Fans across the Charlotte market can tune in to all 38 NASCAR Sprint Cup races starting this weekend thanks to a new partnership with iHeartMedia's 106.5FM The END, PRN and MRN that will bring live Sprint Cup Series broadcasts to the airwaves through 2017. (CMS/HHP photo)
CONCORD, NC - NASCAR has a new home on the airwaves in Charlotte and the Triad, thanks to an exclusive partnership between Performance Racing Network, Motor Racing Network and iHeartMedia, Inc.'s WEND New Rock 106.5FM.
Beginning this Sunday, race fans across the greater-Charlotte region and throughout parts of the Triad can tune in to live race coverage from 38 races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, including the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (May 16), the Coca-Cola 600 (May 24) and Bank of America 500 (Oct. 10).
"The Charlotte region is the home of NASCAR and it's only fitting that the millions of fans across our markets have a consistent place to find NASCAR broadcasts on the radio," said Tim Schuldt, vice president of consumer marketing and sales at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Having worked with the Charlotte iHeartRadio cluster closely for many years, we couldn't think of a better organization with which to expand our partnership. PRN and their counterparts at MRN will bring more than 125 hours of live NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage to millions of fans in the epicenter of NASCAR through the powerhouse signal of 106.5 The END."
The three-year partnership ensures that fans will have regular access to race-day coverage through the 2017 season.
Doug Rice, president and general manager of the Performance Racing Network said, "PRN considers it an honor to continue to bring our lap-by-lap coverage of the races originating from all the SMI owned tracks, as well as the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to the avid fans right here in Charlotte, North Carolina."
According to David Hyatt, president and executive producer of Motor Racing Network, "MRN is excited to be teaming with PRN and The END to bring radio coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series back to the listeners in Charlotte, beginning with our coverage of The Daytona 500. The Queen City is the hub of the NASCAR industry and the fans and teams will now be able to keep up with all the action by simply tuning the FM dial all the way up to The END - 106.5."
Home to the syndicated "Woody & Wilcox" show, WEND is also the local affiliate for "Scratch 'n Sniff" and home to radio personality Jack Daniel. The 84,000-watt signal broadcasts across the Charlotte region and in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point market.
"The sport of NASCAR is coming off of one of the strongest and most entertaining seasons in recent memory," said Charlie Wilkinson, regional market manager for iHeartMedia's Charlotte radio stations. "We know the region's fan base is huge and we are looking forward to establishing ourselves as the go-to station across the 106.5 WEND listening area for race-day coverage starting this weekend with the Daytona 500."
The full 2015 schedule of race broadcasts on WEND follows:
Feb. 22 Daytona 500 MRN
March 1 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 PRN
March 8 Kobalt Tools 400 PRN
March 15 CampingWorld.com 500 MRN
March 22 Auto Club 400 MRN
March 29 STP 500 MRN
April 11 Duck Commander 500 PRN
April 19 Food City 500 PRN
April 25 Toyota Owners 400 MRN
May 3 GEICO 500 MRN
May 11 Kansas 400 MRN
May 15 Sprint Showdown MRN
May 16 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race MRN
May 24 Coca-Cola 600 PRN
May 31 Dover 400 MRN
June 7 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 MRN
June 14 Quicken Loans 400 MRN
June 28 Toyota/Save Mart 350 PRN
July 5 Coke Zero 400 MRN
July 11 Quaker State 400 PRN
July 19 New Hampshire 301 PRN
July 26 Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard IMS
Aug. 2 Pennsylvania 400 MRN
Aug. 9 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen MRN
Aug. 16 Pure Michigan 400 MRN
Aug. 22 Irwin Tools Night Race PRN
Sept. 6 Bojangles' Southern 500 MRN
Sept. 12 Federated Auto Parts 400 MRN
Chase for the Sprint Cup:
Sept. 20 MyAFibStory.com 400 MRN
Sept. 27 Sylvania 300 PRN
Oct. 4 AAA 400 MRN
Oct. 10 Bank of America 500 PRN
Oct. 18 Hollywood Casino 400 MRN
Oct. 25 Alabama 500 MRN
Nov. 1 Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 MRN
Nov. 8 AAA Texas 500 PRN
Nov. 15 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 MRN
Nov. 22 Ford EcoBoost 400 MRN
Charlotte Motor Speedway offers unmatched deals on tickets, camping and upgrades to all three of its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, including the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (May 16), the Coca-Cola 600 (May 24) and the Bank of America 500 (Oct. 10). Weekend packages start at just $99. To purchase tickets, camping and pit passes, fans should call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or buy online at http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/.