Month: March 2020

FONTANA, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 01: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Cincinnati Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 01, 2020 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

FOX NASCAR at Phoenix Raceway Quotes and Programming Schedule

NASCAR CUP SERIES Live on FOX Sunday; NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Saturday on FS1 from Phoenix
Bowyer & Logano Pair up to Call Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR heads to Phoenix Raceway this weekend for the fourth race of the NASCAR CUP SERIES season on Sunday, March 8 (3:30 PM ET on FOX), preceded by the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race (Saturday at 4:00 PM ET on FS1).

Below are programming details, the weekend’s on-air broadcaster roster and quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Jeff Gordon, Larry McReynolds and Jamie McMurray and play-by-play announcer Mike Joy on Alex Bowman’s win last weekend at Auto Club Speedway and the weekend ahead:

EXPANDED “WOMEN IN WHEELS” SPECIAL AIRS ON NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY WITH SPECIAL LOOK AT THREE EXECUTIVES IN NASCAR:
“Women in Wheels,” a popular NASCAR RACE HUB series hosted by Kaitlyn Vincie, continues Friday, March 6 (6:30 PM ET on FS1) with a special 30-minute show hosted by Shannon Spake, Vincie and Jamie Little. In conjunction with the March celebration of Women’s History Month, the three FOX NASCAR broadcasters sit down with top female executives of Richard Childress Racing sponsors Dow (Jane Palmieri), Caterpillar (Victoria Morrissey) and Growth Energy (Emily Skor), to explore ways in which each are impacting their industries and driving success for their businesses through NASCAR team partnerships.

NASCAR CUP SERIES
• Date/Time: Sunday, March 8 (3:30 PM ET)
• Network: FOX
• Announcers: Mike Joy, Hall of Famer and four-time champion Jeff Gordon and two-time Daytona 500-winning crew chief Larry McReynolds
• Pit reporters: Jamie Little, Regan Smith, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum; roving reporter Michael Waltrip
• Prerace: NASCAR RACEDAY (3:00-3:30 PM ET on FOX); hosted by Shannon Spake (Charlotte) and Adam Alexander (Phoenix); McReynolds (Charlotte) and Gordon (Phoenix); Waltrip (Phoenix)
• NASCAR RACEDAY (2:00-3:00 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Spake with McReynolds and Jamie McMurray
• Hosts: Spake and McReynolds

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
• Date/Time: Saturday, March 7 (4:00 PM ET)
• Network: FS1
• Announcers: Adam Alexander; analysts Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano
• Pit reporters: Jamie Little and Vince Welch
• Prerace: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (3:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Shannon Spake and analysts Larry McReynolds and Jamie McMurray
• Hosts: Spake, McReynolds and McMurray

FOX NASCAR QUOTES:

MIKE JOY SAYS ALEX BOWMAN HAS COME A LONG WAY IN HIS CAREER
“Five years ago, Alex Bowman was a young journeyman driver dreaming of making it in the Cup Series, thinking the call from a top team owner would never come. Well, fate and circumstances played into his hands, and now he is a two-time winner in the Cup Series.”

JEFF GORDON SAYS SUNDAY’S WIN COULD BE A CONFIDENCE BOOST FOR BOWMAN
“This is really going to build Alex Bowman’s confidence, as well as his stock in the sport. This is a guy who has had a real up and down career. He was really successful early on in some open wheel cars, had a bad injury he had to recover from and then was working his way back to the Cup Series – his dream – but never got that call, that quality ride. Then all of a sudden, Dale Earnhardt Jr. said, ‘Someone needs to give this guy a shot.’ Rick Hendrick gave him that opportunity and here he is with two wins under his belt in the last year-and-a-half in the Cup Series. The way I see it, the way this team is running right now, many more to come.”

LARRY MCREYNOLDS THINKS SUNDAY’S WIN COULD BE THE BEGINNING OF MULTIPLE WINS FOR BOWMAN
“I see the possibility of him winning more races this year. His two wins have come at worn-out tracks – Chicagoland Speedway last year and now Auto Club Speedway. I think about the next mile-and-a-half tracks — worn-out Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead, so it could happen soon.”

JAMIE MCMURRAY WILL BE WATCHING ALEX BOWMAN AND RYAN BLANEY AT PHOENIX
“I think Alex Bowman and Ryan Blaney will be two of the guys you have to beat to win the race this weekend. Those guys are going to be able to win at about any type of track – a road course, a short track, whatever.”

