Ozarks Public Television presents Ozarks racing documentary
Ozarks Public Television (OPT) will premiere a locally produced documentary on auto racing in the Ozarks. The feature length program presents the area history and evolution of this competitive sport that, while wildly popular nationally, remains firmly grounded and thriving on its cultural traditions and rural roots. Generations of Ozarks families and friends, along with well-known former and existing tracks, have created unique bonds and even national legacies.
“On the Fast Track: Racing in the Ozarks” will be broadcast on OPT at 7 p.m. June 7 and will repeat at 7 p.m. June 11. The program is presented as an example of OPT’s commitment to local productions that document, present and preserve significant aspects of regional Ozarks history.
“The story of racing in the Ozarks is a warmly engaging portrayal of our residents, their spirit, and their values,” said OPT Programming and Production Manager Tom Carter. “It’s a story of generations of individuals with a passion to compete and succeed, to work hard and often together as family and friends, and together create a cultural legacy.”
The program, presented in high definition, features many first-person memories and perspectives from racers, track owners, historians, broadcasters and other members of the racing community. Historical context, on-camera interviews, contemporary video and well-researched narrative complement abundant archival documents, photos and film clips to portray the region’s racing culture and to foster understanding and appreciation of the sport.
“The Ozarks is so alive with engaging and reaffirming stories and it remains a privilege to share these with our viewers,” said OPT General Manager Tammy Wiley. “We’re always pleased to present these special local programs and remain grateful to all those who help make our work possible.”
The program was made possible through the participation of the Ozarks Area Racers Association, many individuals, and the financial support of Bass Pro Shops, Lucas Oil Speedway, Mattax-Neu-Prater Eye Center, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Ozarks Area Racers Foundation.
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