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Antron is an American drag racer, currently driving the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. He is known for winning 2012, 2015 and 2016 Top Fuel championships. Antron is the sport’s first Black American champion. In his NHRA career he currently has 66 NHRA event wins..16 Pro Stock Motorcycle and 50 driving a Top Fuel Dragster. Antron lived in Trenton, New Jersey until age six, when his family moved to his grandmother’s 10-acre farm in rural Chesterfield Township, New Jersey following the death of his grandfather. His father Albert ran a septic tank service, and was a drag racer at the sportsman level. Antron maintained the cars as a child and began racing motorcycles at age six and motocross at age 12, practicing on a course he built on the farm. He ran his first competitive drag race as a high school senior. Antron studied at Northern Burlington County Regional High School before becoming a track star at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey as a sprinter and long jumper, graduating in 1997 with an associate’s degree in business administration. After being offered a full scholarship to run track for Long Island University, he was contacted by football player Troy Vincent (married to Brown’s cousin) who was starting a racing team.
A self-titled corn-fed kid from Monrovia, Indiana, Mark Jaynes’ first love wasn’t broadcasting. Growing up in the 1970s, aspirations of playing Major League Baseball were at the forefront of Jaynes’ to-do list. Through the sixth grade he was all-in on making it to the big leagues, with plans to take his talents to the most historic and well-manicured baseball diamonds that the United States had to offer. That was until an elementary school principal broke the news to him that he was actually “terrible” at baseball, and a different career path would be in Jaynes’ best interest. “He suggested instead that I employ my obvious love of sports – and my inability to keep my mouth shut – into a career in broadcasting or journalism,” said Jaynes, jokingly.“
I asked for a cassette recorder for Christmas and would soon begin calling ballgames while watching television.” Raised in the shadow of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jaynes had a natural affection for the Indianapolis 500. He would create and record mock races with his friends on that cassette recorder, utilizing them as drivers on the broadcast. While the image of 400,000 excited spectators and 33 roaring machines at the Speedway filled his head, he could visualize that spectacle with thanks to a few legendary voices floating through the airwaves. “The picture that was painted in my mind (is all) thanks to the IMS Radio Network, via the sounds created by the mass of humanity and the roar of the engines once the green flag fell,” recalled Jaynes. “I can’t think of a time in my 54 years (that) it wasn’t a monumental event.”
More directly influencing his career, the 54-year-old rattles off a who’s who list of auto racing royalty that touched his professional life and made Jaynes who he is today – including Gary Lee, Mike King, Paul Page and Bob Jenkins. “I credit the late Gary Lee for making me a motorsports broadcaster,” states Jaynes. “I was a good broadcaster when I joined the IMS Radio Network, but Gary taught me motorsports broadcasting. “While we influenced each other, I credit Mike King (long time IMS Radio Network anchor) with teaching me the proper way to inject enthusiasm into a broadcast. I’m comfortable with saying I think our calls of the all-oval Indy Racing League shows were some of the best broadcasts in any form of motorsports. The professionalism of Paul Page and the organization of Bob Jenkins are also traits I try to emulate,” Jaynes includes.
In 1996, Jaynes got the big break he was searching for. He was tapped for two broadcasts during the maiden Indy Racing League season, one of which included the 80th Running of the Indianapolis 500 as a pit reporter. By 1997, he began consistently calling races for the Indy Racing League with appearances on pit lane, in the turns, and on Indy Lights broadcasts. Finally, 20 years after the legendary Bob Jenkins called his name for the first time on an Indianapolis 500 broadcast, it was Jaynes leading the production for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing’s 100th running in 2016. Fully realizing the magnitude of his inclusion to a very elite fraternity, Jaynes pays homage to the greats that have come before him with each opportunity.
Chris is a life long Hoosier born and raised on the north east side of Indianapolis. After attending North Central High School, he graduated from IUPUI with a degree in telecommunications. He has worked in both TV and radio in the Indianapolis market. Among his employers are WFBQ, WOLT, and WNDE, where he board-oped and produced live local programming on the weekends including a political talk show hosted by Mike Pence. From there he went on to Network Indiana to help expand the coverage of the Mike Pence show state-wide which in turn led him to jobs at WNDY-TV and the IMS Radio Network. This year he will work his 26th Indy 500 and can say proudly that he has been a part of every IndyCar Series race broadcast in one way or another. In 1997 Chris began a teaching career at Warren Central High School/Walker Career Center on the east side of Indianapolis educating the future stars of broadcasting in both radio and TV production. In 2020 he was named director if the IMS Radio Network. Chris is married and has three boys. One married last summer, one is engaged to be married this April and the third will graduate from Purdue University in May.