Fox Sports Notes – UFC & Daytona 500 Fallout

From Fox Sports –

NASCAR on FOX Heads to the Valley of the Sun for Subway Fresh Fit 500 Sunday at 2:30 PM ET

McReynolds: “Biffle Did Try To Win Daytona 500”

AFTER LONG WEEK IN FLORIDA, NASCAR ON FOX HEADS WEST – What else can possibly happen after that Daytona 500? Following Matt Kenseth’s win at the primetime extravaganza, the 2012 NASCAR on FOX season rolls towards the desert for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 from Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 4 (2:30 PM ET).

Coverage starts with the FOX NASCAR SUNDAY prerace show hosted by Chris Myers, with up-to-the-minute reports, live interviews with drivers, crewmen and officials shaping the day’s action and analysis from Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip. Veteran analyst Jeff Hammond takes his extensive experience as a former championship-winning crew chief to where the action is, in the garages and pit road.

Once the green flag drops, race announcer Mike Joy is alongside analysts Waltrip and Larry McReynolds to call all the twists and turns on the track while Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for reports on teams and pit stops.

MCREYNOLDS: ANTICIPATION BUILDING FOR PHOENIX – In a Daytona 500 that saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. make a late charge for the win only to fall short and place second in the race, many have wondered if Greg Biffle tried to win the race himself, or if he sacrificed for winner Matt Kenseth. “How can you say he didn’t?” writes NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds. “Naturally Roush Fenway Racing would have loved a 1-2 finish, but also don’t forget that Biffle could have made the wrong move on his teammate. If that had happened, we might very well be talking about Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the Daytona 500 champion today and not Matt Kenseth.”

MCREYNOLDS: DAYTONA 500 SETS TONE FOR SEVERAL DRIVERS – After a crazy Daytona 500, NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds points out that several drivers appear to have things turned around after a rough 2011 season. “There were plenty of drivers up front that needed a fast start to this year. Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Burton all had pretty dismal seasons in 2011. On Monday night they were up front when the smoke cleared.  That was exactly the shot in the arm those guys needed. That set a tone for their 2012. Sure, they might not have celebrated in Victory Lane, but trust me, after what those three went through in 2011, this was a great start for 2012.”

To read more from McReynolds, click here: http://on-msn.com/wMjoyq

CAIN: IS DALE JR. POISED FOR SUCCESSFUL 2012? – FOXSports.com motorsports writer Holly Cain looks at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s second place finish in the Daytona 500 as an encouraging sign.  “While Earnhardt is NASCAR’s biggest star, he has struggled to deliver the wins and championship-contending seasons he and his massive legion of fans expect. He finished seventh in the 2011 championship, which marked the first time he qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs since 2008. However he hasn’t won since summer 2008 and, before Tuesday, had only nine top-five finishes in the three years since.  His showing in the Daytona 500 also marked a rare time when he was the top Hendrick driver, besting his teammates — five-time champ Jimmie Johnson, four-time champ Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne – and is perhaps a good omen for Earnhardt.”

To read Cain’s column, visit http://tinyurl.com/7w4dk2k.

UFC ON FX: ALVES VS KAMPMANN – WEIGH-IN, PRELIMS & POSTFLIGHT MARCH 1 & 2: The Octagon heads to Sydney this weekend with UFC on FX: ALVES VS KAMPMANN, and the action starts Thursday, March 1 (10:00 PM ET) with the live UFC Weigh-in on FUEL TV. Jay Glazer hosts the show from FUEL TV’s Los Angeles studio and UFC Veteran Stephan Bonnar offers analysis, while Molly Qerim conducts backstage fighter interviews. FUEL TV features six live exciting bouts from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia for the UFC Prelims on FUEL TV Friday, March 2 (6:00 PM ET). Jon Anik will host Octagonside, with analysis from UFC vet Kenny Florian, while Qerim conducts backstage interviews and provides insider information throughout. FUEL TV wraps coverage of the main event, Friday, March 2 (11:00 PM ET) with UFC Postfight Show on FUEL TV. Glazer leads the one-hour recap from FUEL TV’s Los Angeles studio, with UFC vets Stephan Bonnar and Chael Sonnen offering analysis. Qerim interviews fighters after the bouts.

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