In fact, Microsoft asked Economaki to write the motorsports section of the Encarta encyclopedia. The 2001 San Diego University grad also worked for NBC, TNN and Speed Channel. You may just be in the presence of NASCAR royalty. Matt revealed that six months later, a friend of his took a photo from that interview of the two of them joking around waiting to get on the broadcast, and it’s certainly something he has cherished ever since. Berggren would later go on to report on and announce races for CBS, Turner Sports, and TNN, before joining Fox Sports in 2001 as their lead pit reporter. Brett is joined by Brad Gillie and special guests Tom Jensen of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and Lee Spencer of “There are some drivers certainly that in some situations when you approach them, drivers who keep you on your toes on which questions to ask that don’t (necessarily) make you nervous, but keep you on your toes because you don’t want to ask a stupid question. As the newcomer, Smith is learning from his teammates and grabbing the best things that each of them do in shaping how he does his job. She later moved to Charlotte, N.C., the mecca for NASCAR fans, and worked for the local Fox affiliate, WCCB. Duration: 00:59:51. News & Talk. I want to live in this moment and enjoy it and when the time comes, then think about the future.”. However, perhaps the biggest contribution Yates made to racing and autos was his screenwriting work. Little added, “I don’t think intimidation has ever been a part of me. (He said) it was easy to talk to them because there was no one else in the garage!". ESPN took over the race coverage last … As Smith transitioned to being a part-time driver, he did more television. Here are Bob Pockrass's key takeaways from Sunday. A number of them could make the cut for the best of all-time if they continue on their current trajectory and career path. Bob Pockrass breaks it down. Since then, Burns has had stints with ESPN and now back at NBC, expanding is repertoire to including play-by-play on Xfinity Series races. Today, that level of access is merely reserved for before the race, and would never happen like it did then, in the middle of green flag pit stops. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. When asked about some memorable moments over his career, Matt reflected the special times that not many people got to see but were memorable to him. It has become a harmonic convergence of the highest order.". Indianapolis is roughly 575 miles away from Charlotte Motor Speedway, according to the ever-trusty Google Maps. I think that’s why I have been able to succeed at every level of motorsports. He would also be named “The Dean of American Motorsports” by the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2007. As of the 2020 season, these are the current broadcasters for Fox NASCAR. Spake, who thought she would be working with the NFL in some capacity, said, “When I started with Speed Channel (in 2005), I think I locked myself in my house for three months, eight hours a day, 10 hours a day. Plus, this is a rare opportunity. Byrnes began his career as a producer at Sunbelt Video for Inside Winston Cup with Ned Jarrett. The legendary career of Economaki began at the mere age of 14, when his first column was published in the National Auto Racing News newspaper. I am working for ABC and ESPN on live broadcasts on one of the most popular sports out there. PRN - The Pit Reporters Podcast podcast on demand - PRN - The Pit Reporters Podcast. Understandably, though, Fox Sports wants its employees to avoid potentially crowded airplanes amid the coronavirus pandemic. Economaki passed away in 2012, but the bar he set for reporters in the racing world still stands. Those restrictions have limited the number of employees Fox can send to the track for its broadcast, so the network is sending its four pit reporters — Little, Regan Smith, Matt Yocum and Vince Welch — to races on a rotation, one per event. Brett McMillan welcomes Brad Gillie of PRN, Dustin Long of NBC Sports, and Mark James of the IMS Radio Network. He’s able to bring his experiences and strengths that the other three may not be able to bring, and they can bring their experiences and strengths that he may not be able to bring yet. Said Spake, “If you ask good questions and show you are willing to learn, these guys want to help you. He noted working the Indy/Daytona races, having the opportunity to cover legendary Hoosiers Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart throughout their careers, and witnessing the greatness of Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus as they won their seven championships. Off the track, Little donates her time to The Animal Foundation rescue shelter and Speedway Children’s Charities, as well as owning two Jimmy Johns franchises in Las Vegas and a Nothing Bundt Cakes franchise near Indianapolis. On Sunday afternoon, the two women will tell a national television audience why their favorite driver is no longer in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 or why another driver is on track to win. While TV wasn’t the original plan for a post-racing career, Smith enjoyed it and wanted to do more. While he would entertain the fun jabs and discussions with commentators like Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond while at Fox, he was all business when the action was on the track. She conceded that some drivers make her more apprehensive than others. And then…my first Daytona 500 in 2015 with Fox was definitely a big one that I’ll never forget.”