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NASCAR on television in the 2000s

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Until 2001, race tracks struck individual agreements with networks to broadcast races, but NASCAR wanted to capitalize on the growing popularity of the sport and announced in 1999 that television contracts would now be centralized; that is, instead of making agreements with individual tracks, networks would now negotiate directly with NASCAR for the rights to air a package of races.

Contract overview

2001–2006: Fox, NBC, Turner Sports

On December 15, 1999, Fox Sports, FX, NBC and Turner Sports agreed to pay $2.4 billion for a new six-year television package, covering the Winston/Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series schedules.

Fox and FX would be responsible for covering the first half of the season. All Busch Series races during that part of the season would also be on Fox/FX. NBC and Turner would partner to cover the second half of the season, which beginning in 2004 would include the Chase for the Cup. Originally, Turner's broadcast outlet for its NASCAR coverage was to be TBS as it had been for every other race Turner had broadcast before. However, Turner Broadcasting opted to rebrand its sister network TNT as a drama-heavy network and decided to move the NASCAR coverage there in March 2001 as they felt it fit the new branding better.[1]

ESPN retained the rights to the Craftsman Truck Series through 2002 under a separate contract. Beginning in 2003, Speed Channel bought out the rest of ESPN's contract and became the exclusive broadcast home of that series.

Initially, practice and qualifying sessions would alter between Fox Sports Net and FX during the Fox/FX portion of the season and between TNT and CNNSI during the NBC/TNT portion of the season. By the end of 2002, Speed had replaced Fox Sports Net and, due to CNN/SI shutting down in the spring of 2002, a deal was arranged with NBC/TNT to move most practice and qualifying sessions to Speed as well using NBC/TNT's production team and Speed graphics.

The centralized TV deal caused consternation among many longtime NASCAR fans. The biggest criticisms include an increase in commercial breaks, emphasis on the more popular drivers and teams to the exclusion of others, and the de-emphasis of actual racing coverage in exchange for more fluff and hype.

2007–2014: Fox, ESPN, Turner Sports

Late in 2005, NBC announced that they no longer wanted to carry NASCAR races on their schedule. ABC/ESPN took the opportunity to regain the series. On December 12, 2005, NASCAR announced its next TV contract: eight years, $4.8 billion with Fox/Speed Channel, ABC/ESPN, and TNT.[2] This time, the deal bundled the Camping World Truck Series in with the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series:

  • Fox broadcast the first 13 Cup races along with the Sprint Unlimited every year, including the Daytona 500. The package ran through the first weekend in June and (usually) the race at Dover International Speedway. Due to schedule adjustments, the package ended in 2010 with the Coca-Cola 600 and in 2011 with the spring Kansas race.
  • TNT, which split from former partner NBC, continued with the following six races at Pocono, Michigan, Sonoma, Kentucky, Daytona (Coke Zero 400), and Loudon. The Coke Zero 400 was presented with limited commercial interruptions until 2013.[3] The Kentucky race replaced the race at Chicagoland Speedway in 2011.
  • ESPN networks broadcast the remainder of the Cup schedule, beginning at the Brickyard 400; From 2007 to 2009, ABC carried coverage of the last race before the Chase at Richmond and all Chase for the Sprint Cup events, although in 2010 (following NASCAR's shift to standardized start times for races), only three races were aired on ABC, and the majority of coverage was allotted to ESPN networks.
  • ESPN networks held exclusive rights to the Nationwide Series across the entire season, with races on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC.
  • Speed Channel moved two of its Camping World Truck Series races to Fox from 2007–09; usually, they were scheduled to be the California race and the spring race at Martinsville. From 2010 to 2013, all CWTS races were on Speed; Fox returned to the series in 2014 with its telecast of the Talladega race.
  • Qualifying sessions for Sprint Cup races aired on Fox for the Daytona 500, Speed/FS1 for the next 18 races, and alternating between Speed/FS1 and ESPN/ESPN2 for the remaining 17 races.
  • NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions were broadcast by Speed/FS1 for the first 19 races and alternated between Speed/FS1 and ESPN2 for the remaining 17 races. Speed/FS1 was guaranteed at least one session each weekend during the ESPN portion of the schedule.
  • Nationwide Series practice and qualifying alternated between Speed/FS1 and ESPN2 throughout the entire season.
  • On the pay-per-view front, DirecTV premiered NASCAR Hot Pass at the 2007 Daytona 500. The package consists of four channels, each dedicated to a particular driver with team communications among the driver, crew chief, and spotter. From 2007–08, Hot Pass also had separate lap-by-lap announcers and color commentators for each channel.[4] In 2009 NASCAR Hot Pass became free, although without announcers, and on January 7, 2013, it was discontinued all together.[5]

NBC and FX no longer carried NASCAR as a result. NBC was paying $2.8 billion for six years of Sunday night telecasts of the National Football League starting in 2006. Both the new NFL and old NASCAR deals overlapped in 2006, which forced some postrace coverage at NBC races to air on CNBC. FX stopped airing sporting events from 2006 to 2010. (It did show the ninth inning of a rain-delayed Fox game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox when it conflicted with the start of the 2008 Subway Fresh Fit 500, as well as other games which overran into the starts of NASCAR races. Beginning in 2010, Fox's MLB games during NASCAR Saturdays were shifted to early in the afternoon.)

