Merrell tabbed as voice of I-35 Speedway
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November 30, 2017  |  by J.D. Green

Officials at the I-35 Speedway are pleased to announce the addition of Mark Merrell—a 30-plus year veteran of race broadcasting—as the track announcer in 2018. Jacob Blair will continue to assist in the broadcast booth.

Merrell got his love for racing as a child when his family was neighbors with Jerry and Billie Wichman. They would travel with the Wichmans to the various local and out-of-town tracks where Wichman raced.

Merrell is experienced in radio, television and print media. He has written articles for Chris Economaki and National Speed Sport News, and he was a writer for the Kansas City Star’s All Speed Racing News. He has experience as a cameraman covering the ARCA race on the road course at Heartland Park Topeka, has worked with the Racinboys and with Kirk Elliott and Major Miles on the local radio show The Race Report.

This led to an opportunity to work with KFKF Traffic Reporter Steve Parker on a nationally syndicated post-race NASCAR show the first hour broadcast on KFKF and the second hour broadcast on their own home-built studio. He has teamed with 2 Eagle Action Media to provide play by play of high school sports. He has worked with MRN as a pit road reporter, turn reporter and victory lane reporter. Through Humpy Wheeler’s daughter, Cheryl, he worked for the former cable network TNN. At 610 Radio he did the Saturday morning Race Show and then head to I-70 Speedway to do live play-by-play of their simulcast races also on 610 Radio.

In 2000, Merrell was the first recipient of the Central Auto Racing Boosters Media Person of the Year Award. He has met and interviewed some of the top drivers in the racing world including Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin and many others. He has announced at all the various NASCAR levels, the World of Outlaws, ARCA, ASA and numerous other sanctioned races.

Merrell's excitement and love for the sport and his superb race calling talents will be on display next race season at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo.

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