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NASCAR Ratings Up on FOX

June 28, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Ratings for the inaugural season of NASCAR Winston Cup coverage on Fox Sports and its FX cable network rose 29 percent from the first half of last year.

Fox, which finished its coverage this season with last weekend’s Dodge/Save Mart 350, said Thursday it averaged a 6.1 rating and rating and 15 share for its 14 Winston Cup Series race. That was up 15 percent from the 5.3/14 last year on ABC and CBS for nine races during the first half of the season.

Fox estimated it averaged 19.9 million viewers per race, up 1 million from last year.

Fox Sports and FX combined to average a 5.3/13 for 19 races, 29 percent above the 4.1/10 for the first 19 races last season on ABC, CBS, ESPN, TNN and TBS.

NBC and TNT begin their coverage with the Pepsi 400 on July 7 at Daytona International Speedway.

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