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Jeff Gordon to Join FOX Sports Broadcast Booth for 2016

There were rumblings throughout the garage and media centers over the past few months about changes coming to the broadcast booth for next season on FOX. They ranged from a complete overhaul to some minor tweaks. While most fans seemed to lean toward the total remake, the network has decided to do a minor tweak. The anchor of the booth, Mike Joy, will continue to be the primary play-by-play announcer. NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Darrell Waltrip will be in the booth again as an analyst. The change comes for the second analyst. Larry McReynolds has been in the booth for the FOX broadcasts since 2001 with Joy and Darrell Waltrip. While McReynolds will be retained as an analyst in the “Hollywood Hotel,” Jeff Gordon will now be in the booth to complement as the second analyst.

Chris Myers will continue to host the NASCAR coverage with Michael Waltrip from the Hollywood Hotel and will be joined by McReynolds. Gordon will act as an in-car analyst for select races this season before FOX hands over the broadcast duties to NBC. He will begin his full-time broadcasting career with Speedweeks in Daytona in February 2016. Gordon’s responsibilities will include practice, qualifying and races.

Earlier this season, Gordon worked three Xfinity Series races as a guest analyst, a role that Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer also tried on for size (Danica Patrick will take her turn in the booth at Michigan in June).

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Bill B

Uuugh. I don’t know how I feel about this, positively or negatively. Fox’s coverage is so flawed that I’d hate to be associated with it (although I wouldn’t turn down the opportunity,,, big bucks and prime access to half the races). This is a Kobayashi Maru for Jeff.
I guess Fox coverage can’t get much worse, it can only go up. So there is that.


It is hard not to be impressed with Gordon as a racer. That said I’ve often thought that he did not seem genuine in interviews generally spouting only NASCAR approved drivel interspersed with sponsor names. I so hope that he does not become another bland sock puppet like Dale Jarrett or worse yet a complete bought and paid for huckster like Toyota McGoodyearsunoco.


..Another Nascar mouth piece in the booth. I do not believe for one second truth, pure objectivity or correctness in observation will be forth coming, it is biting that hand that feeds you, and Jeff will NOT BE the exception. More of the same old same old. They need total new blood.


Anybody they put on is going to be a mouthpiece regurgitating the company line. At least he has a proper command of the English language.
That said, I will watch , or not, for the racing not the broadcast crew.