Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a man of many talents, but one he hasn’t truly explored to this point of his career is being a commentator during NASCAR races. Next season, he’ll get the opportunity to do just that with Fox Sports for select Xfinity races.
The JR Motorsports owner recently tweeted that he’d like to jump in the booth for races, but it was Fox that jumped at the chance to add him to the team. Junior doesn’t plan to just jump right in, though. He wants to make sure he’s fully prepared for the occasion.
“(Fox) extended the offer to me that we can give it a shot,” Earnhardt said in a Fox release. “I want to go up there next year and watch a few races, or watch one race, and see what I’m getting myself into. It looks like a lot of fun.”
Earnhardt wouldn’t be the first to join the Fox Sports booth after drivers including Jeff Gordon, Danica Patrick, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer all served in the role this season. Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray also pitched in during the NBC Sports Network broadcasts.
Not only is stepping in for Fox a fun venture for Junior, but it might also provide a future after racing for the Hendrick Motorsports driver.
“All the drivers who did it (earlier this) year looked great, sounded great, and they seemed to have a lot of fun doing it,” Earnhardt said. “I don’t know if it’s a career path for me. It just depends.”
With Gordon joining Fox next year and former crew chief Steve Letarte in the booth for NBC already, Junior should have plenty of help along the way. Thanks to his ownership of JRM and knowledge of the Xfinity level as a championship driver in 1998 and 1999, Earnhardt should feel right at home.
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