DAYTONA BEACH, FL – March 21, 2019 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Following two years of impressive growth of its NBCSN viewership, American Flat Track announces the newest additions to its on-air talent for 2019. Veteran commentator Jason Weigandt returns to the booth, now joined by former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver A.J. Allmendinger and seasoned motorsports sideline reporter Kristen Beat. The team will make its debut beginning with the season-opening DAYTONA TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, March 24 at 4:00 pm ET (1:00 pm PT).
Weigandt, play-by-play announcer for AFT on NBCSN since 2017 and the resident motorcycle racing expert for NBC Sports, will continue to enhance the telecasts with his characteristic enthusiasm for professional flat track.
“I’ve announced plenty of racing, but I’ve seen nothing that provides the close finishes and last-lap action of American Flat Track,” said Weigandt. “I’m pumped to be back for this year’s broadcasts, and we plan to get even more in depth with the AFT culture and storytelling than ever before.”
Bringing an impressive motorsports portfolio to the table, Allmendinger will join Weigandt as color commentator in 2019. In addition to his notable performance on the racetrack, fans will recognize Allmendinger from NBC Sports’ coverage of the 57th running of the iconic Rolex 24 and NBCSN’s daily motorsports show NASCAR America.
“I have been a huge fan of professional flat track my whole life,” said Allmendinger. “I grew up going to the San Jose and Sacramento Miles with my dad. I’m really looking forward to being part of the American Flat Track NBCSN broadcast team and working with Jason Weigandt with his background in two-wheel racing – he is definitely the right guy to learn from.”
Rounding out this all-star team with nearly a decade of motorsports broadcasting experience, Beat has served as sideline reporter for both the Amsoil Arenacross Series and the NASCAR K&N Series.
“I’ve been a fan of professional flat track racing since I was a kid,” said Beat. “Getting to cover it for the first time in my career is a special opportunity. NBCSN is a network that I admire and to be working with that team is such a privilege. Being able to share stories that bring people closer to racing is a blessing – I don’t take that for granted. I’ve been watching film, learning more about the bikes, and I’m ready to hit the ground running.”
“Since 2017, our NBCSN telecasts have been crafted to tell the story of the sport both on and off the track,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “The story of American Flat Track goes beyond the racing – there are real personalities piloting those machines. As we enter a new season, we look forward to working with NBCSN and its expert team to share the more personal, first-person perspective of American Flat Track with our fans.”
In addition to the 18 premieres, NBCSN will present encore telecasts of each one-hour show.
FansChoice.tv, a cornerstone of American Flat Track’s digital strategy, will continue provide live streaming coverage for every round of the 2019 season, and NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports app will provide streaming coverage alongside NBCSN’s premiere telecasts.
The 2019 American Flat Track on NBCSN telecast premieres this Sunday, March 24 at 4:00 pm ET (1:00 pm PT) with the DAYTONA TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.
NBCSN’s American Flat Track television schedule is available at www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn and will premiere as follows:
|Rd||Track, Location||Track||Premier||Time (ET)|
|1||Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL||TT||Sun, 3/24||4:00 pm|
|2||Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA||Short Track||Sun, 3/31||4:30 pm|
|3||Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX||Half-Mile||Sun, 4/28||5:00 pm|
|4||Wild Horse Pass Motorsport Park, Chandler, AZ||TT||Sun, 5/5||4;30 pm|
|5||Southern California Fair, Perris, CA||Half-Mile||Sun, 5/19||12:00 pm|
|6||Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA||Mile||Sun, 5/26||6:00 pm|
|7||Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL||Mile||Sat, 6/01||2:30 pm|
|8||Red Mile, Lexington, KY||Mile||Sat, 6/08||2:00 pm|
|9||New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH||Short Track||Sun, 6/23||2:30 pm|
|10||Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH||Half-Mile||Sat, 7/06||1:00 pm|
|11||Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY||Short Track||Sat, 7/27||12:30 pm|
|12||Buffalo Chip Campgrounds, Sturgis, SD||TT||Sat, 8/10||12:30 pm|
|13||Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD||Half-Mile||Sat, 8/10||1:30 pm|
|14||Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL||TT||Sun, 8/25||7:00 pm|
|15||Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL||Mile||Sun, 9/08||1:30 pm|
|16||Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA||Half-Mile||Sat, 9/21||3:30 pm|
|17||Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN||Mile||Sun, 9/29||5:00 pm|
|18||Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ||Mile||Sun, 10/12||10:30 pm|
About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.
NBCSN is NBC Sports Group’s dedicated 24/7 linear sports network. Now in nearly 85 million homes, the Emmy Award-winning network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL) – including two Stanley Cup Final games – NASCAR, IndyCar, Premier League, Tour de France, and America’s Cup. In addition, NBCSN features college football, college basketball, college hockey, cycling, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup, Ironman, the AVP Tour and Premiership Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as PFT Live, The Dan Patrick Show, and NASCAR America. NBCSN is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.
Source: American Flat Track