The new contracts increased the amount of coverage from each weekend's races. When the 2007 season began, all practices for NASCAR Cup Series races were televised, whereas only the final practice ("happy hour") was carried before. In addition, all Nationwide Series final practices and qualifying sessions were also shown; before, a few qualifying sessions were not seen and only a handful of practices were seen. Most, if not all, truck series time trials are also broadcast.

From 2007 to 2010, average race viewership fell from 7.85 million at its height to 5.99 million in 2010, according to the Sports Business Journal.[6]

List of races televised

2000

Date Event Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2/13 Bud Shootout[7][8] (Daytona) CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett and Buddy Baker
2/17 Gatorade Twin 125's[9] (Daytona) CBS (shown on 2/19) Mike Joy Ned Jarrett and Buddy Baker
2/20 Daytona 500[10][11][12] CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett and Buddy Baker
2/27 Dura Lube/Kmart 400 (Rockingham) TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
3/5 CarsDirect.com 400[13][14] (Las Vegas) ABC Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ray Evernham
3/12 Cracker Barrel 500[15] (Atlanta) ABC Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ray Evernham
3/19 Mall.com 400 (Darlington) ESPN Jerry Punch Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons
3/26 Food City 500 (Bristol) ESPN Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons
4/2 DirecTV 500[16][17] (Texas) CBS Mike Joy Buddy Baker and Ned Jarrett
4/9 Goody's Body Pain 500 (Martinsville) ESPN Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons
4/16 DieHard 500[18][19] (Talladega) ABC Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ray Evernham
4/30 NAPA Auto Parts 500[20] (California) ABC Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ray Evernham
5/6 Pontiac Excitement 400 (Richmond) ESPN Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons
5/20 The Winston[21] (Charlotte) TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
5/28 Coca-Cola 600[22][23][24] (Charlotte) TBS Allen Bestwick Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
6/4 MBNA Platinum 400 (Dover) TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
6/11 Kmart 400[25] (Michigan) CBS/TNN (TNN aired the finish due to a rain delay) Mike Joy Ned Jarrett and Buddy Baker
6/19 Pocono 500[26] TNN (postponed from 6/18 due to rain) Eli Gold Buddy Baker
6/25 Save Mart/Kragen 350 (Sears Point) ESPN Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons
7/1 Pepsi 400[27][28] (Daytona) CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett and Buddy Baker
7/9 thatlook.com 300 (New Hampshire) TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
7/23 Pennsylvania 500 (Pocono) TBS Allen Bestwick Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
8/5 Brickyard 400[29][30][31] (Indianapolis) ABC Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ray Evernham
8/13 Global Crossing @ the Glen (Watkins Glen) ESPN Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons
8/20 Pepsi 400[32] (Michigan) ESPN Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons
8/26 goracing.com 500 (Bristol) ESPN Jerry Punch Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons
9/3 Pepsi Southern 500[33] (Darlington) ESPN/ESPN2 (ESPN2 aired the finish due to a rain delay) Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons
9/9 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 (Richmond) ESPN Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons
9/17 Dura Lube 300 by Kmart (New Hampshire) TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker
9/24 MBNA.com 400[34][35] (Dover) TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
10/1 NAPA Autocare 500 (Martinsville) ESPN Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons
10/8 UAW-GM Quality 500[36][37] (Charlotte) TBS Allen Bestwick Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
10/15 Winston 500 (Talladega) ESPN Jerry Punch Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons
10/22 Pop Secret 400[38][39] (Rockingham) TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
11/5 Checker Auto Parts/DuraLube 500[40][41][42] (Phoenix) TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
11/12 Pennzoil 400[43][44][45] (Homestead) NBC Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons
11/20 NAPA 500[46] (Atlanta) ESPN (postponed from 11/19 due to rain) Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons

The 2000 season also marked the final one for various networks that carried NASCAR racing. Because of the new television deal struck on December 15, 1999, it would be the last year for a multitude of these long-time broadcasters. NASCAR on CBS broadcast the final races of its twenty-two season partnership, ending with the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. NASCAR on TNN and NASCAR on TBS ended their time in the Winston Cup Series; the former's run of ten seasons came to an end at the Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 at Phoenix, while the latter's abruptly ceased at eighteen seasons following the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway (TBS had initially won rights for the new deal, but were replaced by TNT). NASCAR on ESPN, alongside its affiliated programming with ESPN on ABC, ended its initial run of covering NASCAR's top series (both networks returned during the 2007 season); ESPN's first run of twenty seasons concluded with the NAPA 500 at Atlanta, while ABC's then-twenty-five nonconsecutive seasons with the sport stopped with the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.

