Earnhardt set for NBC role

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24 July, 2017

NBC formally announced this morning that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be joining their broadcast team next season. Sports then "welcomed" Earnhardt to the team via Twitter.

Earnhardt's exact role on NBC's programming hasn't been revealed, but the report says that the sport's most popular driver may not be confined to stock vehicle racing.

At NBC, Earnhardt reunites with Letarte, his good friend and former crew chief awho helped resurrect his career and led him to five Cup Series over a three-year period including the 2014 Daytona 500. Letarte has been calling races in the booth with play-by-play announcer Rick Allen and driver analyst Jeff Burton.

Earnhardt's exact duties during the telecasts, which cover the second half of the NASCAR Cup season, are still to be determined.

Although NBC said the specifics of how it will integrate Earnhardt into its coverage will be confirmed in the coming months, Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports, hinted at the fact that he won't only appear during NASCAR broadcasts.

Earnhardt announced his retirement in April, saying he wanted the opportunity to go out on his own terms.

The agreement with NBCUniversal will allow Earnhardt to pursue "a wide range of opportunities in the company's media businesses, including movies, television, podcasts, and other areas". "These people care deeply about the sport of NASCAR and the growth of NASCAR and continuing to evolve the sport and make it a must-see TV".

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