Legendary championship-winning race car driver and team owner Tony Stewart heads to the FOX broadcast booth for the biggest race of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, the prestigious Dodge Power Brokers NHRA This weekend’s US Nationals at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Stewart will join the NHRA on FOX team of Brian Lohnes and Tony Pedregon for Eliminations on Monday, September 5 on Big Go, with Eliminations scheduled to air from 2-5 pm ET on FOX.
“Tony Stewart is one of the most versatile drivers in the racing world and celebrates success at the highest level,” said Frank Wilson, vice president of studio and event production for FOX Sports. “He now brings that versatility to the broadcast booth, first in the NASCAR Cup Series on FOX earlier this year, and now as part of the NHRA on FOX for drag racing’s most iconic event. Along with two-time Funny Car Champion Tony Pedregon, the two Tonys will no doubt provide entertaining and insightful analysis beginning this weekend from Indy.”
Stewart added the NHRA team owner to his impressive Hall of Fame resume this season with the introduction of Tony Stewart Racing. The two-car nitro team features three-time Funny Car World Champion Matt Hagan and Top Fuel star Leah Pruett as the featured duo and title contenders combined for four wins during the 2022 season. .
Stewart, who also called the action during select NASCAR telecasts on FOX this season, will now join the NHRA on FOX broadcast booth on drag racing’s grandest stage, offering his unique insight and adding another can’t-miss incentive. for fans at a critical point in the season. . Along with the prestige of the annual race at Indy, the 68th Annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA US Nationals is the last race before the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, giving NHRA a great platform on FOX to close out the regular season with Stewart in the booth as well.
“It’s a great opportunity to have a motorsports icon and new NHRA owner like Tony join the NHRA broadcast on FOX during the US Nationals,” said NHRA Vice President of Broadcast Steve Reintjes. “Tony is passionate about the NHRA, and he brings his experience from his recent role as an analyst during select NASCAR events on FOX to the NHRA broadcast booth. He is a natural fit for Indy, our highest-profile NHRA event.”
The race on the FOX network comes during a stretch that features eight of the nine NHRA races on FOX, a series that began in June at Bristol. Coverage on FOX has delivered impressive viewership numbers throughout, including the most recent broadcast in Brainerd on August 21. Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals coverage clocked in at 813,000 viewers, up more than 10 percent from last year’s Brainerd race on FOX.
Television coverage of the prestigious Dodge Power Brokers NHRA US Nationals includes racing action on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, September 3, and Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Funny Car Callout coverage from 4-5 p.m. :30 pm Qualifying action will continue from 5:30 pm to 7 pm on Sunday on FS1. On Monday, live coverage of the eliminations will begin at noon on FS1 and continue on FOX from 2-5 p.m.