Kyle Busch called the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway with his brother Kurt last month. Will he be back in the booth at some point?
Two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch was slated to make the temporary move from his full-time job behind the wheel of a race car to the broadcast booth to call the Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 4.
Unfortunately, that race was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the full-time Joe Gibbs Racing driver still had the opportunity to call this race from the Fox Sports 1 booth along with his older brother Kurt, who drives full-time for Chip Ganassi Racing, and play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander.
This race was initially rescheduled for Saturday, May 30, but it ended up being moved back by two days to Monday, June 1, one day after the Cup Series race at the four-turn, 0.533-mile (0.858-kilometer) high-banked oval in Bristol, Tennessee.
This second postponement came due to the fact that rain the previous week at Charlotte Motor Speedway caused the Cup Series race there to be postponed from Wednesday, May 27 to Thursday, May 28, and a Saturday Xfinity Series would not have allowed for enough time in between.
We recently asked Busch if he has any plans to get back in the broadcast booth.
“FOX is already running down on the amount of races I have, so not sure if we’ll end up doing any other races this year,” Busch told Beyond the Flag. “Originally, I was supposed to do Bristol Xfinity and the Truck race at Richmond, but not sure if or when they’ll reschedule that one. I would love to do it again, but we’ll see if that happens this year or maybe look at next year.”
The Truck Series race at Richmond Raceway was scheduled to have taken place on Saturday, April 18, but that also did not happen as a result of the pandemic. As Busch noted, this race has not yet been rescheduled, and it might not be.
The April Cup Series race at the four-turn, 0.75-mile (1.207-kilometer) oval in Richmond, Virginia was already replaced by one of the two previously non-scheduled race at Darlington Raceway that kicked off NASCAR’s return to racing schedule back in May.
As for the broadcast schedule, Fox Sports 1 is set to broadcast the remaining Truck Series races while the final two Fox Xfinity Series races of the year are scheduled to take place at Kentucky Speedway tonight and tomorrow.
Several other Cup Series drivers have spent time in the booth this season, including Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola. Bowyer is set to be in the booth for both Xfinity Series races at Kentucky Speedway this week while Kurt Busch is set to be back for the second.
NBC is set to take over the remainder of the Xfinity Series season (NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC) beginning on Saturday, July 18 at Texas Motor Speedway.