FS1 Features Night Racing from Kansas with MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Saturday & NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Friday
Hammond on Kenseth’s Return at Kansas: ‘Matt isn’t Superman, but he is intelligent and feels a race car … I think Matt will surprise you.’
CHARLOTTE, NC – NASCAR heads to Kansas Speedway for Mother’s Day this weekend, with FOX Sports set to offer 16 hours of live action on FS1 Friday and Saturday. Included are FS1’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Saturday, May 12 (8:00 PM ET) and the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES on Friday, May 11 (8:30 PM ET).
Below is programming information for the weekend ahead, as well as quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond.
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
- Date/Time: Saturday, May 12 (8:00 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 at 7:00 PM ET on FS1; hosted by Chris Myers with Michael Waltrip, Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
- Hosts: Myers and Michael Waltrip
- FOX NASCAR production staff: Barry Landis (race producer); Artie Kempner (race director); Richie Zyontz (coordinating producer); and Jake Jolivette (pre-race producer)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
- Date/Time: Friday, May 11 (8:30 PM ET)
- Network: FS1
- Announcers: Vince Welch, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip
- Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler and Alan Cavanna
- Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS (8:00 PM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analysts Todd Bodine and Jeff Hammond
- FOX NASCAR production staff: Mark Smith (race producer); Roger Vincent (race director); Pete Richards (coordinating producer)
FOX NASCAR QUOTES
What would be considered a good showing for Matt Kenseth’s return to the track for Roush Fenway Racing this weekend at Kansas?
“Matt Kenseth has had success at Kansas. He likes Kansas and it suits his driving style. I think the team will be fired up and he will run well. I’ll be disappointed and a little surprised if he doesn’t.”
“We don’t really know what to expect out of Roush Fenway Racing as a whole at the mile-and-ahalf tracks. They’ve had some good finishes at Bristol and Talladega and were pretty good at Dover, but the intermediate tracks have been their Achilles Heel. I don’t know if they’ve had enough opportunity to work on their cars to make them more drivable. Matt isn’t Superman, but he is intelligent and feels a race car and can tell you what it is doing as well as anyone out there. The challenge will be whether the team can make enough adjustments to get the car to where it’s competitive. I think Matt will surprise you. I look for him to be somewhere between 10th and 15th at Kansas.”
What will you be watching for at Kansas?
“Kansas is one of the tracks where teams can be super aggressive. The track is really smooth, which allows teams to get the cars down and sealed to the pavement. I think we’ll see who the master of the aero package and downforce is this weekend.”
Does Jimmie Johnson’s ninth-place finish at Dover foreshadow anything for the rest of Chevrolet’s 2018 season?
“In my estimation, Chevrolet is still five or six positions away from being competitive. Hendrick has definitely improved, but Chevrolet as a whole still is lacking in performance. They’re working diligently behind-the-scenes to get their problem resolved, but they still have some work to do.”
If Chevrolet is on the right track, how quickly could it be before they are where they need to be?
“I look back to how long it took Toyota to get back on track as a whole – they didn’t catch fire until the midpoint of the season last year, although Martin Truex Jr. was running so well. I expect it will be another five or six races – possibly as late as the July Daytona race – before we see the next big improvement. But they are working hard to try to get a better balanced race car.”
FOX NASCAR AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY
(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)
Friday, May 11
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES practice (9:30-10:30 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (10:30-11:30 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES final practice (11:30 AM-12:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (12:30-1:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (1:30-2:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (2:00-3:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES qualifying (5:00-6:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (6:30-8:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS (8:00-8:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Racing (8:30-11:00 PM) (FS1)
Saturday, May 12
NASCAR RACEDAY (7:00-8:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (8:00-11:30 PM) (FS1)