List of Daytona 500 broadcasters

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The following is a list of the American television networks and announcers who have broadcast NASCAR's annual Daytona 500 throughout the years.

Early CBS and ABC's Wide World of Sports era (1959-1978)[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s) Pit reporters Host Ratings[1] Viewers[1]
1959 none  —  —  —  —  —  —
1960 CBS Sports Spectacular Bud Palmer Bud Palmer Bud Palmer
1961 none  —  —  —  —  —  —
1962 ABC's WWOS Jim McKay Stirling Moss Chris Economaki Jim McKay
1963 ABC's WWOS Bill Flemming Chris Economaki Chris Economaki Bill Flemming
1964 ABC's WWOS Bill Flemming Chris Economaki
Stirling Moss
Chris Economaki
Stirling Moss
Bill Flemming
1965 ABC's WWOS Bill Flemming Dan Gurney Bill Flemming Bill Flemming
1966 ABC's WWOS Curt Gowdy Rodger Ward Chris Economaki Curt Gowdy
1967 ABC's WWOS Jim McKay Chris Economaki Chris Economaki Jim McKay
1968 ABC's WWOS Bill Flemming Chris Economaki Bill Flemming Bill Flemming
1969 ABC's WWOS Bill Flemming Chris Economaki Bill Flemming Bill Flemming
1970 ABC's WWOS Keith Jackson Chris Economaki Chris Economaki Keith Jackson
1971 ABC's WWOS Keith Jackson Chris Economaki Chris Economaki Keith Jackson
1972 ABC's WWOS Keith Jackson Chris Economaki Chris Economaki Keith Jackson
1973 ABC's WWOS Jim McKay Jackie Stewart Chris Economaki Jim McKay
1974 ABC's WWOS Keith Jackson Jackie Stewart Chris Economaki Keith Jackson 10.9/29 12.5 million
1975 ABC's WWOS Bill Flemming Jackie Stewart Bill Flemming Bill Flemming 11.8/31 15.1 million
1976 ABC's WWOS Bill Flemming Jackie Stewart Chris Economaki Bill Flemming 12.8/37 18.3 million
1977 ABC's WWOS Jim McKay Jackie Stewart Chris Economaki Jim McKay 12.9/35 16.0 million
1978 ABC's WWOS Jim McKay Jackie Stewart Chris Economaki Jim McKay 11.8/33 20.9 million

Notes[edit]

  • Before 1974, the Daytona 500 was shown as a filmed (before 1972) or videotaped highlight package the following week on ABC's Wide World of Sports.[3]
    • During the period on Wide World of Sports, the booth announcers typically served as roving pit reporters during the running of the race, as well as interviewing in victory lane. The booth commentary was recorded in post-production.
  • In 1974, ABC began the first live coverage (joined-in-progress) of the Daytona 500. Coverage was normally timed to begin when the race was halfway over. ABC aired approximately, the last 90 minutes of the race from 1974-1978.
  • The 1976 Daytona 500 was held on the same day of the final day of competition in the Winter Olympics (also broadcast on ABC). ABC carried 30 minutes of live coverage of the start, then switched to the Olympics for an hour-and-a-half to carry taped coverage of the final two competitive events (a cross-country ski race and the final runs in the bobsled), held earlier that day. Then it was back to Daytona for about an hour-and-a-half for the finish.

CBS era (1979-2000)[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s) Pit reporters Host Ratings[1] Viewers[1]
1979[4] CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs Ned Jarrett
Brock Yates
Ken Squier 10.5/29 15.1 million
1980 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs Ned Jarrett
Brock Yates
Ken Squier 8.0/21 10.8 million
1981 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs Ned Jarrett
Brock Yates
Ken Squier 8.4/26 11.2 million
1982 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs Ned Jarrett
Larry Nuber
Brock Yates 9.4/27 11.8 million
1983 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs Ned Jarrett
Larry Nuber
Ken Squier 8.7/26 11.0 million
1984 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs Ned Jarrett
Chris Economaki
Mike Joy
Chris Economaki 8.7/23 12.3 million
1985 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs
Ned Jarrett
Chris Economaki
Mike Joy
Chris Economaki 8.3/23 9.8 million
1986 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs
Ned Jarrett
Chris Economaki
Mike Joy
Chris Economaki 8.4/22 10.3 million
1987 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs
Ned Jarrett
Chris Economaki
Mike Joy
Dave Despain
Chris Economaki 9.4/26 12.4 million
1988 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
Chris Economaki
Mike Joy
Dave Despain
David Hobbs
Chris Economaki 7.4/18 10.0 million
1989 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
Chris Economaki
Mike Joy
Dave Despain
David Hobbs
Chris Economaki 8.1/21 12.0 million
1990 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
Chris Economaki
Mike Joy
Dave Despain
David Hobbs
Chris Economaki 7.3/20 10.5 million
1991 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
David Hobbs
Mike Joy
Dave Despain
Chris Economaki
Chris Economaki 7.6/20 10.9 million
1992 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
Neil Bonnett
Mike Joy
David Hobbs
Chris Economaki
Chris Economaki 9.2/25 13.4 million
1993 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
Neil Bonnett
Mike Joy
David Hobbs
Chris Economaki
Chris Economaki 8.4/23 12.7 million
1994 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
Chris Economaki
Mike Joy
David Hobbs
Dick Berggren
Chris Economaki 9.6/26 13.6 million
1995 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
Richard Petty
Mike Joy
David Hobbs
Dick Berggren
Ken Squier 7.8/20 11.4 million
1996 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
Buddy Baker
Mike Joy
David Hobbs
Dick Berggren
Ken Squier 9.2/24 13.9 million
1997 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett
Buddy Baker
Mike Joy
Dick Berggren
Ralph Sheheen
Ken Squier 8.6/23 12.8 million
1998 CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett
Buddy Baker
Dick Berggren
Ralph Sheheen
Bill Stephens
Ken Squier 8.6/23 13.0 million
1999 CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett
Buddy Baker
Dick Berggren
Ralph Sheheen
Bill Stephens
Greg Gumbel
Ken Squier
9.6/25 12.9 million
2000 CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett
Buddy Baker
Dick Berggren
Ralph Sheheen
Bill Stephens
Ken Squier 8.4/22 12.9 million

