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Earnhardt Jr. joins NBC in 2018

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will stay involved with NASCAR once he retires at the end of the season. He’s following in the footsteps of his former teammate, Jeff Gordon.

When Gordon stepped away from the No. 24 car, he signed a multi-year agreement to join the Fox Sports broadcast team. Hours after the historic Brickyard 400, news began to leak out that Earnhardt Jr., who was also in negotiations with Fox Sports, will join the NBC Sports NASCAR team next season.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Getty Images)

Earnhardt Jr. is stepping away from the sport due to concussion-related symptoms that he suffered during the 2016 season. When Earnhardt Jr. was forced to miss time, Gordon even substituted for him for several races.

He’ll join his former crew chief Steve Letarte, who went into broadcasting with NBC in 2015. His new deal begins in January.

The NBC deal begins each year at The Brickyard 400 and covers the second half of the Monster Energy and Xfinity Series through 2024.

His Brickyard 400 ended 76 laps when he hit the wall during a multi-car crash. He finished 36th in the race, his final one at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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