Brickyard 400

2001

Date Event Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2/11 Budweiser Shootout (Daytona) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2/15 Gatorade Twin 125's (Daytona) FSN Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2/18 Daytona 500[49][50][51][52] FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2/25-26 Dura Lube 400 (Rockingham) FOX/FX (see note 1) Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/4 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 (Las Vegas) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/11 Cracker Barrel 500 (Atlanta) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/18 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 (Darlington) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/25 Food City 500 (Bristol) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/1 Harrah's 500 (Texas) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/8 Virginia 500 (Martinsville) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/22 Talladega 500 FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/29 NAPA Auto Parts 500 (California) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/5 Pontiac Excitement 400 (Richmond) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/19 The Winston (Charlotte) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/27 Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/3 MBNA Platinum 400 (Dover) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/10 Kmart 400 (Michigan) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/17 Pocono 500 FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/24 Dodge/Save Mart 350 (Sears Point) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
7/7 Pepsi 400 (Daytona) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
7/15 Tropicana 400 (Chicago) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
7/22 New England 300 (New Hampshire) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
7/29 Pennsylvania 500 (Pocono) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/5 Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/12 Global Crossing @ the Glen (Watkins Glen) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/19 Pepsi 400 by Meijer (Michigan) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/26 Sharpie 500 (Bristol) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/2 Mountain Dew Southern 500 (Darlington) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/8 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 (Richmond) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/23 MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 (Dover) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/30 Protection One 400 (Kansas) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/7 UAW-GM Quality 500 (Charlotte) TNT (see note 2) Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/15 Old Dominion 500 (Martinsville) TNT (postponed from 10/6 due to rain; was to be on NBC) Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/21 EA Sports 500 (Talladega) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/28 Pop Secret 400 (Rockingham) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/4 Checker Auto Parts 500 (Phoenix) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/11 Pennzoil Freedom 400 (Homestead) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/18 NAPA 500 (Atlanta) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/23 New Hampshire 300 NBC (see note 3) Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
  • In the starting grid for the 2001 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway (which used 3D representations of the cars), Fox showed only the logos on the hoods of cars that had paid the network to advertise during the race. For instance, the Budweiser logo on the No. 8 car of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and The Home Depot logo on the No. 20 car of Tony Stewart were shown, but Miller Lite on the No. 2 car of Rusty Wallace was not. After outcry from some of the excluded companies, full logo graphics were restored to all cars four days later for the Gatorade Twin 125s telecast. The computer-generated cars used initially on the starting grid and top-five standings when going to commercial break were phased out from main broadcast use, and were discontinued entirely in 2005 with the exception of the Daytona 500 starting grid (which featured the computer generated cars).
  • From 2001 to 2006, the Daytona 500 broadcasting network alternated between Fox and NBC under the terms of a six-year, $2.48 billion, centralized NASCAR television contract. Previously televisions rights deals for races were negotiated by the individual track owners. Beginning in 2001, the television contract would now be administered by the sanctioning body. Fox carried the Daytona 500 in odd-numbered years (2001, 2003, 2005), and NBC carried the Daytona 500 in even-numbered years (2002, 2004, 2006). The Pepsi 400 in July followed the opposite pattern, going to the network not airing the Daytona 500 in the respective season.
    • Rights to other support events held during Speedweeks followed the same general pattern, alternating between Fox/FX (odd years) and NBC/TNT (even years). Ancillary events included the Budweiser Shootout, Daytona 500 pole qualifying, the Gatorade 125s, as well as coverage of "Happy Hour" practice and other practice sessions. The Busch Series race followed the same pattern, however, the Truck Series race was aired by ESPN for two seasons as part of a different contract.
    • In 2001, after CBS lost the rights to the Daytona 500, Ken Squier left the network and joined Fox for a one-race arrangement as special contributor and studio host.
