Earnhardt To Join NBC Sports Next Season

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join NBC Sports as an on-air personality next year after his retirement. (Sean Gardner Photo)

STAMFORD, Conn. — NBC Sports made it official Monday morning.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will retire from full-time racing at the end of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, will join the NBC Sports Group’s coverage of NASCAR racing beginning next season.

As part of the arrangement, fans can expect to see Earnhardt on the small screen in roles outside of motorsports.

Earnhardt will be utilized in a number of capacities on NBC’s NASCAR coverage, with specifics to be announced in the coming months.

In addition, the agreement with NBC Universal allows Earnhardt a wide range of opportunities in the company’s media businesses, including movies, television, podcasts and other areas.

“We are excited to welcome Dale Jr. to our team – both on and off the track,” said Mark Lazarus, chairman, NBC Broadcasting and Sports. “As a company, NBCUniversal allows for talent to stretch themselves across not just their field of expertise, but across other areas of their interests in the media world.”

“Dale Jr. brings credibility, personality, and popularity to our already winning NASCAR team,” said Sam Flood, executive producer and president of production, NBC Sports. “Giving him a chance to spread further within other NBC Sports Group properties and throughout the company is an added bonus.”

“It is a tremendous honor not only to join NBC Sports next year but to begin a new career alongside people who love NASCAR as much as I do,” said Earnhardt. “To be reunited with Steve Letarte, to be able to call legends like Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty teammates rather than just friends, to be able to continue going to the track and connecting with race fans, it’s a privilege I don’t take lightly. I will devote my heart and soul to this broadcast team and pledge my very best to the millions who watch it.”

NBC is also partnering with Earnhardt on some of his other businesses, including Dirty Mo Media and Hammerhead Entertainment.

Earnhardt has amassed 26 career victories, including the 2004 and 2014 Daytona 500. His 26 victories tie him for 29th on NASCAR’s all-time race winners list.