Thursday, July 19, 2012

Motor Racing Network To Knoxville Nationals

Motor Racing Network is expanding its lineup of exclusive online content to include three special editions of “Winged Nation” in early August, previewing the 52nd Goodyear Knoxville Nationals. 

Co-hosts Kendra Jacobs and Steve Post will be on location at Knoxville Raceway in Central Iowa for three nights of coverage – Aug. 7-9 – leading up to the World of Outlaws Sprint Car showcase known as the “Grand Daddy of Them All.” 

“For sprint car enthusiasts, this is Daytona and Indianapolis all rolled into one,” said Motor Racing Network President and Executive Producer David Hyatt. “The Knoxville Nationals is an annual fixture on the August motor sports calendar and we’re proud to be part of it this year with three nights of exclusive online programming to help set the stage.” 

“Winged Nation,” now in its second season, can be heard exclusively at each Tuesday from 12 to 1 p.m. (EDT). The three special one-hour broadcasts from Knoxville will be streamed each evening at 5 p.m. (local time) in front of a live audience behind the main grandstands at Knoxville Raceway. Jacobs will be joined by guest co-host Toby Kruse, Knoxville Raceway general manager, on Tuesday, Aug. 7. She and Post will anchor the two other broadcasts Aug. 8-9. 

“Everyone knows the history and professionalism of MRN’s NASCAR coverage and that’s truly carried over to the ‘Winged Nation’ show,” Kruse said. “Sprint car fans around the country anxiously await each Tuesday’s program to hear the latest breaking news and updates courtesy of Steve and Kendra. For me to try and fill Steve’s shoes and co-host with Kendra that first night will be exciting.” 

MRN’s online schedule that week also will include the regular airing of “Winged Nation” on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 12 p.m. (EDT). features a regular lineup of excusive streaming content covering a number of racing series. 

“MRN Motorsports Monday” airs weekly at 12 p.m., hosted by Woody Cain and Kyle Rickey. “Winged Nation” kicks off Tuesday’s webcasts followed by “The Paddock,” a review of open-wheel racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Formula One. Co-hosted by MRN producer Eric Morse and driver John Andretti, the show is streamed live from 1-2 p.m. each Tuesday. 

On Wednesdays, “The Straight Line” goes online at 12 p.m. It’s a weekly hour-long look at theNHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series hosted by MRN’s Marty Hough and Top Fuel driver Doug Herbert. Kyle Rickey and Buddy Long follow at 1 p.m. with “Modified Madness,” an in-depth review of Modified racing across America featuring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Following each one-hour webcast at, all online programs are archived and available for download from the Media Center as well as iTunes and Sticher.

The shows re-air at each Thursday afternoon in a five-hour block starting at 12 p.m. (EDT). All of MRN’s online programming is produced by Web Manager Craig Moore.

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