Speed Channel to broadcast ARCA events

COVINGTON KY -- ARCA RE/MAX Series officials, in association with Speed Channel, announced in a press conference here Saturday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center plans to air 11 RE/MAX Series races in 2002, ten of which would be carried ...

COVINGTON KY -- ARCA RE/MAX Series officials, in association with Speed Channel, announced in a press conference here Saturday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center plans to air 11 RE/MAX Series races in 2002, ten of which would be carried live. In addition, Fox Sports Net is scheduled to air four races on a one-week tape delayed basis.

Unlike years past, the ten events scheduled for live programming include a mix of short-tracks as well as superspeedways.

"We're extremely excited about bringing live ARCA RE/MAX Series programming to Speed Channel," said Speed Channel president Jim Liberatore. "We feel the combination of superspeedways and short-tracks will not only be attractive to race fans nationwide, but present opportunities that will benefit Speed Channel as well as the RE/MAX Series. From Daytona to the dirt, it's going to be interesting for sure."

Live RE/MAX Series programming on Speed Channel, formerly Speedvision, begins with the 39th annual Daytona ARCA 200 on Sunday, February 10 at 11 AM ET followed up by its first short-track showing with the 68th appearance of the series at Salem Speedway on April 28. Then it's back to superspeedway competition at Kentucky Speedway on May 11 where the race will also air locally in the Cincinnati, Ohio market on the NBC affiliate WLWT.

Additional live RE/MAX Series events include superspeedway action from Michigan Int'l Speedway on June 15 before moving back to short-track racing at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway on July 3, Berlin Raceway on July 20, Winchester Speedway on August 31 and the much anticipated Southern Illinois 100 on the DuQuoin, Illinois fairgrounds dirt-mile on September 2. In addition, the event on the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway on September 7 will be carried live as will the final short-track show of the season at Salem on September 15.

Speed Channel, currently in 45 million homes nationwide, will also provide same-day coverage of the race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 18.

"This is, without question, a great opportunity for not only the ARCA RE/MAX Series, but for the teams and sponsors alike," said ARCA president Ron Drager. "To double the number of live events from five in 2001 to ten in 2002 is a huge leap forward."

In addition to the programming on Speed Channel, Fox Sports Net, currently in 70 million households nationwide, will air tape-delayed events from Atlanta Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Michigan Int'l.

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