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NASCAR ON FOX is a series of NASCAR races airing on Fox Sports and the SPEED Channel since 2001. Image File history File links Poster_nascar. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is now the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... For Fox Sports in Australia see Fox Sports (Australia). ... SPEED Channel, based in Charlotte, NC, was launched on New Years Day 1996, by Roger Werner, as SpeedVision. ... See also: 2000 in sports, other events of 2001, 2002 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Michael Waltrip won the Daytona 500, a race that also saw the death of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt in an unspectacular crash during the...

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Background

On November 11, 1999, a new contract was signed for American television broadcast rights for NASCAR, split between FOX/FX and NBC/TBS (later TNT) beginning in 2001. FOX/FX would cover the first half of the season (from the second race of the season, currently at California Speedway, to the last race before the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, currently at Infineon Raceway) the (Dodge/Save Mart 350). Meanwhile, NBC/TNT would air the second half of the season from the race at Chicagoland Speedway to the season finale (the Ford 400) at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Image File history File links Ad_nascar. ... November 11 is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 50 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... For the animal, see Fox. ... FX (shorter for Fox Extended Networks) is the name of a number of related subscription TV channels owned by News Corporations Fox Entertainment Group. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Turner Broadcasting System logo The Turner Broadcasting System (often abbreviated to Turner or TBS) is the company managing the collection of cable networks and properties started by Ted Turner from the mid-1970s to the late-1990s. ... Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is a cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner and launched with a showing of his favorite film, Gone with the Wind, on October 3, 1988. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2001. ... The California Speedway is a two-mile, low-banked, D-shaped oval superspeedway in Fontana, California, approximately 40 miles east of Los Angeles on the site of the former Kaiser Steel mill. ... The Pepsi 400 is the current name for the 400 mile (approx. ... Daytona International Speedway is a superspeedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... Infineon Raceway, formerly Sears Point Raceway, is a road course and drag strip in the golden hills of northern California, near Sonoma, north of San Francisco. ... The Dodge/Save Mart 350 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event held at Infineon Raceway. ... Chicagoland Speedway is a speedway in Joliet, Illinois, USA, southwest of Chicago. ... The Ford 400 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. ... Homestead-Miami Speedway is a speedway in Homestead, Florida, USA, southwest of Miami. ...


From 2001-2006, FOX alternated coverage of the first and most famous race of the season, the Daytona 500, with FOX getting the odd years and NBC the even ones. For balance, the opposite network would air Daytona's July race, the Pepsi 400. This particular television contract was signed for eight years for FOX/FX and six years for NBC/TNT and was valued at $2.4 billion [1]. In addition to coverage on the Fox Broadcasting Company, the FOX-owned Speed Channel carries the entire Craftsman Truck Series schedule, a contract they bought out from ESPN in October, 2002. The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... The Pepsi 400 is the current name for the 400 mile (approx. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 3. ... For the animal, see Fox. ... Fox logo Fox Entertainment Group is an American entertainment industry company that owns film studios and terrestrial, cable, and direct broadcast satellite television properties. ... SPEED Channel, based in Charlotte, NC, was launched on New Years Day 1996, by Roger Werner, as SpeedVision. ... The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks. ... ESPN (an acronym for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Look up October in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


On December 7, 2005, NASCAR signed a new eight-year, $4.48 billion deal [2] with the Fox Broadcasting Company and SPEED Channel. Also included in the new contract are Disney-owned ABC, ESPN and ESPN2, along with TNT. The contract is scheduled to come into effect in 2007. The rights were split up as such: December 7 is the 341st day (342nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2005. ... For the animal, see Fox. ... SPEED Channel, based in Charlotte, NC, was launched on New Years Day 1996, by Roger Werner, as SpeedVision. ... The Walt Disney Company (more commonly known as Disney; NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... [1] ABC Sports is a division of ABC, responsible for the televising of many sports events on the network. ... ESPN (an acronym for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... ESPN2 debuted on October 1, 1993, as a sister station of ESPN. Nicknamed the deuce, ESPN2 was to be branded as a network for a younger generation of sports fans featuring edgier graphics as well as extreme sports like motocross, snowboarding, and BMX racing. ... Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is a cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner and launched with a showing of his favorite film, Gone with the Wind, on October 3, 1988. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD (or CE) era. ...

  • FOX will carry the Daytona 500 every year and the twelve points races after that. In addition, they will carry the Budweiser Shootout and two Craftsman Truck Series races (the Martinsville spring race, and another to determined).
  • TNT will carry the next six Nextel Cup races including the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
  • ESPN and ABC (through the ESPN on ABC arrangement) will carry the final seventeen Nextel Cup races, with the ten races comprising the Chase for the Nextel Cup airing on ABC airwaves. ESPN will begin the coverage with the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. The entire Busch Series season will be aired primarily on ESPN2, with selected races on ESPN, and ESPN on ABC.
  • SPEED Channel will carry the Gatorade Duel races and the Nextel All-Star Challenge, as well as the entire Craftsman Truck Series season, except for the two races carried by FOX.
  • It is possible that the on-screen graphics will look different next year judging that FOX has new graphics on its NFL coverage.

The Budweiser Shootout is an annual NASCAR Nextel Cup Series exhibition event held at Daytona International Speedway in February, the weekend before the Daytona 500. ... Martinsville Speedway is an International Speedway Corporation-owned NASCAR stock car racing track located in Martinsville, Virginia. ... ESPN on ABC logo, September 2006-Present ESPN on ABC screenshot, HD version. ... The point system used in NASCARs top division, the Nextel Cup Series. ... The Allstate 400 at The Brickyard is an annual 400-mile (644 km) NASCAR Nextel Cup points race held each August at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. ... The Gatorade Duel, formerly known as the Gatorade Twin 125s, is a preliminary event to the Daytona 500 held each February at Daytona International Speedway. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, formerly known as The Winston until 2004, is a race open to race winners from the previous season as well as the current season. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...

Announcers

Studio

NOTE: For Daytona International Speedway, the broadcasters will use the permanent studio located near Gatorade Victory Lane. For other races, a portable mobile studio, nicknamed the Hollywood Hotel, will be brought to the infield, except for races at Martinsville Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. For those races, the studio is positioned outside the track, off the pit exit. Chris Myers is a sports broadcaster who works for numerous media outlets and covers several different sports. ... Dave Despain is a motor sports journalist. ... Jeff Hammond(born on September 9, 1956), is a NASCAR personality. ... Daytona International Speedway is a superspeedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... Martinsville Speedway is an International Speedway Corporation-owned NASCAR stock car racing track located in Martinsville, Virginia. ... Phoenix International Raceway is a one mile tri-oval race track located in Avondale, AZ. It opened in 1964, but wasnt used by NASCAR until 1988, with the first race won by the late Alan Kulwicki. ...


If the race is delayed to a Monday then the "Hollywood Hotel" will be sent to the next race. However if a Saturday night race is rained out to Sunday then the studio will stay. If the Hotel is no longer available, Jeff Hammond can be shifted to fill in a pit reporter's position or analyst's role if necessary. Hammond also did this in 2002 for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway for Steve Byrnes when Byrnes was unable to make it due to his wife going into labor. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The Dodge/Save Mart 350 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event held at Infineon Raceway. ... Infineon Raceway, formerly Sears Point Raceway, is a road course and drag strip in the golden hills of northern California, near Sonoma, north of San Francisco. ... Steve Byrnes (April 14, 1959) is a television announcer and producer associated with NASCAR broadcasting. ...


The mobile pre-race concept led Fox to make the 2006 Fox NFL Sunday pregame show a moving pre-game show with lead play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, who is also the show host, and the three analysts moving from stadium to stadium each week. FOX NFL Sunday is the pregame show for the TV program The NFL on FOX. FOX NFL Sunday debuted in 1994 with hosts Terry Bradshaw, James Brown, Howie Long, and Jimmy Johnson. ... For the fictional character, see Midnight Cowboy. ...


