TNN to televise 18 Outlaw events in 2001

NASHVILLE, TN (August 14) -- TNN Sports, the television home of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series, will increase its commitment to live sprint car racing in 2001, the cable network announced recently. TNN will provide live coverage of...

NASHVILLE, TN (August 14) -- TNN Sports, the television home of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series, will increase its commitment to live sprint car racing in 2001, the cable network announced recently. TNN will provide live coverage of 18 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series events next season -- three more than in 2000. The series' fire-breathing, mudslinging sprint cars made their live television debut on TNN Sports at the Amoco Knoxville Nationals in 1995. TNN will telecast races from the country's most prestigious dirt racing facilities: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Houston Raceway Park, Texas Motor Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway, Lernerville Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Eagle Raceway, Knoxville Raceway, Red River Valley Speedway and Eldora Speedway. "The audience for grass roots motorsports, like the World of Outlaws, is strong," David Hall, president of TNN, said. "We are especially pleased to be able to increase the number of live World of Outlaws telecasts in 2001. The series continues to attract a large, loyal audience, particularly young male viewers." Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series President Ted Johnson is happy to have TNN Sports increase its coverage of "the greatest show on dirt." "TNN provides the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series an opportunity to showcase this sport to a national audience," Johnson said. "We have continued to attract new fans, sponsors and media to the series since the first live telecast on TNN." Mark Kinser, who successfully defended his Amoco Knoxville Nationals championship on TNN Saturday, is elated with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' increased television exposure. "I'm really excited about it," Kinser said. "There are some new tracks in there like Lernerville Speedway (in Sarver, PA). I thought it should have been on the television schedule a long time ago. The Eagle Nationals (Eagle Raceway, Eagle, NE) will be a nail biter because there's always a pass going on somewhere on that race track on every lap. Sprint car racing is growing by leaps and bounds and each year we're putting two or three more races on our television schedule." TNN Sport will also visit Houston Raceway Park for the first time and provide its inaugural live coverage of the Iowa Ethanol Classic from Knoxville Raceway next season. "Television is so important, it's almost beyond words," Mark said. "You can go back five years ago and wouldn't see any Amoco or Mopar sponsorships. There was a Vivarin or an STP car, but that was it. Those were the only heavy hitter sponsorships we had out there, and they weren't really paying much. Now, corporate people at coming out here to see what we have to offer. With the television time increasing, the sponsorship dollars have increased as well. It allows for more sponsors for everybody." WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Mark Kinser
Teams Williams
Tags TV