Performance Racing Network Wins Grand Prize at National Motorsport Press Association Awards


CONCORD, NC (WBTV) – During the annual National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) awards ceremony in Concord, NC, the Performance Racing Network (PRN) received several awards for the broadcasting excellence.

For more than 55 years, the NMPA has honored writers, broadcasters and photojournalists from news outlets covering motorsport. Each year they come together to reward the best in a wide range of categories. With the pandemic shelving last year’s event, the 2022 NMPA Awards accepted entries for 2020 and 2021.

PRN President Doug Rice received second, third and fourth place in the Live Event Radio Broadcast category for PRN’s call of the 2021 Food City Dirt Race and the 2021 Food City 300 at the famed Bristol Motor Speedway, as well as the 2021 Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, respectively.

“It was an honor to accept these awards on my behalf and on behalf of the incredible PRN team,” said Rice. “Everyone works so hard throughout the season to bring these exciting races to the fans and it means a lot to have this hard work recognized by the NMPA. I would also like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to our good friend and colleague Mark Jaynes for his first place.

Part-time PRN announcer and full-time IndyCar Radio presenter Mark Jaynes received top honors in the Live Event Radio Broadcast category. Jaynes and his colleagues at IndyCar Radio were recognized for their thrilling appeal of the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500.

For Topic-Oriented Feature Radio, PRN’s Kent Bernhardt took first place with Jimmie’s Last Roundup, a preview of the seven-time NASCAR champion’s final season. Bernhardt also won third place for The day the race stopped and fourth place for And there we were, characteristics highlighting the effect of the pandemic on the racing industry.

In the Spot News Radio category, PRN’s Mark Garrow won fourth and fifth prizes for news articles, NASCAR takes a stand and defends it and No hate crime, respectively, which aired on PRN’s four-minute daily news program, Garage Pass.

PRN will kick off its 2022 racing season at the Pennzoil 400 weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 5-6. Check out our full broadcast schedule and find a station near you at

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