Venturini: First woman to co-anchor Cup radiocast

Second Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race plays host to history

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Wendy Venturini will make her co-anchor debut of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the Sylvania 300 (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).


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The broadcaster will co-anchor with Doug Rice after working NASCAR Nationwide Series races with co-anchor Mark Garrow since 2012.

"Wendy has an incredible knowledge of our sport and for the past two seasons has been co-anchoring multiple Nationwide Series races on PRN," Rice said. "She has steadily become more comfortable in that role and is ready for a Sprint Cup broadcast."

It will mark the first time a woman will co-anchor a radio broadcast for NASCAR’s premier series. She became the first female broadcaster to call an entire race on a national level during the July 2007 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway for DirecTV.

"While I’ve never set out to be the first woman on a list of firsts in our sport, life has brought me to situations such as these," Venturini said. "Doug Rice believes in what I’ve contributed over the last decade in NASCAR, and I have a deep appreciation for the support given to me by the entire PRN team in this history-making moment."

Venturini grew up around racing, following her father Bill, who has seven Sprint Cup starts, four Nationwide starts and two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts to his credit. She started her broadcasting career hosting "Race City Review," a local racing show, on the Adelphia Cable Network in 2001.

Her career has included pit-road reporting for all three NASCAR national series, serving as a reporter since 2004 for SPEED and FOX Sports 1’s "NASCAR Live," "NASCAR Race Day," "NASCAR Victory Lane" and practice and qualifying session as well.

The Sylvania 300 will be broadcast on more than 380 affiliate stations nationwide and streamed live on, the NASCAR Mobile app,, the PRN mobile app and TuneIn. Fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway can listen by tuning into 454.000 on their scanner. Broadcast coverage starts at 1 p.m. ET.


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