Brad Doty joins TNN announcing team

TNN Hires Brad Doty for World of Outlaws TV Duty NASHVILLE, TN (May 17) - TNN: The Nashville Network has hired former sprint car racer Brad Doty to join the announcing team for its live World of Outlaws telecasts in 1996,...

TNN Hires Brad Doty for World of Outlaws TV Duty NASHVILLE, TN (May 17) - TNN: The Nashville Network has hired former sprint car racer Brad Doty to join the announcing team for its live World of Outlaws telecasts in 1996, Director of Motorsports Mark Kuchan announced Friday. Doty, the runner-up in the 1987 World of Outlaws points race, will join Ralph Sheheen in the booth while Steve Evans and Bobby Gerould describe the activity in the pits. TNN will televise its first World of Outlaws event of the year live from Williams Grove Speedway Saturday, May 25th. The cable network is also scheduled to televise Eldora Speedway's $50,000-to-win King's Royal event July 20th and the Amoco Knoxville Nationals August 17th. In each case, the preliminary races will be tape-delayed, while the feature program will be aired on a live basis. The time slot for the tape-delayed and live shows will be 10 p.m. to midnight (EDT). "It's great to be chosen as a member of TNN's announcing team for the World of Outlaws events," Doty said. "I'm a little nervous, but I feel like I can do a good job. "I feel like I have a lot of knowledge of the sport. I know most of the guys personally. And, as a former driver, I know all about what goes on behind the scenes. I just have to relay that to the viewing audience. "I realize that providing color for a World of Outlaws event is a lot different from a Winston Cup race. They have three hours or more, and they can talk a little bit about everything. Whereas, in a sprint car race, you can't go into a lot of detail about something happening on the race track before something happens. You have to get to the point quickly, because things are always changing. "I have a good working knowledge of the race cars. I've built cars, and I did most of my own setups the last couple of years before I got hurt. "I know the three tracks we'll be televising from," Doty said. "I know about all the tracks the World of Outlaws runs but, like I wrote in Open Wheel, these are the three most recognized tracks in the country. For the fans who may never have a chance to visit them to get to see a race from these tracks is special." Doty's knowledge of Williams Grove and Eldora goes far beyond his World of Outlaws experience. He raced at both tracks before receiving World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year honors in 1982. "Getting Jan Opperman's autograph and having my picture made with him at Williams Grove when I was 14 years old made a big influence on me," Doty recalled. "Williams Grove was always a special place for me. When I raced there, I couldn't help but remember the days of Opperman and the Weld brothers (Greg and Kenny)." Doty provided color commentary for TNN's Second Annual Slick 50 World Series and the Prime Network telecasts of "The Big One" and the King's Royal from Eldora Speedway in 1995. He also appeared on the radio broadcast of the 35th Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals anchored by Williams Grove Speedway announcer Bruce Ellis. Doty won 11 races during his 7 1/2-year World of Outlaws career. In his seven full years with the tour, he never finished worse than eighth in the point standings. He saved his best for his last full season with the World of Outlaws. It took a record-setting performance for Coors Light teammate Steve Kinser to keep him from winning the series championship. Doty won "A" Features at Ascot Park, I-55 Raceway, Santa Fe Speedway and U.S. 131 Speedway and finished in the top 10 in 59 of 69 races to claim second place in the 1987 point standings. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Steve Kinser , Steve Evans
Teams Williams
Tags TV