Dave Rieff, who joined ESPN in 2000, is the host for ESPN’s coverage of NHRA drag racing, including the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. He previously worked as a pit reporter on the Mello Yello Series and has been host of the Lucas Oil Series coverage since 2007. In addition, he hosts NHRA Thrills and Spills.
Rieff’s motorsports roots begin in the heart of central Iowa’s dirt track scene. From 1993 to 1996 he co-produced and reported in Iowa Auto Racing Weekly for WOI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa. It was also during that time Rieff was a track announcer at the Knoxville Raceway while hosting the program Knoxville Raceway Weekly. Rieff worked World of Outlaws events, the Knoxville Nationals and Kings Royal as well as the International Motor Contest Association’s IMCA Super Nationals.
In 1996, Rieff moved to Florida to work as an associate producer and pit reporter for Diamond P Sports. Continuing his involvement in sprint car racing, he was also introduced to NHRA drag racing and the swamp buggies of South Florida, reporting on both. Additional duties included pit lane responsibilities for select NASCAR Limited Late Model Series as well as USAC’s distinguished Four Crown Nationals held each spring in Phoenix.
Beginning in 1999, Rieff became a freelancer continuing his duties with the World of Outlaw sprint cars. During a diverse year he did work for the Discovery Wings channel, hosted a golf infomercial, handled the play by play duties for women’s Fitness America and began reporting on the U.S. Off-Road Championship Series.
In 2000, in addition to his continuing role in the NHRA, Rieff began as host of the weekly motorcycle highlight and feature program Motoworld, a post he continued to hold until the show’s end in 2003.
Born in Rantoul, Ill., Rieff received a bachelor or arts degree in journalism and mass communications from Iowa State University.
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