Dale Earnhardt Jr Plans Post Racing Career

In his latest Nationwide commercial NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series driver talks about what he will do after he retires –  Golden Years Dale will climbing big mountains and surf big waves…and Amy has him running big errands.

But Dale Jr will something else to do next racing season…as a broadcaster.

For the past few NASCAR racing seasons FOX and NBC have shared the broadcasting duties. As a part of their broadcast, FOX would bring in a few of the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers to join the broadcast team during the Xfinity Series races. Dale Earnhardt Jr was one of those drivers. Dale Jr is also very knowledgeable about the history of his sport and even has his own show titled “Back in the Day” where he recounts races and events in NASCAR’s history.

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NBCUniversal made the announcement of their newest broadcast member saying Junior “would pursue a wide range of opportunities in the company’s media businesses, including movies, television, podcasts, and other areas” including football and perhaps even the Olympics.”

Speaking on their decision NBC Sports Executive Producer and President of Production Sam Flood said, “his love of the sport and his passion for the history of the sport makes him look at it in a different way. It’s fun to hear how curious he is about TV.”

Chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports Mark Lazarus also spoke on Junior’s addition to the NBC team saying, “We are excited to welcome Dale Jr. to our team – both on and off the track. 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.”

In a conference call Dale Earnhardt Jr said, “I’ve always just drove race cars. So this is probably the first real job I’ve had in 20 years. This is an incredible opportunity for me to start an entirely new career. 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,” Earnhardt said. 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.” Earnhardt added, “I’m excited to be able to finally announce this news. I’m going to follow Sam’s lead and as prepared be as I can and let him give me the tools to make progress.”

For the past 14 years, Dale Jr has been voted the sport’s most popular driver by the fans. To date the two time Daytona 500 winner has won 26 races.

In April he announced his intention to retire from full time driving at the end of the 2017 racing season. Earnhardt’s decision came after he missed half of the 2016 racing season due to a sever concussion.

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