CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Woodhull Raceway official release — Curtis Berleue photo —
Race Chaser Online, Turn 5 Media and Woodhull Raceway are proud to announce a new partnership between the three entities that will see RCO’s Northeast Dirt Correspondent Steven Ovens take over the announcing and public relations duties at the third-mile high banked oval located in Steuben County in Upstate New York.
Ovens will make the transition from a similar role at Black Rock Speedway in 2015 to what has been known in past years as an unofficial ‘sister track’, located less than an hour apart from each other.
This new partnership will see expanded coverage of Woodhull Raceway within the pages of Race Chaser Online and Turn 5 Live on the Performance Motorsports Network on Tuesday nights. For the 29-year-old Northeast racing fanatic, going to work for Ted and Brandi White was an opportunity he could not pass up.
“To get the call from Ted and Brandi recently and having them say they wanted me to work for them was a real honor,” said Ovens.
“Woodhull has been well-known in the area for having a passionate fan base, a five star facility and a reputation for taking care of not only their racers, but the fans and their marketing partners as well. I look forward to carrying the torch forward from guys that set the bar for Woodhull Raceway like Kenny Shupp, Morgan Colegrove and Paul Harkenrider. I hope Woodhull is ready because we are going to do things there that will put Woodhull on the dirt track media map.”
Ovens never had a chance when it came to racing. He spent his entire childhood Friday and Saturday nights racing and ‘flagging’ from the historic grandstands of Black Rock and Woodhull Raceways.
“When you grow up in the Ovens and Kerrick family, racing is just what you do on the weekends.”
That upbringing brought along his own career in racing behind the wheel of a go-kart, winning track championships at Frozen Ocean Speedway in Owasco as well as Paradise Speedway in Geneva. Ovens even got to spend several years behind the wheel at both Woodhull and Black Rock, winning a youth mini stock championship in 2001 at Black Rock.
But it was the go-kart racing that formed a relationship that would foster a future in motorsports media.
“We met (Race Chaser Online Owner) Tom (Baker) at Frozen Ocean back in the mid-90’s. It’s funny to look back now and see that our meeting at the track turned in to me writing dirt track articles for Race Chaser Online’s website in July 2013, then taking the next step to start the Turn 5 Podcast and now Turn 5 Live on PMN. Working now for Ted and Brandi at Woodhull is the payoff for the work we have put in to get to this point.”
Ovens will take over Announcing and PR duties effective immediately for the 2016 race season. Woodhull Raceway now gears up for their annual Arnot Mall Car Show in mid-March, with the first racing activity planned for mid-April.
Stay tuned to Race Chaser Online for more coverage from Woodhull Raceway or visit the track’s website at www.woodhullraceway.com.
CREDIT: Woodhull Raceway PR