Motor Racing Network
The Motor Racing Network (MRN) is the principal radio broadcasting operation of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), promoting themselves as the "Voice of NASCAR". MRN was founded in 1970 by William H.G. “Big Bill” France (the founder of NASCAR) and broadcaster Ken Squier, and is currently a subsidiary of the Frances' International Speedway Corporation
|Division of International Speedway Corporation|
|Headquarters||Concord, North Carolina|
|Bill France, Sr. (founder)|
Ken Squier (network founder)
Broadcaster of the year 2017- Mike Bagley
|Products||NASCAR racing and radio programming|
Number of employees
Its first broadcast was the 1970 Daytona 500. The network broadcasts coverage of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series races at tracks owned by ISC as well as Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway. It also has exclusive coverage of the entire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. Other MENCS and NXS races are held at tracks owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Both SMI and IMS have their own radio networks (Performance Racing Network and the IMS Radio Network), unrelated except for the appearance of Doug Rice on IndyCar Radio during coverage of the Brickyard 400. The Monster Energy Open qualifying race and Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race are also broadcast on MRN, despite being held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the headquarters of SMI. Many stations have affiliations with both MRN and PRN in order to air a full NASCAR schedule.
Broadcasts of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Formula One races receive MRN's highest ratings and hence the greatest station clearance (number of stations carrying the broadcasts). Audiences for the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series are considerably smaller, and hence lower station clearance. Some MRN affiliates broadcast all three series, but the lower series may be preempted by other events.
In addition to NASCAR races, MRN had exclusive coverage of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship (IMSA now does the radio broadcasts) and FIA Formula One World Championship, including the United States Grand Prix, which returned in the 2012 season at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas and offers other race related programs.
While MRN's primary role is doing radio broadcasts of NASCAR races, they also produce daily radio programs that are carried by some of their affiliates. They also stream the programs on their website.
- Busch Pole Updates (Short reports broadcast during Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying; full event broadcast available on some affiliates, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and through NASCAR.com's "Track Pass" subscription service).
- NASCAR Today (Twice daily three-minute reports, one around noon and one late afternoon/early evening with the hosts of MRN Outloud!).
- MRN Outloud! (Extended review of the past weekend's racing action with Woody Cain and Joey Meier).
- Rip The Fence (Former Voices of USAC Dillon Welch and Tyler Burnett talk Silver Crown, Midgets and Traditional Non-Winged Sprint Car Racing).
- American Racing Snobs (Eric Morse and Tony Rizzuti discuss the world of racing with an emphasis on the Formula 1 World Championship, plus other discipines such as IndyCar and IMSA).
- Sunday Money (NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie, FOX Sports personality Daryl Motte and MRN's own Lauren Fox bring you tales from both on and off the racetrack).
- Winged Nation (Winged sprint car news and interviews hosted by Erin Evernham and Steve Post)
- NASCAR Live (Tuesday evening call-in show hosted by Mike Bagley).
- MRN Crew Call (Motor Racing Network Host Rocko Williams talks to the guys that sit atop the pit boxes and jump over the wall).
- The Straightline (NHRA news and interviews hosted by Doug Herbert and Ralph Sheehen)
- NASCAR Coast to Coast (NASCAR local, regional and international talk with Hannah Newhouse and Kyle Rickey).
- MRN Classic Races (Rebroadcasts of classic races (formerly known as Flashback Friday and Throwback Thursday)).
- Ned Jarrett's World of Racing (Two-minute weekday morning commentary by two-time Grand National Series champion and former MRN pit reporter Ned Jarrett, hosted by Suzy Armstrong).
- ISM Vision by BoldVu (Video Monitor's at track's MRN broadcasts; Interaction with fans, drivers, crews; Social Media interaction. Video Feed of the Race).
Three MRN announcers also host daily call-in shows on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio channel 90 year round. Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone co-host The Morning Drive Monday through Friday from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. Dave Moody hosts Sirius XM Speedway from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Moody was also the first NASCAR personality to host a show on satellite radio back in 2003 on Sirius Satellite Radio despite the fact NASCAR races and other NASCAR-related shows were exclusively on XM Satellite Radio. This changed on January 1, 2007 when MRN's Barney Hall announced the launch of Sirius XM NASCAR Radio on Sirius XM.
MRN has about 600 affiliate stations, including:
- Phoenix: KGME
- Dover: WDSD
- Lexington: WLXO
- Detroit: WDFN
- Kansas City: WHB
- New Hampshire
- Lebanon: WXXK
- New York
- North Carolina
- Raleigh: WPTF
- Alex Hayden (Lead booth announcer, 2019–present)
- Jeff Striegle (booth announcer, 2013–present)
- Rusty Wallace (booth announcer, 2015–present)
Xfinity and TrucksEdit
- Kurt Becker (Lead booth announcer for Companion Trucks and Xfinity races)
(For Companion Races, Steve Post, Dave Moody and Mike Bagley Rotate Week to Week for 2nd Booth Announcer Spot)
- Dan Hubbard (Stand-Alone Booth Announcer)
- Dave Moody (Turn announcer, 1987–present, Lead turn announcer 2001–present, host of Sirius XM Speedway)
Dave Moody primarily works turns 1 and 2 at most tracks (i.e. Daytona and Talladega), the backstretch at the short tracks (Martinsville and the September Richmond race (Mike Bagley works the April race)), turn 1 at Pocono and the esses at Watkins Glen. When the Truck and Cup Series share a weekend at an SMI venue (except for the All-Star Race), Dave Moody works the booth for the Truck race. This occurs during both Las Vegas Motor Speedway races.
