NBC Sports to televise 51st Allen Crowe
100 from Illinois State Fair
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[August 17, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- Television
coverage of stock car racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds
returns after a long absence as the NBC Sports Network brings its
cameras to the capital city to record for later broadcast the ARCA
Racing Series Presented by Menards 51st Allen Crowe 100. A large
field of cars has entered the 51st Crowe 100, with each team and
ARCA officials hoping to showcase this unique dirt track event for a
worldwide television audience.
The Springfield Mile was the site of the first live telecast of a
national championship race when ABC brought its cameras to the
Illinois State Fair in August of 1968 as part of the legendary "Wide
World of Sports" program. Previous Springfield championship races
received some television exposure, usually in the form of highlights
or a condensed broadcast as part of the show.
It is not readily
known when the first telecast of a stock car race from the
Springfield Mile took place. Many years saw the automobile races at
the fairgrounds broadcast on radio, sometimes by multiple stations
in the capital city. It is known that the fledgling ESPN network
broadcast the 1981 Allen Crowe 100 from the Illinois State Fair,
with Bob Jenkins anchoring the coverage. The last known TV broadcast
of a stock car event at the fairgrounds was in the mid-'90s.
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Fans can welcome NBC Sports to the Illinois State Fair on
Sunday during the running of the Allen Crowe 100, slated to
begin at 1:30. The race is set for telecast on NBC Sports on
Aug. 23 at 11 p.m. (ET).
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