See the photo above? It's a picture of Rusty Wallace and Dale Jarrett, taken in mid-2005. Besides sharing the common thread of being former champions at NASCAR's highest level (Wallace in 1989, Jarrett in 1999), both are now employees of ESPN's NASCAR division. Wallace provides coverage from the in-race studio, while Jarrett provides color commentary up in the booth.
Seven short years ago, when this photo was taken, not too many fans would have been focused on the broadcasting futures of these two drivers. After all, Wallace was in the midst of the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup contention, while Jarrett would take the final win of his illustrious career at Talladega that October. But it wouldn't be long before both would take advantage of the gift of gab and trade in their fire suits for dress suits.
And just as these top-tier drivers were replaced with other, younger top-tier drivers, they will someday be replaced in the broadcast booth just the same. There are plenty of worthy candidates currently in the sport, most of whom will likely take after the styles of some current broadcasters. With that being said, here's a look at seven drivers who will probably take commentary gigs once their driving careers are up, and will someday be a pleasure in the studio or the booth: