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16 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, June 5 - Thursday, June 7, 2007 CAPE LII00E.00 Memphis comes to Milton for Markell Above, State Treasurer Jack Markell holds the microphone and introduces his family during the Fourth Annual Summer Bash on Saturday, June 2 in Milton. Starting at the far left is Markell's father, Dr. William Markell, and his wife Elaine, along with Markell's wife Carla and their two children, Molly and Michael. To the right is Corey Marshall- Steele who hosted the fundraiser at his house. Mor.e than 500 people turned out for the bash, de- "Tubby" Raymond, legendary Blue Hen coach, spoke to the spite-the m,_,ggy we_ther ....... crowd_ ............. nhn, t M.ksll trrnwin un_ Havmnnd livP.d down the Paulette Smith spoke about street from "Little Jackie," as he called him. the success she has had He said he is proud of the success Markell has had and that through the Delaware Money he would support him in the future, no matter what Markell School, founded by Markell. decides to do. I Rachel Swlck photos Two-time Grammy nominee Deborah Allen performed dur- ing the event. She even sang "Happy Birthday" for Marshall- Steele's birthday. Allen said she was happy to be in Milton supporting Markell. She performed under the tent later in the day, while the large crowd enjoyed southern-style food prepared by Marshall-Steele and the "Jack Pack." Tim McBride, 16, a "Jackling," gave one of the most stirring speeches of the afternoon, stating that every time he is asked to list his heroes, he always includes Markell on that list. At left, Deborah Allen and guitarist Mike Loudermilk tore up the stage during the summer bash, which drew hundreds of residents from all over the state. Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, spoke about his long- time support of Markell. Also making appearances were Milton mayor Dun. Post and Sussex County Sheriff Eric Swanson. Saltwater Portrait From Milford to the "Voice of NASCAR" By Ryan Mavity Cape Gazette staff It's fitting that at Delaware's most well-known sports land- mark, Dover International Speedway, a native son would describe the action on the track. Mike Bagley, who grew up in Milford, works as an announcer for Motor Racing Network (MRN), the "Voice of NASCAR." With his laid-back, almost folksy demeanor, Bagley still remains a child of Sussex County Bagley calls the action in the booth, in the pits and in the tums. culmination of a lifetime dream for Bagley. "I used to listen to MRN as a kid," he said. "And I used to have a box of Matchbox cars. We used to have shag rug in our den and whenever the race was that week- end I would mat the shag rug down in the shape of a track and I would turn the radio on." "Some of the guys I used to lis- ten to as a kid, I work with now. Barney Hall, Mike Joy, who's ter or any response back. One day "What I love the most about I got a letter and he said 'Sure, being in the turns is, with radio, ] we'd would love to have you help radio is all about theater of the ' us when we come to Dover,'" mind," Bagley said. "So for those ,,  : ,' . , f Bagley stud. that don t have the luxury o From there, Bagley found work watching the race on television,  ......  y .: i ...... ..i . .... as a productmn assistant wth turning the sound down and hs- MRN, which he did for a number tening to MRN, we are their men- .of years, getting his "foot in the tal television We paint pictures door," as he says. He's now in his for the people who are listening." 22nd year with MRN and will be While Bagley loves coming to entering his 15th year as a broad- Dover, his favorite track is the caster legendary Talladega " Super With MRN, Bagley serves as a Sp,,e, edway. jack-of-all-trades. For the June 1- Talladega is the only track 3 race weekend in Dover, Bagley where I do play-by-play, where ..... on Bud pole qualifying, in the back- the back of my neck, from the stretch turn for the truck series time the green flag falls to the na tnty photo race and in the pits for both the time the checkered flag flies," Milford native Mike Bagley is a broadcaster for Motor Racing Network radio. Bagley is a graduate of Milford High School and has been with MRN for 15 years. now with Fox Sports. Eli Gold, who's been a longtime anchor, Ned Jarrett, Jerry Punch. I used to listen to their play-by-play and I used to move the cars around on the shag rug track," Bagley said. At age 15, Bagley began to pur- sue his dream of working for MRN. He sent in a letter to the president of MRN, John McMullin, asking for a job lug- ging boxes, driving wires, what- ever he could do. "I wasn't expecting to get a let- Busch and Nextel Cup races. While broadcasting in the booth and the pits is fairly straightfor- ward, working the turns requires a little more improvisation. The lead announcers throw Bagley a battle between drivers or Bagley himself must find a battle and then do his play-by-play from there. Bagley said. ',Barney Hall coined this phrase years ago, 'They don't race anywhere in the world like they race at Talladega.' And it's 100 percent accurate." Still, Bagley hasn't forgotten his roots in Milford. Whenever he's in Dover, schedule permit- ring, he tries tO get back to his Continued on page 17