Are you watching NASCAR on TV because of Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. went from appearing on your television set while driving on asphalt every Sunday to appearing on your television set every weekend while wearing a headset.

The 43-year-old former NASCAR Cup series driver retired from racing at the end of the 2017 season, and he debuted in the NBC broadcast booth July 1 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Earnhardt knows something about what it will take if he wants a broadcasting career to last as long as his 21 years on the NASCAR national racing stage. Plus, he is following in the footsteps of some of the best drivers (and the not-so-best drivers) who went from Cup racer to talking about Cup races.

So, after eight Cup races in the booth, how is Dale Jr. doing as an analyst?