CONCORD, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take on a new role at Talladega and Martinsville while he continues to recover from a concussion.
Announced Wednesday evening on NASCAR America, Earnhardt will join the NBC Sports broadcast booth for a portion of each of the two upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
Earnhardt took part in an XFINITY broadcast earlier this year but Talladega will be his first Cup broadcast experience. He will sit in as an analyst alongside his former crew chief Steve Letarte, race announcer Rick Allen and NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton.
“I’m excited to see these races from a different vantage point and hopefully offer some insight to the viewers,” Earnhardt said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my opportunity to broadcast the XFINITY race at Michigan earlier this year, so I expect getting to spend time in the booth with the NBC team to be just as fun.”
This weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway marks the final race of the Round of 12 and next week's Martinsville race will kick off the Chase's Round of 8.
“With five races left in the Sprint Cup playoffs, we are thrilled to welcome Dale Earnhardt Jr. into our broadcast booth as we present two of the most unpredictable and exciting races in the Chase,” said Jeff Behnke, VP of NASCAR Production for the NBC Sports Group. “Dale is incredibly respected and the viewers and fans will be treated to his perspective on two very different race tracks.”
Tune in to the broadcast from Talladega this Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Martinsville next Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN.