Since they aren’t allowed to race as often in the XFINITY Series now, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers might as well lend a hand with the race broadcasts.
For better or worse — and it’s probably better — current rules prevent drivers who run full time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series from racing too often in the XFINITY Series. That means they have time to join the Fox Sports team in the booth, something that will happen more often than ever in 2017.
In fact, several racers will call XFINITY action for the first time, including Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray. As Fox Sports recently revealed, those two broadcasting rookies will join some of their more experienced colleagues during the 2017 XFINITY season.
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Every XFINITY race on Fox or Fox Sports 1 will have a guest driver analyst joining the regular team of Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip, though not all the spots in the schedule have been finalized just yet. Here’s how the slate of Cup Series drivers doing announcer duty looks so far:
Of the Cup Series drivers announced so far, Harvick is the one who stands out most as a potential full time broadcaster when his racing days are behind him, so it’s fitting that he’s making so many appearances. Harvick will also appear as a studio analyst on the NASCAR Race Hub show weeknights during the season on Fox Sports 1.