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For the first 13 weeks of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the NASCAR on FOX team brings the races to the television screen for race fans.

“There’s a lot of moving pieces,” said Barry Landis, producer, NASCAR on FOX. “You’re talking about 10 announcers. You’re talking about 250 or so technical people, and just getting everybody together and working on the same page.”

More than 45 cameras are used to bring the race to life.

“So, this is as big a production as you will see in any sports world or entertainment show, week in and week out," said Artie Kempner, director, NASCAR on FOX. “We want to show you why something happened, how something happened and then we want to show you what, and 'wow, that looked cool.'"

The announcer team includes NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip and renowned sportscaster Chris Myers.

“The drivers, to me, are the key,” said Myers. “Obviously, the racing, the speed, but to get their personalities involved in preparing for a show, that’s where I kind of like to start each week.”

Waltrip added, “I’m the biggest race fan here and I’ve got the best seat in the house. I get to stand up there and watch the cars go around the track with all kind of gadgets to play with.”

In addition to the lead announcers, a number of reporters occupy the pits and the garage area to bring fans up to the minute information about their favorite drivers.

“We deal with so many different factors whether it be weather or different situations like that,” said Matt Yocum, reporter. “So, you’ve always got to be prepared for all 43 cars.”

Reporter Steve Byrnes added, “We have a pit producer who’s in one ear, we listen to the race in the other, then I have a scanner where I am listening to typically two teams at a time.”

Sometimes the scope of the job is different from week to week.

“We change what section we’re in in the pits, we change whether we do practices, qualifying, Nationwide (series), Sprint Cup Series,” said Krista Voda, reporter. “I do the truck series, whether you’re in the studio, out here in the pits, everything’s always sort of evolving and changing.”

At the end of the day, according to Landis, the whole team comes together to bring the race home to the fan.

“Kind of our mission statement is very clear and that’s ‘the fan at home is first,’” said Landis. “We all love the sport, we want to glorify the sport, but we want to entertain and bring the best event home possible.”

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