Fox Sports confirmed that the last two drivers will be joined by Mike Joy and Clint Boyer at the NASCAR broadcast booth before NBC takes over.
Several individuals had the opportunity to join lead broadcaster Mike Joy and analyst Clint Boyer at the Fox booth for the NASCAR Cup Series races throughout the 2022 season.
The third seat in the cabin was vacated after Fox’s portion of the 2021 schedule, when Jeff Gordon stepped down to focus on his new role as vice president of Hendrik Motorsports. He spent six seasons in the cabin after retiring from the Cup Series full-time after 2015.
Fox could choose to go ahead with a two-person booth, as they did with Joy and Gordon after Darrell Waltrip retired after 2019. But they returned to a three-person booth in 2021 with the addition of Boyer, and even with Gordon out, they stuck with that approach in 2022.
However, they did it a little differently. Instead of naming another full-time analyst besides Joy and Bowyer, they filled in third place with a number of different individuals. Some spent several races in the cabin, others only spent one and some did not spend a single race.
With 14 races in the Cup Series in the books, we’re approaching the end of the Fox portion of the 2022 broadcast schedule. There are only two more races left before the switch to NBC, and both races are scheduled to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.
Earlier this week, Fox confirmed which two people, both former Cup Series drivers, are slated to take third place in the cabin in those next two races.
He’s scheduled to do so next Sunday afternoon at the Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway in Gateway is Michael Waltrip, and he’s scheduled to do this next Sunday afternoon at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway is Tony Stewart.
Michael Waltrip hasn’t been in the booth yet this year, although that brother Daryl once returned to race dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway on Easter Sunday in April.
But Stewart. He was the first person to finish third in the booth this year, doing so for the pre-season Busch Light Clash Show race at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and then at the official Daytona 500 season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
He returned to racing at the Circuit of the Americas in late March, so his appearance at the Sonoma racetrack, the site of his 49th and final Cup Series win, is set to be his fourth win of the year, and Fox is set to finish his share. From the broadcast schedule the same way they started: with Joey, Boyer and Stewart calling out the race.
The Enjoy Illinois 300 is set to air live from the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 5. p.m. ET on Sunday, June 12th. Start your free FuboTV trial now!