One day after joining Michael Waltrip Racing for a part-time testing and driving role in 2014, Jeff Burton has become the first member of NBC Sports Group’s new, on-air talent team for NASCAR.
“Jeff Burton was always the first person we would seek out when there was breaking news or an issue that needed to be covered throughout our previous contract with NASCAR, so he was the first person we called for this role,” said NBC Sports and NBCSN executive producer Sam Flood in a statement.
“His insights, keen observations and many trophies have earned the respect of everyone involved with the sport. He will be an outstanding analyst, and has everyone here looking even more forward to getting started.”
Burton has signed a multi-year agreement with the Group and in 2014, he will contribute to NASCAR programming on NBCSN in addition to his work on the track with MWR.
When the Group’s exclusive coverage of Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series racing begins in 2015, he will become a full-time analyst for NBC and NBCSN.
“This is an exciting new challenge and I am thrilled to be joining the NBC Sports family,” Burton said. “I will prepare for each race as if I were driving in it, and I look forward to sharing my experience, views and insights with all the dedicated and passionate NASCAR fans.”
Regarded as one of the top advocates of NASCAR racing, Burton has won 21 times in the Sprint Cup Series and 27 times in the Nationwide Series.
He has also played a role in increasing overall safety in the sport, and his perspective on the issues facing NASCAR is one of the most valued among drivers, fans, and media alike.