The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series may be enjoying a rare weekend off, but for the broadcasters of the Motor Racing Network, this shapes up as one of the most demanding weekends of the season. With coverage planned from two road courses in two different countries, a total of 22 broadcast professionals -- backed by an elite engineering and production team -- will take millions of listeners on a thrill ride through what promises to be one of the most exciting weekends of the season.
“With no Sprint Cup race, the NASCAR spotlight shines brightly on Road America and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park,” said MRN President and Executive Producer David Hyatt, who will take his annual turn behind the microphone in Saturday’s XFINITY Series race, covering one of the turns around the sprawling, four-mile Road America layout. “We have a unique opportunity to provide coverage from two legendary road courses in two days, welcoming back Jack Arute and introducing Dillon Welch to the MRN audience.”
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Arute, one of MRN’s original voices from the 1970s and ’80s, will be part of the talent lineup for Saturday’s XFINITY Series race from Road America. Welch, son of veteran FOX Sports NASCAR announcer Vince Welch, will join Arute and 12 others as “The Voice of NASCAR” provides exclusive radio coverage of the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville.
Saturday’s race will be anchored by Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle and produced by Ryan Horn. Reporting from the turns at Road America will be Hyatt, Arute, Welch, Steve Post, Dan Hubbard, Mike Bagley, Alex Hayden, Woody Cain and Tony Rizzuti. Veteran MRN broadcaster Winston Kelley will lead the coverage on pit road, joining Glenn Jarrett and Pete Pistone.
Sunday’s second half of the international NASCAR doubleheader will have MRN microphones in Bowmanville, Ontario for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Sunday’s broadcast will be co-anchored by Eli Gold, who – along with Arute – became one of the network’s most recognizable voices after first hitting the airwaves in 1970. He’ll be joined in the booth by Kurt Becker, with Kendra Jacobs and Tony Bokhoven on pit road, along with Dave Moody, Kyle Rickey, Buddy Long and Jason Toy in the turns. Cverage from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will be produced by Brian Nelson.
“I’ve always said we have the best team in motor sports,” Hyatt added. “It’s no small task to manage this effort and merge the talents of broadcasting, production and engineering into quality programming our listeners depend on. The finished product will speak for itself and I’m confident our fans will be well-served with both broadcasts.”
Motor Racing Network’s live coverage of Saturday’s Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville will begin at 2:30 p.m. (ET). Air time for Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 Camping World Truck Series race is 1 p.m. Both events also will be streamed live at MRN.com and on the MRN App.