ESPN’s Nicole Briscoe to Become ‘SportsCenter’ Anchor When NASCAR Duties Conclude

She’ll take a spot behind the desk in January

Last Updated: August 5, 2014 @ 9:53 AM

Nicole Briscoe has signed a new contract with ESPN to become a “SportsCenter” anchor and take on new assignments after her role as host of “NASCAR Countdown” concludes.

Briscoe, who joined ESPN in 2008, will assume her new duties in January. ESPN is in its final season of televising live NASCAR races.

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“I’m very happy with the opportunities that have been presented to me,” said Briscoe, who will be relocating to the company’s Bristol, Conn., 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,” she added.

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“NASCAR Countdown,” which Briscoe has hosted since 2011, airs before ESPN’s NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series telecasts. Based at the ESPN Pit Studio, it also features analysts Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty.

Briscoe has also been a host and reporter for ESPN’s “NASCAR Now” program and reported on NASCAR for “SportsCenter” and other ESPN news platforms.

Briscoe joined ESPN as Nicole Manske, prior to her 2009 marriage to IndyCar Series driver Ryan Briscoe.