Rick Allen named lead NASCAR announcer for NBC Sports

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Today, the NBC Sports Group announced Rick Allen, known by many NASCAR fans as the TV voice of the Camping World Truck Series, has signed a multi-year agreement to become the new lead announcer for NBC’s upcoming Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series coverage that begins in 2015.

“I’ve had the good fortune to work with some of the most talented people in this industry over the last decade,” Allen said in a statement from the Group. “Now I’m excited to be a part of the incredible team that NBC Sports is assembling for their NASCAR coverage.”

Allen currently serves as the voice of both the Truck Series and the ARCA series for Fox Sports, and also hosted numerous motorsports studio shows for the former SPEED network.

He is also an accomplished voice-over talent, as his voice has been heard in narrations and national marketing campaigns for major companies like Goodyear, Alltel, Sears and Toyota. Additionally, he has served as a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting panel since 2010.

“I met Rick early on in his career and it has been fun to watch him develop into one of the most talented voices in motorsports,” NBC Sports and NBCSN executive producer Sam Flood said in the same statement.

“His energetic delivery, great voice, and ability to bring the best out of his analysts have led him to this well-earned position of covering NASCAR’s most-watched events.”

As part of NBC’s broadcast booth team for NASCAR, Allen will be working with 21-time Sprint Cup Series race winner Jeff Burton, who was announced yesterday as an analyst for NBC’s coverage.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).