feel ‘normal’ for a few days — both of us staying in the same place and going off to work in the morning.”

The Atlanta race weekend serves as a bit of a trial run for the geographic logistics of their latest living situation. The reporter duo had the Washington-to-Charlotte commute and its challenges down pat, logging mile after mile whenever possible, even if for only two hours of face time. Now, it’s time to negotiate the Charlotte to Atlanta trek, including the dreaded I-85 route.

“We are just coming off of spending the entire off-season together and trying to figure out how our commute will look with the new racing season,” Cavanna explained. “Now that she is in Atlanta, will we see each other much more than we did when she was in D.C. That means a lot of trips up and down I-85.

“It’s not always easy, but we do what we have to to be together, even it’s just a few hours,” he continued. “One time she was flying through Charlotte on her way to a story. We were only able to see each other on the opposite side of the security rope, but it was worth it.”

Prior to being transferred to Atlanta last October, Gallagher had been based in Washington, D.C., with CNN for two-and-a-half years. Cavanna says the distance comes with the territory, and there were no issues with her relocating either time.

“Although it’s not ideal, it was just natural for her to move both times,” said Cavanna, a Syracuse University grad who has grown to love watching his wife’s alma mater, Tennessee, play football. “We know how that goes in TV, so it never was a surprise because we discussed our career aspirations long ago – me in NASCAR with FOX Sports and her on a network news stage. There never was a question about whether or not she’d take either job. We support each other.”

For Atlanta, that support comes in the form of Cavanna taking her to the race track for the weekend.

“Dianne has been around racing and the folks in the sport because she worked in local TV in Charlotte, but she has never been nearly as immersed as I am on a daily basis,” he said. “She definitely will go to the Cup Series race on Sunday, and if I can coax her into it, I just might get to make the entire weekend a working date night.”

Cavanna and Gallagher met while on work assignment, so it is only fitting their together time sometimes involves business.

“We met when we were both news reporters — she was based in Rock Hill, S.C., and I in Charlotte, and my assignment that day took me there,” Cavanna recalled. “We literally met in a courtroom. I asked to borrow her laptop, hopped onto her Facebook account and ‘friended’ myself from her computer. In retrospect, it sounds a little creepy. But it worked.”

They quickly became friends on and off the social media platform, but that one simple word, ‘work,’ perpetually has played a large role in their relationship ever since.

“Work doesn’t often take us to the same town, but we knew going into this relationship that could be a possibility,” Cavanna said. “Obviously, it’s not an ideal arrangement, but we are making it work. That’s important for both of us at this stage in our lives. We’re happy. After all, as The Killers’ song goes, ‘I won’t shine if you don’t shine.’”

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FOX NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Live on FOX Sunday; NASCAR XFINITY & CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Doubleheader Live on FS1 Saturday from Atlanta
Dillon, Childress & Crew in NASCAR Race Hub Studio Tonight with Young Fan Who Gave Dillon the Lucky Penny Before the Daytona 500

Charlotte, NC – NASCAR heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend for the second race of the season and a unique doubleheader on Saturday, with FOX Sports set to offer 23.5 hours of live action from the 1.5-mile oval. Below are programming information and quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Larry McReynolds, Darrell Waltrip and Regan Smith, plus NASCAR RACE HUB driver analyst Kevin Harvick, on the week’s storylines and the weekend ahead.

NASCAR RACE HUB PROGRAMMING NOTE: On tonight’s NASCAR RACE HUB (6:00 PM ET on FS1), Daytona 500 champions Austin Dillon, Richard Childress, crew chief Justin Alexander, RCR VP of Competition Andy Petree and Dillon’s spotter, Andy Houston, are in the studio. Also joining the RCR team is Jordan Wade, the young fan who gave Dillon the “lucky penny” that Dillon glued to his No. 3 Chevrolet’s dashboard prior to the start of the DAYTONA 500. In addition, NASCAR RACE HUB goes behind-the-scenes of RCR’s victory lunch at the Welcome, N.C. race shop on Wednesday, capturing the moment Wade surprised Dillon at the event.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