    • The 2001 Daytona 500, which was the first NASCAR points race ever telecast by Fox, also brought an unrelated controversy. At the end of that race, Fox concluded coverage shortly after Dale Earnhardt, who was fatally injured in a crash on the last lap of the race, was admitted to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. The network provided no updates on his condition at the time of the 5:15 p.m. Eastern Time sign-off (although no information was available at that time), and continued airing regular programming (with the animated series Futurama) at the moment Earnhardt's death was confirmed at a press conference held at 7:00 pm. Eastern Time. NASCAR's other broadcast network partner, NBC, delayed a commercial break during a NBA telecast and ESPN (which aired the Craftsman Truck Series at the time) had coverage of Earnhardt's death and the aftermath that was both earlier and much more extensive. Fox News Channel and Fox Sports Net, however, did break into programming to announce the seven-time champion's passing, with Chris Myers providing reports on FSN programs. It is possible that Fox showed an on-screen crawl on the master control feed during Futurama. In addition, local affiliates may have chosen to pre-empt the episode, with anchors delivering the news live. However, none of this has ever been verified. Shortly after the race, Hill explained to the Associated Press that the network had gone over its allotted time – as the result of an 18-car pileup on the back straightaway on lap 173 that led to the race being red-flagged for lengthy cleanup – and that continuing to cover the story would be too morbid. Producer Neil Goldberg also said Fox Sports staffers were not allowed near the crash scene. When ESPN presented a tribute feature in remembrance of the ten-year anniversary of Earnhardt's death in 2011, it showed footage of the crash and aftermath, that looked like part of the live telecast. However, it was stamped with "WFTV", the calls of the Cox-owned ABC affiliate in Orlando, Florida (Orlando and Daytona Beach share the same media market, and ABC's corporate parent The Walt Disney Company owns 80% of ESPN). How footage from Fox's NASCAR coverage got credited to the local affiliate of another network has not been made public, though it was likely that since none of the footage is similar to that of Fox's, the last lap was filmed by WFTV for their own local newscasts, intended originally as B-roll to add "color" to their post-race coverage of the Daytona 500.
    • Some fans reacted negatively to NBC's coverage, claiming that it was largely inferior to Fox in terms of both technological capabilities and bland commentators. Wally Dallenbach and Bill Weber were viewed as monotonous and boring in their delivery, compared to Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip. Statistically after its first season, Fox race telecasts had more viewers than those on NBC during 2001. NBC was also criticized by fans for incorporating long commercial breaks during the race, much longer than the breaks that Fox would run during its race telecasts. Two glaring problems with the NBC coverage were that restarts were often missed due to these extended commercial breaks, that breaks during green flag runs were too frequent. Fans and media columnists used "Nothing But Commercials," as a jocular acronym for NBC's coverage. This cliché was mocked in the film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, during a scene in which NBC is shown to take a quick commercial break during a race (with a commercial for Applebee's) when Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) and Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen) wreck their cars in a very long-lasting crash (NBC's announcing team at the time of Weber, Dallenbach and Parsons had cameos during the scene covering the fictional race). By 2004, however, NBC had made substantial improvements in regards to both technology and commentating. Although NASCAR and NBC ended their partnership after the 2006 season, many fans hoped that they could reunite in the next television contract in spite of problems with partners ESPN and TNT.
  • TNT aired its first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race under the new contract at New Hampshire International Speedway in July 2001. Both networks shared the broadcast team of Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, and Wally Dallenbach, Jr. in the booth and Bill Weber, Marty Snider, Dave Burns, and Matt Yocum on pit road, as well both as being produced with Turner Sports' graphical look. The only differences were the placement of the network's logo on the graphics package and different colored pit reporter fire suits. TNT was treated as the secondary broadcaster, as far as broadcast rights are concerned, during its relationship with NBC because it is a cable rather than broadcast network (Turner produced all of NBC's telecasts as well). NBC's portion of broadcast included almost all of the prestigious races during their half of the year (with the exception of the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington, the fourth leg of NASCAR's Grand Slam, in 2001 and 2002, and the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond from 2004 to 2006, when the race was the last race of the regular season under the season format). The idea was that ratings would most certainly be higher for NBC's coverage of a given race next to TNT's due to a broadcaster's penetration. TNT was given most of the Busch Series schedule except for major races, then covered by NBC. Night races were almost always covered by TNT except for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, which aired on NBC in years that they had the rights to it, and (later) the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte when that race was moved from Sunday afternoons to Saturday nights. Otherwise, following the fall Richmond race, TNT's Cup Series coverage was limited to one, two or three races (including the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 at Rockingham, which they covered from 2001–2003). It was generally understood that anytime a major news story needed to be covered by NBC its NASCAR coverage would be switched over to TNT. This occurred only once: the October 7, 2001, race at Lowe's Motor Speedway was interrupted during the prerace show when President George W. Bush announced the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. NBC covered the news until 25 laps to go (simulcast with TNT), and the entire race was shown on TNT. TNT also would broadcast any NBC-scheduled races that were postponed by rain until the following day, much like FX would do for Fox during this contract (this is no longer applicable as Fox airs rain-delayed races the following day, since Fox has no daytime programming, unlike ABC, CBS and NBC). The TNT–NBC partnership broke off when NBC chose not to bid for the NASCAR contract when it expired in 2006.

