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Dale Jr Hints at His Future NASCAR Co-Hosts

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What’s Happening?

This year, NBC is broadcasting NASCAR without Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the first time since 2017. However, Dale Earnhardt Jr. hints that this may not be the last time he will work with members of the NBC crew, saying, “If I stay in broadcasting…I may likely work with them again.” He discussed this when talking about the NBC broadcast in the most recent episode of the “Dale Jr Download,” particularly in the clip below.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. is moving on to TNT/Amazon as a broadcaster. Since they will not broadcast NASCAR until 2025, he will be out of the booth for this season. However, no one knows who will join him yet.
  • It’s common for broadcasters to swap between different networks, particularly in eras with more than two TV partners. Could we see some NBC people join Dale Jr. in 2025?
  • Fans would love to see some of these broadcasters add more races to their schedule. Dale Jr. worked well with the NBC broadcasters, and reuniting could make for a great team.

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What Dale Jr. Had to Say

The clip above is heavily edited, and it seems to allude to Dale Jr.’s only talking about the broadcasters. However, the full comments found in the full version of the podcast show Dale Jr. talking about more than just the broadcasters.

Sanother part of this is a lot of those people in that compound, like Shaun Owens and those folks, I may likely work with them again in the future. So, there’s some good chances that if I stay in broadcasting long term, that you’ll see those people again. A lot of the same names that pop around are and a lot of the same networks use a bunch of the same group…I’m excited about that. When I when I get back in the booth next year, who will I see that I’ll be “Hey! You!”, so I’m sure we’ll have a lot of familiar faces.

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Bringing in some behind-the-scenes people from other broadcasts would be a welcome addition for many. All the people who make the things fans love on broadcasts on NBC and FOX could join the new network. However, these individuals won’t be in front of the camera.

The commentators are what fans will notice the most when they watch a race broadcast. Dale Jr. doesn’t close the door on some NBC broadcasters joining the new network alongside NBC.

This is not an uncommon practice when there are more than two media rights partners in NASCAR. From 2007 through 2014, analyst Larry McReynolds and pit reporter Matt Yocum worked for both the FOX and TNT broadcasts. In the 1990s, when NASCAR was split among multiple networks, broadcasters like Mike Joy, Ken Squier, and Ned Jarrett all worked for multiple networks.

Who Could Join Dale Jr?

Realistically, any current broadcaster could join Amazon/TNT in addition to their current network. However, one to watch closely is the current NBC play-by-play broadcaster Rick Allen.

NBC is in a strange place with motorsports. Adam Stern reported in the spring that Leigh Diffey will take over broadcasting Cup Series races sometime after the Olympic break. NBC might also need to find a new place for Diffey in 2025 with FOX taking over the IndyCar contract.

Will NBC have to choose between Allen and Diffey? It’s tough to tell currently, but it’s possible Allen will choose to work with Dale Jr.

It could be fun to see Steve Letarte or Jeff Burton also make the jump in addition to their NBC commitments. Letarte and Dale Jr. worked together as crew chief and driver, and Letarte currently hosts a sports-betting podcast, “Dirty Mo Dough,” on Dirty Mo Media.

Could we see current NBC broadcasters join Dale Jr? Let us know on Discord or X what your take is, and don’t forget you can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and even YouTube.

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