When the delayed 2020 American Flat Track season finally takes to the track July 17-18, NBC Sports will welcome an addition to the on-air talent team. Versatile veteran announcer Jason Weigandt returns to the booth and Kristen Beat is back as AFT's paddock correspondent, and they will be joined by flat track legend Chris Carr as the expert commentator for all AFT on NBCSN telecasts.
A dominant force in the sport throughout the 1990s, the AMA Hall-of-Famer has seven Grand National Championships, as well as being second in all-time flat track wins with 78. His expertise and extensive knowledge will be an invaluable addition to the telecast. “I am looking forward to bringing my 40+ years of flat track experience back into the NBCSN broadcast booth," said Carr. "This year's schedule poses new challenges for racers and teams to overcome, and it will be very interesting to see who faces those challenges the best over the coming months."
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 can’t wait to get back to racing," he adds. "I am so glad we can get back to it. The way AFT is exploding, each year seems like a five-year advancement over the previous. So many teams and riders are getting stronger each season in each class.”
Returning to the pits is second-year AFT pit reporter Kristen Beat. With nearly a decade of motorsports broadcasting experience, Beat brings her expertise into the AFT paddock to supplement the telecast with her behind-the-scenes trackside reports and rider interviews. "I’m just so excited to get back to racing, and I can’t wait to share the riders’ stories with everyone at home," said Beat There are so many storylines this season, and like always we are going to bring the fun, real, raw passion of American Flat Track home for the fans! I am so lucky and grateful to be returning to this series."
For those who can’t make it to Florida for the race, the new broadcast team will make their debut with the race call on Thursday, July 23 at 11:30 pm ET (8:30 pm PT) followed immediately by the premiere of the Volusia Half-Mile II presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at 12:30 am ET (9:30 pm PT) on NBCSN. The full schedule for all AFT on NBCSN telecasts to be announced later.