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RACING PROMOTION MONTHLY NEWSLETTER; ISSUE 53.9 THE PROMOTERS VOICE & FORM SINCE 1972; SEPTEMBER EDITION
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10/1/2023

10/1/2023

Racing Promotion Monthly


RACING PROMOTION MONTHLY NEWSLETTER; ISSUE 53.9 THE PROMOTERS VOICE & FORM SINCE 1972; SEPTEMBER EDITION

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TIME TO BOOK (#PROMOTER OF THE YEAR)
RPM WORKSHOP.TV (#RPMWORKSHOPTV)
GET IN THE KNOW (#GET IN THE KNOW)
A FEW THINGS (#A Few Things)
RPM MARKETPLACE (#RPM MARKETPLACE)
TRAXXPIX (#Traxpixx)
EXHIBITOR AND SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT (#EXHIBITORSPOTLIGHT)
LEGAL UPDATE (#LEGALUPDATE)
DIRECTORY OF SERVICES (#DIRECTORY)

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51st Annual RPM@Reno Western Workshops, will take place November 28, 29 and 30, 2023. For Reno, PLEASE NOTE - We are moving in Reno to the Silver Legacy as part of the "The Row". The rooms at the Silver Legacy were remodeled in 2020, booking details will be released in the June edition of the RPM Newsletter. We will remain at the Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida for the 51st Annual RPM@Daytona Workshops on February 11, 12 and 13. Booking details for the Shores will also be available in the June Edition of the RPM Newsletter.
51st Annual RPM@Reno Western Workshops and RPM@Daytona Workshops begin to Take Shape

The 51st Annual RPM@Reno Western Workshops are beginning to take shape as speakers and presentations continue to be added to the agenda, which will be released at the end of September. Registrations will be available for all parties beginning October 1, 2023 but that doesn't mean you should stop planning your travel itinerary to help bolster your business. That is our goal with the RPM Workshops, to help you increase your bottom line, which is the most important part of business for all of us. We are working on updating everything so please stay tuned, we are looking forward to a successful 51st Annual RPM Workshops season that is approaching all too quickly.

Time to Book Your Trip to the 51st Annual RPM@Reno Western and RPM@Daytona Venues

As we continue to move forward this season, things on the short track level are looking good.

Crowds and cars are positive and the panic that seemed to consume "off-season" discussions has become quieter. There remains a lot of work to be done, no different than any of us face as we continue to build the 51st Annual RPM Workshops as well as running through the bulk of our racing schedule. The work seemingly never ends.

The long grinds, the tireless effort without fanfare, we all face it. Make sure you attend the 51st Annual RPM Workshops and make arrangements to stay with us at the Silver Legacy in Reno, Nevada or the Shores Spa & Resort in Daytona Beach, Florirda.

Some folks have already called and there are airfare breaks, with more expected in regard to Reno. Please note the correct dates for the 51st Annual RPM@Reno Western Workshops are Tuesday, November 28; Wednesday, November 29 and Thursday, November 30. Early bird airfare breaks were being offered by Southwest Airlines.

The 51st Annual RPM@Daytona will take place at the Shores Resort and Plaza in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida on February 11, 12 and 13.

Booking information for Reno is available at this link; The group code is SRRPM23; https://book.passkey.com/go/SRRPM23 (Room Reservations begin at $55.00 per night).

The link of the 51st RPM@Daytona Workshops is here. Book now for accommodations as many of the sessions last year were "Standing Room Only" for one of the most exciting meetings in years; https://be.synxis.com/?Hotel=17713&Chain=5433&arrive=2024-02-09&depart=2024-02-15&adult=1&child=0&group=2402RPMRAC_001 (Room Reservations begin at $195 per night).

Current speakers for the 51st Annual RPM@Reno Western Workshops already include Sean Foster (promoter at the Waterford Speedbowl); Renee Dupuis (Monaco Modified Series) and Megan Hazel (World Racing Group) among others.

The 51st Annual RPM Workshops are certain to be exciting and educational experiences.
Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania is one of the nicest facilities located in the Northeast region of the country. The facility no longer hosts weekly racing, but places host to drift events, crash-a-ramas, monster trucks and other festivals. Stock car racing only visits the facility once a year.

Policing the Sport and Selling Tickets, Chasing the Seemingly Impossible Dream...

As many of you already know, the RPM Newsletter and Workshops aren't the only thing we do. We also promote and administrate races meaning we are in the trenches with you and many of our trials and tribulations are examples of things we use to propel the RPM Newsletter forward.

We have had a share of successes as well as failures. Things never go exactly as planned but we sure do try. This season however has been one of the most challenging and intense ever, whether that is policing the sport, selling tickets or achieving any of our other goals.

Most recently we were engaged in a situation where a racer spun another participant into the wall at a severe angle (perpendicular) after the team posted on social media their exact intentions. As administrators it put us in a position which we had no choice but to react.

We did. Our region of racing is fragile. Team support is not always that strong. Social media is a repeated sewer of constant negativity. We are trying to fight it but sometimes the fight is overwhelming. Car counts are always looked at as a measure of a success and this team has previously brought four and even five cars to the track to support in a high cost division.

