Jeff Gordon to serve as NASCAR TV analyst this season

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He said he’d entertain it – and now he’s gonna do it.

Following a first report from Jim Utter of the Charlotte Observer, MotorSportsTalk has confirmed that four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will enter the broadcast booth this season as part of a rotation of driver analysts for Fox Sports’ coverage of NASCAR XFINITY Series events.

During a SiriusXM NASCAR Radio interview last week, Gordon – who will end his full-time Cup career at the conclusion of the 2015 season – indicated that he would be open to entering the television side of the sport.

“I love the sport,” Gordon said. “I’m very passionate about it. I love to critique it. I think I could do a good job with that. I don’t think it’s an easy job.

“I’ll be honest. I have a lot of respect for those that do it from radio and TV. I’d entertain it.”

Brad Keselowski and reigning Cup champion Kevin Harvick – both former NXS champions – will also be part of Fox’s planned analyst rotation for its coverage of that series.

The rotation will join regulars Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip in Fox’s NXS booth, while Vince Welch will lead its NXS pit road team that includes Jamie Little, Chris Neville, and Matt Yocum.

Those latter three will also serve as Fox’s pit road team on the Cup side, supporting the Cup booth trio of Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, and Darrell Waltrip. Chris Myers and the Waltrip brothers’ duties on the pre-race show remain as well.

For Fox’s Camping World Truck Series coverage, Alexander, Joy, and Brian Till will fill in on play-by-play until regular series announcer Steve Byrnes returns from medical absence due to his ongoing battle against cancer. Joy will call the Trucks’ season opener at Daytona.

Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip are back as Truck Series analysts, and pit road reporting is led by Hermie Sadler, with Welch, Yocum, and Kaitlyn Vincie in supporting roles there.

Todd LeDuc advances two positions in Monster Jam Power Rankings

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Neil Elliott held onto the top spot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings, but he has a new driver sniffing his exhaust as Todd Leduc advanced two positions to second this week.

The Stadium Series Green continues to hold the advantage in the Power Rankings with Elliott topping the chart, Morgan Kane in fourth, and Ryan Anderson eighth, but there is an equitable distribution among the other series throughout the field.

Notably, Leduc and his Monster Energy truck in the Stadium Series Red closed the gap with a 38-point overall victory at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Leduc achieved his win through consistency, pocketing the overall without winning a single individual event. Leduc’s best session was a second-place finish to Mike Vaters II in Overkill Evolution by .001 points.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Elliott rambled on. Elliott won his sixth skills challenge in seven contests so far. That contributed to his 35 points for the event at PETCO Park in San Diego and allowed him to hold onto the No. 1 slot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings.

Colton Eichelberger also held station. Third last week, he entered the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on a mission in the Triple Threat Series Central. He topped the event points in all four events with timed race wins in each session, ATV race wins in three of the four, three wins in the speedster obstacle course, two freestyle wins and one win in the donut competitions.

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Morgan Kane and Grave Digger had a rough night. He was ousted from the racing event in Round 2 by Max-D and Elliott. He failed to win either of the other two competitions of the night and ended with 29 points, which was a distant third to Ryan Anderson’s Son-Uva Digger (37) and Max-D (35).

Brandon Vinson moved up to the fifth position with three wins in the Triple Threat Series West. During the weekend he earned seven session wins, including a sweep of the speedster obstacle course and two victories in the two-wheel skills challenge.

Tom Meents debuted on the Monster Jam Power Rankings in 10th by winning the overall in back to back nights of the Stadium Series Yellow. The Saturday show can be seen Feb. 22 at 11:30 p.m. on NBCSN (click here for streaming). The highlight of Meents’ weekend were race wins on Saturday and Sunday, defeating Coty Saucier in a Monster Energy truck on Night 1 and Eric Swanson in Obsessed on Night 2.

Power Rankings

1. Neil Elliott–same
2. Todd LeDuc–up 2
3. Colton Eichelberger-same
4. Morgan Kane–down 2
5. Brandon Vinson–up 1
6. Tyler Menninga–up 1
7. Coty Saucier–down 2
8. Ryan Anderson–same
9. Linsey Read–up 1
10. Tom Meents-new for 2020

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on Eastern time on NBCSN)

Oakland: February 22 (Saturday); 11:30 p.m.
Miami: March 1 (Sunday); 12 a.m.
Jacksonville: March 9 (Monday); 6 p.m.
Detroit: March 21 (Saturday); 11 p.m.
Las Vegas: March 28 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Santa Clara: April 11 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Philadelphia: April 17 (Friday); 2:30 p.m.
Denver: April 25 (Saturday); 6:30 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Racing: May 9 (Saturday); 5 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: May 19 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Monster Jam World Freestyle: May 20 (Wednesday); 12 a.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: June 20 (Saturday); 2:30 p.m.