|Dale Earnhardt Jr.|
Earnhardt Jr. has long been a fan favorite, so racing fans can take solace in knowing that he isn't out of the sport cold turkey. Earnhard Jr.'s contract includes opportunities beyond broadcasting, including partnerships between NBC and some of his other business ventures.
Of the partnership, Earnhardt Jr. released a statement that said:
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. 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."
The specifics of Earnhardt Jr.'s role are unclear as of now. However, it is clear that NBC has been eyeing Earnhardt Jr. for some time, reports CBS Sports.