Michigan To Be First Superspeedway Broadcast For MAVTV
TOLEDO, Ohio (Jan. 26, 2018) - Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and MAVTV Motorsports Network announced today that MAVTV will televise 12 ARCA Racing Series, presented by Menards, race events in 2018.
Eleven of the 12 races will be Live on MAVTV in 2018, the second year of a three-year broadcast agreement with ARCA. The 2018 broadcast package includes the first ever superspeedway event scheduled for live coverage on the MAVTV Motorsports Network from Michigan International Speedway, Friday afternoon, June 8.
"ARCA is a well-respected and highly professional stock car racing series," said MAVTV President, Bob Patison. "It is definitely a good fit for MAVTV. Adding more live coverage of the series in 2018 builds on the momentum started last year by ARCA and MAVTV."
Coverage begins Saturday night, April 7, with the first live broadcast from Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn. Live coverage is also scheduled for April 22 and September 15 from Salem (IN) Speedway; May 20 from Toledo (OH) Speedway; June 15 from Madison (WI) Int'l Speedway; July 14 from Elko (MN) Speedway; July 21 from Berlin (MI) Raceway; Aug. 19 from the Illinois State Fairgrounds; Sept. 3 from the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and Sept. 7 from Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. The only event not scheduled for live broadcast will be the July 7 event from Iowa Speedway, which will air on a delayed basis.
The 12-race MAVTV broadcast schedule rounds out ARCA's 2018 telecast package, with the remaining 8 races scheduled for LIVE coverage on Fox Sports. Nineteen of the 20 ARCA Racing Series events in 2018 will be Live.
The ARCA Racing Series first aired on MAVTV in the early 2000s, with delayed coverage from Salem.
"The relationship formed last year between ARCA and MAVTV has been nothing but positive," said Mark Gundrum, Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Partnerships for ARCA. "From our teams, to our fans, to our sponsors, everyone at ARCA is excited about our partnership with MAVTV, and this announcement only adds to that excitement."
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards features 20 events at 18 tracks on its 2018 schedule. The series has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 racetracks in 28 states since its inception. The series tests the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, annually visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as left- and right-turn road courses.
Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV Motorsports Network is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series and the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup. But MAVTV also covers multitudes of grassroots series' from across the globe including drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between plus a package of automotive reality and custom build shows. If it has a motor, it's on MAVTV.
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