Notes[edit]

  • In 1979, CBS instituted the “flag-to-flag” coverage policy.[5][6]
  • Since 1995, U.S. television ratings for the Daytona 500 have been the highest for any auto race of the year, surpassing the traditional leader, the Indianapolis 500. The 2006 Daytona 500 attracted the sixth largest average live global TV audience of any sporting event that year with 20 million viewers.[7]
  • 1998-2000: Ken Squier served as host. Former pit reporter Mike Joy was elevated to the lap-by-lap position starting in 1998, and longtime announcer Squier was retained in a host position.

Fox/NBC era (2001-2006)[edit]

From 2001 to 2006, the Daytona 500 broadcasting network alternated between Fox and NBC under the terms of a six-year, $2.48 billion NASCAR television contract, with Fox broadcasting the Daytona 500 in odd-numbered years (2001, 2003, 2005) and NBC broadcasting the Daytona 500 in even-numbered years (2002, 2004, 2006), with the other network that year broadcasting the Pepsi 400. Starting in 2007, Fox became the exclusive home of the Daytona 500 under the terms of NASCAR's new television package.

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentators Pit reporters Pre-Race Host Pre-Race Analyst(s) Ratings
2001 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
Dick Berggren
Steve Byrnes
Matt Yocum
Jeanne Zelasko
Chris Myers Jeff Hammond
Darrell Waltrip
Ken Squier
10.0/24 17.1 million
2002 NBC Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons
Wally Dallenbach
Bill Weber
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Matt Yocum
Bill Weber 10.9/26 18.8 million
2003 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
Dick Berggren
Steve Byrnes
Matt Yocum
Jeanne Zelasko
Chris Myers Jeff Hammond
Darrell Waltrip
9.8/21 16.8 million
2004 NBC Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons
Wally Dallenbach
Bill Weber
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Matt Yocum
Bill Weber 10.6/24 17.8 million
2005 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
Dick Berggren
Steve Byrnes
Matt Yocum
Jeanne Zelasko
Chris Myers Jeff Hammond
Darrell Waltrip
10.9/23 18.7 million
2006 NBC Bill Weber Benny Parsons
Wally Dallenbach
Allen Bestwick
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Matt Yocum
Bill Weber 11.3/23 19.4 million

Notes[edit]

  • 2001: After CBS lost the rights to the Daytona 500, Ken Squier left the network and joined Fox for a one-race arrangement as special contributor and studio host.

Exclusive Fox era (2007-present)[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentators Pit reporters Pre-Race Host Pre-Race Analyst(s) Ratings[1] Viewers[1]
2007 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
Dick Berggren
Steve Byrnes
Matt Yocum
Krista Voda
Chris Myers Jeff Hammond
Darrell Waltrip
10.1/20 17.5 million
2008 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
Dick Berggren
Steve Byrnes
Matt Yocum
Krista Voda
Chris Myers Jeff Hammond
Darrell Waltrip
10.2/20 17.8 million
2009 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
Dick Berggren
Steve Byrnes
Matt Yocum
Krista Voda
Chris Myers Jeff Hammond
Darrell Waltrip
9.2/19 16.0 million
2010 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
Dick Berggren
Steve Byrnes
Matt Yocum
Krista Voda
Chris Myers Jeff Hammond
Darrell Waltrip
7.7/16 13.3 million
2011 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
Dick Berggren
Steve Byrnes
Matt Yocum
Krista Voda
Chris Myers Jeff Hammond
Darrell Waltrip
8.7/20 15.6 million
2012 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
Dick Berggren
Steve Byrnes
Matt Yocum
Krista Voda
Jeff Hammond
John Roberts Michael Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
8.0/14 13.7 million
2013 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
Steve Byrnes
Matt Yocum
Krista Voda
Jeff Hammond
Erin Andrews
Chris Myers Michael Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
9.9/22 16.7 million
2014 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
Steve Byrnes
Matt Yocum
Krista Voda
Chris Myers Michael Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
Jeff Hammond
5.6 9.3 million

Notes[edit]

  • 2007: Race finished in prime-time hour (7 PM EST).
    • Per the current broadcast agreements, the Daytona 500 will be televised by Fox through 2022.
  • 2010: Two delays totaling 150 minutes caused by track break up. Finished in prime-time.
  • 2012: John Roberts replaced Chris Myers, who was placed on bereavement leave after his son's death during Speedweeks. Race delayed 30 hours by rain, then delayed a second time after a Lap 160 red flag caused by track issues following a jet fuel fire as a result of a crash. Race finished in late night hour (1 AM EST Tuesday / 10 PM PST Monday), after Fox typically signs off.
  • 2014: Race finished in late-night hour (11 PM EST) and in prime-time (8 PM PST because of rain delays totaling 6 hours, 22 minutes.

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