One of NASCAR’s best, must-see TV moments is happening when some of the biggest names in the Cup Series won’t even be on the track. Instead, they’ll be on camera.
FOX Sports announced Friday that for the XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 on June 10, all of the broadcast’s on-air talent will be current Cup drivers. Play-by-play, the pit reporters, the mobile studio – the whole shebang.
Kevin Harvick will lead the broadcast booth with Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer – guaranteed to be entertaining – while Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones will be live from pit road. Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin will also be reporting from FOX Sports’ “Hollywood Hotel” mobile set.
Although FOX’s normal crew will be around to help the drivers, Harvick said their inevitable screw-ups are all “part of the fun.”
“We can probably BS through anything,” he added.
The broadcasts usually include retired drivers like Jeff Gordon and Michael Waltrip – who was on-site at Charlotte Motor Speedway to help make the announcement – on camera, but expanding on that idea is brilliant.
It will be the first time a team for national broadcast of a live sporting event consists entirely of that sport’s current athletes, according to FOX Sports.
Some of these drivers have wacky, hilarious and entertaining personalities – ahem, Logano, Bowyer and Blaney – and fans will love the chance to see them on camera for an extended period of time. Some might even tune in for the race just for that. (Probably the point, but that doesn’t make it any less genius.)
Plus, they’ll get a taste of what it’s like to interview angry drivers whose days are over after wrecking their cars, to which Stenhouse joked, “That’s gonna be awesome.”
It seems like a lot of NASCAR fans are totally on board with this idea.