NBC Sports adds Rick Allen to NASCAR booth

NBC Sports Group has named Rick Allen lead race announcer for

its coverage of NASCAR.

Allen will join driver Jeff Burton in the booth for coverage

that begins in 2015. The third member of the broadcast team has yet

to be announced.

”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,”

said Sam Flood, NBC Sports executive producer. ”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.”

Allen is currently Fox Sports’ race announcer for NASCAR’s Truck

Series and the ARCA Racing Series. Allen also does a wide range of

voice-over work for companies including Goodyear, Sears, Alltel and

Toyota.

Allen competed in the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials as a decathlete

and began his broadcasting career in 1994 as the public address

announcer at Memorial Stadium during University of Nebraska

football games.

”I’ve had the good fortune to work with some of the most

talented people in this industry over the last decade,” said

Allen. ”Now I’m excited to be a part of the incredible team that

NBC Sports is assembling for their NASCAR coverage.”

NBC has the rights to the final 20 Sprint Cup Series races and

19 Nationwide Series races.