TOLEDO, Ohio (March 23, 2017) – Officials from MAVTV announced today that veteran motorsports broadcasters Ken Stout, Rob Klepper and Jim Tretow would be the broadcast team for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut on MAVTV Saturday night, April 8 from Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn.
MAVTV and ARCA jointly announced a new multi-year broadcast rights agreement under which the ARCA Racing Series events will be televised on MAVTV during the 2017 through 2019 racing seasons. The announcement was made at Daytona International Speedway prior to ARCA’s season opening Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 driven by General Tire February 17.
2017 marks Stout’s 20th year behind the mic and his 10th year with Lucas Oil Productions. The award winning broadcaster has logged over 1900 original shows covering the gamut of motorsports from Indy Car to off road trucks, tractor pulling and drag racing. His oval track experience is just as diverse covering the original ASA Series and ASA Speed Trucks, SRL Southwest Tour, Lucas Oil Modifieds, ASCS Sprint cars, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the Chili Bowl and the Knoxville Nationals.
“What a wonderful opportunity this is.” said Stout. “This series has so much history to pull from and this group of broadcasters will certainly bring that to life. Without question the diversity of drivers and tracks make this series unique. Young guns fighting to make a name for themselves and very successful veterans that know every trick in the book all battling on superspeedways and short tracks to road courses and dirt tracks. This is gonna be fun."
Klepper’s motorsports announcing career started in 2003 with the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series before moving to USAC in 2006. His television career started in 2006 as color analyst alongside Jack Arute for 21 USAC Thunder broadcasts on The Outdoor Channel. Since 2007, Klepper has worked as a host, analyst or pit reporter on 70-plus live and taped events each year. Some of these include the Chili Bowl, SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Knoxville Nationals, ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series, and the Lucas Oil Modified Series. His work has aired on MAVTV, CBS, NBC & CBS Sports Network, FS1, and ESPN2 to name a few. Klepper’s experience brought him to ARCA in 2011 where he covered the pits at Chicagoland Speedway live on SPEED, followed by two more ARCA events in 2015 at Iowa and Kentucky live on FS1.
Tretow's involvement in ARCA goes back to 1993 when he and Ray Dunlap shared broadcast duties for ARCA races on the PASS and Prime Networks. Tretow's involvement with ARCA led him to a gig with ASA in 1996 where he did color commentary in the booth for more than 100 ASA events and nearly 50 more as a pit road analyst. In 2003, Tretow also returned to ARCA where he served as pit road analyst on SPEED. Now part of the FOX Sports family, Tretow hasn't missed an ARCA broadcast since his SPEED debut, with the exception of a few races due to prior commitments. In addition to FOX, Tretow has also served as color analyst and pit road reporter for all the ARCA races on the NBC Sports Network, the CBS Sports Network and the American Sports Network.
Ten ARCA races will be telecast on MAVTV in 2017, the first of the three-year agreement. Coverage begins Saturday night, April 8 with the first Live broadcast from Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn. Races from Elko (Minn.) Speedway in Elko, Minn., Madison International (Wis.) Speedway and the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt mile will also air Live on MAVTV.
In addition to the Live events, MAVTV will provide coverage for an additional six ARCA Racing Series events, including delayed broadcast coverage from the 4-mile Road America (Wis.) road course, plus great short track action from Iowa Speedway, Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, the in Ind., the dirt mile at DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and both Salem (Ind.) Speedway events.
Stout and Klepper will anchor all 10 races, while Tretow will work the pits for three of the four live shows.
Bob Dillner will join the broadcast team as the pit reporter for the live telecast from Elko Speedway, and will handle the pit road duties for all six delayed telecasts.
Dillner is a 20-year veteran broadcaster who has covered all forms of motorsports from NASCAR and Indy Car to NHRA and Monster Jam. He currently is the play-by-play commentator for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the SRL Southwest Tour Series and the Lucas Oil Modified Series on MAVTV, as well as the host for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series on LucasOilRacing.TV. Dillner’s broadcast history includes time with the ARCA Racing Series in 2004 and 2005 when he served both a play-by-play announcer in the booth for SPEED as well as a pit road reporter.
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The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards features 20 events at 18 tracks on its 2017 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 four professional touring series and local weekly events.