Dale Earnhardt Jr. may not be in broadcast booth for Fox in 2016 after all

LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 25: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 25, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 25:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 25, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
LOUDON, NH – SEPTEMBER 25: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 25, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Friday Fox Sports retracted an earlier statement that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will serve as a driver analyst for the NASCAR Xfinity series broadcast on Fox Sports next season.  The announcement was made Wednesday by the broadcast network.   In its latest statement Fox said NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver is not currently scheduled to appear as a guest analyst.

“While FOX Sports has had informal conversations with Dale Earnhardt Jr. about joining the FOX Sports NASCAR XFINITY Series booth in the future, as several of his fellow racers did in 2015, nothing has been determined,” the statement read. “We apologize for the confusion.”

In the earlier press release Fox said, “Earnhardt Jr. … made the announcement Saturday in an interview with FOX SPORTS LIVE co-hosts Dan O’Toole and Jay Onrait in a video posted in “The Jay and Dan Podcast.” MORE>>>

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