NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Returns to Action Saturday on FS1; FS1’s First MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Race of 2018 on Sunday

CHARLOTTE, NC – The MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES heads to Martinsville Speedway this weekend for FS1’s season debut, with FOX Sports set to offer 17 hours of live action from the historic half-mile oval. Included are FS1’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Sunday, March 25 (2:00 PM ET) and FS1’s live telecast of the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES on Saturday, March 24 (2:00 PM ET).

FS1 telecasts six MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES races in 2018. Still to come are Texas (April 8 at 2:00 PM ET); Dover (May 6 at 2:00 PM ET); Kansas (May 12 at 8:00 PM ET); Pocono (June 3 at 2:00 PM ET); and Sonoma (June 24 at 3:00 PM ET). FS1 also carries live coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY ALL-STAR RACE on Saturday, May 19 (6:00 PM ET).

Below are programming information and quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltip and Larry McReynolds on the week’s storylines and the weekend ahead.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

  • Date/Time: Sunday, March 25 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Hall of Famer and three-time champion Darrell Waltrip, four-time champ Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds
  • Pit reporters: Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY (12:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Chris Myers with Michael Waltrip, Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
  • Hosts: Myers and Michael Waltrip

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

  • Date/Time: Saturday, March 24 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Vince Welch, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip
  • Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler and Alan Cavanna
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS (1:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analysts Todd Bodine and Jeff Hammond
  • Post-race: 4:30-5:00 PM (FS1)

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

On Jimmie Johnson rebounding with a top-10 finish at Fontana:
“I think they’re starting to make gains. They are working with the new Camaro ZL1. I think they made a few improvements (at Fontana). We saw, at times, they had speed. This is one of Jimmie Johnson’s best tracks. So this, I think, showed us where they are on speed, and he mentioned it in his post-race interview – they still are lacking. They still need more. Well, next week, we go to a short track (Martinsville) that’s another one of his best tracks, and see if they can continue to improve.”
-Jeff Gordon

On Aric Almirola’s strong start to his career at Stewart-Haas Racing and how he has fit in with the big personalities of his teammates:
“First of all, it helped that he got off to a great start by almost winning the Daytona 500. That’s a great confidence booster. We knew he was stepping into a great race car that just perhaps hadn’t gotten the finishes it could have in the past. But he has bonded with his crew chief and improved every week. He is a great driver and now is in a situation where he can prove it to everyone, and he’s doing just that.”
–Darrell Waltrip

On how the No. 42 team of this year compares with the No. 42 team of last year:
“It’s similar. They have speed every single week – it doesn’t seem to matter what type of track we go to. They have speed in practice, qualifying and in the race. They might be a little inconsistent this year. They have the speed – they just need to find a little more consistency.”
–Larry McReynolds

Does Larson’s driving style make adapting to the new car easier?
“I look back last year and they were one of the fastest Chevrolets week in and week out, and that’s certainly the case this year. There were several times at California when he was the only Chevrolet driver in the top 10. They have figured this new Camaro out over there, but having Larson as your driver certainly helps your cause.”
–Larry McReynolds

On where the strength of the No. 4 team comes from:
“It’s the sum of all the parts. You have to have everything to dominate the way they have. The driver is the cheerleader and what they feed off of. We are seeing a mature Kevin Harvick. There was a time not too long ago when he would have been ranting and hitting someone else’s car and not his (referencing Harvick hitting rear window of his No. 4 Ford in Victory Lane at Phoenix). But now he is mature and handles himself well and has confidence. The resolve of that team is unbelievable.”
–Darrell Waltrip

“I don’t think there is a more unified team now in the garage area. They rally around each other. We’ve seen this time and again. When controversy surrounds the No. 4 team or their backs are against the wall, they thrive off of it. How many times did we see it in the Playoffs when they had to go out and win the race to advance?”
–Larry McReynolds

On Kyle Busch continuing to perform well despite frustration:
“I’m sure he was frustrated at Las Vegas. He was frustrated at Phoenix. He has been frustrated to follow Kevin Harvick in a Ford to the checkered flag. But I think the frustration really kicked in at California because he can look out the windshield and see the same make of car he is driving (Toyota). That’s the same engine package. I think that’s where the frustration really kicked in. Add in the fact of making the wrong adjustments on the last pit stop, and I’m sure that’s one of the reasons he was so frustrated after the race.”
–Larry McReynolds

On whether the No. 78 team is going to start to lead the way now that they have their first win of 2018:
“I’d say that old dragon is about to start to rear its head again. He won about one-fourth of the races last year.”
–Larry McReynolds

On how Truex’s win at California puts the No. 78 team back in the mindset they were in last season:
“I don’t think that mindset went away, but we came to expect it would be Truex Jr. contending for the win at a bigger race track. We hadn’t seen that until Sunday. I didn’t see this domination coming. He sat on the pole. I felt like Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson would be the guys to beat after watching Saturday’s practice. But Truex was in his own zip code Sunday. It reminded me of his performance in the Coca-Cola 600 a couple of years ago.”
–Larry McReynolds

FOX NASCAR AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Friday, March 23
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES practice (1:00-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (2:00-3:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES FINAL PRACTICE (3:00-4:00 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, March 24
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (10:00-11:00 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES qualifying (11:00 AM-12:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (12:00-12:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS (1:30-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Racing (2:00-4:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Post-Race (4:30-5:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (5:00-6:30 PM) (FS1)

Sunday, March 25
NASCAR RACEDAY (12:30-2:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (2:00-6:00 PM) (FS1)