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TELEVISION COVERAGE
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 12:30pm/et on FoxSports1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 2:00pm/et

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, April 24 at 12:00am/et (midnight) on FS1;
Monday, April 24 at 6:30am/et on FS1

160 comments

      1. But of course they will milk it for all that it’s worth!
        It’s what they do!
        Profit from things they don’t create themselves!

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  1. The more that I think about this, the more that I feel that this really began in the first half of 2016 even before the concussion. I’m not saying that he decided to retire then, but with the way that the team ran in the first half of that season, I just had the feeling that he wasn’t going to reach that pinnacle that he had in 2014 again. If you think about the four years that he had with Steve Letarte. That team improved from year to year where they ultimately reached their peak in 2014. Greg comes in in 2015 and has a pretty good year with the remains of the Letarte #88 team. However, the last remnants of that team leave, and the performance was way lower in 2016, and doesn’t look any better this year. I don’t know if Junior ever felt like this, but I certainly felt like it was going in the wrong direction. Strangely enough, this comforts me in some way. I just feel like, “Well, if you’re sure that he’s not going get back to that 2014 point again, then he might as well retire.” I love watching Junior race. I look forward to it. I DO NOT however look forward to being pissed off every week when the car sucks and Greg’s got the splitter hitting again! Let’s face it: Even if he had signed an extension, it probably would have been at the most two years, and with the direction that the 88 team is heading, it probably would have been a miserable two years. If the team was going in an upward direction like it did under Letarte, then I would feel a lot, lot worse. Who knows? Maybe Junior wouldn’t have decided to retire so easily had that been the case as well?

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  2. I thank Jr for all the great years he gave us. It’s sad to see him go and I hope all his fans honor him by sticking with the sport. He has inspired me to write down my own thoughts on Nascar news.
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    1. Sticking with the sport has NOTHING to do with honoring Junior. Each of us watch a sport for the pleasure it brings to our own lives — it IS a commercial, money-making deal. Each of the members here have been loyal Junior fans for years and have the brains and heart to make decisions in our own best interest and that follow our own values.

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      1. I feel that the sport has left us, not us leaving it.
        It’s become too corporate and politically correct and the traditional fan’s interests and likes are shown little to no regard by Brian France and his yes men.
        And I agree that us here are Junior fans first instead of this corporate gimmick which this “sport” has become.

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    1. On my timeline I have seen: Nascar RIP. Harvick thinks that Chase Elliott will be the “star” since his Dad is a good ole boy. There were many RIP things. I think that Nascar could have survived without Junior but with Junior, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards all out in 2 years….I don’t know. Also, 90% of merchandise sales were Junior, Jeff and Tony so………BUT….I did see that Jimmie was the highest earner last year….the first time in 5 years someone beat Jr. so maybe Nascar can survive for a while.
      Harvick said yesterday that he has 4 more years on his contract so……

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      1. sorry Connie, I just spent 30 minutes writing a reply to your question only to have it disappear when i hit the post button…. This is the second time this has happened…. I refuse to go through that again as I have no idea why that happened but seems I timed out while typing my reply ??????

        Makes no sense to me….sorry

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    2. I’ll predict that most of the fans that stuck around (that NA$CAR didn’t already run off) will bail after this year.

      The largest chunk of the remaining fan base is Junior Nation.

      If any remain they will be tuning into see his JRM teams or watch him comment on TV like Jeff Gordon and Steve LeTarte do.

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  3. Thanks everyone… not exactly sure what ” Mini ” means but then again, don’t really care…. This is a big deal for me… especially now… Still wish I could go watch Practice/Qualifying tomorrow…
    O’Well… 😦

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