Dale Earnhardt Jr. has spent his entire life around NASCAR, be it on the track to team ownership. Earnhardt Jr. remains revolved around sport through his commitment to the broadcast booth. With that in mind, he has already laid out the path in his current career venture.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s NASCAR career
Dale Earnhardt Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps by pursuing a professional racing career.
Earnhardt Jr.’s success on the track pushed him into NASCAR, where he quickly skyrocketed into prominence behind back-to-back Xfinity Series championships. His dominance led to a nearly two-decade tenure as a full-time Cup Series driver.
Although he didn’t accomplish anywhere near his father’s success, he managed to make his mark in the sport. He had his fair share of shining moments, such as winning the Daytona 500 twice.
Earnhardt Jr.’s lengthy racing career helped earn him a 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame induction. Beyond that, it has led him to his next passion, away from being behind the wheel on the track.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. revealed the future plans for his NASCAR broadcast career
Since 2018, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has sat in the broadcast booth calling NASCAR races for NBC Sports.
It’s a post-racing move that he has quickly found much passion and a strong affinity toward. During an interview with Jeff Gordon on behalf of Axalta World of Racing in June 2019, Earnhardt Jr. voiced that he hopes to be in the booth for at least the next decade.
“Even I was young I got to think about what I wanted to be,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “Well, I got to be that for 20 something years. I still got a lot of life and still got something that I want to be, and I think it’s being a broadcaster. I would really love to be a broadcaster for 10 to 15 years.
“However long I am wanted and people feel like I’m worth being in there. I’d do it. After that, I will probably be done and hang out at the house.”
Earnhardt Jr. may have put a time frame on his broadcasting career, but he left the door open to much longer. It’s quite evident that he wants to remain in a significant capacity around NASCAR.
His broadcast duties keep him close to the sport while providing him the feel of an entire race through the media coverage of the event. What also works in his favor is that he has quickly become a fan favorite in the booth. All that spells out him staying around in that capacity for quite some time ahead.
NASCAR remains a prominent fixture in his future
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has made a seamless transition to his broadcast booth career since heading into retirement.
Earnhardt Jr. is already a cemented fixture in his new realm, making his future ahead likely solely dictated by his choice. He possesses a tremendously loyal NASCAR following, which, combined with his strong work calling races, places a bright future ahead.
What has helped further fuel that notion is his weekly podcast, Dale Jr. Download, a widely popular show where he often interviews guests intertwined with his father or stock car racing. His involvement with the sport extends much further than his NASCAR career and co-ownership of JR Motorsports.
Earnhardt Jr. will remain forever entangled with the sport, and that involvement will stay strong for many years to come.