The Fox broadcast booth is set to welcome another new individual for this Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
After six seasons in the Fox booth following his retirement as a full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver in 2015, four-time champion Jeff Gordon stepped away from his booth duties after Fox’s 2021 portion of the Cup Series schedule to focus more on his role as vice chairman at Hendrick Motorsports.
This left the third seat in the booth open alongside lead announcer Mike Joy and color commentator Clint Bowyer, and it marked another season of change for Fox.
After 2019, Darrell Waltrip retired from his role in the booth, leaving just Joy and Gordon for 2020 before Bowyer joined the duo following his own retirement from Cup Series competition in 2021.
But instead of replacing Jeff Gordon straight-up, Fox took a new approach for 2022.
They opted to take a week-by-week approach and give multiple individuals the opportunity to join Joy and Bowyer in 2022. In fact, Gordon had the opportunity to return and “replace” himself for the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway back in March.
A total of 10 others have had the chance to join the full-time duo through 12 races this year, including three this past weekend at Darlington Raceway alone when Richard Petty, Bobby Labonte, and Bill Elliott each joined the booth for one stage.
Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Danica Patrick, Chad Knaus, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Larry McReynolds are the other seven.
For this Sunday’s AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway, Jamie McMurray is set to join Joy and Bowyer.
McMurray himself is an analyst for Fox NASCAR, but the opportunity for the 45-year-old Joplin, Missouri native, who most recently competed full-time in the Cup Series in 2018, to be in the booth is a unique one.
The seven-time race winner is a well-liked and widely respected individual in the NASCAR community, and it will be interesting to see what he can offer in a different role this weekend.
The AdventHealth 400 is set to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 from Kansas Speedway beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 15. Take advantage of FuboTV’s offer for new customers and start a free trial now if you have not already done so!