Marty Smith is lead NASCAR reporter for ESPN’s news and information platforms including SportsCenter and also is a writer for ESPN.com. Smith, who also reports on other sports, joined ESPN’s team of reporters in late 2006.
In addition to his reporting and writing, Smith also is co-host of the popular “Marty and McGee” podcast that lives on ESPN.com. Smith and co-host Ryan McGee of ESPN the Magazine discuss NASCAR and other topics with a wide variety of guests ranging from NASCAR drivers to country music artists to stars from other sports.
Prior to joining ESPN, Smith was a senior writer for NASCAR.com and a frequent guest expert on ESPN and SPEED Channel. Smith is one of the most well-respected reporters in the field and his contacts in the NASCAR garage have led to many breaking stories.
As an Insider, Smith reports on the latest news and information behind-the-scenes and breaking stories on teams, drivers, owners and crew chiefs.
Smith was a NASCAR analyst on Fox Sports Net, providing insight into the industry’s hottest topics on programs Around the Track and Around the South from 2005 to 2006. In these same years, Smith hosted Speed Channel’s Back Seat Drivers and was a guest analyst on NASCAR Nation.
A 1998 Radford University media studies graduate, Smith joined The Roanoke Times newsroom during his senior year at RU, where he covered a variety of sporting events. Later that year, he moved to the Lynchburg (Va.) News & Advance, where he conducted an interview with Lynchburg native Paul Brooks, vice president of NASCAR, that ultimately changed the course of his career. Shortly after, Brooks hired Smith to NASCAR’s public relations team in Charlotte, where he provided online content for the NASCAR-owned league web site from 1999 to 2000.
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