Danica Patrick joins FOX NASCAR XFINITY Series booth as guest driver analyst
NASCAR heads to Pocono Raceway this weekend, and FOX Sports is set with 18 hours of live coverage across the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series. Below is programming and on-air broadcaster information, as well as quotes from FOX NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing
– Date, Time and Network: FS1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, June 5 (1:00 p.m. ET)
– Talent: Play-by-play announcer Mike Joy; analysts Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon with race analysis by Larry McReynolds; pit reporters Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum
– Note: FS1 airs live coverage of the balance of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races scheduled during FOX Sports’ portion of the 2016 NASCAR season.
– Date, Time and Network: FS1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, June 5 (11:30 a.m. ET)
– Talent: Host Chris Myers, analysts Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip; reporters Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum
NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing
– Date, Time and Network: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, June 4 (1:00 p.m. ET)
– Talent: Play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander; analyst Michael Waltrip and guest driver analyst Danica Patrick; reporters Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum
– Notes: Danica Patrick is a driver analyst for FOX’s coverage of Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Patrick is one of seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers announced as part of a rotation in the FOX and FS1 booth for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Others include Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer.
– Immediately following FOX’s live coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Pocono, a comprehensive 30-minute post-race show will air from 3:30-4:00 p.m. ET on FOX, time permitting.
– Date, Time and Network: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, June 4 (12:30 p.m. ET)
– Talent: Host Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds and Kenny Wallace; reporters Chris Neville and Matt Yocum
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FOX NASCAR broadcaster quotes:
Below are quotes from FOX NASCAR’s Larry McReynolds on the week’s headlines and the race ahead, as well as the full FOX NASCAR programming schedule from Pocono:
On whether Martin Truex Jr.’s dominating win Sunday at Charlotte could provide a momentum boost that leads to additional wins in the near future:
"It certainly could open the door for more wins, and if everything falls right, it could open the floodgates. With the twist of the knob just 1/8 of a turn, we could have been talking about his fifth win of the season after Charlotte. Truex Jr.’s team has been fast everywhere but they’ve been bitten by everything possible. It’s rare to find the kind of domination he displayed at Charlotte, but it’s possible we could see it again this weekend at Pocono." –Larry McReynolds
On the public and NASCAR industry reaction to Truex Jr.’s dominating win at Charlotte: "Most people would have been grumbling if Jimmie Johnson had dominated Charlotte like that or folks would have been up in arms if the Joe Gibbs Racing cars had led that many laps. But given who dominated and the storylines surrounding what he and Sherry (Pollex, girlfriend) have been through professionally and personally, everyone is celebrating that butt-kicking with them." –Larry McReynolds
On the favorite to win Sunday at Pocono:
"How do you not consider Martin Truex Jr. one of the favorites at Pocono? He won there a year ago, and he kicked everyone’s tail at Charlotte and has done that several times this year but without the victory. Just because he dominated Pocono a year ago doesn’t necessarily mean he will again because we have a new rules package, but he’s a heavy favorite. I’ll also be watching Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and all the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers." –Larry McReynolds
On which drivers are most in danger of missing the Chase now that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is halfway through the regular season:
"The one who jumps out at me is Kasey Kahne, who continues to have a black cloud over him. I don’t see him knocking down the door to Victory Lane in the coming weeks, but a driver’s luck can change on a dime. I do expect Kahne’s three Hendrick Motorsports teammates will make the Chase, including rookie Chase Elliott, but Kahne must find another level if he’s going to do so. That team is in a big bind." –Larry McReynolds
On the continued success of rookie Chase Elliott:
"We expected great things out of Chase Elliott based upon what we’d seen the past couple of years and the equipment he is in, but he has far exceeded my expectations in the first 13 races. The kid has more top-10 finishes than the other three Hendrick drivers, including six-time champ Jimmie Johnson. He staged another great recovery after getting hit with a speeding penalty on pit road at Charlotte. He continues to amaze, and I won’t be one bit surprised to see him win a race this year. I fully expect he’ll make the Chase." –Larry McReynolds
FOX NASCAR at Pocono Raceway programming schedule
*All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change
Friday, June 3
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY Series practice (12:30-1:30 p.m.) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice (3:00-4:00 p.m.) (FS1)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying (4:00-5:30 p.m.) (FS1)
ARCA Racing Series race (5:30-7:30 p.m.) (FS1)
Saturday, June 4
NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying (9:00-11:00 a.m.) (FS1)
NASCAR Race Hub (11:00-11:30 a.m.) (FS1)
NASCAR Sprint Series final practice (11:30 AM-12:30 p.m.) (FS1)
NASCAR Raceday-XFINITY (12:30-1:00 p.m.) (FOX)
NASCAR XFINITY Series racing (1:00-3:30 p.m.) (FOX)
NASCAR XFINITY Series post-race show (3:30-4:00 p.m.) (FOX)
Sunday, June 5
NASCAR Raceday (11:30 AM-1:00 p.m.) (FS1)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing (1:00-4:00 p.m.) (FS1)
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