FOX Sports Announces 2012 NASCAR on FOX TV Schedule

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February 7th, 2012

via press release:




54th Daytona 500 on Sun. Feb 26 Highlights 12th Season

Coverage Begins with Budweiser Shootout on Feb. 18


New York & Los Angeles – FOX Sports gears up for its 12th season of NASCAR coverage by unveiling the 2012 NASCAR on FOX broadcast schedule featuring 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup points races and 15 events total,  highlighted by the 54th running of the DAYTONA 500, live on Sunday, Feb. 26 (1:00-5:30 PM ET) from Daytona International Speedway.  Coverage of the “Great American Race” begins that day with a special one-hour pre-race program (12:00-1:00 PM ET) from the DIS infield and a completely remodeled Hollywood Hotel.  The flag officially drops on FOX Sports’ 2012 Speedweeks coverage with the BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT, live on Saturday, Feb. 18 in prime time (8:00-10:00 PM ET), followed by live coverage of DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING on Sunday, Feb. 19 (1:00-4:00 PM ET).


Michael Waltrip, driver, owner and pitch-man extraordinaire, joins the FOX NASCAR SUNDAY prerace team, taking a seat in the famed Hollywood Hotel alongside big brother Darrell Waltrip and host Chris Myers. Darrell and former champion crew chief Larry McReynolds return to provide race analysis for all NASCAR on FOX Sprint Cup events, and Mike Joy returns as race announcer.  Veteran analyst Jeff Hammond takes his extensive experience as a former championship-winning crew chief to the action in the garages and on pit road.  Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda also return to cover pit road.  NASCAR on FOX “storm scout” and meteorologist Rick Dickert of FOX-owned KTTV in Los Angeles rejoins the crew to provide weather updates to viewers on the FOX NASCAR SUNDAY prerace show as well as during race coverage.


FOX’s 2012 NASCAR schedule is highlighted by races from Phoenix International Speedway on Sunday, March 4; Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 11; Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 18; Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 14; Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, April 28; Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, May 6; and the NASCAR on FOX season finale from Dover, Delaware on Sunday, June 3.

The network’s presentation of the first 13 races of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup series hit a three-year high averaging 8.6 million viewers per race, up +9% over 2010 (7.9 million viewers).  The 2011 Daytona 500 crowned the event’s youngest champion ever and delivered ratings and audience gains for FOX Sports.  A total audience of just over 30 million Americans watched the race, making the 2011 Daytona 500 the most-watched NASCAR race since 2008.  The 30.1 million total viewers, a measure of the audience that saw at least a portion of the race, is +1% higher than 2010’s total audience of 29.8 million and +15% better than 2009's 26.2 million.


FOX Sports commands the well-earned distinction as television’s most innovative sports broadcaster.  Ranking high among the network’s achievements are honors for its NASCAR coverage.  NASCAR on FOX has garnered 15 Emmy Awards for its coverage including three for Outstanding Sports Series (2001, 2005, 2007), five for Outstanding Live Event Audio Sound (2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010), one for Outstanding Graphic Design (2001), five for Outstanding Technical Team Remote (2001, 2003-05, 2007) and one for Promotional Announcement Episodic (2008).



NASCAR on FOX 2012 Schedule


Date                             Track                                        Event                                       Coverage Begins

Sat. Feb. 18                  Daytona Int’l Speedway             Budweiser Shootout                                   8:00 PM

Sun. Feb. 19                 Daytona Int’l Speedway             Daytona 500 Qualifying                              1:00 PM

Sun. Feb. 26                 Daytona Int’l Speedway             Daytona 500                                            12:00 PM

Sun. March 4                 Phoenix Int’l Speedway              NASCAR Racing from Phoenix                   2:30 PM

Sun. March 11               Las Vegas Motor Speedway      NASCAR Racing from Las Vegas                2:30 PM

Sun. March 18               Bristol Motor Speedway            NASCAR Racing from Bristol                     12:30 PM

Sun. March 25               Auto Club Speedway                 NASCAR Racing from Fontana                   2:30 PM

Sun. April 1                   Martinsville Speedway               NASCAR Racing from Martinsville             12:30 PM

Sat. April 14                  Texas Motor Speedway             NASCAR Racing from Fort Worth                7:00 PM

Sun. April 22                 Kansas Speedway                     NASCAR Racing from Kansas City           12:30 PM

Sat.  April 28                 Richmond Int’l Raceway             NASCAR Racing from Richmond                7:00 PM

Sun. May 6                   Talladega Superspeedway         NASCAR Racing from Talladega               12:00 PM

Sat.  May 12                 Darlington Raceway                   NASCAR Racing from Darlington                6:30 PM

Sun.  May 27                 Charlotte Motor Speedway         NASCAR Racing from Charlotte                  5:30 PM

Sun.  June 3                  Dover Int’l Speedway                 NASCAR Racing from Dover                     12:30 PM

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