Allen Bestwick is a play-by-play commentator for ESPN, working a variety of sports including college basketball and football, IndyCar racing, tennis and golf.
Bestwick was lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN’s live telecasts of NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series racing through the end of ESPN’s contract with NASCAR in 2014. With more than 30 years of experience as a motorsports broadcaster, Bestwick added IndyCar Series racing in 2014 and called the Indianapolis 500 on ABC for the first time.
Bestwick worked in multiple positions in ESPN’s NASCAR coverage after joining the network in 2007, including pit reporter, pre-race show host and host of the former studio program “NASCAR Now.” He was part of NBC and TNT’s NASCAR coverage from 2001-2006, both as a pit reporter and lead play-by-play announcer.
Bestwick has extensive experience in both radio and television, having started his NASCAR broadcasting career in 1986 as a turn announcer for MRN Radio. His father started racing at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway, near the family’s Rhode Island home, when Bestwick was 6 years old, spawning his interest in the sport. He became the Seekonk track announcer when he was 16.
Bestwick, who also worked briefly in New York for ABC Radio, worked for MRN for nearly 15 years. He was the play-by-play announcer from 1988-2000, broadcasting NASCAR races to more than 500 affiliate stations in the United States and hosting the network’s daily news program from MRN’s headquarters inside the Daytona International Speedway.
He made his television debut in 1995 on the original “NASCAR Today” program on ESPN and joined the SPEED Channel in 1996 as the host of “Inside NEXTEL Cup Racing,” a post he held for 10 years. He started pit reporting for TBS and TNT in 1997. While continuing to work in radio, Bestwick joined NBC in 1999, covering NASCAR races as well as arena football and track and field events. His sports broadcasting background also includes calling hockey games.