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Watkins Glen NASCAR Notebook: A new view of the track for Dale Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take on a new challenge above Watkins Glen International as part of NBC Sports’ television coverage of NASCAR weekend at the road course.

Earnhardt, in his first year with NBC Sports, will call the Zippo 200 at The Glen (Xfinity Series) on Aug. 4 and the Go Bowling at The Glen (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) on Aug. 5 from a tower above The Carousel on the back straight. Saturday will mark the first time Earnhardt calls a race on his own from a single position.

Earnhardt, 43, retired as a NASCAR driver after last season. He won 26 races over 19 seasons and became one of the most popular figures in NASCAR history, following in the footsteps of his dad, the late Dale Earnhardt. He made his NBC debut in late June at Chicagoland Speedway.

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