By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
FOX Sports announced Saturday night that NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart will be color commentating the Busch Light Clash and 64th Daytona 500.
During the start of the third quarter of the NFC Divisional matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, Joe Buck confirmed Stewart’s TV role that’ll kick off the 2022 NASCAR season.
No stranger of voicing his thoughts, “Smoke” will be alongside Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer as part of a rotating booth following Jeff Gordon’s departure at the end of 2021. The fellow Hall of Famer accepted a role as Vice Chairman at Hendrick Motorsports that was effective as of January 1st.
Stewart, who previously called a few Xfinity Series races on NBC/TNT in the early 2000s, said it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up, knowing it’ll be blast working alongside Joy and Bowyer.
“To call the very first Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum and the Daytona 500 is an opportunity you don’t pass up,” said Stewart in a press release. “The size and scope of both these races is massive, and it’s an honor to be a part of them with FOX. Anytime you get to talk racing with Clint and Mike, you’re going to have a good time.”
FOX Sports President of Production & Operations and Executive Producer Brad Zager understands the dynamic chemistry Stewart and Bowyer have. The latter drove for Stewart-Haas Racing from 2017 until retiring from racing at the end of 2020.
“Tony brings Hall-of-Fame credentials and one of the most informative and entertaining voices in motor sports,” said Zager. “There is an obvious chemistry between Smoke and Clint, and there is no one better than Mike at bringing a broadcast all together.”
In addition of Joy, Bowyer and Stewart, Larry McReynolds will enter his 22nd season on FOX. He’ll continue his role as the network’s technical analyst.
As for the pit reporters, the Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Sunday, February 6 at 6:00 p.m. ET) will have Jamie Little and Regan Smith. Fellow pit reporter Vince Welch will join the rest of the FOX crew at Daytona International Speedway (Sunday, February 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET).