Keselowski, Joy, McReynolds, Hammond, Bodine & Welch Discuss Cup & Truck Series Championships, Earnhardt Jr.’s Final Race and Kenseth’s Phoenix Win

CHARLOTTE, NC – NASCAR crowns champions across its three national series this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, beginning with the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Friday (8:00 PM ET live on FS1).

FS1 also offers live, expanded pre-race coverage of Sunday’s MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES finale with NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM ET). FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR’s most-watched daily news and information program, previews the title races Monday through Thursday at 6:00 PM ET this week.

Below are programming information and quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond, Todd Bodine and Brad Keselowski and play-by-play announcers Mike Joy and Vince Welch.


  • Date/Time: Friday, Nov. 17 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Vince Welch, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip
  • Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • Pre-race: NCWTS SETUP (7:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analyst and two-time series champion Todd Bodine; reporters Sadler and Vincie
    • This Week: Live interviews with Championship 4 contenders Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter; a look back at Sauter’s win last weekend at Phoenix and a flashback to William Byron’s victory last season at Homestead
  • Post-race: 10:00 PM ET on FS1
    Note: FOX NASCAR’s Jamie Little hosts post-race championship celebrations from the championship stage


  • Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 19 (11:30 AM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Hosted by John Roberts and Jamie Little (from the FOX Sports set at Homestead-Miami Speedway) with analysts Larry McReynolds, Regan Smith and Michael Waltrip (at Homestead set); reporters Kaitlyn Vincie and Kenny Wallace
    • A special two-hour edition of NASCAR RACEDAY offers: live interviews with Championship 4 contenders Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.; a live interview with Matt Kenseth; a War Room feature in which FOX NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Hammond, AJ Allmendinger and Adam Alexander break down the 2017 title race; personal essays from the Championship 4 drivers; a farewell tribute to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his final race; a look back at the best moments from the 2017 season; interviews with the three Rookie of the Year contenders – Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Ty Dillon; and a “best of” “Where’s Wallace” features.


On the favorite to win the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES championship:
“I don’t see any weaknesses in Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 78 team. They just execute. I’ve been on the Truex bandwagon nearly all year and would love to see him win the championship because of everything he has been through. But I think Harvick is the guy to beat. They found speed in his Fords as of late. His mile-and-a-half track performances have been stout, and like Tony Stewart said, when you put Harvick in this situation, it’s like dangling a piece of meat in front of a hungry tiger. I’d like to see Truex win the championship, but I think this championship goes through Harvick.”
–Larry McReynolds

On whether the champion will need to win the race:
“I don’t know that they have to. I hope so because it adds to the storyline, but some drivers who didn’t make the Championship 4 will be tough at Homestead. Kyle Larson always is tough there. Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott will be tough there. Matt Kenseth may not have won his final race of the season either.”
–Larry McReynolds

On Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES start this weekend:
“Like everyone, I would have liked to have seen Dale Jr. be more competitive in his final season, but it doesn’t define the career of someone who has accomplished as much as he has. What he has meant to our sport is inexplicable – he has been the face of NASCAR, and that may not change with his retirement. Like Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, what he brings to the sport won’t stop when he climbs out of the car. But when I look at what he’s been through, it’s time.”
–Larry McReynolds

On Matt Kenseth wrapping what could be his final NASCAR season with a win last weekend but failing to secure a ride for 2018:
“Kenseth’s win at Phoenix was so cool, but I feel badly for him because he became a victim of today’s world of NASCAR. Owners are looking at younger drivers, and younger drivers don’t cost as much to the owners. His win reminded me of Jeff Gordon winning at Martinsville three years ago to advance to the Championship 4. But Jeff went out on his own terms, which Kenseth, unfortunately, isn’t doing.”
–Larry McReynolds

On Jimmie Johnson failing to qualify for the Championship 4 and the opportunity to win an historic eighth title:
“It’s hard to believe 51 weeks ago they were celebrating, hoisting the championship trophy at Miami. They won three races early in the season but never got their arms around the car this year. I know the No. 48 team is ready to get 2017 behind them and move on to the 2018 season and Johnson’s next chance to chase 8 (titles).”
–Larry McReynolds

On Kevin Harvick’s confidence the past few weeks and his ability to “turn up the wick” when needed:
“Kevin Harvick had been kind of quiet until they found their speed in the No. 4 car a few races ago. That’s when I noticed his chest coming out and him getting taller and taller. That’s the swagger we often see in Harvick. He loves this scenario and time of year. He has the attention of Martin Truex, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.”
–Jeff Hammond

