Experienced Crew Geared Up For World of Outlaws Television Debut

CONCORD, N.C. -- April 9, 2007 -- The World of Outlaws will soon usher in a new era in televised sprint car racing with a crew of experienced and enthusiastic sprint car broadcasters.

The 13-time Emmy-award winning production company Winnercomm will roll the cameras on Friday and Saturday when the World of Outlaws sprint car stars invade Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway for an event that will air at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, May 13. Winnercomm, which provides more than 1,500 hours of programming annually to ESPN and SPEED, will handle production of all the World of Outlaws TV events in 2007.

Calling the action will be Bobby Gerould with Brad Doty adding analysis and Sean Buckley covering all the excitement from the pits.

Gerould, one of the most knowledgeable sprint car authorities in the media, was part of World of Outlaws broadcasts in the late 1990s on the former TNN network. After working the mic on World of Outlaws events along the West Coast the past few seasons, Gerould is eager to begin leading the coverage beginning with the debut on May 13.

"Being on SPEED is a great opportunity to expand the audience for sprint car racing, and I feel honored to be a part of it," Gerould said. "The World of Outlaws drivers and teams are a group of racers that amaze me every time I watch them compete. The things they make their cars do on ever-changing dirt surfaces is why I consider sprint car racing the most exciting form of motorsports."

Alongside Gerould in the booth will be National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brad Doty, a fan favorite as a driver who overcame a paralyzing crash in 1988 at Eldora to become a crucial part of World of Outlaws broadcasts for more than 10 years.

"I am so revved up about this TV package," Doty said. "The amount of viewers who will be served with the new television coverage will be big for the World of Outlaws organization and the teams.

"I've known Bobby Gerould for years and we've worked together on other TV projects but this will be the first time together in the booth, and I am really looking forward to it. Bobby, pit reporter Sean Buckley and myself have all been involved in sprint car racing for a long time and we are very passionate about it. We will work hard to relay all of the action and excitement that sprint car racing is to the fans at home."

Perhaps the busiest member of the broadcast team will be Sean Buckley. A key component to the new television package, Buckley will bring fans all of the behind-the-scenes action in the pits and in the work area during the features.

"I am honored to be a part of the broadcast and look forward to an awesome summer," Buckley said. "The World of Outlaws are an amazing group of racers that deserves to have the eyes of the racing world on them. The fans deserve a good show and that is what they will get this year on TV."

The World of Outlaws sprint car stars will be on television 20 Sundays this season, beginning on SPEED at 2 p.m. on May 13 with the action from this weekend's event at Eldora. The 360 OTC World of Outlaws Late Model Series also will be on SPEED for six events in 2007, with the first event being filmed on Saturday at Bill Sawyer's Virginia Motor Speedway.

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