Notes

1- Rained delayed the remainder of the race to Monday and was bumped to FX.

2- Moved from NBC to TNT because of start of military operation against Afghanistan to avenge the September 11 attacks.

3- Postponed from September 16 due to 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Brickyard 400

2002

Date Event Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2/10 Budweiser Shootout (Daytona) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
2/14 Gatorade Twin 125's (Daytona) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
2/17 Daytona 500[53][54] NBC[55] Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
2/24 Subway 400 (Rockingham) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/3 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 (Las Vegas) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/10 MBNA America 500 (Atlanta) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/17 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 (Darlington) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/24 Food City 500 (Bristol) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/8 Samsung/Radioshack 500 (Texas) FX (see note 1) Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/14 Virginia 500 (Martinsville) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/21 Aaron's 499 (Talladega) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/28 NAPA Auto Parts 500 (California) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/5 Pontiac Excitement 400 (Richmond) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/12 The Winston (Charlotte) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/26 Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 (Charlotte) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/4 MBNA Platinum 400 (Dover) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/12 Pocono 500 (Pocono) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/19 Sirius Satellite Radio 400 (Michigan) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/26 Dodge/Save Mart 350 (Infineon) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
7/6 Pepsi 400 (Daytona) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
7/14 Tropicana 400 (Chicago) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
7/21 New England 300 (New Hampshire) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
7/28 Pennsylvania 500 (Pocono) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/4 Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/11 Global Crossing @ the Glen (Watkins Glen) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/18 Pepsi 400 by Meijer (Michigan) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/24 Sharpie 500 (Bristol) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/1 Mountain Dew Southern 500 (Darlington) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/7 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 (Richmond) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/15 New Hampshire 300 NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/22 MBNA All-American Heroes 400 (Dover) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/29 Protection One 400 (Kansas) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/6 EA Sports 500 (Talladega) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/13 UAW-GM Quality 500 (Charlotte) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/20 Old Dominion 500 (Martinsville) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/27 NAPA 500 (Atlanta) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/3 Pop Secret 400 (Rockingham) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/10 Checker Auto Parts 500 (Phoenix) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/17 Ford 400 (Homestead) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons

Notes

1- Postponed from 4/7 and moved from FOX to FX due to rain.

Brickyard 400

2003

Date Event Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2/8 Budweiser Shootout (Daytona) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2/13 Gatorade Twin 125's (Daytona) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2/16 Daytona 500[56][57] FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2/23 Subway 400 (Rockingham) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/3 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 (Las Vegas) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/9 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 (Atlanta) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/16 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 (Darlington) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/23 Food City 500 (Bristol) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/30 Samsung/Radio Shack 500 (Texas) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/6 Aaron's 499 (Talladega) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/13 Virginia 500 (Martinsville) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/27 Auto Club 500 (California) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/3 Pontiac Excitement 400 (Richmond) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/17 The Winston (Charlotte) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/25 Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/1 MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 (Dover) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/8 Pocono 500 FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/15 Sirius 400 (Michigan) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/22 Dodge/Save Mart 350 (Sears Point) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
7/5 Pepsi 400 (Daytona) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
7/13 Tropicana 400 (Chicago) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
7/20 New England 300 (New Hampshire) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
7/27 Pennsylvania 500 (Pocono) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/3 Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/10 Sirius Satellite Radio @ the Glen (Watkins Glen) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/17 GFS Marketplace 400 (Michigan) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/23 Sharpie 500 (Bristol) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/31 Mountain Dew Southern 500 (Darlington) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/6 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 (Richmond) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/14 Sylvania 300 (New Hampshire) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/21 MBNA America 400 (Dover) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/28 EA Sports 500 (Talladega) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/5 Banquet 400 (Kansas) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/11 UAW-GM Quality 500 (Charlotte) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/19 Subway 500 (Martinsville) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/26-27 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 (Atlanta) NBC/TNT (see note 1) Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/2 Checker Auto Parts 500 (Phoenix) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/9 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 (Rockingham) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/16 Ford 400 (Homestead) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons

Notes

1- Rain delayed the remainder of the race until Monday, coverage was bumped to TNT.

2004

Date Event Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2/7 Budweiser Shootout (Daytona) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
2/12 Gatorade Twin 125's (Daytona) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
2/15 Daytona 500[58][59][60] NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
2/22 Subway 400 (Rockingham) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/7 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 (Las Vegas) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/14 Golden Corral 500 (Atlanta) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/21 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 (Darlington) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/28 Food City 500 (Bristol) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/4 Samsung/Radio Shack 500 (Texas) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/18 Advance Auto Parts 500 (Martinsville) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/25 Aaron's 499 (Talladega) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/2 Auto Club 500 (California) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/15 Chevy American Revolution 400 (Richmond) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/22 Nextel All Star Race (Charlotte) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/30 Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/6 MBNA 400: A Salute to Heroes (Dover) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/13 Pocono 500 FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/20 DHL 400 (Michigan) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/27 Dodge/Save Mart 350 (Sears Point) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
7/3 Pepsi 400 (Daytona) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
7/11 Tropicana 400 (Chicago) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
7/25 Siemens 300 (New Hampshire) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/1 Pennsylvania 500 (Pocono) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/8 Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/15 Sirius Satellite Radio @ the Glen (Watkins Glen) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/22 GFS Marketplace 400 (Michigan) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/28 Sharpie 500 (Bristol) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/5 Pop Secret 500 (California) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/11 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 (Richmond) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/19 Sylvania 300 (New Hampshire) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/26 MBNA America 400 (Dover) TNT Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/3 EA Sports 500 (Talladega) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/10 Banquet 400 (Kansas) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/16 UAW-GM Quality 500 (Charlotte) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/24 Subway 500 (Martinsville) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 (Atlanta) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/7 Checker Auto Parts 500 (Phoenix) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/14 Mountain Dew Southern 500 (Darlington) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/21 Ford 400 (Homestead) NBC Allen Bestwick Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons

2005

Date Event Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2/12 Budweiser Shootout (Daytona) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2/17 Gatorade Duels (Daytona) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2/20 Daytona 500[61][62] FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2/27 Auto Club 500 (California) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/13 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 (Las Vegas) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3/20 Golden Corral 500 (Atlanta) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/3 Food City 500 (Bristol) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/10 Samsung Radioshack 500 (Texas) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/17 Advance Auto Parts 500 (Martinsville) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
4/23 Subway Fresh 500 (Phoenix) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/1 Aaron's 499 (Talladega) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/7 Dodge Charger 500 (Darlington) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/14 Chevy American Revolution 400 (Richmond) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/21 Nextel All Star Race (Charlotte) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
5/29 Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/5 MBNA RacePoints 400 (Dover) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/12 Pocono 500 FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/19 Batman Begins 400 (Michigan) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
6/26 Dodge/Save Mart 350 (Sears Point) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
7/2 Pepsi 400 (Daytona) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
7/10 USG Sheetrock 400 (Chicago) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
7/17 New England 300 (New Hampshire) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
7/24 Pennsylvania 500 (Pocono) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/7 Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/14 Sirius Satellite Radio @ the Glen (Watkins Glen) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/21 GFS Marketplace 400 (Michigan) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
8/28 Sharpie 500 (Bristol) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/4 Sony HD 500 (California) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/10 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 (Richmond) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/18 Sylvania 300 (New Hampshire) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
9/25 MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 400 (Dover) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/2 UAW-Ford 500 (Talladega) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/9 Banquet 400 (Kansas) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/15 UAW-GM Quality 500 (Charlotte) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/23 Subway 500 (Martinsville) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
10/30 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 (Atlanta) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/6 Dickies 500 (Texas) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/13 Checker Auto Parts 500 (Phoenix) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
11/20 Ford 400 (Homestead) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons

Brickyard 400

2006

Event Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
Budweiser Shootout (Daytona) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Gatorade Duels (Daytona) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Daytona 500[63][64][65] NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Auto Club 500 (California) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 (Las Vegas) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Golden Corral 500[66] (Atlanta) FX (run on Monday; was to be on FOX) Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Food City 500 (Bristol) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
DirecTV 500 (Martinsville) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Samsung Radioshack 500 (Texas) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Subway Fresh 500 (Phoenix) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Aaron's 499[67] (Talladega) FX (run on Monday; was to be on FOX) Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Dodge Charger 500 (Darlington) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Crown Royal 400 (Richmond) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
The Nextel All Star Race (Charlotte) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Neighborhood Excellence 400 (Dover) FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Pocono 500 (Pocono) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
3M Performance 400 (Michigan) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Dodge/Save Mart 350 (Sears Point) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Pepsi 400 (Daytona) FOX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
USG Sheetrock 400[68] (Chicago) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Lenox Industrial Tools 300[69] (New Hampshire) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Pennsylvania 500[70] (Pocono) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Allstate 400 @ The Brickyard[71] (Indianapolis) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
AMD @ the Glen[72] (Watkins Glen) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
GFS Marketplace 400 (Michigan) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach
Sharpie 500 (Bristol) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Sony HD 500 (California) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach
Chevy Rock & Roll 400 (Richmond) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Sylvania 300 (New Hampshire) TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach
Dover 400 TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach
UAW-Ford 500 (Talladega) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Banquet 400 (Kansas) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Bank of America 500 (Charlotte) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Subway 500 (Martinsville) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 (Atlanta) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Dickies 500 (Texas) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Checker Auto Parts 500 (Phoenix) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
Ford 400 (Homestead-Miami) NBC Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons
  • In October 2005, NBC announced that it might not renew its contract end of the NASCAR contract after the 2006 season, largely because of its acquisition of the Sunday Night Football telecast from ESPN. The restructured broadcast deal awarded Fox the rights to the Daytona 500 from 2007 until 2014. The contract also allowed ESPN and ABC to regain NASCAR rights, taking the second half of the season's races; meanwhile, TNT retained its broadcast rights and signed a contract to air six mid-season races. The ESPN family of networks became the exclusive home of the NASCAR Busch/Nationwide Series as part of the contract, replacing TNT, NBC, Fox and FX as broadcasters. As the NFL and NASCAR contracts overlapped during the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup, some of NBC's post-race shows were moved to CNBC in order to allow the broadcast network's NFL pre-game show Football Night in America to start on time.