  • Date/Time: Sunday, Feb. 25 (2:00 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
  • Pre-race: MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP PRE-RACE (1:30 PM ET on FOX); hosted by Chris Myers with Michael Waltrip, Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
  • NASCAR RACEDAY (12:30 PM ET on FS1): a Shannon Spake sit-down with Bill and Chase Elliott; an Austin Dillon feature reflecting on his Daytona 500 victory; a live interview with Richard Childress; a “Where’s Wallace” segment with Kenny Wallace; and live interviews with Jimmie Johnson and Bubba Wallace
  • Hosts: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

  • Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 24 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip and driver analyst Chase Elliott
  • Pit reporters: Jamie Little and Regan Smith
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (1:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Shannon Spake and Larry McReynolds
  • Hosts: Spake and McReynolds

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

  • Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 24 (4:30 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Vince Welch, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip
  • Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler and Alan Cavanna
  • Post-race: 6:30-7:00 PM (FS1)

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

How far can the momentum of Bubba Wallace’s second-place finish in the Daytona 500 carry him?
“Right now they need sponsorship to make the season, and when you look at what they did in the Daytona 500, they are well on their way to doing that but they have to allow the driver to focus on what he needs to focus on now and not wear him out.”
–Kevin Harvick on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB

What will you be watching for this weekend at Atlanta?
“I think we could see an excessive number of speeding penalties with teams putting pressure on the driver to get in and get out of the pits and help them out with track position.”
–Darrell Waltrip

“If there’s any race that a driver finds out right out of the box if he’s in shape or not, it’s Atlanta. You’re up on the wheel, sawing on it all day long, and it’s exhausting. There will be some tired drivers on Sunday.”
–Regan Smith

Once a driver wins a race and qualifies for the playoffs, how does he manage the remainder of the season?
“When we won our Daytona 500 (in 2007), we didn’t win another points-paying race for the whole year. Winning the Daytona 500 can make your whole year. It almost doesn’t matter what you do the rest of the year. You obviously want to go out and win and continue the momentum you have, but even if you don’t, you still are the Daytona 500 champion for that year.”
–Kevin Harvick on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB

“I’ve seen both ends of the spectrum. In 1992, when we won with Davey (Allison) and the No. 28 car, it was like we could do no wrong. We were winning and getting top-fives every single week. We won it in 1998 with Dale Earnhardt in the No. 3 car, we looked like we didn’t even know how to load the car in the hauler the next week.”
–Larry McReynolds

What do you think of Andy Petree’s contributions as the new VP of Competition at RCR?
“One man does not carry a magic wand, but I really believe Andy is going to make a difference at Richard Childress Racing. Even before the Daytona 500 win, I think we started seeing it at the end of last season when he was doing some consulting work for RCR.”
–Larry McReynolds

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

Friday, Feb. 23
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (11:30 AM-1:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (1:00-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES practice (2:00-3:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES final practice (3:00-4:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES final practice (4:00-5:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (5:00-6:30 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, Feb. 24
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (9:00-10:30 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES qualifying (10:30 AM-12:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (12:00-1:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (1:30-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Racing (2:00-4:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Racing (4:30-6:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES post-race (6:30-7:00 PM) (FS1)

Sunday, Feb. 25
NASCAR RACEDAY (12:30-1:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP PRE-RACE (1:30-2:00 PM) (FOX)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (2:00-6:00 PM) (FOX)

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UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Cormier and Anik Call Saturday’s FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: EMMETT VS. STEPHENS

Former Champions Cruz and Bisping Serve as Desk Analysts Alongside FOX Host Menefee and FS1 Host Bryant

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier joins blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik to call FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: EMMETT VS. STEPHENS live from Orlando on Saturday, Feb. 24 (8:00 PM ET) on FOX and FOX Sports GO. Victor Davila and Brandon Moreno have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and former middleweight champion Michael Bisping work as desk analysts alongside FOX host Curt Menefee, and lead UFC host Karyn Bryant on FS1 and FS2. Reporter Megan Olivi reports from Orlando for Friday and Saturday’s coverage.

