It’s time the biggest names in the NASCAR Cup Series tested themselves in a different way. FOX Sports has announced the analysts and reporters for the annual “drivers-only” Xfinity series broadcast.
FOX Sports provided the information during “NASCAR RaceDay” on May 20th. Kevin Harvick will be leading the booth as a play-by-play man, while Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney will be attending the booth as analysts. The two Team Penske drivers have helped Adam Alexander schedule several Xfinity Series races in 2022, but they will now be teaming up with one of their competitors.
The race will feature two aspiring young drivers as pit reporters at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Tyler Reddick and Austin Cindric will both be walking around with microphones, scrambling to get information from crew chiefs and crew members during the 200-lap race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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FOX Sports takes on the driver-only concept in a number of ways. The stars of the Cup series take over the broadcasting booth and the pit lane. They also head to the Charlotte studio to provide analysis on breaking news and the biggest storylines.
2012 Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski will lead the driver-only studio segments. He will oversee the show as the studio host, using his analysts to cover some key storylines.
There will be two drivers with strong performances on superspeedways. Aric Almirola, who has photographed races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, will serve as one of the studio’s analysts. Daytona and Talladega winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will also join as an analyst for the special.
The 2022 season continues the story of bringing active participants into the cabin for the driver-only broadcast. It’s a regular part of the schedule now, but it certainly drew attention when FOX Sports originally pitched the idea.
Back in 2017, the station announced that it would be approaching active Cup Series drivers to lead coverage of an Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway. This was an unprecedented move at the time, especially compared to other sports. FOX Sports also took the opportunity to donate to the drivers’ favorite charities as a token of gratitude.
The show in Pocono in 2017 featured Harvick as the leading play-by-play man. Logano joined him at the dressing room to provide analysis, as did future FOX Sports staffer Clint Bowyer. Blaney, Stenhouse and Erik Jones provided updates as pit lane reporters. The studio featured Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin as co-hosts.
The Cup Series drivers spent time working with the FOX Sports regulars before heading off to their respective duties for the afternoon. They then broadened their horizons as they watched Keselowski lead 29 of the scheduled 100 laps and hold off Justin Allgaier for his first of two wins.
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