2007

The 2007 season[73] was the start of a new television package. The contracts are for eight seasons, running until 2014. NBC and FX both egressed after the 2006 season, and ESPN and ABC have returned after a six-year absence, with ESPN last broadcasting the series' NAPA 500 from Atlanta in November 2000, and ABC telecasting the Brickyard 400 in August of that same year.

Fox carried the first part of the season beginning with Speedweeks at Daytona, and continued coverage up through the June race held at the Dover International Speedway, with Fox-owned Speed Channel carrying the Gatorade Duel at Daytona qualifying races and the Nextel All-Star Challenge/Nextel Open doubleheader. Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, and Darrell Waltrip returned to the broadcast booth for Fox. Fox also planned to carry two Craftsman Truck Series races March 31 and May 26, with Speed carrying the remainder of the series. The March 31 race at Martinsville was shown successfully on Fox, but the telecast for the May 26 race at Mansfield, OH was moved to Speed Channel after lap 50 due to rain delays.

TNT covered six mid-season races in June and July dubbed the "NASCAR Summer Series" including the Pepsi 400. The commentators included announcers Bill Weber and Wally Dallenbach. Kyle Petty replaced the late and great Benny Parsons, and also drove and did commentary from his car during the June 24 race at Sonoma, which turned out at the outset of the race to be rather embarrassing as he uttered "fuck" in a replay of how he was involved in an accident. Petty is driving a part-time schedule in 2007, as Chad McCumbee took over Petty's No. 45 car in the June Pocono race, and John Andretti, who drove the No. 43 car for Petty Enterprises, and won a race with them at Martinsville in 1999, is driving in the remaining races except for Sonoma. TNT used Hinder's cover of the Steppenwolf classic rock anthem "Born to Be Wild" as part of their race broadcast.

ESPN and ABC carried all races beginning with the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in late July on ESPN running up through the Labor Day weekend race at California and ABC picking up their part of the package with the final pre-chase race at Richmond and the entire Chase for the Nextel Cup. Jerry Punch served as the play-by-play and Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree served as color commentators. Punch last worked for the network as a pit reporter on IRL events such as the Indianapolis 500, and has also filled in on the play-by-play of NASCAR races prior to 2001, mostly during coverage of NASCAR Busch Series races, which ESPN2 and ABC carried full-time starting in 2007. Wallace is the 1989 NASCAR Cup Series champion. They were joined by newcomer Andy Petree, a former team owner and Dale Earnhardt's crew chief in 1993 and 1994. Brent Musburger and Suzy Kolber served as the hosts on both ESPN and ABC. Rock group Aerosmith kicked off each broadcast with a live version of their big 1970s FM hit "Back in the Saddle" that was filmed in concert in Las Vegas.

2008

The 2008 season[74] marked the second year of television contracts with Fox, TNT and ESPN/ABC.[75] The biggest changes involved ESPN and ABC, as Dale Jarrett became the network's lead race color commentator and Rusty Wallace became the pre-race analyst. Dale, who completed his driving career with the Sprint All-Star Race XXIV, followed in the footsteps of his father, Ned, who worked with ESPN through most of the 1980s through the 2000 NASCAR season. Allen Bestwick took over the hosting role for all races as well as some editions of ESPN2's NASCAR Now, replacing Brent Musburger and Suzy Kolber on the pre-race show, with Shannon Spake taking Bestwick's place as pit reporter. Also, veteran NASCAR reporter Nicole Manske (along with Ryan Burr) took over as a part-time host of NASCAR Now show for Erik Kuselias.[76] No major changes were made by Fox and TNT for the 2008 season.

One innovation was Fox's "Gopher Cam", placed below the track near the inside of the turns for a unique perspective. In the need for a name for their new mascot, Fox turned to internet users and even drivers for suggestions, and the gopher cam mascot was named "Digger".[77] "Digger" is now emblazoned on T-shirts, hats and even as a plush toy.