. There are three key pieces to any good race broadcast on television – someone to tell the story, someone who’s been in the driver’s shoes, and someone (or more than one) who can get the inside information. But to me, it was always the passion of wanting to do excellent TV for the fan at home.”. Brett McMillan hosts. “She had the skill and the talent.” Specifically, moto cross. All rights reserved. When ESPN got NASCAR rights in 2008, Welch moved over to NASCAR, and then when NASCAR went from ESPN to NBC, Welch moved to Fox in 2015. Will we be able to talk to these guys before the race? Brett welcomes Brad Gillie of PRN, Jeff Gluck of The Atlantic, and Kelly Crandall of Spake said, “I’ve always been a person who looked two or three years ahead and right now I am doing exactly what I want to be doing. You have permission to edit this article. Little dreamed of making it into NASCAR as a television reporter by age 30, and at age 29 she was there. And she will do it in between long drives to and from Charlotte. He holds a doctorate in psychology, which some may aruge makes him well educated to cover drivers in auto racing. Jamie Little, Vince Welch, Regan Smith, and Matt Yocum will be in the pit for the Daytona 500, and all four bring a very unique background and knowledge which will complement the broadcast. The fun moments during rain delays from raiding the Hollywood Hotel with teammate Dick Berggren using Super Soakers to toilet papering Darrell Waltrip’s coach with Kevin Harvick … so many unique moments.”. And that's not counting her traveling on foot before, during and after a race that typically lasts about 4 1/2 hours in the heat of May. The salaries paid to the members based on their skills. There are three key pieces to any good race broadcast on television – someone to tell the story, someone who’s been in the driver’s shoes, and someone (or more than one) who can get the inside information. Fox NASCAR host Shannon Spake was our latest guest on the AA Podcast, in addition to Spake and Kaitlyn Vincie talking to us about their new roles hosting Fox’s pre-race shows this season. ... Jonathan Merryman of, and Adam Stern of The Sports Business Journal. “I just feel grateful to have been a very small part of several great broadcast teams for the last 19 straight Daytona 500’s. The Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday will be an exception. “I still don’t know more than 60 to 70 percent of what goes on and I certainly don’t know 100 percent of what goes on underneath the car. Over the years of NASCAR on TV, the role of pit reporters has evolved greatly. Though it will run on its traditional Memorial Day weekend date, the Coca-Cola 600 is the third Cup Series race since NASCAR returned with a modified schedule after a two-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Over the years of NASCAR on TV, the role of pit reporters has evolved greatly. But neither Little nor Frake have felt intimidated by any of them. Covering the sport of racing for over seventy years and on over half a dozen platforms, there will never be another man in the auto racing world like Chris Economaki. Traveling such distance typically would require a quick flight, an hour and 45 minutes tops. He quickly rose through the ranks at the paper to become editor in 1950. Because I go in with the mentality that I respect what they do and they show a mutual respect. First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. He makes you work harder on your questions. For me, being a sports fan, it was a whole new world opened up to me and really exciting because I got to learn a whole new sport and I fell in love with it,” Spake said. But pit reporting is just one of the many things Little excels at. Brett welcomes PRN's Brad Gillie, along with Adam Stern of The Sports Business Journal, and Duston Long of NBC Sports. He was well respected by his peers and the drivers that he covered, while also being able to ask the tough questions and encounter the difficult situations. I am so blessed on my job,” said Little, but added, “In five years, I would maybe not like to travel as much, but still be involved with racing. Dick Berggren was always considered a consummate professional on and off the air. He is the most senior member of the Fox NASCAR crew currently and has worked for many other former series broadcasters including Turner Sports and ESPN.

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