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Evernham joining ESPN as analyst on NASCAR coverage

NASCAR team owner and former crew chief Ray Evernham is joining ESPN's NASCAR coverage team as an analyst.

Evernham will make his debut this week during coverage leading up to the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. He will be part of a rotating panel of ESPN analysts appearing in a weekly roundtable discussion on Mondays on NASCAR Now, and appear on NASCAR Countdown.

In addition, he will appear on regular airings of NASCAR Now, and work as a booth analyst for ESPN's coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series races from Mexico City and Loudon, N.H.

"We are thrilled to further elevate our NASCAR telecasts with the addition of another former champion in Ray Evernham," said Rich Feinberg, vice president, motorsports, ESPN production. "Our team already has a very deep bench and this only strengthens it."

Evernham was a guest analyst on ESPN last year for several Nationwide Series telecasts, and also was featured in "Race Wizard with Ray Evernham," a program that aired on ESPN2 in 2007.

Evernham was a former crew chief for Jeff Gordon, winning three Cup championships and 47 races when they were with Hendrick Motorsports in the 1990s. After that span, Evernham started his own team, and currently has Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and Patrick Carpentier in his stable.