Meet the FOX Sports all-driver broadcast team for Pocono XFINITY race
FOX Sports will make motorsports broadcasting history this Saturday at Pocono Raceway, when eight active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will make up the broadcast team for the XFINITY Series race (12:30 p.m. ET on FOX).
Check out the unprecedented broadcast team lineup here, along with what each driver/aspiring broadcaster will be doing that day:
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Kevin Harvick, play-by-play announcer
Harvick, who has the most experience of the group in the FOX broadcast booth as an analyst on XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series telecasts, will make his debut as a play-by-play man.
"I don't know that I'm actually ready to take the next step," Harvick said Friday. "The biggest thing for me is just preparing a litle more than I have in the past."
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Joey Logano, color analyst
Logano was hand-picked for his role as color analyst by Harvick, and also has ample experience in that role on past FOX NASCAR XFINITY races.
Clint Bowyer, color analyst
The colorful Bowyer will join Harvick and Logano in the booth, and is sure to provide his own well-documented brand of humor and race analysis to the broadcast.
"When you are up there in the booth and you see all of it going down, and the producer is in your ear, it’s really eye-opening, so it’s going to be a learning experience," said Bowyer, who has worked as a race analyst on previous FOX broadcasts. "It’s going to be something -- I can promise you that.”
Stenhouse, who won the first Cup race of his career at Talladega recently, is a two-time former XFINITY Series champion.
“Saturday is going to be a lot of fun,” Stenhouse said. “I have been a guest analyst on NASCAR RaceHub, but being part of the broadcast team during the live event is definitely a first for me. I think the fans will really enjoy hearing the different perspectives from all the drivers participating. I’m still a little nervous about the possibility of interviewing a driver after a wreck and having to ask them what happened. So make sure you tune in because you aren’t going to want to miss Saturday’s race.”
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Denny Hamlin, in-studio host
Hamlin will provide pre-race and post-race analysis from the Hollywood Hotel mobile studio at the track, as well as checking in with insights during the race itself.
Danica Patrick, in-studio host
Patrick will join Hamlin in the Hollywood Hotel, and said she thinks the broadcast could revolutionize television sports coverage.
"I think this is going to be really cool," she said. "I don't quite know what I'm in for, but I'm sure it's going to be more of a challenge than whatever else I'm doing that day. But I'm up for the challenge."