Jeff Hammond joined Fox Sports at the end of the 2000 Winston Cup season. Jeff Hammond and partner Chris Myers host the weekly pre-race show from the famed “Hollywood Hotel” usually located near Victory Lane at each race track. Jeff Hammond contributes to the race coverage on Fox and FX with booth announcers, Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip.
In April 2007, Jeff Hammond received a Sports Emmy nomination for Outstanding Studio Analyst.
Jeff’s career in NASCAR began in 1974 working as a tire changer for Walter Ballard. Becoming one of the best jackmen in the business, Jeff Hammond served on all three of driver Cale Yarborough’s Winston Cup championship seasons. Legendary driver Darrell Waltrip took over for Yarborough in 1981 and the Junior Johnson-owned team won yet another championship. At the encouragement of Waltrip, Johnson promoted Jeff Hammond to the crew chief position for the start of the 1982 season. And as the old saying goes, “The Rest Is History”.
The combination of owner Johnson, driver Waltrip and crew chief Jeff Hammond set the sport of NASCAR on its ear. Two more championships followed and 43 wins as a crew chief placed Jeff Hammond in the record books as one of NASCAR’s all time great crew chiefs.