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Former NASCAR Sprint Cup race winner Ricky Craven has agreed to a new contract and will remain with ESPN as NASCAR analyst for SportsCenter and other ESPN news platforms.
Craven, who started with ESPN as an analyst in 2008, will make regular appearances in the ESPN studio around NASCAR Sprint Cup races and to analyze breaking news as warranted.
ESPN is in its final year of televising live NASCAR racing.
“Our news and information platforms will continue to provide NASCAR fans with coverage of the sport and insightful analysis going forward,” said Michael Shiffman, senior coordinating producer, SportsCenter. “Ricky Craven has proven to be a valuable voice and analyst and we are very happy that he is remaining part of the ESPN team into the future.”
In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the Newburgh, Maine, native won in what is tied for the closest recorded finish in NASCAR history when he edged Kurt Busch at the finish line by .002 second at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway in 2003. His last full-time season of driving was 2005.
“I’m completing my seventh year with ESPN and I’ve been challenged and rewarded,” said Craven. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my experience and greatly appreciate the vote of confidence.”