SAN FRANCISCO, CA — NASCAR racing is coming to FOX Sports and FOX Sports Net in 2001, but the Bay Area is ahead of the curve. For the second straight year, a half-hour preview of the Save Mart/Kragen 350 race will air on FOX Sports Net in advance of the annual Winston Cup event at Sears Point Raceway.
Sponsored by Budweiser and Save Mart Supermarkets, the Save Mart/Kragen 350 Preview Show debuts Wednesday, June 14 at 8:00 PM. Check local listing for encore presentations.
Hosted by Tyler Potter of The Ticket 1050 AM’s “Start Your Engines” radio show, the program answers questions on the minds of all NASCAR fans. Will Vallejo native Jeff Gordon pull off a third consecutive victory in this race? Or will a talented field end his unprecedented streak? And how about incredible rookie Dale Earnhardt Jr., whose father won at Sears Point in 1995, and who is breaking all records for NASCAR rookie achievement?
The Save Mart/Kragen 350 Preview Show will also features comments from Gordon and other racing stars (Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, and Bobby Labonte among them), as well as an exclusive sit-down interview with Earnhardt Jr. who speaks frankly about his thoughts on becoming a sudden star in America’s fastest-growing sport.
Other segments include a lighthearted look at some of the wacky promotions NASCAR drivers have participated in to promote the race in the Bay Area, and a review of the great career of Salinas native Ernie Irvan–who will serve as Grand Marshal for the June 25th race.
“The Winston Cup race at Sears Point is Northern California’s largest single-day sporting event,” says FOX Sports Net Coordinating Producer Seth Magalaner. “People love the sport because the drivers are great characters and because the competitive storylines are always fascinating. You don’t have to be a NASCAR junkie to appreciate that, and this show gives people a chance to get familiar with some of the best stories.”
Last year the Save Mart/Kragen 350 Preview was nominated for a local Emmy Award for outstanding Sports Program.
FOX Sports Net reaches more than 70 million households nationwide. FOX Sports Net is a service of National Sports Partners, equally owned by Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., and FOX Entertainment Group.
FOX Sports Net Bay Area is a service of Rainbow Sports, a division of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. Rainbow Sports has been dedicated to “Home Team” fans for nearly 20 years. Rainbow Sports incorporates all of Rainbow’s sports assets, including its 50 percent ownership of FOX Sports Net and FOX Sports National Advertising, the Madison Square Garden Properties, and the ownership and management of seven regional sports networks in six of the nation’s largest markets — Chicago, Florida, New England, New York, Ohio and San Francisco.
Jay dela Cruz