Who Are the Commentators for Fox Sports and NBC’s NASCAR Broadcast?

Published 04/22/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 08: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Haas CNC Ford, Hall of Fame driver and TV commentator Jeff Gordon and Fox broadcast Adam Alexander before the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 08, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


The NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series races telecast rights are split between two heavyweights, Fox and NBC. The current contract, signed in 2015, is valued at $8 billion and is valid till 2024.

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The Cup season is broadcasted between them subsequently. Fox airs the initial 16 point races, including the season-opening Daytona 500. NBC airs the last 20 points races. This includes the playoff races as well.

The Xfinity season is also split between the two channels. While Fox airs the initial 14 points races, NBC airs the last 19 points races, including the playoff races.

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Fox has the rights to all Truck Series races.

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Both the channels have a different lineup of star-studded broadcasters for NASCAR races.

Commentators for Fox’s NASCAR broadcast

The commentary team on Fox comprises of Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip among others.

DOVER, DE – OCTOBER 01: Jeff Gordon (L), driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, talks with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Citizen Solider 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 1, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Mike Joy

Joy has been broadcasting since 1970. He previously filled in as a track commentator at Riverside Park Speedway. He joined the radio broadcast Motor Racing Network in 1975 and first worked in TV calling the 1981 Cup Series race for ESPN at Atlanta Speedway. Joy, at that point, turned into a columnist for CBS in 1983. In 1998 he joined Fox as a lead reporter on its Formula 1 inclusion, working close by Derek Bell.

For the 2001 season, he moved to Fox as a full-time broadcaster with the NASCAR TV. He joined Hall of Fame driver Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds to shape the organization’s broadcasting team. The 2021 Daytona 500 was his 21st Daytona race as lead TV race commentator and the 45th Daytona Speedweeks.

Jeff Gordon joined Joy and Waltrip in the Fox commentary in 2016, with Larry McReynolds moving to a race tactician and rules expert job.

Larry McReynolds

McReynolds is a former NASCAR crew chief. He is currently a broadcaster on Fox Sports and Foxsports.com. Before joining Fox, he was the advisor to Petty Enterprises and a minority owner in Bang! Racing.

He joined the booth with Fox in 2001. McReynolds joined Joy and Waltrip in the Cup broadcast for 15 years prior to moving to a race tactician and rules examiner job, which he holds until the present time.

Commentators for NBC’s NASCAR broadcast

The commentary team on NBC comprises of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kyle Petty among others.

Rick Allen

Rick is the lead commentator for NBC’s NASCAR coverage. He was a broadcaster with Fox. Rick started his career in 2003.

He is currently the commentator at NBC Sports for NASCAR’s Cup Series and Xfinity Series. Rick had also been the broadcaster for Fox Sports’ NASCAR’s Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series. He has done voice-over work for Goodyear, Sears, Alltel, and Toyota among numerous others.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr

Earnhardt Jr joined NBC in 2018 after his retirement from racing. He also hosts a couple of other shows that also aired on NBC.

Kyle Petty

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Petty is an American race driver who also fills in as a broadcaster with NBC. He is the son of racer Richard Petty, grandson of racer Lee Petty, and father of racer Adam Petty. Kyle Petty joined the Fox network in 2008 but later joined the NBC channel in 2015 as a broadcaster.

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

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