MONSTER ENERGY ALL-STAR RACE, MONSTER ENERGY OPEN & NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Live on FS1 under the Lights
2018 FOX NASCAR Monster Energy All-Star Race Broadcast Team (from left): Vince Welch, Larry McReynolds, Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip, Matt Yocum, Jamie Little; (in the TV) Chris Myers, Michael Waltrip (Artist: Jim Hunt)
CHARLOTTE – NASCAR has the first of two consecutive home games this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with FOX Sports telecasting more than 15 hours of live programming for the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE and the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES on Friday and Saturday.
Included are FS1’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY ALL-STAR RACE (Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 PM ET), the MONSTER ENERGY OPEN last-chance qualifier (Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 PM ET) and the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (Friday, May 18 at 8:30 PM ET).
Calling Saturday’s All-Star Race are play-by-play announcer Mike Joy; analysts Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds; pit reporters Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum; and network coverage hosts Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip. Cartoonist Jim Hunt lent his unique take on the FOX NASCAR on-air team calling Saturday’s All-Star Race in the attached caricature.
NASCAR RACE HUB SPECIAL AIRS ON THURSDAY:
NASCAR RACE HUB gets a jumpstart on the Charlotte activities with a special episode on Thursday, May 17, featuring Jimmie Johnson (2003), Tony Stewart (2009), Jeff Gordon (2001), Joey Logano (2016), Darrell Waltrip (1985) and Michael Waltrip (1996) recounting their memorable MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES ALL-STAR RACE victories. Adam Alexander and Shannon Spake co-host the special.
RACE HUB AIRS FEATURE WITH INSPIRATIONAL BLIND USC LONG SNAPPER JAKE OLSON ON WEDNESDAY:
Prior to his participation in pre-race ceremonies at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Friday’s NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race (live on FS1 at 8:30 PM ET), inspirational University of Southern California long snapper Jake Olson, who is blind, will be in the NASCAR RACE HUB studio Wednesday, May 16 (6:00 PM ET). Olson also will take NASCAR RACE HUB behind-the-scenes of his at-track activities in the days preceding the race. Olson will take a ride in a two-seater Truck with FOX NASCAR analyst and two-time Truck Series champion Todd Bodine, who then will guide the football player through navigating a street car around the 1.5-mile track.
Olson inspired millions when he completed his second career snap in a live game during the Trojans’ 2017 football season. Olson was born with retinoblastoma, which forced the surgical removal of both of his eyes as a child. The NASCAR RACE HUB feature showcasing Olson’s day at the speedway airs Wednesday, May 16 (6:00 PM ET).
Below is programming information for the weekend ahead, as well as quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Michael Waltrip.
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
• Date/Time: Saturday, May 19 (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 (MONSTER ENERGY OPEN) at 5:00 PM ET on FS1; NASCAR RACEDAY (MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE) at 7:00 PM ET on FS1; hosted by Chris Myers with analyst Michael 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 18 (8:30 PM ET)
• Network: FS1
• Announcers: Vince Welch, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip
• Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler and Kaitlyn Vincie
• 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
On what to expect given the rules package for the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE:
“I think you can forget the Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota comparisons this weekend. This should be a chance for teams just to race cars, which will be cool. I also wonder if an underdog can step up and win because of the rules package.”
“We’re going to run a very different aero package, and I’m excited to see what kind of racing it produces because of how it performed at Indianapolis with the Xfinity cars last year. I really like the race format because there are no gimmicks. We don’t have to figure out average finish in the early segments. We don’t have a field inversion or a mandatory pit stop. We aren’t going to pull the drivers down pit road before the final segment to check lug nuts like we check kids’ shoelaces before they go out on the playground. It’s just racing and a concentration on track position to try to win $1 million.”
On how restrictor plates for the All-Star Race could change the complexion of the race:
“Most drivers won’t be lifting around the track with the restrictor plate, and that taxes them more than ever because every little bit makes a difference. The restrictor plates will put a lot of pressure on drivers to stay after it and be aggressive. That could be a big advantage for a few of those guys who tend to be more aggressive on the track.”
On what you’ll be watching for in Saturday’s race:
“Fuel mileage could be a bigger factor than tires, and teams will be looking at whether they just take fuel or go with two tires. Tire strategy could be all over the place. With PJ1 on the track and the speeds they’ll be running, tires could be less of a factor than fuel.”
On how the final 10-lap shootout might unfold with the new rules package:
“It’s going to be a lot like 1995. When they drop the green flag for the final shootout, everybody is going to be all over the race track because they’re all going to be running wide open. If someone has to lift, he’s going to get run over from behind. And they’ll go down the back straightaway, if they make it that far, about five-wide trying to get into the third turn. The final stage could be unbelievable, but who knows how many cars will be left in the final stage by then.”
FOX NASCAR AT MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE
(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)
Friday, May 18
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES practice (10:30-11:30 AM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY OPEN practice (11:30 AM-12:15 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE practice (12:15-1:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY OPEN final practice (1:00-1:45 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE final practice (1:45-2:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE pit road speed practice (2:30-3:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES qualifying (4:30-6:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE qualifying (incl. Open) (6:00-8:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS (8:00-8:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Racing (8:30-10:30 PM) (FS1)
Saturday, May 19
NASCAR RACEDAY: MONSTER ENERGY OPEN (5:00-5:45 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY OPEN Racing (5:45-7:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY: MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE (7:00-8:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE Racing (8:00-10:00 PM) (FS1)