In the current media landscape, it is sometimes difficult to find good stories about racing on television. This weekend might just be the exception, as AXS TV and ESPN offer a break from the stick and ball sports that tend to dominate most major cable sports channels nowadays.
On Saturday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. EST and again at 6:30 p.m. EST, tune to AXS TV, the premier destination for live events, will provide viewers an exclusive 30-minute inside look into the world of Nuclear Cowboyz ®.
“This special feature was created with the fan in mind and offers a one of a kind perspective into the development of Nuclear Cowboyz,” said Juliette Feld, executive vice president, Feld Entertainment. “AXS TV is a great broadcast platform, with a fan base that will appreciate the dynamics and athleticism that goes into this show.”
This all-inclusive special will follow the entire Nuclear Cowboyz cast as they push the limits for audiences across North America. Throughout the feature, viewers will witness the show’s elaborate choreography, which showcases incredible acrobatic feats, over 1000 freestyle stunts, and unthinkable trick combos, performed by the world’s top freestyle motocross (FMX) athletes.
The special will also feature interviews with the creative team and stars of the show, including 16-time X Games medalist Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, seven-time X games medalist Mike Mason and more.
On Sunday, ESPN’s SC Featured will tell the story of Oklahoma sprint car racer Harli White, who suffered serious burns in a racing crash when she was only 12 years old but recovered, returned to racing, and won a championship in 2013.
“I said, there’s no possible way that you’re ever going to race again. She says, yes I can. She says, I’ll get better. I’ll get my arm to moving and I’ll get my neck fixed, and I will get better, and I will race again,” added Charlie White, Harli’s father, on her desire to return to the race track.
It would be too simple to say Harli’s story is written across her back and down her body—but part of her journey is there, in scars plain to see. When she was driving in the first mini-sprint car race of her life in 2008, her car turned over and burst into flames as she was trapped inside. With track officials and her father unable to free her, she believed her life was ending.
“I basically gave up. I prayed to God, is this my time to go? And if it is, take me now,” Harli White recalls of the accident that nearly took her life.
At that moment, another driver who had left his car and run across the track reached into the flames and pulled her out, terribly burned but still alive. ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi narrates her remarkable recovery, her unrelenting determination to race again and her enduring bond with the man who saved her life—a young driver whose own life would end in tragedy.
“I try to honor him by doing the best that I can do, and by winning as many races as possible… The more races that I win, the more I feel like I’m making him happy,” added Harli White on paying tribute to her friend and mentor, Donnie Ray Crawford.
“Forged Through Fire” will debut in the 10 a.m. ET edition of ESPN SportsCenter and re-air throughout the day.
Also on Sunday, tune in to CBS Sports at 12:00 p.m. for he highly anticipated fourth episode of the highly acclaimed five-episode series for CBS Sports entitled Behind the Dream. This in-depth documentary series that has provided a sneak peek into the highly competitive and highly demanding world of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, giving viewers a glimpse into the sacrifices, adversity, and overall commitment that the sport’s athletes, families, and even team personnel must endure on the path to success.
With thousands of young amateur racers chasing the same common goal of a career in Monster Energy Supercross, the sport revolves around family. Perhaps no relationship within the family is more important than that of a father and son. Whether former racers or men who simply have a dream for their son, fathers are more often than not the driving factor behind a rider’s path in the sport. The fourth episode of Behind the Dream takes a look into the dynamics of the father-son relationship and the creation of the Ricky Carmichael Road to Supercross program, a formalized advancement program which will require every rider to hone their skills in AMSOIL Arenacross, earning required Road to supercross points and a supercross pro license endorsement, this system will bring the next generation of the world’s fastest amateur riders through AMSOIL Arenacross before they make their debut in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.
Brian Deegan has established himself as one of the most recognizable names in action sports. After a brief career in Monster Energy Supercross in which he was a relative unknown, Deegan went on to win the 125cc Main Event at the LA Coliseum on January 18, 1997, solidifying his name in history. Deegan later became one of the founding fathers of freestyle motocross, eventually rising to the top of the discipline and becoming an iconic figure thanks to his Metal Mulisha brand and its rebel lifestyle persona. Deegan has taken the next step in his career, by becoming a mentor to his son Haiden, who as aspirations to follow his father’s footsteps and one day race in Monster Energy Supercross.
The name Tomac has become synonymous in the world of two wheels. While son Eli is establishing quite an impressive racing résumé, his father John is a legend in the world of cycling. Whether on dirt or pavement, John made winning look easy. His training and determination played a major role in his ability to be arguably the most well rounded cyclist of all time. John has applied his success to the development of Eli’s career, helping his son become of the sport’s rising stars.
As the Monster Energy Supercross season continues, Behind the Dream will put the spotlight on the storylines and individuals that will ultimately define the 2014 championship and the sport’s future.
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