Five Oval Races Set for Television at MMP; IHRA World Nationals also Set for Broadcast Mansfield, OH -- With the track's oval track schedule in place and the IHRA Nitro Jam Series World Nationals set for mid-June, the final component of the...
Five Oval Races Set for Television at MMP; IHRA World Nationals also Set for Broadcast
Mansfield, OH -- With the track's oval track schedule in place and the IHRA Nitro Jam Series World Nationals set for mid-June, the final component of the track's scheduling process has fallen into place with the announcement that five of the six events slated for the oval track and the IHRA event will be broadcast on national television.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, the track's season opener on May 25 and 26, will culminate with a 250-lap race broadcast live on SPEED. The next event on the oval track, the June 9 USAR Hooter's Pro Cup Series Northern Division event will also be telecast on SPEED on a delayed basis on Wednesday June 13.
The new Mansfield Motorsports Park drag strip will open with the crown jewel of the International Hot Rod Association's calendar, the IHRA Nitro Jam Series World Nationals. The festival of straight-line speed will run from June 14-17, the final rounds of which will be televised on a delayed basis on SPEED. The broadcast date for the two-hour telecast is yet to be determined.
The return of the United States Auto Club (USAC) Sprint and Midget car series on July 7 will be broadcast on the Outdoor Channel, with the program date yet to be determined by sanction and network officials.
On August 25, the NASCAR Busch East Series and Whelen Modified Tour will compete in a unique doubleheader. The Busch East Series segment of the program will be televised live in high-definition on HDNet and rebroadcast on a delayed basis on SPEED. The MMP season comes to a close with the USAR Hooter's Pro Cup Series Championship Series opener on September 1. That 250-lap event, combining the top point earners from the USAR's Northern and Southern divisions, will be broadcast on a delayed basis on Wednesday September 5.
"We are very proud to have put together a schedule on the oval track that has this much interest from the television networks," said MMP president and oval track general manager Chris Mize. "Five of our six events will be televised nationally. That means fans in the stands can set their VCRs or TiVo boxes to record the race, and once they head for home it gives them another chance to relive all of that excitement. For our event and track sponsors, that means a chance to get exposure in front of millions of additional viewers watching the races at home all across the country."
Television coverage will also make the opening of the new MMP drag strip into a event with national importance.
"With all of the excitement swirling around the announcement of the drag strip at MMP, it just gets ramped up by a factor of ten when you consider our inaugural event will be broadcast nationally on SPEED," said MMP drag strip general manager Wade Rich. "The IHRA has a very strong television package and we are fortunate to be a part of it. There are a lot of people all across the country that have expressed an interest in what we are doing up here, and even if they cannot make it up here to see what's happening in person, they will have a chance to see everything we've done once the event is broadcast. It takes an event that is already a big deal and makes it even bigger."