NBC tabs Rick Allen as lead race announcer
December 04, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
NBC Sports announced another key component to its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage team Wednesday, signing longtime play-by-play man Rick Allen to a multiyear agreement as the lead announcer for its talent lineup in 2015.
The news was the latest in a series of moves announced in Las Vegas as part of Champion's Week festivities. Tuesday, the network revealed that Sprint Cup veteran Jeff Burton would work as an analyst in the NBC Sports booth. NBC announced the first part of its team Monday, naming Jeff Behnke as the organization's vice president of NASCAR production, overseeing day-to-day operations.
Allen is best known for his longtime role in the booth as the voice of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the host of multiple studio shows as part of his 11-year tenure with the FOX Sports Media Group. With NBC Sports, he will bring his polished yet enthusiastic delivery to an anchoring role for Sprint Cup and Nationwide race action.
"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 and NBCSN 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, who is a member of the Voting Panel for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, got his broadcasting start in the athletics department at the University of Nebraska, his alma mater. After concluding his career as a track and field athlete, he worked as a public address announcer for Nebraska athletics and at Eagle (Neb.) Raceway, a 1/3-mile dirt track in his native Cornhusker State.
Allen has also enjoyed a successful second career as a voice-over talent in numerous commercials.