Derek Pernesiglio To Go From Broadcast Seat To Driver’s Seat At Thompson Speedway World Series Sunday

As an announcer and analyst for coverage of NASCAR events on Fox Sports 1, Derek Pernesiglio’s life is spent chasing races to be broadcast.

Derek Pernesiglio (Photo: Courtesy of Derek Pernesiglio)

Derek Pernesiglio (Photo: Courtesy of Derek Pernesiglio)

But this weekend he’ll be kept busy by not only broadcasting duties, but also driving responsibilities.

Pernesiglio will be part of the broadcast team for Sunday’s Fox Sports 1 coverage of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season ending World Series 150 at Thompson Speedway.

But Pernesiglio won’t be grabbing the microphone until after he lets go of the steering wheel Sunday at Thompson.

Pernesiglio will race for his family owned team in Sunday’s 30-lap feature for the Northeastern Midget Association.

“I’ve never raced and reported in the same day,” Pernesiglio said in a release. “There won’t be much down time.”

Pernesiglio will start the weekend by traveling from his home in Charlotte, N.C. to Braselton, Ga. where he will be part of the television broadcast team for Friday’s K&N Pro Series East season finale at the Road Atlanta road course.

After that event Pernesiglio will get a ride to the airport in Atlanta from Jeremy Catania, a TV crew broadcast spotter and brother of Thompson Speedway SK Modified division regular John Catania.

For Pernesiglio Thompson Speedway marks a special place for a special weekend in his career. He’s been coming to events at Thompson since he was a child and spent time at the track as an announcer before getting his start in television.

“I’ve been coming to the World Series since I was four years old,” Pernesiglio said. “I’ve been a fan there, a driver there. Heck, my first time pit reporting gig of any kind was on the PA for a [Whelen Modified Tour] race there in 1997. To report the Whelen Modified Tour race on Fox Sports makes the career feel like it’s come full circle.”

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  1. Derek please tell Fox Sports 1 that soccer weekly and high school football are not at all what people want to see and that’s why their ratings are in the toilet……..more racing, like it was before they tried to take over our favorite channel and turn it into ESPN 3

  2. Yea what he said. And No more Regis please.

  3. With NBC going almost all racing in the next few years. I can see them creating a all racing network or another sports channel.

  4. Joseph Conciatori says

    Fox should buy into North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Carolina and re-open the track for weekly races that would automatically end up as one-hour shows on Fox Sports 1. That is what Fox Sports should be about – more racing! Derek, you should tell Fox to air more modified action next season!

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