FOX, NASCAR Restart Their Engines

As one of the first leagues to get back to business during the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR’s return this weekend is a product of proactive scheduling by NASCAR President Steve... See More

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As one of the first leagues to get back to business during the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR’s return this weekend is a product of proactive scheduling by NASCAR President Steve Phelps with broadcast partner FOX. Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson says drivers may benefit from running four races in 11 days. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron will prepare using iRacing, which helped FOX to an average of 1.1 million viewers over the last eight weeks while the network’s executive chairman and CEO Lachlan Murdoch is “very pleased” to get back on track.

As one of the first leagues to get back to business during the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR’s return this weekend is a product of proactive scheduling by NASCAR President Steve Phelps with broadcast partner FOX. Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson says drivers may benefit from running four races in 11 days. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron will prepare using iRacing, which helped FOX to an average of 1.1 million viewers over the last eight weeks while the network’s executive chairman and CEO Lachlan Murdoch is “very pleased” to get back on track.

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Stu Hothem

Stu Hothem has covered some of the biggest events in sports across TV, radio and the web. As a researcher with ABC, CBS and ESPN, he worked on the Super Bowl, Olympics, World Cup and X Games. At FOXSports.com, he integrated content and interactive features with FOX Sports broadcast and cable programming. He managed the editorial team at NASCAR.com and also worked in the sanctioning body’s integrated marketing communications department. His professional career began at WFAN, the nation’s first all-sports radio station, following his time at the Rutgers radio station as a play-by-play announcer, talk-show host and general manager.