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Now in subscribers’ e-mail, Racing Promotion Monthly 47.11/12 combined issue, complements of K&K Insurance and Hoosier Racing Tire, Feature Stories: Five First-Timers ARPY Nominees, Reno Return Celebrated, Joe Doellefeld’s RPM@Reno Testimonial, RPM@Daytona Session Lineup, INEX Update: Irwindale, RUSH Sprints, ACT, Dirt Million, RPM@Daytona Session Schedule. RPM@Daytona: Comp Newcomer Credential, Multi-Person Discount, Lodging Details, Credential Application, Exhibitor Directory. Read on your phone, your tablet, your computer here: Online Edition. Download issue here: PDF File. Promoters, track owners, racing officials, tours, series, club officials, if you are not an enrolled RPM reader, subscribe today HERE to ensure you receive each new issue of the “The Idea Newsletter for Auto Racing Promoters.”
Five of six promoters nominated for Racing Promotion Monthly’s Auto Racing Promoter of the Year (ARPY) are first-time nominees. The nominees’ selected by readers of the “Idea Newsletter For Auto Racing Promoters,” include five that promote dirt tracks, and one that promotes a paved track. One is affiliated with NASCAR, one with IMCA, one with DIRTcar, and three that operate independently while sanctioning special events with multiple series.
The nominees are: In Region One, Eastern Region: Lyle Devore, Albany-Saratoga (NY) Speedway; Region Two, Southeastern Region: Paul Purvis, Swainsboro (GA) Raceway; Region Three, Central Region: Ron Flinn, Crystal (MI) Motor Speedway; Region Four, Northern Region: Gregg McKarns, Madison International (WI) Speedway; Region Five, Great Plains Region: John McCoy, Knoxville (IA) Raceway; Region Six, Southwest and Western Region: Steve Beitler, Skagit (WA) Speedway, and Grays Harbor (WA) Raceway. Devore, Purvis, Flinn, McKarns, and McCoy received first-time nominations, and Beitler his fourth nomination.
Dan Robinson, Lucas Oil (MO) Speedway received the award last year. Previous winners are: Hugh Deery, 1976/1984; J.C. Agajanian, 1977; D. Anthony Venditti, 1978; Jack Gunn, 1979; George Eisenhart, 1980; Dick O’Brien, 1981; Howard Tiedt, 1982; Don Martin, 1983; Glenn Donnelly, 1985; Cary Agajanian, 1986; Bud Lunsford, 1987; Bob Daniels, 1988; Howard Commander, 1989; Ray Wilkings, 1990; Paul Kuhl, 1991; Robert Lawton; 1992; Earl Baltes, 1993; Jody Deery, 1994; Andy Vertrees, 1995; Charles Powell, 1996; C-Ray Hall, 1997; Larry Kemp, 1998; Charles Cathell, 1999; Charles Deery, 2000; Ralph Capitani, 2001; Lanny Edwards, 2002; Bob & Nadine Strauss, 2003; Tom Curley, 2004, Steve York, 2005; John Padjen, 2006; Lynn Phillips, 2007; Joe & Walt Doellefeld, 2008; the Nuckles family, 2009; the Queensland family, Deer Creek (MN) Speedway, 2010; and Robert Sargent, Track Enterprises, Macon (IL), Paducah (KY) Speedways, 2011; Ron Drager and Scott Schultz, Flat Rock (MI) and Toledo (OH) Speedways, 2012; Roger Hadan, Eagle (NE) Raceway, 2013, Gary & Donna Howe, Kalamazoo Speedway, 2014, and Gray Garrison and the Hawkins Family, 2015.
The Auto Racing Promoter of the Year is short track racing’s most prestigious award. It is awarded each year after voting by promoters. The award was originated in 1976 by the editor of Racing Promotion Monthly. Voting is conducted in two phases: a preliminary ballot nominates candidates in six regions. The six candidates become Regional Promoters of the Year and then appear on a second ballot for final voting. It is the only national award recognizing promotional excellence selected by peers. The award is for the 28th year sponsored by Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Auto Racing Promoter of the Year ballot will soon reach readers of Racing Promotion Monthly via the U.S. Postal Service. The Forty-second Auto Racing Promoter of the Year will be revealed during the 45th Annual RPM@Daytona Workshop at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, Daytona Beach, FL, February 12, 2018.
