Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/14/14

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 20: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, stands next to his car in the garage prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2009 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Dale Earnhardt Jr., the leader of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, will be ESPN In-Race Reporter during the telecast of Sunday’s 400-mile race at Pocono (PA) Raceway, continuing an element of ESPN’s NASCAR telecasts that has been in place since 2007.

Earnhardt will speak with ESPN analyst and 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Dale Jarrett on the race’s pace laps and during caution periods, bringing viewers the unique perspective of a driver competing in the race. In addition, ESPN analyst Andy Petree, a two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion crew chief, will speak with Earnhardt’s crew chief, Steve Letarte.

The In-Race Reporter in ESPN’s NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series telecasts has seen many different drivers in the role and last week’s debut of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing on ESPN for 2012 brought the role into conversations that continued long after the race had ended.

In the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart brought some spice to the In-Race Reporter position as he voiced some frustration with other drivers during a late-race conversation with Jarrett that was heard by the viewers of the telecast and replayed and discussed countless times by race fans around the country.

“The biggest problem we’re having is fighting guys that want to block and change lanes,” Stewart said over the two-way radio hookup with Jarrett. “I’ve had enough of that. We’re not road course racing so they change lanes and block me, they’re gonna get parked. I’ve had it.”

Rich Feinberg, ESPN vice president, motorsports, production, pointed to the exchange Stewart and Jarrett had as the kind of information the In-Race Reporter can bring to the telecasts.

“The In-Race Reporter continues to be an important element of our motorsports coverage and you’ll never have a better example of how interesting and compelling it can be than what we heard from Tony Stewart in the Brickyard 400,” Feinberg said.

“This kind of access is just another aspect of NASCAR that makes it such a wonderful sport to cover on television. A driver who’s in the heat of competition can share what’s happening on the track with viewers in a candid and informative way. It’s another way we can serve sports fans and add to the overall experience of watching a race.”  

NASCAR Countdown from Pocono airs Sunday, Aug. 5, at noon ET with the race’s green flag at 1:18 p.m. Also from Pocono, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 10:30 a.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Minor league salaries challenged in antitrust lawsuit

Joseph Fauria tweets that Russell Wilson stole his gal?

Brady: 'Blame CBS and NBC' for putting in-game swearing on air

Big 12 may look to expand, hold football title game

LeBron may wear 'I Can't Breathe' shirt for royal visit

Jeff Fisher trolls Robert Griffin III during coin toss

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jim Harbaugh chats with Raiders owner before game

Report: Singletary expected to get head coaching job

TCU players furious about College Football Playoff snub

Ex-Redskin London Fletcher blasts Jim Haslett

Report: Ngata took Adderall to keep up with his kids

Brian Hoyer unlikely to be with Browns in 2015

S.I. names Madison Bumgarner 'Sportsman of the Year'

Quit whining and just enjoy the College Football Playoff

10 takeaways from NFL Week 14

WATCH: Refs fist-bump after Broncos TD

WATCH: Revolution player helps Galaxy keeper up, tosses him

WATCH: Steve Smith gets into it with Dolphins fan

WATCH: Manziel has classic reaction to Hoyer overthrow

WATCH: Elton John falls out of chair during tennis match

WATCH: Joseph Fauria twerks after scoring touchdown

WATCH: Chris Baker does 'hands up, don't shoot' after sack

Five reasons Oregon can win the College Football Playoff

WATCH: Jets WR makes great catch while being tackled

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Russell Wilson stole Joseph Fauria's gal?

Brady blames TV for airing his swearing

10 takeaways from NFL Week 14

Jeff Fisher trolls RG3 with coin toss

Steve Smith gets into it with Dolphins fan

WATCH: Joe Fauria twerks after TD

TCU players furious over playoff snub

London Fletcher blasts Jim Haslett

Bush wears 'I Can't Breathe' shirt

Saints, Panthers get into scrum

Report: Haloti Ngata reveals reason for Adderall use

Here's why Derrick Rose is the man

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.