“Going to Add Some Sorely Needed Maturity” – Fans Bank on Kevin Harvick to Improve Fox’s Image After Barrage of Broadcast Muck-Ups

Published 01/27/2024, 4:30 AM EST

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23 years, 826 races, 60 career wins, and an illustrious championship win. That’s the legacy Kevin Harvick has carved out of his NASCAR Cup career. Considering this and his legendary status, it was only natural to see fans have a hard time saying goodbye to “Happy Harvick”. However, as the off-season draws to a close, the former Stewart-Haas Racing driver is making a return, not as a driver but suiting up to take on the responsibility as Fox’s new commentator. And guess what? Fans are ecstatic about it!

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They are solidly backing the veteran, expecting wonders from him, seeing him as their ‘knight in shining armor’ and the one destined to save the gloomy commentary crew with his expert opinions and valuable feedback.

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I think Harvick is going to be the ingredient that makes this team better,” said one fan who is stoked to see the 2014 Cup Series champion don the suit and walk into the commentary booth to enlighten the masses. One thing that still bugs the community is that Harvick’s last campaign was nowhere near his glory days. Due to the team’s inadequacy, neither the legendary driver nor his championship-winning crew chief, Rodney Childers, could save themselves from disappointment. But it seems the former #4 driver will now have the opportunity to once again be in the limelight by saving the Fox team from losing to the competition. 

Trading his Ford for a microphone, he will be teaming up with Clint Bowyer who, in recent years, has earned an infamous reputation for being outspoken, and insensitive. The former SHR teammates will also be joined by veteran NASCAR commentator Mike Joy, whose race calls have arguably become monotonous over the years, as fans point out.

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With an astute racer like Harvick joining the team, things will certainly turn out great as that’s what the fandom is banking on. Fans have been quite vocal, discussing the veteran’s contribution and how he can bring the Fox production team back to their game. And to an extent, they are right on that aspect. The dull and repetitive camera angles, bland commentary, and bizarre ad breaks could all be pointed out by the driver.

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Fans set their expectations straight as Harvick enters Fox’s booth 

Prior to his new commentary role, Harvick regularly contributed to FOX’s coverage of NASCAR’s lower series — the Craftsman Truck Series and the Xfinity Series. Earlier last year, the veteran said, “I’m really looking forward to working with the FOX NASCAR team full-time. I’ve enjoyed the experience in the booth the last several years because it has given me valuable insight into what being in the booth is all about. Getting the chance to step into the booth with Mike and Clint in 2024 is an honor and a great way to stay connected to the sport and NASCAR fans.”

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With the veteran driver joining the Fox coverage for their 24th season, fans took the discussion to Reddit. “Yep. He’s going to add some sorely needed maturity. I’m very much looking forward to it.” Another fan wrote, “I hope he calms Joy down more than Clint. Last couple seasons Joy has absolutely blown calls and no one corrected him.”

I think Harvick is going to be the ingredient that makes this team better. He’ll calm down Bowyer and intellectually challenge Joy. Really looking forward to it,” noted one fan before another user jumped to the scene, and wrote, “Listening to Bowyer/DW or even Michael waltrip on a practice or qualifying broadcast is night and day to how they are on race day. I’m not sure if it’s producers in their ear telling them to ham it up or what, but hopefully that stops with Kevin joining them.”

This has the potential to be the best booth since 2015 for Fox. I think Kevin’s knowledge and desire to make the broadcast serious and more technical will only be a positive effect on bowyer. I also believe that the rotating third analyst is a large factor in Mike Joy’s recent struggles in the booth.” Another fan added, “Think this will be a good booth with the addition of Harvick. I’m probably in the minority here but i’ll miss Joy when he does retire, i’d take an over the hill Mike Joy over an over-dramatic Rick Allen any day.”

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What do you think about Harvick’s entry into the commentary booth? Will he be able to rectify the production team’s flaws and give the fans what they want?

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