Michael Waltrip recently sat down with Rare Country to talk about life, love and what he thought Dale Earnhardt Jr. might do once he retires at the end of the 2017 NASCAR season. In that interview, Michael hinted that Dale just might find a nice cozy home in the broadcast booth.
Well, Michael was right — and now it’s official.
On the morning of July 24, NBC announced on Twitter that Dale Jr. has signed a multi-year deal with NBC Universal. Sports Business Daily reports that he will not only be thoroughly involved in NBC’s NASCAR coverage, but also might possibly led a hand in the network’s NFL and Olympics coverage.
Just the day before, Dale Jr. appeared at a press conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he welcomed Alex Bowman, who will take over driving duties on the ol’ No. 88 once Dale retires. He didn’t comment on the broadcast deal, but now we know he had a secret to share the very next day.
Sports Business Daily further noted that, “Earnhardt also will be a big part of NBC’s coverage for the rest of this season, something NBC had planned well before the driver signed with the company.”
It’s nice to know that NASCAR fans won’t actually have to say goodbye to one of their favorites for good at the end of the season now. Congrats Dale Jr!
Tricia Despres, Country Editor