Apr 23, 2022; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series crew chief Larry McReynolds sits atop the pit box for his driver Jeffrey Earnhardt (not pictured) during the Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday, Fox Sports announced that crew chief Larry McReynolds will return to the broadcast booth for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover. Consider Dale Earnhardt Jr. a big fan of the decision.

Earnhardt tweeted his appreciation of the move after it was announced, saying that it was exactly what was needed.

“Exactly what I had long hoped for,” Earnhardt tweeted. “Every booth needs a crew chief who’s on top of the strategy. NBC has Steve Letarte and Fox has Larry McReynolds.”

It’s a sentiment that was echoed by many other NASCAR fans who are thrilled to see McReynolds back in the booth.

McReynolds is a two-time Daytona 500 champion crew chief and served as a Cup Series crew chief from 1985 to 2000, amassing 23 Cup wins, 21 poles, 122 top-five, and 209 top-ten finishes. He’s also spent time as an analyst on various NASCAR TV shows and radio programs.

He also still works in the pit, having crewed Jeffrey Earnhardt’s runner-up finish last weekend in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Many NASCAR fans have said that McReynolds should be a permanent fixture in the booth for Fox given his wealth of experience and what he brings to the broadcast. We’ll see if Fox takes that seriously moving forward.

Coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover begins at 3 p.m. ET on FS1 on Sunday.

[Fox Sports]

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