Sheheen, Benson to Host MAVTV’s July 3 Broadcast of Jim Shampine Memorial

OSWEGO, NY – When Oswego Speedway returns to national television on July 3 at 8 p.m., it will be veteran on-air personality Ralph Sheheen and former NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series Champion Johnny Benson leading the Speed Sport broadcast on MAVTV.

The broadcast features the 24th annual Jim Shampine Memorial for Novelis Supermodifieds, the flagship division of Oswego Speedway, the only weekly Supermodified venue in the world.

A native of Sacramento, Calif., Ralph Sheheen has been broadcasting motorsports on national television for more than 20 years.

As a nationally recognized broadcaster, Sheheen has covered everything from swamp buggies to Formula One and from Supercross to Moto G-P.  During Sheheen’s lengthy career he has held microphones for a wide variety of major television networks including CBS, FOX, NBC, Speed Channel, TNT Sports, Versus, ESPN, TBS, TNN, Prime Network, Sports Channel America, and NHK.

Sheheen will now add the fastest weekly open-wheel racing there is to his broadcast resume, as he calls all the action from Oswego Speedway featuring the 800-horsepower Novelis Supermodifieds.

Joining Sheheen for the broadcast will be NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series Champion Johnny Benson, who also has two starts in Supermodified racing’s most prestigious event, Oswego Speedway’s Budweiser International Classic 200.

The Benson family, of Grand Rapids, Mich., has a storied history at Oswego Speedway, as Johnny Benson Sr. drove to victory at Oswego Speedway in the 1966 running of the International Classic.

In the time since that ’66 victory, Benson Jr. has become an avid fan and participant in Supermodified racing across the country competing in International Supermodified Association events as well as his two starts in the Budweiser International Classic in 2011 and 2012.

Benson, who adds a 1993 ASA Series championship and 1996 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year award to his resume, will no doubt add an experienced Supermodified eye to the July 3 Speed Sport broadcast on MAVTV.

Veteran pit reporter and former NEMA Midget racer, Derek Pernesiglio will be the third member of the broadcast team calling all the action from the Speedway’s pit lane.

Production will be overseen by Emmy award-winning television veteran Jim Roller.  With a 31-year career in broadcasting, Roller has produced and directed programs for three major networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS) as well as every major cable entity in the United States (ESPN, TNN, USA, TBS Superstation, FOX Sports and Speed).  He completed a 12-year stint as senior producer for the American Le Mans Series.

MAVTV is available across the United States through local cable and video providers and via satellite on DirecTV.

MAVTV features all things in American Real Motorsports including ASCS Sprint Car Racing, ATV Pro MX, and now The Dave Despain Show.

For more information on MAVTV as well as Speed Sport Magazine and Speed Sport, visit www.mavtv.com

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