Motor Racing Network
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|Division of International Speedway Corporation|
|Headquarters||Concord, North Carolina|
|Bill France, Sr. (founder)
David Hyatt (president)
|Products||NASCAR racing and radio programming|
Number of employees
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. Its first broadcast was the 1970 Daytona 500.
MRN broadcasts coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Xfinity Series races at tracks owned by International Speedway Corporation as well as Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway. It also has exclusive coverage of the entire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. Other NSCS 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 IndyCar Radio Network), unrelated except for the appearance of Doug Rice on IndyCar Radio during coverage of the Brickyard 400. The Sprint Showdown qualifying race and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race are also broadcast on MRN, despite being held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the headquarters of SMI.
Broadcasts of Sprint Cup 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.
- Coors Light Pole Updates (Short reports broadcast during Sprint Cup 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 Motorsports Monday).
- MRN Motorsports Monday (Extended review of the past weekend's racing action with Woody Cain and Joey Meier).
- Winged Nation (Sprint car news and interviews hosted by Kendra Jacobs and Steve Post)
- NASCAR Live (Tuesday evening call-in show hosted by Eli Gold).
- The Straightline (NHRA news and interviews hosted by Doug Herbert and Marty Hough)
- NASCAR Performance Live (Call-in show featuring pit reporters and crew chiefs focusing on the mechanical aspect of the sport).
- Fast Food (Guide to racetrack area gastronomy hosted by pit reporter Steve Post).
- MRN Throwback Thursday (Rebroadcasts of classic races (formerly known as Flashback Friday)).
- 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 current booth annnouncer Joe Moore).
- Sprint Vision (Video Monitor's at track's MRN broadcasts; Interaction with fans and Information about track. 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.
- Joe Moore (Lead booth announcer, 2001–present, co-host of Raceline on Motorsport.com).
- Jeff Striegle (booth announcer, 2013–present, fill in turn announcer).
- Rusty Wallace (booth announcer, 2015-present)
Standalone/Fill in as needed
- Kurt Becker (booth announcer for standalone Trucks and Xfinity races, also turn announcer for all three series)
- When Keeneland is not in season.
- Eli Gold (Host of NASCAR Live, booth announcer for standalone Trucks and Xfinity races, fill in turn announcer)
- Except Saturday races during Alabama Crimson Tide football
- 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. The only time on the schedule this occurs is in September at New Hampshire.
- 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, the backstretch turn complex at Watkins Glen and the backstretch at Daytona and Talladega.
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 needed
- Kyle Rickey (Turn Announcer, 2002–present, co-host of NASCAR Today)
- Kurt Becker (Turn Announcer, Fill in Booth Announcer)
- Dan Hubbard (Turn announcer, Fill in Booth Announcer)
- Buddy Long (Turn announcer)
- Jason Toy (Turn announcer)
- Jack Arute (Turn announcer 1975-77, 2015-present co-anchor and executive producer 1978-79. Hosted ABC IndyCar coverage and NASCAR pit reporter for ABC/ESPN).
- Alex Hayden (Pit reporter)
- Winston Kelley (Lead pit reporter, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame)
- Steve Post (Pit reporter, co-host of Winged Nation, host of Fast Food).
Standalone/Fill In/As Needed
- Woody Cain (Pit reporter, co-host of MRN Motorsports Monday)
- Kim Coon (Pit reporter; former Miss Sprint Cup)
- Kendra Jacobs (Pit reporter, co-host of Winged Nation)
- Glenn Jarrett (Pit reporter)
- Pete Pistone (Pit reporter, lead writer at MRN.com, co-host of The Morning Drive)
- Tony Rizzuti (Pit reporter)
- Preston Root (Pit reporter)
- Fred Armstrong (Turn announcer).
- Rick Benjamin (Was with Speed. Currently does broadcasts for ARCA on NBCSN and MustSeeRacing Xtreme Sprint Cars)
- Allen Bestwick (Turn announcer 1988-95, lead announcer 1996-2000 (was lead announcer for ESPN and ABC's NASCAR coverage, now works IndyCar coverage, previously race announcer then pit reporter for NASCAR on NBC and NASCAR on TNT as well as a pit reporter and host for ESPN/ABC).
- Russell Branham (Garage reporter for Daytona races, now a director at HB&M Sports in Charlotte, NC).
- Dick Brooks (Pit reporter).
- Dave Despain (Turn announcer in the 1970s, worked on ESPN and CBS racecasts in the 1980s-90s, was with FOX Sports/Speed until 2013, now with MAVTV).
- Mark Garrow (Now booth announcer for PRN).
- Barney Hall (Booth announcer, retired in 2014 after 44 years involved in MRN).
- Ned Jarrett (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 on ESPN and NBCSN racecasts, currently the lead commentator for USAC's Silver Crown Series)
- Dustin Long (Pit reporter and MRN.com writer, now pit reporter for NBC Sports)
- Mike Massaro (Was a host of ESPN2's NASCAR Now, former pit reporter on ESPN/ABC's coverage and NASCAR reporter for SportsCenter. Now works as a pit reporter for NASCAR on NBC).
- 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 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).
- Elkins, Ken (April 15, 2013). "Motor Racing Network building in Concord sells for $2.75M". bizjournals.com. Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved September 3, 2015.