Spake Elevated to Network Race Coverage Host; Vincie Moves from Pit Road to Anchor Chair
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Just hours after NASCAR RACE HUB debuted FOX NASCAR’s brand-new, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose virtual studio in Charlotte (Monday-Thursday at 6:00 PM ET on FS1), FOX Sports finalizes the lineup for its shows emanating from the innovative set with two new faces.
The latest additions to the FOX NASCAR roster are veteran TV hosts Lindsay Czarniak and Sara Walsh, who come aboard as studio hosts for NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION and Thursday NASCAR RACE HUB shows. Czarniak and Walsh, who split weekend hosting duties for FOX NASCAR, have forged similar career paths on their journey to FOX Sports.
Czarniak’s on-air resume includes anchoring “NASCAR Now,” “SportsCenter” and a myriad of other roles while at ESPN. She also served as a pit reporter for NBC Sports’ NASCAR coverage, in addition to her roles as a prerace host and pit reporter for Turner Sports’ NASCAR coverage.
Walsh, a four-time Emmy winner, joined the FOX Sports family for the 2018 NFL season, reporting from the sidelines for several games. She previously spent seven years as a “SportsCenter” anchor, in addition to her time hosting a variety of other sports programs.
Multi-sport broadcaster Shannon Spake continues to expand her on-air resume by hosting FOX NASCAR’s coverage of all MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races. She also anchors NASCAR RACEDAY, FOX Sports’ prerace show for the Cup Series, and NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY, its prerace show for the Xfinity Series.
Joining Spake in the Charlotte virtual studio for the aforementioned programming are FOX NASCAR analysts Larry McReynolds, Jamie McMurray, Ricky Craven, Bobby Labonte, and on occasion, Michael Waltrip and Regan Smith. The group’s insight is integrated into FOX Sports’ live-race coverage from the track, with the on-site FOX NASCAR broadcast booth regularly tossing to McReynolds for in-race, instant 3D analysis of action and storylines unfolding during an event.
Meanwhile, Kaitlyn Vincie steps up with a move from pit road to the prerace anchor chair, hosting NASCAR RACEDAY-NGOTS prior to each NASCAR GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES race, alongside Jeff Hammond and two-time series champion Todd Bodine.
NASCAR RACE HUB
Spake pairs with longtime FOX Sports co-host Adam Alexander to anchor the 11th season of NASCAR RACE HUB (Monday-Thursdays at 6:00 PM ET on FS1), the sport’s most-watched daily show. The 2019 season debut airs Monday, Feb. 4, at 6:00 PM ET on FS1. Offering analysis on the hour-long program are McMurray, McReynolds, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Gordon, Smith and Labonte.
NASCAR RACE HUB features a rotating cast of active drivers and crew chiefs that includes: 2018 NASCAR champion Joey Logano; 2014 champion Kevin Harvick; 2012 champion Brad Keselowski; seven-time champion crew chief Chad Knaus; Austin Dillon; Drew Blickensderfer; David Ragan; and Blake Koch. Craven and championship-winning crew chief Cole Pearn join the Hub stable this season.
Longtime Hub reporters Alan Cavanna and Vincie return with daily reports from NASCAR race shops. NASCAR RACE HUB debuted on FOX Sports’ SPEED in October 2009 and celebrated its 1,500th episode last May. Additionally, veteran motor sports journalist Bob Pockrass joins FOX NASCAR in 2019 as an insider.
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION, hosted by Czarniak and Walsh, continues as a Friday and Saturday fixture on FS1, delivering at-track updates and news as it breaks throughout the course of the race weekend.