R. Mark Stiles

R. Mark Stiles

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From the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake, Virginia, R. Mark Stiles, the owner, news director & editor in chief of Catchfence,™ has been dedicated to auto racing news media coverage, journalism and reporting for almost 17-years. Stiles started in the industry in the fall of 1997 with two columns (Green Flag Black Flag and Breaking Loose) for AOL/Athlete Direct's NASCAR department (ADNASCAR). He later merged Green Flag Black Flag and became the news director with Ryan Seek's CatchFence in 1999. At the beginning of 2001, Stiles went full-time with Catchfence, served as an assistant to the now retired Voice of Daytona Int'l Speedway chief track announcer, Bill Bowser, and In 2005 he acquired full ownership of Catchfence.

Jun 30

Motorsports This Week on ESPN

Filed under Nationwide Series, Sprint Cup Series

NASCAR Nationwide Series in Prime Time on ESPN2

The NASCAR Nationwide Series races in prime time on Friday night, July 4, at Daytona International Speedway in the Subway Firecracker 250 and ESPN2 will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7 p.m. ET with the green flag at 7:49 p.m.  All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. The race telecast also will air live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on July 5 at 4 a.m.


Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Dale JarrettAndy Petree.

Pit reporters: Mike MassaroDr. Jerry PunchVince Welch.

NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty WallaceBrad Daugherty(analysts).

NHRA in Ohio on ESPN2, ESPN3 

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series moves to Norwalk (Ohio) Motorsports Park for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals and qualifying and eliminations action will air on ESPN2 and ESPN3 July 4-6. All NHRA programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. The schedule:

Date Time Event Network
Friday, July 4 7:15 p.m. Qualifying (live) ESPN3,WatchESPN
Saturday, July 5 2 p.m. NHRA Lucas Oil Series ESPN2,WatchESPN
  11 p.m. Qualifying ESPN2,WatchESPN
Sunday, July 6 Noon Eliminations (live) ESPN3,WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Eliminations ESPN2,WatchESPN


Booth: Dave Rieff (anchor); Mike Dunn (analyst)

Pit reporters: Gary GerouldJamie HoweJohn Kernan.

Motorsports on Other ESPN Platforms — RacingLive! on is a live blog where fans can engage in debate and discussion with writers and editors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. On Saturday night, July 5, RacingLive! Daytona will coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Fans can join’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live at 

Click HERE for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series schedules on ESPN.

Click HERE for the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule on ESPN.

Source: ESPN Communications

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