World Wide Technology Raceway and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio host John Roberts (@TheJohnnyTV) are teaming up for an exciting addition to the Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter NASCAR Cup Series event on Sunday, June 4. In a throwback theme to celebrate NASCAR’s 75th anniversary, WWTR and Roberts are teaming up for a special edition of “NASCAR Victory Lane with John Roberts.” Much like the old show on SPEED Channel, NASCAR Victory Lane goes live when the broadcast cameras turn off following driver interviews after the event.
“After the success of our Kenny Wallace Live! pre-race show in 2022, we were looking for some exciting things to celebrate the festival atmosphere of World Wide Technology Raceway,” said Chris Blair, WWTR‘s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “We were tossing out some ideas over dinner one night last fall and John said, ‘I really miss the NASCAR Victory Lane‘ show.‘ It took all of five seconds to commit to bringing it back for our race.”
Immediately following the checkered flag on the event, the Victory Lane set will roll into position adjacent to the winner‘s celebration and Roberts will go live as soon as the FS1 TV cameras stop. Fans will be invited onto the track to join in the festivities as John provides a race recap and snags interviews from those celebrating in victory lane.
“Putting a desk in victory lane for a live TV show was one of the best things we ever did at SPEED TV,” said Roberts, who is the host of Sirius XM NASCAR‘s “Tradin‘ Paint” show. “Bringing it back is even better!” The victory lane show captured the raw emotion of a NASCAR victory lane. Now ‘Gateway to Victory‘ will help bring it back. It‘s always safe to say the driver who wins a Cup race is among the happiest humans on earth. We‘ll talk to him in WWTR‘s victory lane on Sunday, June 4.”
The show will continue until country music star Dierks Bentley takes the stage in Turn 1 for a complete concert in his only St. Louis performance of 2023. The concert will wrap up the unified efforts of the Confluence Music Festival and WWTR‘s NASCAR Weekend that showcases the Metro East region of Southwest Illinois and St. Louis.
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