Popular ESPN Radio 1000 Motorsports Talk Show Moves to Drive Time on Thursday Nights

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"State Farm Motorsports Weekly" - the one-hour talk show on ESPN Radio 1000 co-hosted by Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway Vice President/General Manager Matthew Alexander and ESPN Radio personality John Jurkovic (Jurko) - is moving from Saturday mornings to Thursday evenings, and will now air live from 7 to 8 p.m. (CDT) throughout the 2006 racing season.

In its first season, "Motorsports Weekly" was a taped show which aired on Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. (CDT). The top-rated sports station in Chicago decided to make the switch to live broadcasts on Thursday evenings due to the popularity of the show in 2005.

"We weren't looking simply to continue our fine relationship with Chicagoland Speedway, but to grow it," said Jeff Schwartz, program director of ESPN Radio 1000. "Putting 'Motorsports Weekly' on live immediately following 'Mac, Jurko and Harry' - the greatest show in Chicago - is not only a compliment to Jurko, but to our great relationship with the special folks from Chicagoland Speedway, and to the sport they represent."

The first show this season will be broadcast live on Friday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 8 p.m. (CDT) due to a scheduling conflict on Thursday, Feb. 16, with a Chicago Bulls basketball game. The remaining shows will air on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. (CDT) throughout the year.

"We're very excited that ESPN Radio 1000 moved the time slot for the State Farm Motorsports Weekly show to Thursday evenings because it will reach a much larger audience, including the significant amount of commuters still making their way home," said Alexander. "The change of date and time not only demonstrates the success of the show, but it is indicative of the tremendous growth of motorsports in the Midwest, and the Chicagoland area in particular. This type of show on the top-rated sports station in the market gives motorsports fans in this area a great forum to get their fix of racing information, and now, an even better opportunity to chime in themselves."

"Motorsports Weekly" covers all the latest news and information regarding the nation's top racing series, including NASCAR, the Indy Racing League and NHRA. The show will also include interviews with top drivers and team owners in those racing circuits along with phone calls from local race fans. Race fans can either call the show and speak with Alexander and Jurko at 312-332-3776 during the live broadcasts or e-mail their motorsports questions and comments to motorsportsweekly@espnradio1000.com.

The program will also be available via live audio streaming on the Internet through www.espnradio1000.com.

Jurkovic ("Jurko"), a former NFL player and motorsports fan, is also a member of Chicago's top-rated afternoon sports talk show on ESPN Radio 1000, "Mac, Jurko and Harry." In February 2005, Alexander joined Jurko during a one-hour NASCAR Preview show from Daytona International Speedway prior to the Daytona 500. The response from ESPN Radio's listeners inspired a weekly motorsports show.

For more information about ESPN Radio 1000 or Chicagoland Speedway/Route 66 Raceway, visit www.espnradio1000.com or www.chicagolandspeedway.com.

Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway: Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway make up Joliet, Illinois' 1,300-acre, multi-purpose motorsports facility located on Historic Route 66. It is also the largest sporting facility in Illinois. Chicagoland Speedway, which is a $130 million, 1.5-mile D-shaped tri-oval speedway, annually hosts NASCAR, ARCA, IRL and several driving schools. It has been in operation since 2001 and is a located adjacent to its sister track, Route 66 Raceway. Route 66 Raceway is a multimillion-dollar complex that includes a 1/4-mile, stadium-style drag strip and 1/2-mile dirt oval track. Since opening its doors in 1998, Route 66 Raceway has continued to host a wide variety of events. Route 66 Raceway's 1/2-mile dirt oval track annually hosts

Team Demolition Derbies, AMA Flat Track Championship racing, World of Outlaws and Monster Truck shows. Route 66 Raceway's 1/4-mile drag strip will host one NHRA POWERade Drag Racing National event, Jr. Dragsters, car shows, bracket racing, test n' tunes and much more.

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