“Should Be Ashamed of Themselves” – NASCAR Broadcasting Slammed for Missing Near-Fatal Incident

Published 11/07/2022, 6:15 AM EST

If there’s one thing that one can confidentially attribute as a constant in NASCAR, it is questionable broadcasting. For years now, fans have been complaining about the poor state of race coverage, as the broadcasters repeatedly tend to miss key events during a race.

This was also the case in the last race of the 2022 Cup Series season at Phoenix Raceway.


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At one point in the race, one of the crew members of Chris (Christopher) Buescher got hit by another car during a pit stop.

“NEWS: The tire carrier for the No. 17 Ford was struck by a competitor car during a pit stop today at Phoenix. He is being taken to a local hospital for further evaluation,” RFK Racing tweeted.

So as this event went unnoticed by the cameras and those in the booth, the fans expressed their annoyance quite loudly without missing a single beat.

Later on, RFK Racing did provide the update on the injured crew member.

“UPDATE: Justin Edgell, Tire Carrier on the No. 17 car, has been released from the hospital. Fortunately, he has no fractures or other serious injuries. He will fly back home with the team,” they tweeted.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. had called out the poor broadcasting in NASCAR

In an episode of the Door Bumper Clear podcast from earlier this year, Dale Earnhardt Jr, opened up on his frustrations with the way driver interviews are handled after any race, along with the state of the coverage in NASCAR in the modern-era, in general.


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It’s also worth mentioning that Dale Jr. is himself a broadcaster for NBC Sports.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 16: Dale Earnhardt Jr. on camera prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff South Point 400, on October 16, 2022, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV.(Photo by Christopher Trim/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“The more races that we push on big networks instead of NBC Sports Network or FOX Sports 1, when it’s on the big network like FOX or NBC, they are in a massive hurry to get off the air and get the next programming back on,” the Hall of Famer said.


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“NASCAR is not important to them. And so they’re screaming, going, ‘When is this coming off the air?”




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Shaharyar is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. While Kyle Busch is always his first pick, he also considers Kyle Larson a legend in the making.

Edited By: Nizamul Haque Bhuyan