  • After limited usage in 2007, the network introduced the "Gopher Cam" full-time in 2008, a camera angle from the bottom banking of a track's turn. Fox implied that it invented the technology.[78] However, it was quickly brought to light that Terry Lingner of ESPN, along with engineer James Fishman, had developed the technology 15 years earlier under the name "Tread Cam". However, it should be known that the devices are completely different.
  • "Digger," a CGI-animated gopher character that was voiced by Eric Bauza, began as a symbol of the corner camera and was later adopted as an unofficial mascot for Fox's NASCAR coverage. Beginning with the 2009 Daytona 500, Digger was extended into a series of short cartoons that aired during the pre-race show; country music superstar Keith Urban recorded the theme song for these shorts. Storylines revolved around Digger and his life beneath the infield of a fictional racetrack. Other characters include his girlfriend Annie and the track's security chief, Lumpy Wheels (respectively named after the daughter of Fox Sports president David Hill, and former track promoter Humpy Wheeler). Digger's souvenir trailer at the tracks attracted sizeable crowds of families with young children. However, the cartoon segment drew wide opposition from regular viewers of the broadcasts. After a NASCAR town hall-style meeting at the end of May 2009, Fox Sports chair David Hill reported receiving an email from a high-ranking NASCAR official whose identity he chose to conceal, stating that Digger could have been the cause of ratings declines for Fox's NASCAR coverage.[79] Hill said "It was because of Digger that people were turning off in droves because they couldn't stand it, I said, I'm so sorry. If I'd known, I never would have created him. I didn't realize how insidious he was. It's the biggest crock of shit I've ever heard." Among the reasons of criticism is the purpose of the character's usage. Though it was at one time commonplace for networks to create mascots for sports coverage to incorporate an educational and entertaining element into their coverage, which was the case with Peter Puck, Digger was created purely to add entertainment to the broadcast and reach out to a younger audience. Some NASCAR fans accused Fox of dumbing down and fluffing its coverage in order to gain revenue from Digger merchandise sales. Despite continuous outrage from the NASCAR fan community, as well as talk from the NASCAR community that the Fan Council was not pleased with the situation, Fox did not announce any plans to drop the usage of the characters, and even had posted pictures of holiday-themed versions of the Digger die-cast in 2009 and 2010. In response to the comments, in 2010, the Digger cartoon was not shown during pre-race shows and Digger appeared less often at the bottom of the screen. Throughout the 2011 season as well as the 2012 Budweiser Shootout and Daytona 500, Digger appeared very sparingly, usually only during commercial bumpers. As of the 2012 Subway Fresh Fit 500, all appearances and references to Digger were dropped entirely from Fox's NASCAR broadcasts. However, nods to it occasionally came up (for example, at the Talladega race in 2014, when Carl Edwards showed debris on his firesuit, Mike Joy commented that he hoped that nothing had happened to Digger, to which Darrell Waltrip responded, "Digger's retired"). Digger made a cameo appearance in the 2009 20th Century Fox film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. He also made an appearance in the Fox NFL Sunday introduction during the December 20, 2009 broadcast, in which the Chipmunks also made an appearance (20th Century Fox was then a corporate sister to the Fox network through 21st Century Fox, known at the time as News Corporation).

Another innovation was TNT's "RaceBuddy", an internet application that showed multiple views of the race and radio feeds from drivers (using NASCAR.com's RaceDay Scanner).

2009

In their third year of the current NASCAR television agreement, Fox carried the Bud Shootout, the Daytona 500 and the first 13 races through Dover's June race. Fox-owned Speed Channel aired the Gatorade Duels and Sprint All Star Race XXV. TNT then picked up the next six races starting at Pocono including the summer race at Daytona, the Coke Zero 400 with its "wide open format" coverage and ending at Chicago. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard started ESPN/ABC's coverage, including the entire Chase for the Sprint Cup on ABC.

New to Fox telecasts was 3-D CGI animated adventures of "Digger", the network's gopher cam mascot and his friends, Annie, Marbles, Grandpa and rival Lumpy Wheels (named after former Lowe's Motor Speedway chief Humpy Wheeler). According to Digger's backstory, created by Fox Sports chairman David Hill, Digger lives underground at Talladega Superspeedway. The characters were also used in segues into and out of commercial breaks. However, Digger later became a harbor of criticism, as well as what most have cited as a cause of a deeper ratings decline than in years past, adding to already lower-than-normal ratings. More is mentioned here.

Hours before the July New Hampshire race on TNT, Bill Weber was removed from the broadcast booth and replaced by Ralph Sheheen for undisclosed personal reasons. TNT and NASCAR announced on July 1 that Sheheen would replace Weber for the final two races on TNT at Daytona and Chicagoland.

The annual changes at ABC/ESPN continue. Mike Massaro became a third host of NASCAR Now on ESPN2; Vince Welch replaced Massaro on pit road and Marty Reid is doing selected Nationwide Series events as well. But ESPN continues to face heavy criticism from NASCAR fans who complain of bored announcers, bad camera work, excessive commercials and lack of post-race coverage.

On radio, Sirius XM Radio will carry all races in the series. Terrestrial radio rights are being handled as follows:

Speed (replacing ESPN Classic) and MRN were the broadcasters at the annual Sprint Cup Banquet at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel Casino in Las Vegas on December 4. Las Vegas replaced New York City as the host after 27 years there, 26 of the banquets being staged in The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. -

See also

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