Fresh off big knockout wins, featherweight contenders No. 4 Josh Emmett (13-1) and No. 7 Jeremy Stephens (26-14) travel from California to Orlando to battle it out in a hard-hitting main event. A member of the UFC roster for more than a decade, Stephens is showing his best form yet, as he’s defeated Gilbert Melendez and Dooho Choi in his last two bouts. But Emmett is another fighter surging at the right time, with his December 2017 finish of Ricardo Lamas landing him on several Knockout of the Year lists.

“I’d say there is 100 percent chance of a knockout in this fight. Both swing for the fences. Both are knockout artists,” says FOX Sports UFC analyst Chris Weidman. “They’re not going to stop swinging until someone goes out.” Watch the FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT preview from Sunday’s FS1 UFC POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

FOX Sports UFC programming starts on Wednesday, Feb. 21 with UFC TONIGHT airing at a special time, 7:00 PM ET, on FS2 and FOX Sports GO with host Kenny Florian and guest host Bisping interviewing Stephens about his Saturday headliner. On Friday, Feb. 23 (6:00 PM ET), the UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW begins with Bryant, Cruz and Bisping discussing the fighters, and Olivi reporting on FS2 and FOX Sports Go. The same crew gets things started on Saturday at 5:00 PM ET with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW on FS2, previewing the evening’s fights.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS on FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO begin at 6:00 PM ET with four thrilling bouts. Bantamweight Renan Barao (36-5, 1NC) and Brian Kelleher (18-8) collide. No. 7-ranked bantamweight Sara McMann (11-4) takes on No. 8 Marion Reneau (8-3-1), while No. 14 strawweight Maryna Moroz (8-2) faces Angela Hill (7-4). Plus, Ben Saunders (21-8-2) and Alan Jouban (15-6) open the PRELIMS with a welterweight scrap.

Saturday’s two-hour main card (FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO, 8:00 PM ET), also features No. 2-ranked strawweight Jessica Andrade (17-6) and No. 5 Tecia Torres (10-1). No. 5-ranked light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux (22-10) and No. 8 Ilir Latifi (14-5, 1NC) square off. Plus, Mike Perry (11-2) and Max Griffin (13-4) open the main card with a welterweight bout.

Saturday’s action wraps up with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS1.

Leading up to their fights, UFC fighters Jeremy Stephens and Mike Perry offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and the FOX UFC social pages. All programs are on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NET*
Wednesday, Feb. 21 7:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS2
Friday,

Feb. 23

6:00 PM FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS2
Saturday,

Feb. 24

5:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS2
Saturday,

Feb. 24

6:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FOX / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Feb. 24

8:00 PM FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: EMMETT VS. STEPHENS FOX / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Feb. 24

10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO

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FOX NASCAR Quotes: Harvick, Petty, Blickensderfer & McReynolds on NASCAR Race Hub

FOX NASCAR Analysts McReynolds and Harvick, Richard Petty & Blickensderfer Joined NASCAR RACE HUB Early This Week

Blickensderfer: ‘Now that Daytona is over, we have to let Bubba be Bubba’

Harvick: Bubba Wallace ‘the biggest story that has come out of Speedweeks’


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Just hours following the DAYTONA 500, FOX NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds and driver analyst Kevin Harvick joined FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB co-hosts Adam Alexander and Shannon Spake on Monday to break down the race, won by Austin Dillon in the No. 3 Chevrolet, and its significance. Then on Tuesday, Richard Petty and Drew Blickensderfer, regular Hub analyst and Bubba Wallace’s crew chief, joined the gang to share their thoughts on their driver’s monumental second-place finish. Below are quotes from the episodes:

