Jeff Burton To Make Transition From Driver’s Seat To TV Booth With NBC Sports

The path from driver’s seat to TV booth is set for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton.

Jeff Burton (Photo: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Jeff Burton (Photo: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images for NASCAR)

NBC Sports announced Tuesday that they have agreed to a multi-year deal with Burton that will see him transition from part-time driver to full-time TV analyst with the network over the next year.

Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN.

“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,” Sam Flood, executive producer for NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network said in a release. “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.”

It was announced Monday that Burton would serve as a test driver and part-time competitor for Michael Waltrip Racing in 2014. NBC Sports takes over the broadcast rights of the Sprint Cup Series formerly held by ESPN and Turner Sports in 2015.

Burton will work with NBC Sports Network during the 2014 as a contributor to programming.

“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.”

Burton, the 1994 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year, made his 1,000th NASCAR national series start in November. He has 21 career Sprint Cup victories over 691 starts with the series, driving primarily throughout his career with Roush Fenway Racing and most recently with Richard Childress Racing.

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