On what makes Kevin Harvick such a fierce competitor in an elimination format:
“The first thing you have to think about with Kevin Harvick in any type of championship form is he has won one before. That’s a big deal. There’s confidence that comes with that. There’s experience that comes with that, that I don’t think you can understate. He’s done that, and now he’s starting to peak at the right time. I knew it was going to be fast, but when he went to Charlotte and won the stages there, went to Chicago and won stages there, showed the mile-and-a-half speed – that’s so critical because over half the race tracks in this format are mile-and-a-halves, including Homestead. He showed the speed and now he’s won at one and he’s won a championship before. He’s going to be a tough guy to beat at Homestead.”
–former MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES champion & NASCAR RACE HUB analyst Brad Keselowski (on NASCAR RACE HUB)

On which driver or team has the most work to do headed into the off-season:
“Although they have a player in the Championship 4, Team Penske has the most work to do. They’re adding a third team with Ryan Blaney. Since everything went down at Richmond in the spring, related or not, things have been a little dismal for that organization, although Brad Keselowski is in the hunt for the title. But if I had to choose just one car, it’s the No. 48 car.”
–Larry McReynolds

On what Dale Earnhardt Jr. has meant to NASCAR over his career:
“For his father’s fans, Dale Jr. became a rallying point, a tangible healing, early in his Cup Series career. Afterward, for Dale Jr.’s generation of drivers, he became the representation of their rise to prominence as the sport’s veteran stars aged out. And for everyone, Dale Jr. became the personification of Ken Squier’s brilliant, famous description of elite racers — ‘Common men, accomplishing uncommon deeds behind the wheel.’”
–Mike Joy

On the favorite to win the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES title Friday night:
“It’s so difficult to predict the champion because so much can transpire during a race to change its trajectory. It’s hard to go against (Johnny) Sauter who has the hot hand with back-to-back wins, but the best team over the course of the entire season has been Christopher Bell and the No. 4 team. After what happened to crew chief Rudy Fugle and this group last year with William Byron, you almost feel as if they’re owed one.”
–Vince Welch

On the possibility of Johnny Sauter winning the championship and joining an elite group of Truck Series drivers (Ron Hornaday Jr. (4), Jack Sprague (3), Todd Bodine (2) and Matt Crafton (2)) who have won multiple series championships:
“Johnny Sauter has a pretty good shot at winning the championship. He loves Homestead and the track really suits his driving style with its low grip. He has been good on mile-and-a-half tracks for a long time. Last year, he had a great truck there and finished second to win the championship. But he has to go through Christopher Bell, who beat him there last year. Bell will be tough, but Sauter has a pretty good shot.”
–Todd Bodine

On the key to winning the Truck Series championship:
“The key is to be mistake free or close to it. Avoid any missteps during practice and qualifying to set a confident tone for the race. Then when the green drops, you must execute. The driver must be aggressive while not stepping over the line. The pit crew must perform efficient stops. And if it comes down to a key decision, the crew chief must be spot-on. And a little luck won’t hurt.”
–Vince Welch

On Austin Cindric’s season and championship hopes:
“Talk about a tale of two seasons. In the first half of the year, he had an average finish of 18.2, but in the second half of the year (leading into Phoenix), they had a 7.1, so they’ve got it going on. This kid is getting it done when it counts. He’s calm, cool and collected and has a lot of confidence.”
–Todd Bodine

On any surprises in the Championship 4:
“If there’s a surprise, you’d have to say it’s Austin Cindric. Considering his lack of stock-car-type racing experience and the challenge of his team shutting down at season’s end, to be at Miami with a chance to win the title is impressive. He has continued to improve each week. I’d call him the longest shot of the four, but at least he’s got a shot.”
–Vince Welch

On the 2018 Truck Series season:
“There have so many good stories and examples of success during this season — not just the four racing for a championship. We’ve had four first-time winners, shocking moments and late race drama. There have been tears of joy and tears of pain. The beauty of live sports is you never know what’s going to happen next. On a personal level, I enjoy the intensity of competition and witnessing how teams handle the emotional rollercoaster of a 23-race season. It’s rewarding seeing drivers and teams make improvement during the course of the season. The Truck Series embodies so many aspects of what’s good about the great sport of racing.”
–Vince Welch

(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Friday, Nov. 17
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES final practice (10:00-11:00 AM ET) (FS1)
NCWTS SETUP (7:30-8:00 PM ET) (FS1)

Sunday, Nov. 19
NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM-1:30 PM ET) (FS1)
NASCAR VICTORY LANE (9:30-10:00 PM ET) (FS1) (delayed)