How do you continue to capitalize on what is Bubba Wallace but also let him have his space?
“It’s tough. Now that Daytona is over, we have to let Bubba be Bubba, and that means Monday through Thursday, he needs to be focused on the next race track. He did his job leading up. He had cameras in his face the entire time. He didn’t really ask for it. It came along with it and he handled it perfectly. Atlanta, Vegas, Phoenix – those aren’t Daytona. So, he has to be focused on the next race track. We gave him the last few days off. He has been home, kind of hanging out. Tomorrow (Wednesday) he’ll come to the shop and we’ll work on Atlanta and we’ll get rolling on our season.”
–Drew Blickensderfer

How has having Bubba Wallace as a part of Richard Petty Motorsports given you a new excitement or outlook on the sport?
“It really has. Starting a new chapter here, moving to a different shop … getting involved with Chevrolet and bringing a new driver on with Bubba. We had some experience with him last year and he kept getting better and better. What I like about him is that he works with the crew so good. He doesn’t tell them how to set the car up. He just says ‘it’s doing this. It’s doing that’ and leaves it up to them. From that standpoint, we got off to a good start. We go to Atlanta and it all starts over. Anytime you go to Daytona, it’s just kind of a gamble deal. You just go run, you never know how good your car is because of circumstances beyond your control. We get to Atlanta and we’re going to find out what’s going on.”
–Richard Petty

You were Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s crew chief when he finally won the 1998 Daytona 500. What were your thoughts when Austin Dillon won the race on Sunday?
“I’ve reminisced about that weekend a lot the past week because so much has been said and done since this year was the 20th anniversary of Earnhardt’s victory there. Whoever would have believed the No. 3 car and Austin Dillon would find Victory Lane on the anniversary.”
–Larry McReynolds

If anyone knows what it’s like to win in the shadow of Dale Earnhardt, it’s you. What was winning the Daytona 500 like for Austin Dillon?
“I can tell you that the first thing he probably wants to do is to realize how important the win was for RCR. With the timing and everything they’ve had happen over the years, it’s very important for RCR that Austin Dillon got to Victory Lane. It’s hard to get out from underneath that shadow. You’ve heard him talk about the 3 car … but they have a different tie to it (No. 3) than what I had to it, with their family and everything they’ve done with the 3.”
–Kevin Harvick

How has Bubba Wallace handled the intense pressure of the past few weeks?
“He has handled it very well. It concerns me a little going forward that they don’t just keep putting that weight on him, because in my opinion, this is the biggest story that has come out of Speedweeks – and the performance that he put up in the qualifying races and in the Daytona 500. Austin Dillon and Richard Childress winning in the No. 3 is a huge story for our sport from a traditional side, but when you look at what Bubba Wallace brings to the sport and the exposure that goes with it, that is the biggest story that came out of Speedweeks.”
–Kevin Harvick

What was most impressive about the No. 43 team as a group?
“Go back to late summer or early fall and they didn’t know what 2018 would hold for them. They have a new driver and made the change from Ford to Chevrolet. They have a new alliance with Richard Childress, and they moved their race shop from Mooresville to Welcome, N.C. And I’ve done this before and it’s no easy task. That’s above and beyond just getting ready for the season and all these races in a row. I was very impressed because they were fast all Speedweeks.”
–Larry McReynolds

In light of the heartbreak Mark Martin experienced when you beat him out for the 2007 Daytona 500 win in a last-lap pass, what are your thoughts on the last lap of Sunday’s Daytona 500 with Austin Dillon and Aric Almirola?
“I don’t think you can blame anyone here because you’re coming to the checkered flag of the Daytona 500. You look at the move that Aric made to block and you look at Austin not lifting and turning Aric. I don’t see where there’s any blame. I don’t know that you can emphasize how important this race is to a driver or team. As you come down to the end, you can argue all day about whether it was good or bad, but you’re just racing to the checkered flag.”
–Kevin Harvick

What are your thoughts on the last lap of the Daytona 500 between Austin Dillon and Aric Almirola?
“Even if I questioned it, and I don’t, I listen to the man who was the victim (Almirola). He gets it. He knows it’s the Daytona 500. We have three restrictor-plate races left this year, and I can almost promise you I will be sitting in the NASCAR Race Hub studio the Monday after talking about blocking.”
–Larry McReynolds