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27th of May 2017

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NASCAR on Fox to feature all-driver broadcast team for June Xfinity Series race

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For the June 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway, Fox Sports will replace its usual broadcast crew for a team comprised entirely of active NASCAR Cup Series drivers.

The broadcast is believed to be the first time a nationally televised sports event has featured on-air team made up of athletes currently participating in that sport. The team includes:

Play-by-play: Kevin Harvick

Color Analysts: Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer

Pit Reporters: Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Hollywood Hotel: Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin

Since 2015, Fox has rotated Cup Series drivers in the Xfinity broadcast booth, with Harvick making the most appearances. Michael Waltrip recently retired from active competition but has served as a Truck Series analyst for multiple seasons.

He’s looking forward to the insight a team made up of current competitors will provide.

"For the last three seasons, Fox Sports has rotated Cup Series drivers in the Xfinity booth," Waltrip said. "Adam (Alexander) and I have had the best time bringing the guys in and listening to their insight on what’s going on at the track. … It’s just a really neat fit for them to come in and share their insight."

Despite his extensive television experience, Harvick is entering new territory has a lead play-by-play guy.

"I don’t know that I’m actually ready to take the next step," Harvick said. "The biggest thing for me is just preparing a little more than I have in the past. Michael and Adam, it’s a pretty selfless act that they let us in the booth and take part in the broadcast. It’s great for the fans for us to have been off the track an hour before and relate what’s going on with the cars and the tires and everything."

The usual broascast team will still be on site, willing and able to assist where necessary.

Patrick called the concept a great idea.

"I think this will draw a lot of attention and, perhaps, revolutionize TV a little bit with sports, with who is included and how they are," she said. "I think there is nothing better than putting people in position who are the most current and aware of what’s going on, and on top of that, personalities that are prepared to give their honest opinions. So, I think this is going to be really cool and I don’t quite know what I am in for.

"I have no doubt it will be probably more of a challenge than whatever I am doing that day, otherwise, but I am up for the challenge. I like to try new things, so we’ll see how this goes."

By Matt Weaver

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