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Discussion Topic: What did you think of Fox’s 2013 NASCAR coverage?

By admin | June 5, 2013

 Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip

By Richard Allen

I have been blessed with great readers on this website who are always willing to let their opinions be known. And to that end, I have decided to have a discussion topic or two per week for just that purpose. Unlike many of the columns and articles I write in which I typically only comment for the purpose of clarification, I hope to be more actively involved in these discussions.

Today’s topic is one that often stirs plenty of debate. NASCAR television coverage is something that seemingly everyone has an opinion on. So with Fox having just concluded their portion of the Sprint Cup schedule last weekend in Dover, it’s time for fans to speak out and grade the job they did.

Fox has been covering NASCAR since the time of the 2001 television contracts went into effect. That year and those new TV deals essentially turned the sport into a major network staple. In that time, this particular network has had very little turnover in terms of its on-air personalities. Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds have been in the booth offering “play by play” and analysis since day one. Chris Meyers has anchored the coverage from the “Hollywood Hotel”, Jeff Hammonds has played multiple roles and the pit reporters have had relatively little turnover.

The network has brought in several innovative features during its time in the sport, including the “Gyro-Cam” this season which gave viewers a new perspective from inside the race car. Also, as has been much discussed over the last couple of weeks, they began the use of a “floating” or wired camera to provide close up views of the on-track action. Of course, that device was noted for its failure during the running of the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte.

So, what did you think of the job the network did in 2013? What were your feeling on their coverage in general and what were your thoughts regarding specific areas of their airings?

Please comment below and vote in the poll on the right side of the page—–>

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15 Responses to “Discussion Topic: What did you think of Fox’s 2013 NASCAR coverage?”

  1. Richard Allen Says:
    June 5th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    From Facebook: Chris Garrett- The Fox team should be the only broadcast team the does Nascar races

  2. Richard Allen Says:
    June 5th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    From Twitter:

    @2001MUgrad- Awful Rich. If for no other reason commercials. The biz of selling “Green Flag” commercials has got to stop

  3. sarah Says:
    June 5th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    in past years i was all over FOX coverage & would be disappointed when it was time to switch to the other networks - this year… FOX sucked!!! I feel they got “too big for their britches” and cocky… WAY too many commercials, if they must have that many commercials to pay the bills, then leave the split screen during all of them - sucks when something happens and it is missed. honestly, i think i only actually sat and watched 2 or 3 races because i couldn’t take it this year - i just periodically checked the standings online…

  4. sarah Says:
    June 5th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    i would have to agree with the comment above regarding the crew - i really enjoy the broadcast crew/coverage. it is the network execs that screwed it up by getting greedy!

  5. Offkilter Says:
    June 5th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    The gyro cam shot it over-used. I really like the roof cam because it gives more of a driver’s perspective; but nascar only allows it at certain tracks. They have waaaaay too many tight shots. The camera on the track surface getting run over is horrible. The cars are not distinguishable with that shot and it really irks me when they cut to it. The next worst shot is the wall mounted giving the wah wah wah… wah effect to impress us with the speed. A heads up to all networks. There is not a fan in the stands that locks into one spot of the track as the field goes by to get this effect. We follow the cars or a particular car. Why they cut to that shot all during the race is beyond me.
    As for the guys calling the race, we need some new blood. Darrell talks about things on the track happening that is not on tv and they never cut to it. The boogity thing should have NEVER been allowed after the premier of it. And the man-love he shows for Kyle Busch is like aluminum foil on my fillings. Ok, so Kyle Busch alone has that affect. I get tired of Larry Mac talking fuel milage strategy way too early in a race. I get tired of all the guys in the booth calling a tire rub a blown engine, a broken track bar a flat, an easily seen flat tire is just rubber build up, a bad restart on rubber build up…(awww he didn’t clean his tires off!!!!) geeze, Darrell, they are pros. Sometimes they goof a restart. Maybe FOX should give these announcers a high def big screen? Kyle Petty is the only guy out there that i like. Its like watching a race with your favorite uncle. Lastly, i get tired of coverage being devoted to a 30th place car coming in for an unscheduled stop while there is racing going on. Hell, i even hate that when its a front runner. They should use a split screen if they MUST show that.
    Sorry for rambling and being that long post guy this time around.

  6. Richard Allen Says:
    June 5th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    From Twitter:

    @LauraFritz1- get rid of DW and his biasness and they would

  7. Russ Says:
    June 5th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Torn between thinking that these guys are insulting my intelligence, and just being happy that somebody is showing racing.
    Dont think that the other two networks are any better, so maybe thats what the media people think fans want.

  8. Richard Allen Says:
    June 5th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    From Twitter:

    @tn3fan- Sucked..too much BS…only show certain drivers, glad it is over

  9. Robert Green Says:
    June 5th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I was just a passing fan for several years and not really into NASCAR. I’d watch the marquee races and that was about it. Then I got deeply involved with the sport and I have to say initially I was thankful for the insights as a basically novice fan. Now that I’ve become much more into it the appreciation for FOX has wavered since I seem to hear the same things over and over again from the play by play guys… Now that I’m “into it” I’m looking forward to hearing Kyle Petty’s perspective (I believe he’s a little less of a company man when it comes to the tough issues that face NASCAR, the owners, teams and drivers…

  10. Richard Allen Says:
    June 6th, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Of the things you all are saying so far, I’d have to say that the Fox crew tends to be far too repetitive. It seems as if they tell the same stories over and over again and offer the same explanations over and over again.

    Also, at the beginning of the season there was way too much focus on Danica. I think that cooled somewhat as the season went on and they came to realize she is basically a 20-30 place driver and there’s only so much hype for that.

    On the positive side from my point of view, Mike Joy is the best in the business at what he does when Larry and Darrell let him speak. And Fox has always been the most innovative of the three networks in terms of camera angles and video perspectives.

  11. Benjamin P. Glaser Says:
    June 6th, 2013 at 7:53 am

    1) I 100% agree with Mike Joy.

    2) I also think there needs to be some new blood in the “analyst” chair.

    3) Move DW into the Hollywood Hotel.

    4) Move Larry Mac to where he is during Turner Sports coverage.

  12. Tony Geinzer Says:
    June 6th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I feel sick of FOX to the point that they deserve to be Fired and I would relish have more actual race coverage. I would want Mike Joy and Bob Dillner on Indy Car or NHRA so they can actually narrate and somebody should play defensive to block the casual marriage of racing and Hollywood.

  13. Matt Braddock Says:
    June 7th, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Can’t stand DW!! Blabber mouth talks just a “skosh” too much!

  14. RacingFan Says:
    June 7th, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I lost almost all hope for straight-shooting opinions from DW when he was asked whether he agreed with Denny Hamlin or NASCAR on the air the next race after the penalty. He said if he had to choose, he would go with NASCAR. I am not sure what it will take to make me forget that.

  15. Terry T Says:
    June 8th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Here’s the secret to watching Fox.

    1- DVR the race
    2- Fast forward through the many commercials
    3- Use the mute button to avoid listening to the Waltrips, MacReynolds, Myers and the rest of those clowns.