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Voice of the Cincinnati Reds Marty Brennaman named Honorary Pace Vehicle Driver for Quaker State 400

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Hall of Famer and Cincinnati Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman will serve as the Honorary Pace Vehicle Driver for the eighth annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 on Saturday, July 14.

Left to right, Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger, Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman and NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan at Thursday’s Northern Media Luncheon at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse. Brennaman will be the honorary Pace Car Driver at the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in July (photos by Mark Hansel).

“I am thrilled and excited to have the opportunity to drive the pace car. I can’t express my appreciation to Mark Simendinger and the entire Kentucky Speedway staff,” said Brennaman. “I’ll be honest, I accepted with a little bit of trepidation. I’ve never been around the track or driven on it before. I’m sure I will have a whole bunch of butterflies but I’ll be fine and fully prepared by the time the pace car hits the track.”

Brennaman has been broadcasting Cincinnati Reds baseball games for 45 years. He joined the Reds radio team in 1974 and for 31 seasons (1974-2004) shared the 700 WLW Radio booth with Reds Hall of Fame pitcher Joe Nuxhall. Brennaman has been named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year 16 times, most recently in 2009.

He received the Ford C. Frick Award on July 23, 2000, in ceremonies at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The award is presented each year by the Hall of Fame to a broadcaster “for major contributions to the game of baseball.” Brennaman, Red Barber (WSAI, 1934-38) and Russ Hodges (WFBE, 1932) are the only Reds announcers ever to receive the Hall of Fame’s prestigious broadcasting award.

On May 2, 2005, Brennaman was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in Salisbury, North Carolina.

In January 2013 he received the Tom Hammond Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports Broadcasting, presented by the Bluegrass Sports Commission in Lexington.

The Portsmouth, Virginia native won the Virginia Sportscaster of the Year Award 4 times while broadcasting basketball games for the American Basketball Association’s Virginia Squires, baseball games for the New York Mets’ Class AAA affiliate in Norfolk and football games for both Virginia Tech and William & Mary.

Brennaman also has broadcast games during the NCAA’s men’s basketball tournament, including 15 regional tournaments and 11 Final Fours.

Other accolades include being inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago in 2005, inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, inducted into the Hampton Roads (VA) Sports Hall of Fame in October 2013 and, in 2009 he was selected by the American Sportscasters Association as one of the Top 50 broadcasters of all time.

Tickets, Fan Zone passes and campsites are on sa­­le at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by calling (859) 578-2300 or visiting our speedway ticket offices at 1 Speedway Dr., Sparta, KY., 41086, just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N

The 2018 season at Kentucky Speedway begins in July with the return of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend anchored by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 on Saturday, July 14. The Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 starts the weekend on Thursday, July 12 and the Xfinity Series Alsco 300 is Friday, July 13.

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