The 45th Annual RPM Promoters Workshops Series concluded today at the Hilton Daytona Beach with widespread optimism evident. Promoters from 27 states, buoyed by current economic improvement, finished up 2018 schedules and participated in two days of seminars, discussions, and networking. Promoters from 77 race tracks, series, tours, participated in 22 sessions including 12 “roundtable discussions” covering the breadth of track operation, and did business with 31 exhibitors on hand for the concurrent trade show. The Workshop is produced by Racing Promotion Monthly, the idea newsletter for auto racing promoters.
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, and legal experts Cary Agajanian and Paul Tretreault. Twelve roundtables 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 46th Workshops Series begins November 28-30, 2018 in Reno, Nevada, and continues December 5, 2018 with the RPM@Indy Workshop, concluding in February 2019 with the RPM@Daytona Workshop.
Steve Beitler was revealed as 42nd Auto Racing Promoter of the Year during Monday ceremonies. celebrated as Regional Auto Racing Promoters of the Year were Region One, Eastern Region: Lyle Devore, Albany-Saratoga (NY) Speedway; Region Two, Southeastern Region: Paul Purvis, Swainsboro (GA) Speedway; Region Three, Central Region: Ron Flinn, Crystal (MI) Speedway; Region Four, Northern Region: Gregg McKarns, Madison International (WI) Speedway; and Region Five, Great Plains Region: John McCoy, Knoxville (IA) Raceway.
Steve Beitler was revealed Monday as 42nd Auto Racing Promoter of the Year. Joining him for the ceremony, previous ARPYs, L to R back row, Chuck Deery, Dan Robinson, Beitler, Cary Agajanian, Howard Commander. L to R front row, Ron Drager, Eileen Daniels, Jeff Nuckles, Jody Deery, Robert Sargent.
Steve Beitler, promoter of Skagit Speedway, and Grays Harbor Raceway (WA), the Summer Thunder Sprint Tour and Washington Modified Tour, was revealed today as recipient of the 42nd Auto Racing Promoter of the Year Award, sponsored by Racing Promotion Monthly and Charlotte Motor Speedway, in ceremonies at the Hilton Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach, FL. Readers of Racing Promotion Monthly, the idea newsletter for auto racing promoters, chose Beitler from among six regional nominees. Honored as Regional Auto Racing Promoters of the Year were Beitler, Region One, Eastern Region: Lyle Devore, Albany-Saratoga (NY) Speedway; Region Two, Southeastern Region: Paul Purvis, Swainsboro (GA) Speedway; Region Three, Central Region: Ron Flinn, Crystal (MI) Speedway; Region Four, Northern Region: Gregg McKarns, Madison International (WI) Speedway; and Region Five, Great Plains Region: John McCoy, Knoxville (IA) Raceway. Devore, Purvis, Flinn, McKarns, and McCoy received first-time nominations, and Beitler his fourth nomination. Talladega Short Track’s annual January Ice Bowl, the first race of the new year in the southern United States, which this season celebrated 27 years, received the Racing Promotion Monthly Award for Outstanding Annual Short Track Event.
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 in the newsletter 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 29th year sponsored by Charlotte Motor Speedway.
42nd Auto Racing Promoter of the Year Steve Beitler, Skagit (WA) Speedway, with award presenter Jody Deery, Rockford Speedway.
Now in subscribers’ e-mail, Racing Promotion Monthly issue 48.01. The latest edition, complements of K&K Insurance and Hoosier Racing Tire, Feature Story: Ward/Stewart Court Decision Not Unexpected; Joyce Newton Passes; RPM@Daytona: Complete Session Schedule; Read Issue 48.01 on your phone, your tablet, your computer as a PDF, or online on computer, tablet, or smartphone here: Online Edition. Download issue 48.01 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.”
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience throughout the last several days. The Racing Promotion Monthly, RPM Promoters Workshops, website is again fully operative. RPM@Daytona credentials may be reserved online or via FAX, until January 30th, or obtained at the Workshop with late entry fees waived.
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Recent issues with the Racing Promotion Monthly website and Facebook page are now remedied. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience. Make 2018 your best season ever. Join colleagues at RPM@Daytona, February 11-13, 2018. Enjoy 22 sessions covering the breadth of track operation and witness the revealing of the 42nd Auto Racing Promoter of the Year. For a limited time, advanced discount credentials and lodging at the Hilton Daytona Beach remain available.
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