CORNELIUS – Jeff Burton sat out the first two NASCAR Sprint Cup races of the 2014 season for the first time since 1993, but it was by choice.

The popular veteran driver is gearing up for an announcing career with NBC Sports, but he’s not finished racing just yet. Burton will make his first of an unspecified number of starts for Michael Waltrip Racing on March 9 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the team’s No. 66 Toyota.

Burton, a Huntersville resident, left Richard Childress Racing last year after a 10-year tenure with the team. He’s won 21 races in a NASCAR career that stretches back 26 years.

The Las Vegas race marks Burton’s 692nd start in NASCAR’s top series. Burton said his plans are to make 2014 his last year of competitive driving.

Burton will join Steve Letarte, the crew chief for two-time Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr., in NBC’s booth next year. The network is returning to NASCAR for the first time since its last contract ended in 2006.