Broadcast Booth

NOTE: For full races on Sunday, Waltrip is positioned initially in the studio for the show's pre-race segments. link titleMike Joy (born November 25, 1949 in Chicago) is a motorsports announcer, who currently serves as the lap-by-lap announcer of FOX Sports NASCAR Nextel Cup coverage. ... Darrell Waltrip in 2003 Darrell Lee Waltrip (born February 5, 1947 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is a three-time former NASCAR Winston Cup champion, the 1989 Daytona 500 winner, and current television race commentator with Fox Broadcasting Company. ... Larry McReynolds on NASCAR Performance, courtesy of flickr contributor Larry McReynolds (born January 10, 1959 in Birmingham, Alabama) was a long time NASCAR crew chief and now is a racing analyst on Fox Sports. ...


Pit Road

  • Dick Berggren
  • Matt Yocum
  • Krista Voda (Will make her debut in 2007.)
  • Steve Byrnes

NOTE: There must be three pit reporters at any time. This became an issue from 2001-2006, when Jeanne Zelasko was reporting on pit road, and only worked into May because of her MLB on Fox coverage duties. For 2007, Voda replaces Zelasko. At the 2002 Dodge / Save Mart 350, Jeff Hammond moved to pit road because Steve Byrnes was excused for family reasons (Karen was hospitalised during her pregnancy), and with just Yocum and Berggren available on pit road, Hammond moved to pit road for the coverage. Steve Byrnes (April 14, 1959) is a television announcer and producer associated with NASCAR broadcasting. ... MLB on FOX is the Fox Broadcasting Companys de facto brand name for their coverage of Major League Baseball. ... Jeff Hammond(born on September 9, 1956), is a NASCAR personality. ... Steve Byrnes (April 14, 1959) is a television announcer and producer associated with NASCAR broadcasting. ...


Pre-Race Segments

The segments of NASCAR on FOX, as of the 2006 season, are as follows:


Opening -- Myers, Hammond, and Waltrip usually sit in the studio at the start of the telecast, discussing the previous race and usually interviewing the race winner or other significant player in the race including but not limited to the polesetter. For this interview, the person in question will have a microphone, and the three in the studio will alternate questions.


'Around the Turn -- Leading to the first break, Myers will tease upcoming segments, including feature stories on drivers, mechanics, or other key characters.


Gas 'N Go -- Inspired by Fox's Rapid Fire on Fox NFL Sunday, Myers asks Hammond and Waltrip questions pertaining to the issues of NASCAR and teams. Each analyst is given between 10 and 30 seconds to answer the questions.


10 Laps With -- This segment features Myers asking a driver questions, some of which are not racing-related, for a more personal look at the driver. These are usually taped during pre-season, and the questions may be zany at times.


Driving Zone -- Waltrip and Hammond drive a two-seat Richard Petty Driving Experience Dodge Charger, usually to explain quirks of a race track, to explain what a driver and crew chief are thinking during the race.


Opening Ceremonies -- The invocation and National Anthem are given. As a result of a 2004 recommendation by Fox director Artie Kempner, NASCAR moved the command to start engines from slightly after opening ceremonies to five minutes after opening ceremonies complete. The rule was Kempner's idea for drivers to participate in the ceremonies and not be in the car for the invocation and anthem.


Criticisms

A growing number of longtime NASCAR fans have begun to grumble about some aspects of NASCAR coverage, despite its use of longtime NASCAR production staff members Neil Goldberg (producer), Pam Miller (pit producer), and Greg Fielden (statistician), who are frequently mentioned on broadcasts by the announcers, and NASCAR Images, which supplies cameramen. Mike Joy often rebuts the criticism when they are put on any message board. The biggest faults (according to a survey on the Speedcouch forum in 2006): link titleMike Joy (born November 25, 1949 in Chicago) is a motorsports announcer, who currently serves as the lap-by-lap announcer of FOX Sports NASCAR Nextel Cup coverage. ...

  • The on-screen ticker showing the full field order of drivers is often incorrect. To that end, Fox introduced "top 10 only," "top 20 only," and "lead lap and free pass car" tickers starting at the 2006 Coca-Cola 600. The tickers are now standard on most motorsports broadcasts in the United States, regardless of the sanctioning body. In response to the complaints, Joy (a Usenet subscriber who responds to many fan messages) responded, "The entire field is fed to the graphics computer at once, and is correct when fed. Because the ticker takes so long to scroll through the entire field, some positions may be incorrect when you see it come across the screen. That's why we have started alternating between full field scrolls and shorter scrolls, which may be top ten, top 20, or lead lap cars. While this isn't as much a factor at the biggest tracks, at some tracks the number of lapped cars and out of race cars is large and their position does not change much . . . The (Coca-Cola) 600 was an experiment with this and we will continue to fine tune it."
  • A conflict of interest involving Waltrip, his brother Michael Waltrip (Nextel Cup driver and truck series analyst), and their ownership of teams associated with Toyota. One forum member called for a disclosure of this relationship during race telecasts. In that situation, Joy responded in 2004 to an e-mail regarding the criticism of the analysts (Waltrip and McReynolds) aligning with Toyota by noting as Toyota was not in the Busch Series or Nextel Cup Series, that Fox did not want a conflict of interest, so they recommended their analysts field a "neutral" brand in the Craftsman Truck Series, as in Toyota. Although Toyota will enter the NEXTEL Cup Series in 2007, with Michael Waltrip, owning three of the teams, there are no plans to remove Darrell from the booth.
  • General complaints regarding an overemphasis on gimmicks and hype instead of actual racing.
  • Preference to covering drivers and teams that have spent the most money in advertising. This dates back to the 2001 Twin 125 races at Daytona International Speedway. On the computer-generated car depictions used in the starting lineup graphics, Fox showed only the logos on the hoods of cars that had paid the network to advertise during the race. Example: Budweiser on the #8 and The Home Depot on the #20 were shown, but Miller Lite on the #2 was not. After outcry from some of the excluded companies, full logo graphics were restored to all cars three days later for the Daytona 500 telecast. After some controversy, the computer-generated cars used initially on the starting grid and top-five standings when going to break were phased out from main broadcast use, entirely discontinued in 2005. While some writers continue to imply that FOX altered or removed some sponsor names on camera shots of cars during competition, this never happened.

The 2001 Daytona 500 also brought an unrelated controversy. At the end of that race, Fox left the air shortly after Dale Earnhardt was admitted to Halifax Regional Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. The network provided no updates on his condition at the time of the 5:15 PM sign-off, and continued regular programming (with the animated series Futurama) at the moment Earnhardt's death was confirmed at the 7 PM press conference. NASCAR's other broadcast network partner, NBC, delayed a commercial break at a National Basketball Association game and ESPN (which aired the Craftsman Truck Series) had earlier, and much more extensive coverage, of Earnhardt's death and its aftermath. David Hill, Fox Sports president, explained to the Associated Press that the network had gone over its allotted time and that continuing to cover the story would be too morbid. The Coca-Cola 600 (formerly World 600) is a six hundred mile (966 km) stock car race held annually at Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) in Charlotte, North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend. ... Michael Waltrip #55 NAPA Dodge (right), courtesy USAF Michael Curtis Waltrip (born April 30, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is a professional race car driver and team owner. ... This article is about the multinational corporation. ... A conflict of interest is a situation in which someone in a position of trust, such as a lawyer, a politician, or an executive or director of a corporation, has competing professional or personal interests. ... The Gatorade Duel, formerly known as the Gatorade Twin 125s, is a preliminary event to the Daytona 500 held each February at Daytona International Speedway. ... Daytona International Speedway is a superspeedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... Anheuser-Busch NYSE: BUD Anheuser-Busch, based in St. ... The Home Depot (NYSE: HD), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a big-box home improvement retailer that aims for both the do-it-yourself consumer and the professional in home improvement and construction. ... Miller Brewing is a large American beermaker based in Milwaukee. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr. ... Daytona Beach in 2005 Daytona Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida, USA. As of 2004, the population estimates recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 64,422. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Futurama is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) and David X. Cohen for the Fox Network. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens professional basketball league and one of the four major professional sports leagues of North America. ... ESPN (an acronym for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... David Bennett Hill (August 29, 1843 - October 20, 1910) was a Governor of New York. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ...


External links

  • FOXSports.com - NASCAR
  • NASCAR.com - Meet the FOX Broadcast Team
  • Auto Racing Digest: Made for Television - NASCAR on Fox
  • NASCAR Odds
  • NASCAR on FOX 11

 
 

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