CONCORD, N.C. – FOX Sports announced Friday that its live broadcast of the June 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series race from Pocono Raceway on FOX will be called entirely by active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers.
The race broadcast is thought to be the first time a nationally televised live sporting event has featured an on-air team comprised strictly of athletes actively competing in that sport.
Kevin Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series and two-time NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, will serve as the play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports at Pocono alongside analysts Joey Logano (2015 Daytona 500 champion) and Clint Bowyer (2008 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion).
Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will cover pit road, while Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin will host FOX race coverage from the Hollywood Hotel mobile studio.
“This is something FOX Sports has talked about doing for a long time,” said John Entz, FOX Sports president & executive producer, Production. “Several of these competitors already have joined us in the NASCAR XFINITY Series booth and done a heck of a job, and we see a lot of promise in the newcomers. Regardless of their TV experience, we have one goal for all — go out and have a blast. As long as no one sets fire to the FOX Sports booth or pulls the plug that knocks us off the air, the drivers have free rein.”
Harvick, Bowyer, Hamlin, Logano and Patrick have served as driver analysts for FOX Sports’ coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY Series at some point since the network began rotating prominent NASCAR Cup Series drivers in the booth beginning with the 2015 season. Additionally, Blaney and Stenhouse have contributed as driver analysts on FS1’s NASCAR Race Hub, the sport’s most-watched daily NASCAR news and information program. Pocono marks Jones’ debut as part of a national race broadcast.
“Pocono definitely is going to be different, but I am looking forward to the challenge and the fun it’s going to be for everyone,” said Pam Milller, NASCAR XFINITY Series race producer for FOX Sports. “For the most part, this group has broadcasting experience, so the goal will be to keep the telecast moving between all the personalities and making sure every driver’s unique views and personal experiences come through on the air. We want the viewer to feel like they are sitting with a group of friends having a racing conversation. These friends just happen to compete on the track each week.”