Sports News Without Access, Favor, Or Discretion

ESPN Fires Longtime Motorsports Announcer After One Gaffe Too Many

Marty Reid has been calling racing on ESPN for 31 years, but he's out of a job after the network announced it's pulling him off the Nationwide Series.

ESPN only says it's "going in a different direction," but Reid's racked up a series of high-profile mistakes, culminating in the Sept. 21 Nationwide race at Kentucky. In the video above, Reid announced Ryan Blaney as the winner despite there still being a lap to go. ("One more lap to finish it off, buddy," his poor partner interjects.)


It's not an isolated incident—YouTube is lousy with Marty Reid lowlight compilations.

Reid didn't even get to finish off the schedule. He was replaced for Saturday's race at Dover by Allen Bestwick, who will call the rest of the year's races. Reid was also ESPN's lead IndyCar announcer, and had called the Indy 500 for ABC since 2006.


Share This Story

Get our newsletter