NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards is coming back to the broadcast booth. The driver of the #99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford will re-join Allen Bestwick and Andy Petree to help broadcast the next three Nationwide Series races, beginning with next Friday night’s 300-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway. The race broadcast begins at 8PM EST on ESPN2. It will be the first race back for the series after a two-week break. He will also help with lap-by-lap coverage at Richmond International Raceway Friday night, April 26th and at Talladega on Saturday, May 4th. Broadcast from Richmond will begin on ESPNNEWS at 7pm. Broadcast from Talladega begins at 2:30pm EST on ESPN.
Edwards shared his thoughts on his upcoming time in the booth. “I truly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the ESPN team and their Nationwide Series broadcasts again this season,” he said. “Allen, Andy and the whole ESPN team really helped me get a better feel of what goes on in the booth last season.” Edwards first entered the broadcast booth last year as he helped broadcast Nationwide races at Darlington and Kentucky. He also had been doing post-race analysis for ESPN SportsCenter in the Sprint Cup Series during the prior two seasons. Edwards also commented on that experience in an interview, and how it would translate to his upcoming time calling the Nationwide races. “I feel I can definitely use my racing experience, combined with what I learned last year, to provide the fans with a better perspective and inside analysis,” he said.
ESPN VP of Motorsports and Production Rich Feinberg was equally happy about including Edwards into the upcoming races. “We’re delighted to have Carl back with us,” he said. “He brings great insight as a current driver to his analysis as well as a warm personality. He fits in well with our team and we welcome the opportunity to work with him.”
Edwards stopped racing in the Nationwide Series in the 2012 season after having raced in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series over the course of the past seven years. He won the Nationwide Series driver’s championship in 2007 and drove to the Owner’s Championship in 2011 for Roush Fenway Racing.
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