Stafford Springs, CT — As part of Stafford Motor Speedway’s 40th Anniversary celebration, former track promoter and current Television broadcaster Jack Arute Jr. has been selected as this year’s Grand Marshal for the Tech Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST.
“Jackie played an integral role in Stafford’s early year,” said current Track CEO and Jackie’s brother, Mark Arute. “Many of his innovations are now common practice not only at Stafford, buit at short tracks around the country.”
Some of those innovations include multiple announcers, pit road PA reports, a dedicated Victory Lane area and special pre-race shows. Arute left his Stafford promoter duties in 1973 to pursue a broadcasting career first with NASCAR’s MRN Radio and then with ABC Television where he covered a variety of sports including NASCAR, the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, Olympic Soccer, Cycling, and Luge. For more than 25 years he was a cornerstone to ABC’s coverage of NCAA College Football as well as the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500.
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