MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Live Saturday on FOX; NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Live Friday on FS1
Special Live Edition of NASCAR RACE HUB Friday from Richmond with Gordon, Johnson, Petty and Waltrip Debating the Show’s Recently Named Top-50 Drivers List

CHARLOTTE, NC – The MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES heads to Richmond Raceway this weekend, with FOX Sports set to offer more than 15 hours of live action Friday and Saturday from the three-quarter mile oval. Included are FOX’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Saturday, April 21 (6:30 PM ET) and FS1’s live telecast of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES on Friday, April 20 (7:00 PM ET).

Additionally, a special live edition of NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION airs from FOX Sports’ Hollywood Hotel at Richmond Friday (3:30 PM ET on FS1), centered around the recently revealed NASCAR RACE HUB Top-50 Drivers list.

Mike Joy hosts alongside four of the drivers ranked among the top six in the prestigious list, including seven-time champions Richard Petty (1st) and Jimmie Johnson (2nd), four-time champ Jeff Gordon (4th) and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip (6th). Earlier this month, 21 FOX NASCAR broadcasters and driver/crew chief analysts submitted their selections for the top-50 drivers of all time. Votes were tabulated in a manner similar to an Associated Press Top 25 or USA Today Coaches Poll, and the results, announced in a two-day special edition of RACE HUB, sparked spirited debate within the industry.

Encores of the two NASCAR RACE HUB Top-50 Drivers countdown specials will air immediately preceding the live edition of NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION from the Hollywood Hotel (1:30 PM ET and 2:30 PM ET on FS1).

Below is programming information for the weekend ahead, as well as quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Larry McReynolds, Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, Regan Smith and Michael Waltrip.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 21 (6:30 PM ET)
  • Network: FOX
  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Hall of Famer and three-time champion Darrell Waltrip, four-time champ Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds
  • Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Matt Yocum and Regan Smith
  • Pre-race: 6:00 PM ET on FOX; hosted by Chris Myers with Michael Waltrip, Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
  • NASCAR RACEDAY (3:00 PM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analysts Jeff Hammond and Bobby Labonte; reporting by Kenny Wallace
  • Hosts: Myers and Michael Waltrip
  • FOX NASCAR production staff: Barry Landis (race producer); Artie Kempner (race director); and Richie Zyontz (coordinating producer)

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

  • Date/Time: Friday, April 14 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip and driver analyst Kevin Harvick
  • Pit reporters: Matt Yocum and Regan Smith
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (6:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Shannon Spake, Larry McReynolds and Michael Waltrip; reporting by Kenny Wallace
  • Hosts: Spake and McReynolds
  • FOX NASCAR production staff: Pam Miler (race producer); Jeremy Green (race director); and Richie Zyontz (coordinating producer)

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

On whether Kyle Busch is the driver to beat right now among Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick:
“I don’t see how you can’t say that. He won the mile-and-a-half race at Texas. He won at Bristol. But at Texas, Harvick was better, so I’ll probably rank Harvick and Busch about even with Truex right behind them.”
–Michael Waltrip (on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB)

“I think they’re going to keep moving around as the year goes on. Someone is going to get hot, he’ll be the man and then someone else will get hot. They’re pushing each other right now, which is great.”
–Regan Smith (on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB)

On short tracks often allowing a variety of drivers to shine:
“Short tracks can be such an equalizer. We saw it last weekend at Bristol and likely will see it again this weekend at Richmond. The best of the best can get in trouble and open the door for guys we don’t typically see near the front.”
–Darrell Waltrip

On what Jimmie Johnson’s strong showing at Bristol could mean for the next few races:
“I like where they were when they left Texas, although the result wasn’t there. They had speed, and Jimmie had a lot of confidence headed into Bristol. I don’t care if he led the race or not. He drove aggressively – pushing, shoving and doing everything I’d like to see out of him. I think his Bristol results will motivate him and propel him nicely into the next three races, all of which the No. 48 team can win. When Jimmie hits Richmond, Talladega and Dover, I don’t care about aerodynamics. I want him behind the wheel of my race car.”
–Michael Waltrip

On Ryan Blaney’s strong run at Bristol before getting caught up in an accident:
“A lot of the younger drivers rose to the surface at Bristol – Ryan Blaney, in particular. If he can just cross over that hump, he is going to win a heck of a lot of races.”
–Larry McReynolds

On the continued battles between Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch, which played out again at Bristol:
“Kyle Larson is a fiery driver, and I think it eats at him when Kyle Busch gets the best of him, like he did at Bristol. Larson has finished second to Busch several times, and that has to be eating him alive.”
–Darrell Waltrip

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

Friday, April 20
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (9:30-10:30 AM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (11:00 AM-12:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (12:00-12:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (12:30-1:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (3:30-4:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (4:00-5:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (5:00-5:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (5:30-6:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (6:30-7:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Racing (7:00-9:30 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, April 21
NASCAR RACEDAY (3:00-4:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES PRE-RACE (6:00-6:30 PM) (FOX)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (6:30-10:00 PM) (FOX)