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Reports are surfacing about Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s post-retirement plans AP Photo/Alex Gallardo
Dale Earnhardt Jr. waits in the garage area prior to the opening practice session for the NASCAR auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 24, 2017. Only 24 drivers in NASCAR history have started 600 races, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins the club Sunday. After a slow start to his first season back from a concussion, he would love to celebrate the milestone with his first win on the well-aged asphalt at Fontana, where he typically runs quite well. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Ever since Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced his plans to retire at the end of the season, NASCAR fans have wondered — will he still come to the races? Will he still hang out on pit road? Will fans still get the chance to see their favorite driver every weekend?

Well, the answers to all those questions are beginning to point in one direction — yes.

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According to various media reports, Dale Jr. is said to be in active talks with both Fox Sports and NBC Sports to join the broadcast booth in 2018. He would join past drivers such as Benny Parsons, Ned Jarrett and Darrell Waltrip who found a mighty nice home in the booth when their driving career was over.

And while Dale Jr. doesn’t have much experience calling the races, he has spent a little time in the booth for both Fox and NBC, briefly taking the microphone for a few races in 2016.

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While Dale Jr. has yet to comment on these developments on his socials, NASCAR’s 14-time Most Popular Driver is sure to be a worthy candidate for the commentary job. Things are looking up for Dale Jr. as far as this year is concerned, as he came home with a ninth place finish on June 18 at Michigan International Speedway.

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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