- Mike Bagley (Turn announcer, 1992–present, Fill in booth announcer, co-host of The Morning Drive)
Mike Bagley primarily works turns 3 and 4 at most tracks, the backstretch at Dover, turn 2 at Pocono, and the backstretch at Daytona and Talladega. He has been used by NBC Sports in a similar rule since 2017 at Watkins Glen International and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2018 (Indianapolis is technically an SMI venue for radio purposes, as SMI's radio network works that race).
Both men also work these same positions for the Xfinity and Truck Series when they share the same track and weekend with the Sprint Cup Series as well as standalone Xfinity and Truck races (usually road course races that aren't shared with the Sprint Cup Series (like Road America)).
Standalone/fill-in as neededEdit
- Kyle Rickey (Turn Announcer)(Primary 3rd Turn Announcer at Daytona, Talladega, Pocono and Watkins Glen)
- Dan Hubbard (Lead West Coast Turn announcer, Stand-Alone Events Booth Announcer)
- Tony Bokhoven (Turn announcer)
- Ford Martin (Turn announcer)
- Chris Wilner (Turn announcer)
- Winston Kelley (Lead pit reporter, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame)
- Dillon Welch (Pit reporter, Also Fill In Turn Announcer; son of Fox NASCAR pit reporter Vince Welch; part-time, as he will do some NBC Sports INDYCAR coverage to replace Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast when NBC's half of NASCAR begins)
- Steve Post (Pit reporter, co-host of Winged Nation).
- Kim Coon (Social Media/Garage reporter; Co-Host of NASCAR Live Today Pre-Race Show)
- Woody Cain (Pit reporter, turn announcer, NASCAR Today (daily news show) producer/host, also Co-Host of NASCAR Live Pre-Race Show)
- Jason Toy (Pit Reporter)
- Hannah Newhouse (Pit reporter)
- Pete Pistone (Pit reporter, lead writer at MRN.com, co-host of The Morning Drive)
- Adam Alexander (Pit reporter, Current lead broadcaster for the Xfinity Series races on Fox).
- Fred Armstrong (Turn announcer, Later Production Director).
- Rick Benjamin
- Allen Bestwick (Turn announcer 1988-95, lead booth announcer 1996-2000, fill-in booth announcer 2001-2003, was lead announcer for NASCAR coverage on ABC and ESPN, formally worked IndyCar races covered by ABC, plus covers college football and college basketball for ESPN. Previously was a race announcer then pit reporter for NASCAR on NBC and NASCAR on TNT).
- Bill Bowser (Turn announcer, fill-in booth and pit reporter 1970-1991)
- Russell Branham (Garage reporter for Daytona races, now a director at HB&M Sports in Charlotte, NC).
- Dick Brooks (Pit reporter, died in 2006).
- Kenny Campbell (Fill-in booth announcer, 1970s)
- Dave Despain (Turn announcer in the 1970s, worked on ESPN and CBS racecasts in the 1980s-90s. Hosted ESPN's NASCAR 2day pre-race show from 1994-2000, Wind Tunnel from 2003-2013 and NASCAR Inside Nextel Cup from 2005-2007 on Speed; formally hosted The Dave Despain Show on MAVTV).
- Fritz Duda (turn announcer; operated the now defunct Riverside International Raceway and turned it into a shopping mall)
- Mark Garrow (Now booth announcer for PRN).
- Eli Gold (co-anchor, turn announcer, pit reporter, formally the host of NASCAR Live; resigned in 2016).
- Barney Hall (Booth announcer, retired in 2014 after 44 years involved in MRN, died in 2016).
- Ned Jarrett (Former color analyst for CBS Sports's and ESPN's NASCAR coverage).
- Mike Joy (Turn announcer 1976-1979, co-anchor and exec producer 1980-84, pit reporter 1985-87. Broadcast NASCAR on TV for CBS, ESPN, TBS, TNN, SETN, MRN. Lead announcer for Fox Sports' NASCAR coverage 2001–present).
- Bob Jenkins (Turn announcer in the late 1970s, worked NASCAR telecasts for ESPN for 1981-2000 and IndyCar Series races for NBCSN from 2009-2012, currently works the Public Address system at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
- Dustin Long (Pit reporter and MRN.com writer, now at NBC Sports)
- Mike Massaro (Was a host of ESPN2's NASCAR Now, former pit reporter on ESPN/ABC's coverage and NASCAR on NBC, former NASCAR reporter for SportsCenter).
- Gary Montgomery (pit reporter)
- Rick Lewis (Studio announcer, died in 2001).
- Dr. Jerry Punch (Former lead announcer for ESPN/ABC's NASCAR coverage, pit reporter for the networks).
- Jim Phillips (Former pit reporter and host of NASCAR USA).
- Marty Snider (Now a pit reporter for NBC's NASCAR and IndyCar coverage).
- Dave Sutherland (Turn announcer in the 1980s, now primary announcer at Monadnock Speedway).
- Ken Squier (CBS Sports' Motorsports editor. Anchored CBS Daytona 500 coverage from 1979-1997).
- Hermie Sadler (Pit reporter for the 2000 spring Richmond race, now does pit reporting for FOX Sports and also occasional pit reporter for PRN).
- Joe Moore (Former Lead booth announcer, 2001-2018, co-host of Raceline on MAV TV
- Elkins, Ken (April 15, 2013). "Motor Racing Network building in Concord sells for $2.75M". Charlotte Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
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