Racing Promotion Monthly, the idea newsletter for auto racing promoters, and the Workshops, are produced with the year-round support of K&K Insurance Group, Inc., Hoosier Racing Tire. The RPM Promoters Workshops are produced with additional support from: INEX, Chevrolet Performance, Moffett Productions, Raceceiver, Lucas Oil, Simes Graphic Designs, Sunoco Race Fuels, Firethorn Marketing, and IMCA. The Speedweek Workshop is the 117th produced by Racing Promotion Monthly since 1974. More than 900 track operators, their employees, and industry leaders attended last year’s Workshops. More information is available from RacingPromotionMonthly.Com or by phone at 715-536-1067.
Promoters at the Fifth Annual RPM@Indy Promoters Workshop in the Media Center at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, enjoyed the “Best of Reno” session lineup, featuring three of four marquee RPM@Reno presenters.
Speedway president J. Douglas Boles opened the meeting welcoming short track promoters from eleven states and Mexico. RPM@Indy presenters included 41st Auto Racing Promoter of the Year, Dan Robinson, Lucas Oil (MO) Speedway, marketing consultant and promoter Mike Lysakowski, Jennerstown (PA) Speedway; Chris Blair, GM at Gateway (IL) Motorsports Park, racing legal expert attorney Donald Anspaugh, of the Isaac Brant Law Firm, Columbus, OH; and Tom Dunmore, director of marketing, and Kenzie Kittle, social media strategist, Indianapolis Motor Speedway who discussed the integration of digital and social media to increase fan engagement. A reception followed the Workshop at Sara Fisher’s nearby Speedway Indoor Karting.
The RPM@Indy Workshop was produced with the special support of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where next May the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place. The 45th Workshops Series is produced with the year-round support of K&K Insurance Group, Inc., Hoosier Racing Tire. The gatherings are produced with additional sponsorship support from: INEX, Chevrolet Performance, Lucas Oil Products, Firethorn Marketing, RACEceiver Race Communications, Moffett Productions, Simes Graphic Designs, Sunoco Race Fuels, and IMCA.
The 45th Workshops Series concludes in February with the RPM@Daytona Workshop, convening at the Hilton Daytona Beach, February 11-13, 2018. The Daytona Beach Workshop offers the same agenda as the RPM@Reno gathering.
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Promoters from the Pacific Coast and Western Canada gathered at the RPM@Reno Promoters Workshop, confirming 2018 schedules and participating in two days of talks, discussions, and networking. The Workshop, produced by Racing Promotion Monthly, hosted by the Eldorado Hotel Casino Reno, returned to Reno, and the Eldorado after a two-year hiatus.
Featured presenters included 41st Auto Racing Promoter of the Year, Dan Robinson, Lucas Oil (MO) Speedway, marketing consultant and promoter Mike Lysakowski, Jennerstown (PA) Speedway; Chris Blair, GM at Gateway (IL) Motorsports Park, 39th Auto Racing Promoter of the Year Joe Doellefeld, and legal experts Cary Agajanian and Paul Tretreault. Twelve additional “roundtable” discussions covered dirt track preparation, sealed engine technology, mobile social media live-streaming, race track human resources management, emergency incident management, and the mobilization of race track websites. Other discussions covered dirt and paved track operations, ticketing and admissions, the streaming of digital video and timing and scoring, sponsorship, and a special roundtable for promotional newcomers.
The Workshops series continues with the one-day, 5th Annual RPM@Indy Workshop, on December 6, in the Media Center on the grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. RPM@Indy offers an abbreviated “best of” from the RPM@Reno Workshop. Advanced RPM@Indy credentials remain available and the session schedule is available at RacingPromotionMonthly.Com. The 45th Workshops Series concludes in February with the RPM@Daytona Workshop, convening at the Hilton Daytona Beach, February 11-13, 2018. The Daytona Beach Workshop offers the same agenda as the RPM@Reno.
Car-count building ideas? A sympathetic ear after a tough season? New ideas? Just want to recharge? The RPM Promoters Workshops will send you home with money-making, entertainment enhancing ideas. Credentials for RPM@Reno, RPM@Indy remain available. Late entries are welcome. Reserve online: Indy HERE, Reno HERE. Get a jump on 2018 at RPM@Indy, RPM@Reno, the networking places for short track promoters. More information: racingpromotionmonthly.com