NBC named their first choice to be a part of next years television coverage, with Jeff Burton signing the contract to become a chief analyst with the networks television coverage of the sport.

Sam Flood, NBC's Executive Producer said Burton was their first choice.

"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," said Flood.

"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."

Victory lane: race winner Jeff Burton celebrates
Victory lane: race winner Jeff Burton celebrates

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Burton will be slowly transitioning out of a full time driving role this season, with plans to be full time with the network into 2015.

Burton has 21 Sprint Cup race wins, and 27 Nationwide race wins to his credit.

"This is an exciting new challenge and I am thrilled to be joining the NBC Sports family," said Burton.

"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."