For many NASCAR fans' viewing lifetimes, Berggren's face (and hat) has been synonymous with NASCAR TV coverage thanks to his presence on pit road, the last 12 with Fox as the network's lead pit reporter.
On Sunday, Berggren received a rousing ovation in the pre-race drivers' meeting and a hug in victory lane from race winner Jimmie Johnson, whose pit Berggren was covering during the race. Many cars had "Thanks for 32 years, Berggie" decals on them, and the entire Fox race crew wore hats like Berggren's on camera.
Berggren isn't leaving racing by any means, though. As the President of the Racing History Preservation Group, Berggren will help lead the creation of the North East Motor Sports Museum at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Congratulations on a fantastic career, Dick. Speedweeks next year on Fox will certainly be different with your absence.
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