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Jeff Burton hired for NBC broadcast booth

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Jeff Burton's career as a full-time driver is ending this season.

LAS VEGAS (AP) NBC Sports Group has made driver Jeff Burton its first hire for the broadcast booth for when the network resumes covering NASCAR in 2015.

The multiyear hiring of Burton was announced Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Burton's career as a full-time driver is ending this season. Michael Waltrip Racing said Monday Burton will be a test driver for the team in 2014 and drive in select races.

NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood says Burton will split his time in 2014 with MWR and contributing to NASCAR programming on NBC Sports Network.

NBCUniversal has the exclusive rights to the final 20 Sprint Cup Series races, and final 19 Nationwide Series events beginning in 2015 and select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content also beginning in 2015.

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