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Jeff Gordon agrees to multi-year extension with Fox Sports

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Jeff Gordon has agreed to a multi-year extension to serve as a NASCAR analyst for Fox Sports, NBC Sports has confirmed.

Gordon, who will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Feb. 1, has served as an analyst for Fox since he retired from full-time racing after the 2016 season.

He has joined Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip on Fox’s broadcast of Cup Series races.

Gordon will be joined at Fox this year by Jamie McMurray, who will serve as a studio analyst on NASCAR Race Day and NASCAR Race Hub.

Jamie McMurray joins Fox Sports as studio analyst

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Jamie McMurray will join Fox Sports as a studio analyst for its NASCAR coverage in 2019, the network announced Wednesday.

He will be a studio analyst on “NASCAR Race Hub” and “NASCAR RaceDay.”

McMurray moves into the role after 16 full-time seasons competing in the Cup Series, the last nine driving the No. 1 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing. He has seven wins, 63 top fives and 168 top-10 finishes since 2002.

McMurray’s transition to television comes after he was replaced in the No. 1 Chevrolet by Kurt Busch.

“As my driving career got closer to the end, I thought about doing TV but wasn’t sure until I did a couple of ‘NASCAR Race Hub’ shows at the end of this year,” McMurray said in a press release. “I really enjoyed it more than I expected. It’s a whole new world, but that’s what I am most excited about – the new challenge and discomfort that comes with doing something completely out of my element.”

Ganassi has offered McMurray the opportunity to compete in the 2019 Daytona 500 in a third Ganassi car.

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Fox Sports: ‘Speculation’ over Carl Edwards joining network ‘unfounded’

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The unexpected news of Carl Edwards leaving Joe Gibbs Racing and not competing in NASCAR in 2017 is not related to a potential job as an analyst for Fox Sports, the network announced Tuesday in a statement.

John Entz, Fox Sports president, production and executive producer, said the network is “as surprised as anyone” about the turn of events around Edwards and “speculation that he may be climbing out of the car” to join Fox is “unfounded.”

The current NASCAR broadcast team for Fox Sports is Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Gordon, who retired from full-time NASCAR competition after the 2015 season.

“Our team is set for the future, and we wish Carl well in whatever he chooses to do next,” Entz said.

Below is the full statement.

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MORE: Drivers and other react to Carl Edwards news.

Kevin Harvick joins Fox Sports as Xfinity, Truck series analyst for select races

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Kevin Harvick will work as an NASCAR analyst for Fox Sports in eight Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series races this season.

The network announced Wednesday that the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion will be an analyst for five Xfinity races and three Truck Series events. He’ll start his season in the booth with the Xfinity opener at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 25 on Fox Sports 1.

Harvick was a guest analyst for the Xfinity opener the last two seasons.

After Daytona, Harvick will join Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip for the Xfinity races at Phoenix International Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Pocono Raceway. He will be in the booth for the Truck Series races at Kansas Speedway, Eldora Speedway and Talladega.

“I really enjoy calling races,” Harvick said in a press release. “I enjoy the perspective of sitting up there and trying to figure out what’s going on. I also want to be a part of watching these young guys come up through the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series and have the experience of having been in the booth when they raced because, ultimately, it’s something I want to do down the road when I’m done driving.”

Fox discusses Xfinity analyst role with Dale Jr.

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When Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweets, things happen.

Earnhardt recently tweeted that he’d like to try his hand at broadcasting some Xfinity Series races on television. He might get that chance next season as an analyst for Fox.

Fox Sports said Wednesday night that the network had informal conversations with the 12-time most popular driver about joining its Xfinity Series booth for select races. (Fox also clarified an earlier release in which it had said Earnhardt would work as an analyst on “select races,” saying “nothing has been determined.  We apologize for the confusion.”)

“(Fox) extended the offer to me that we can give it a shot,” Earnhardt said in a quote distributed by Fox. “I want to go up there next year and watch a few races, or watch one race, and see what I’m getting myself into. It looks like a lot of fun.”

Several of Earnhardt’s Sprint Cup competitors took part in Xfinity broadcasts this season on Fox and Fox Sports 1, including Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Danica Patrick.

In addition, Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray have served as analysts on Xfinity races televised this season by NBCSN.

“All the drivers who did it (earlier this) year looked great, sounded great, and they seemed to have a lot of fun doing it,” Earnhardt said, according to Fox. “I don’t know if it’s a career path for me. It just depends.”

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