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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Reid to call Sprint Cup races for ESPN news services

Marty Reid will take over as lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN's NASCAR coverage in 2010, with Dr. Jerry Punch returning to his role as a pit reporter.

Reid will join analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree in the booth, ESPN said in a statement Wednesday. Reid will call all 17 of the network's Sprint Cup races along with many of its Nationwide Series telecasts.

Reid was lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN's IndyCar coverage and some Nationwide races in 2009. Punch was lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN's Sprint Cup coverage the past three years.

"This group gives us the most versatile and comprehensive team in motorsports, and strengthens us in the booth," said Norby Williamson, ESPN's executive vice president for studio and event production.

"We play to the strengths of our announcers, and Marty's strength is calling the tactical aspects of the race while deferring to the analysts. And from the early days of our NASCAR coverage, Jerry helped evolve the significant role that reporting from the pits plays. He will bolster our already-strong stable of pit reporters."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.