MCMURRAY CREDITS A TEAM EFFORT FOR BOWMAN’S SUCCESS
“It takes everything to win at this level. The best example was Las Vegas. We saw Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin — guys who won multiple races last year — their cars aren’t there this year. They struggled. So, it takes every one of those things – driver, crew chief and manufacturer — to work. Clearly, the new Chevy body is a huge improvement for that camp.”

MCMURRAY ACKNOWLEDGES FRUSTRATION WITHIN THE JOE GIBBS RACING CAMP THIS SEASON
“The one thing I heard all the Gibbs drivers say was they felt like their cars were really slow on the straightaway, which sounds like they have a lot of drag to make them handle well. I think they’ll get that figured out. We’re going to Phoenix this weekend, which is a different rules package. Drag isn’t going to matter. It’s about how much downforce you can put in the car, and this weekend could turn their season around. They’ll get the other part figured out soon enough.”

FOX NASCAR AT PHOENIX RACEWAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Friday, March 6
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (2:30-3:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (3:30-4:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (4:30-5:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES final practice (5:00-5:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (5:30-6:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WOMEN IN WHEELS SPECIAL (6:30-7:00 PM) (FS1)
ARCA MENARDS SERIES race (7:00-9:00 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, March 7
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (1:00-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (2:00-2:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (2:30-3:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (3:30-4:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race (4:00-6:30 PM) (FS1)

Sunday, March 8
NASCAR RACEDAY (2:00-3:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY (3:00-3:30 PM) (FOX)
NASCAR CUP SERIES race (3:30-7:00 PM) (FOX)

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Heavyweight Contender Dominic Breazeale Joins Kate Abdo for Friday’s FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT: Adam Kownacki vs. Robert Helenius Coverage

FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT Features Exciting WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator between Adam Kownacki and Robert Helenius
Former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis, Legendary Trainer Joe Goossen and Brian Kenny Call Fights Saturday on FOX

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale serves as an analyst with host Kate Abdo for the FOX PBC WEIGH-IN on FS2 Friday, March 6 (1:00 PM ET).

On Saturday, March 7, FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT (8:00 PM ET) features undefeated Polish star and Brooklyn native Adam Kownacki looking to thrill his hometown crowd when he takes on Robert Helenius in a 12-round WBA Heavyweight Title eliminator in the main event live on FOX and FOX Deportes from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Breazeale has served as a FOX Sports PBC desk analyst last year and has a keen interest in the fights Saturday night. “I’m excited to watch the night of heavyweights on FOX as any of these guys could be a future opponent,” he says. “Working as a FOX analyst definitely gives me a different perspective and I’m always eager to share my boxing opinions to help educate viewers.”

Leading up to the fights, INSIDE PBC BOXING premieres on FS1 Wednesday at 11:30 PM ET, featuring host Abdo and analysts Shawn Porter and Abner Mares as they preview the night of heavyweights and interview Kownacki.

Below is programming information, the week’s on-air broadcaster roster and fight card lineup:

INSIDE PBC BOXING
• Network: FS1
• Date/Time: Wednesday, March 4 (11:30 PM ET)
• Studio Announcers: Host Kate Abdo, analysts Shawn Porter and Abner Mares

FOX PBC WEIGH-IN
• Network: FS2, FOX Deportes
• Date/Time: Friday, March 6 (1:00 PM ET)
• Studio Announcers: Host Kate Abdo, analyst Dominic Breazeale
• Weigh-in Announcer: Jimmy Lennon Jr.
• Reporter: Heidi Androl

FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT: ADAM KOWNACKI VS. ROBERT HELENIUS
• Network: FOX, FOX Deportes
• Date/Time: Saturday, March 7 (8:00 PM ET)
• Announcers: Brian Kenny, Lennox Lewis, Joe Goossen
• Reporter: Heidi Androl
• Unofficial Scorer: Larry Hazzard Sr.
• Ring Announcer: Jimmy Lennon Jr.
• FOX Deportes: Jessi Losada, Jaime Motta
• Digital: FOX Sports App, FOX Now, FOXSports.com
• SiriusXM: FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83
• Social: @PBConFOX, #PBConFOX, #KownackiHelenius
• Bouts:
• Frank Sánchez (14-0, 11 KOs) vs. Joey Dawejko (29-7-4, 11 KOs), 10 Rounds, Heavyweight
• Efe Ajagba (12-0, 10 KOs) vs. Razvan Cojanu (17-6, 9 KOs), 10 Rounds, Heavyweight
• Adam Kownacki (20-0, 15 KOs) vs. Robert Helenius (29-3, 18 KOs), 12 Rounds, WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator