TOLEDO, Ohio (Nov. 12, 2017) – Veteran motorsports television analyst Jim Tretow will again be hosting the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards national championship awards banquet in Indianapolis. This year's 65th annual formal awards ceremony takes place Saturday night, December 9.
"I am honored to be on stage with the deserving ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards drivers and award recipients," said Tretow. "I'm grateful to Ron Drager and Mark Gundrum for allowing me to share the stage on December 9 with all the deserving honorees."
The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native's broadcast roots reach back more than 30 years, beginning with his own radio show that he started in 1985. Since then, Tretow added television to his roster of broadcast responsibilities, announcing national ASA and ARCA race events for nearly 25 years.
ARCA race fans first got a look at Tretow in 1993 when he and Ray Dunlap shared broadcast duties for ARCA races on the PASS and Prime Networks.
"I first connected with the ARCA family in 1993 for a handful of televised races, and have enjoyed my broadcast involvement with the series since. The stories and efforts of the racers in this series deserve to have the attention a first-class national awards banquet will provide."
Tretow's involvement with ARCA led him to a gig with ASA in 1996 when he joined Ralph Sheheen in the booth for all of ASA's live coverage on TNN. From '96 through 2003, Tretow did color commentary in the booth for more than 100 ASA events and nearly 50 more as a pit road analyst.
In 2003, Tretow also returned to ARCA where he served as pit road analyst on SPEED. Now part of the FOX Sports family, Tretow hasn't missed an ARCA broadcast since his SPEED debut, with the exception of a few races due to prior commitments.
In addition to FOX, Tretow has also served as color analyst and pit road reporter for most of the ARCA races on MAVTV, the NBC Sports Network, the CBS Sports Network and the American Sports Network.
Tretow hasn't forgotten his radio roots, and still hosts and produces his radio program - the Racing Round Up Show, which airs 26 weeks annually in Wisconsin's two largest markets - Milwaukee and Madison.
The celebratory evening will take place in the Sagamore Ballroom inside the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indy. It’s also where Austin Theriault and his car owner Ken Schrader will be crowned as national champions. Theriault is the 35th different ARCA national champion since 1953. Theriault will also be honored as ARCA's Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge champion, the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge champion, the Bill France 4 Crown champion and more.
"To play a role in recognizing Austin's first driver championship and Ken Schrader's second owner championship will be special," Tretow said.
In addition to celebrating with the top race team, the top-20 drivers and top-10 car owners will be honored on stage as will several other Special Award recipients including SCOTT Rookie of the Year Riley Herbst and MDM Motorsports as the General Tire Pole Award winners.
Other Special Awards include the Marcum award, one of ARCA's highest honors named after Series founder John Marcum, and the Spirit Award.
K&K Insurance and Sunoco Race Fuels will sponsor a pre-banquet reception from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. with the awards ceremony following promptly at 5:30. .
The 65th annual ARCA awards banquet coincides with the Performance Racing Industry trade show, which also takes place inside the Indiana Convention Center.
Banquet tickets are available to the general public. For more on ARCA's national championship awards banquet and/or to purchase tickets online, CLICK HERE.