Earnhardt Jr. set to debut with NBC this weekend

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Earnhardt Jr. set to debut with NBC this weekend

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Earnhardt Jr. set to debut with NBC this weekend

NBC Sports Group launches its NASCAR season this week, featuring the debut of NBC Sports’ newest on-air contributor Dale Earnhardt Jr. NBC Sports Group will serve up more than 18 hours of trackside coverage from Chicagoland Speedway, culminating with Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Featuring the debut of NBC Sports’ newest on-air contributor Dale Earnhardt Jr., NBC Sports Group will serve up 38 hours of NASCAR programming including Xfinity Series racing on Saturday, June 30, at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

While NBC has been airing TV ads for weeks now that feature Earnhardt trading in his helmet for a headset, Earnhardt has taken it a step further with a video he posted Tuesday afternoon on Twitter of how he’s been preparing for his next career:

NBC Sports’ lead race announcer Rick Allen will call the action alongside Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte, 21-time Cup Series race winner Jeff Burton and Earnhardt Jr.

NASCAR on NBC pre-race host Krista Voda, NASCAR veteran Kyle Petty and Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett host NASCAR America as well as all pre- and post-race coverage. Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast and Dave Burns will report from pit road and the garages.

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