In 2001, FOX Sports’ first as a NASCAR broadcast partner, two-time DAYTONA 500 champion crew chief Larry McReynolds traded his tools for a microphone and joined legendary driver Darrell Waltrip and veteran broadcaster Mike Joy to comprise the FOX NASCAR broadcast team, forming a combination that remained for 15 years. In 2016, McReynolds embarked on a new challenge as a third, in-race analyst for FOX’s coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES, stepping outside the booth to support FOX NASCAR announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon by providing his unique, comprehensive perspective on everything from rule infractions analysis to pit strategy, chassis setup, engine design and driver/crew chief communication throughout each race.
McReynolds also serves as an analyst on FS1’s NASCAR RACEDAY, the network’s Cup Series prerace show, NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY, its NASCAR XFINITY SERIES prerace show, and NASCAR RACE HUB, its daily NASCAR news and highlight program. Additionally, he offers in-race analysis during FOX Sports’ NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race telecasts, breaking down pit strategy, rule infractions, chassis setup and technical issues.
McReynolds, who was inducted into the Alabama Auto Racing Pioneers Hall of Fame in December 2013, extends his analysis to NASCAR VICTORY LANE, FS1’s post-race show covering the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES. He was a longtime panelist on TRACKSIDE and NASCAR PERFORMANCE on FOX Sports’ SPEED.
LEGENDARY CREW CHIEF
McReynolds embarked on his NASCAR career in 1975, and worked his way up to a crew chief role 10 years later. He served as a Cup Series crew chief from 1985-2000, amassing 23 Cup wins, 21 poles, 122 top-five and 209 top-ten finishes. In 1988, McReynolds earned his first Cup win at Watkins Glen International with driver Ricky Rudd.
In 1991, McReynolds teamed with owner Robert Yates and driver Davey Allison to win 11 races and three pole positions between 1991 and mid-1993, establishing himself as one of the sport’s elite crew chiefs. He led Allison to a win in the 1992 DAYTONA 500, and the two swept the NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE (then The Winston) in 1991-’92. In late 1993, McReynolds teamed with Ernie Irvan, a combination that produced seven wins between late 1993 and 1996 (Irvan missed the 1995 season due to injury). After joining Richard Childress Racing in 1997, McReynolds called the shots as seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt captured the elusive DAYTONA 500 victory in 1998.
McReynolds’ success and thorough approach to his profession earned him selection to the Copenhagen/Skoal All-Pro Team, an all-star “who’s who” of crew members, for five straight years (1991-‘95), and the 1998 UAW GM Teamwork of Excellence award. In addition, he was inducted into The Oceanside Rotary Club Hall of Fame in Daytona Beach, Fla., in 2008. In 2009, McReynolds received the Living Legends of Auto Racing Russ Moyer Media Award.
He played himself in the 2006 Will Ferrell comedy hit, Talladega Nights. McReynolds also co-hosted NASCAR Performance Show with Steve Post on Motor Racing Network (MRN) between 2004 and 2013, and co-authored the books “The Big Picture: My Life from Pit Road to the Broadcast Booth” and “How to Become a Winning Crew Chief.” His latest book, Larry McReynolds: The Constant Pursuit of Perfection,” was released in 2016.
Born Jan. 10, 1959, in Birmingham, Ala., McReynolds currently resides in Mooresville, N.C., with his wife, Linda, daughters Brooke and Kendall, and son, Brandon and his wife, Lauren. You may follow McReynolds on Twitter at @LarryMac28 or visit www.larrymcreynolds.com.