Jamie McMurray spent two NASCAR Cup Series races in the Fox Sports broadcast booth. But who is replacing him for this Sunday’s race?
Jamie McMurray made his second appearance of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season in the Fox booth this past Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600.
He made his first appearance of the season in the race at Kansas Speedway two weeks prior, and many called for Fox to bring him back for at least one more race, if not for the remainder of Fox’s portion of the 2022 broadcast schedule.
However, McMurray’s second appearance was his final appearance of the season, as a new individual is set to join lead announcer Mike Joy and analyst Clint Bowyer in the booth for this coming Sunday afternoon’s Enjoy Illinois 300, the inaugural Cup Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.
That new addition is Michael Waltrip.
Fox has called on a number of different individuals to join Joy and Bowyer this season after Jeff Gordon left the booth post-2021 to focus on his new role as vice chairman of Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon spent six seasons as a full-time analyst following his retirement from full-time Cup Series competition post-2015.
They could have opted to roll with a two-person booth, just as they did after Darrell Waltrip’s retirement post-2019, but they instead opted to take a new approach to a three-person booth.
For the most part, confirmations as to who will occupy the third spot have come on a week-by-week basis. More than a dozen individuals have joined the full-time duo at some point this year.
Fox Sports also announced that Tony Stewart is set to occupy the third spot in the booth for their final race of the season at Sonoma Raceway two Sundays from now. This race is also set to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.
Stewart has already joined Joy and Bowyer for three races this year, so Waltrip is the final “new” addition to the booth for the 2022 season, with NBC set to take over the Cup Series broadcasting duties for the rest of the season following these two races.
Tune in to Fox Sports 1 at 3:30 p.m. ET this Sunday, June 5 for the live broadcast of the Enjoy Illinois 300 from World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. If you haven’t yet started your free trial of FuboTV, do so today!