Fox Sports will announce today the addition of Ricky Craven to its on-air talent line-up for the 2019 NASCAR season.
Through a post on his Twitter account, Craven announced his departure from ESPN on Jan. 23 after 11 years as a NASCAR analyst for the network. In that time, Craven routinely appeared on “SportsCenter” and other programs to dissect races and discuss breaking news.
Now with Fox, Craven will be a part of the “NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition” show as well as practice and qualifying sessions and other weekend programming. He will work out of the new virtual studio Fox Sports is rolling out this year.
“I’m honored to join Fox Sports and have always had great admiration and appreciation for the company’s dedication and commitment to our sport,” Craven said. “Fox has an amazing team I have felt a connection to since 2003 when they enthusiastically delivered the broadcast of our finish at Darlington. I eagerly await the start of our new season.”
Craven is the second former ESPN hire for Fox Sports in recent days. Last Sunday, Fox announced the addition of journalist Bob Pockrass, who will be contributing to the linear and digital platforms.
A former driver with starts in all three national series, Craven last ran a NASCAR race in 2006 in the Xfinity Series. A four-time winner in the series, Craven made 142 starts with back-to-back runner-up finishes in the championship standings (1993-94). He also made 278 Cup Series starts from 1991-2004 with two career wins and has one win in 26 Truck Series starts.
“Ricky Craven is synonymous with credibility and wisdom in the NASCAR industry,” said Steve Craddock, SVP of NASCAR production for Fox Sports. “He doesn’t shy away from candid analysis, even under difficult circumstances, and his reputation, vast experience and relationships in the sport command the respect of all.”
Fox Sports will release its full on-air line-up and additional new hires at a later date.