NASCAR reporter Nicole Briscoe renews ESPN deal, will anchor SportsCenter

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It was just announced minutes ago that Nicole Briscoe has agreed to a new contract with ESPN and will become a SportsCenter anchor as well as taking on additional new assignments after her current role as host of ESPN NASCAR Countdown concludes.

A native of Roscoe, Illinois, and former Miss Illinois Teen USA, Nicole Briscoe, previously known as Nicole Manske, and today sometimes known as Nicole Manske Briscoe but most commonly referred to as Nicole Briscoe graduated from Hononegah High School in 1998. She and future auto racer/sports advertising megabrand Danica Patrick were cheerleaders on the same squad together in 1996.

Nicole got a lot of national media coverage when she started co-hosting The Speed Report on Speed Channel as well as hosting NASCAR Now on ESPN2. She also hosts NASCAR Countdown that airs on ESPN before NASCAR races.

Nicole Briscoe competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant in August 1998. Nicole Briscoe was a semi-finalist in the pageant, placing third (of 10) in the evening gown competition, seventh in swimsuit and tenth in interview (isn’t that ironic, a broadcaster finishing last), placing her eighth overall on average. Two years after passing on her title to the next Miss Teen USA she competed in the Miss Illinois USA 2001 pageant and placed first runner-up to Rebecca Ambrosi.


Oh and about her name change, how Nicole Manske became Nicole Briscoe. In December of 2009, Nicole married her boyfriend of 4 years, IndyCar series driver Ryan Briscoe.

“I’m very happy with the opportunities that have been presented to me,” said Nicole Briscoe in a prepared statement, who will be relocating to the company’s Bristol, Ct., headquarters. “ESPN is where I want to be, and I’m excited about starting the next chapter of my career as well as a new adventure for my family.

“But first, we still have 15 weeks of NASCAR to go and champions to crown.”


 Paul M. Banks owns The Sports, an affiliate of Fox Sports and Yahoo! He’s been a guest on news talk shows all across the world. He’s also a special contributor to the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition. Banks has been featured in numerous media outlets including, Forbes, Bleacher Report, Deadspin, ESPNNBCCBS, the History Channel and more. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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