The Two MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Drivers Join a Rotation of Fellow Drivers to Round out Season at Michigan and Iowa
CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports is adding Austin Dillon and Regan Smith as driver analysts for its two final NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races of the 2017 season.
In their FOX NASCAR broadcast booth debuts, Dillon will help Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip call the race from Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 17 (1:30 PM ET on FS1), while Smith offers analysis from Iowa Speedway on Saturday, June 24 (8:30 PM ET on FS1) alongside Alexander and Phil Parsons. Dillon and Smith round out FOX Sports’ use of MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers as NASCAR XFINITY SERIES analysts, which began with the 2015 season.
Dillon and Smith also serve as analysts on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, the most-watched daily NASCAR news and highlights program (Monday through Thursday at 6:00 PM ET), joining a solid rotation of drivers and crew chiefs that also includes Harvick, Logano, Keselowski, AJ Allmendinger, “Bootie” Barker, Bobby Labonte, Casey Mears and David Ragan.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time on NASCAR Race Hub, so the FOX Sports NASCAR XFINITY Series booth should be a fun extension of that,” Dillon said. “It has been interesting to see the sport from the TV side, and from what I’ve heard from other drivers, the perspective from the booth is enlightening — not just regarding TV but also what you learn watching the cars from up there.”
Smith also expects his stints on NASCAR RACE HUB to benefit him in his TV booth premiere.
“I love racing and sharing that passion with others, so I am looking forward to being able to use my past experience to add to what viewers see on TV at Iowa,” Smith said. “I think I have a bit of a leg up after being on NASCAR Race Hub because I have gotten used to having a producer in my ear and have learned a bit about what fans want to see and hear. To get ready, I have been studying past races much as I would if I was driving. The difference is that I’m listening to what the broadcasters say in certain situations as much as, or more than, I watch the cars.”
In 2017, FOX NASCAR added to the TV booth for the first time Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray. Additionally, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano each have taken a turn. In February, Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined the FOX NASCAR booth as a guest driver analyst during FS1’s live coverage of THE CLASH AT DAYTONA. Harvick also is serving as a driver analyst for three NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES races telecast on FS1 this year – Kansas (May), Eldora and Talladega.
FOX NASCAR’s full NASCAR XFINITY SERIES driver analyst schedule is included below.
|Date||Location||Driver Analyst*||Network||Race Start**|
|2/25||Daytona International Speedway||Harvick||FS1||3:30 PM|
|3/4||Atlanta Motor Speedway||Elliott||FS1||1:30 PM|
|3/11||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||McMurray||FS1||4:00 PM|
|3/18||Phoenix International Raceway||Harvick||FOX||4:00 PM|
|3/25||Auto Club Speedway||Keselowski||FS1||4:00 PM|
|4/8||Texas Motor Speedway||Keselowski||FOX||1:30 PM|
|4/22||Bristol Motor Speedway||Harvick||FS1||12:30 PM|
|4/29||Richmond International Raceway||Logano||FS1||12:30 PM|
|5/6||Talladega Superspeedway||Harvick||FOX||1:00 PM|
|5/27||Charlotte Motor Speedway||Bowyer||FS1||1:00 PM|
|6/3||Dover International Speedway||Logano||FS1||1:00 PM|
|6/10||Pocono Raceway||Harvick (play-by-play); Bowyer & Logano (analysts); Patrick and Hamlin (hosts); Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones & Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (pit reporters)||FOX||1:00 PM|
|6/17||Michigan International Speedway||Dillon||FS1||1:30 PM|
|6/24||Iowa Speedway||Smith||FS1||8:30 PM|
*Subject to change
**All times EST