It was the proverbial pickle, but we handled it as we saw fit, which was "parking" the entire team after their social media posts went completely negative with little to no remorse.

Most teams were supportive. There were opinions on both sides, however, it was clear, we as administrators needed to follow through.

Our season ending event drew 23 cars, giving our top division an average car count of 23.6 over the 11 races we were able to run out of the 13 we had scheduled. The message in this was the support from the outside in regard to the situation.

That is a positive step, but we have yet to crack the social media situation where we can get teams to make a difference which will drive ticket sales.

Everyone across the nation seemingly asks what is the difference between dirt and asphalt and the difference seems glaring if you do a simple review of social media posts from a team that races on dirt versus one that races on asphalt.

The positive impact from those types of interactions can drive ticket sales.

There is also the question in regard to the location of a race track. We struggle to sell fan tickets to Lake Erie Speedway to our marquee event. We advertise on social media, electronically, print, radio and even with a commercial, in addition to at event advertisement.

The track itself should be a destination facility. It was built to host events like the one we put on. Nearly 200 cars in two days of competition plus a practice day. Side-by-side continuous racing, big purses, high drama, but the needle moves very slowly in regard to ticket sales.

We are telling this story to let you know that you are not alone. This is exactly why we continue to host the RPM Workshops. We are in this together. We apply what we print here and learn at the Workshops. We are continually working on our racing program and the Workshops and trying to tie them together to continue to help solidify the solvency of the sport.

We did telecast this race live on MAVTV and wondered if this had an adverse effect on the grandstand attendance or is it being in a NFL town and racing on a Sunday? We don't have the answers but would enjoy hearing opinions.

We will move on just as many of you have and keep chasing the impossible dream...
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To increase the walk-up crowd for an event, there are several tactics that can be employed. Here are some ideas:

  1. Social media promotion: Use social media platforms to promote the event and create buzz around it. Announce the event on social media and create and use an event hashtag to engage prospective attendees and promote the event.
  2. Offer early bird discounts for advance ticket purchases. Offer early registration discounts or early arrival perks to incentivize people to attend the event.
  3. Interactive drivers. Use interactive drivers such as gamification or scavenger hunts to encourage participation.
  4. Adopt smart matchmaking apps and other interaction-driving technology that guides people to the event.
  5. Provide education to vendors. This will help vendors on how to best reach potential attendees before the event to encourage their attendance.
  6. Send out advance materials. Make the most of your event by sending out advance materials (cards, press releases, posters, etc...) promoting also through your social channels as much as possible on the lead up to the event and where possible to help increase advance ticket sales and bolster guaranteed attendance.
  7. Create an event crowd management plan: A strong event crowd management plan is critical when large groups gather, but it’s a detail that often ends up as an afterthought. A thought pre-event safety emergency, planning for parking, camping and other elements that may arise. Publicize it to give people the impression that the event will be the "can't miss event" that you hope it will be to help give potential customers the desire to be in attendance.

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https://www.performanceracing.com/
The Performance Racing Industry Trade Show -
December 7 - 9, 2023 - Indianapolis, Indiana
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While RPM is typically a serious publication in regard to the business of promoting; auto-racing can have more than its fair share of hilarious moments that bring out a bit of "Alfred E. Newman" from MAD Magazine fame in all of us, "What? Me?" In a recent episode that we were personally exposed to and witnessed with our own eyes, we came up with the following Promoter Questionnaire;

It is championship night at your race track. Inclement weather in the form of a strong heavy mist has moved in and dampened your night. There is nothing on the radar. It is the ultimate frustration from any promoter's standpoint.

We have all had these moments.

The question becomes the following;

A.) Are you in victory lane celebrating and congratulating your track champions?
B.) Chasing people through the parking lot after "they stole" your large gallon condiments?
C.) Hide in your office and lick your wounds?
D.) All of the Above.

While we are making light of a situation that was created, none of which by the Promoter's doing, it happened. Sometimes we lose sight of the truly important things, make sure you are congratulating and thanking your champions for their commitment to your speedway week-in and week-out.

Contact RPM and we'll replace the ketchup and mustard next time. For the record, the condiments were returned safely and there was no need to call the authorities as once threatened during the "condiment caper".
#OURPEOPLEARE
Media, Pay Attention and Be Responsive

Media coverage has had a positive impact on the growth and development of sports.

  • Raise awareness of sport
  • Promote healthy active lifestyles
  • Showcase sport's positive values
  • Present positive and inspiring role models
  • Motivate people to take part
  • Set high standards for performance
  • Provide examples of skills and tactics
  • Publicize a variety of sports and activities

While media outlets and media opportunities have decreased in recent years as outlets, like other industries have continually changed and closed, they still exist and they are an important part of our sport.

There remain areas and pockets of the country where motorsports remains at the forefront of sports media coverage, yet we have heard from some members of the media and media outlets that state that tracks and events are not responsive or willing to work with their local media.

That is puzzling to us based on what the media can provide to help you and your track and events.

While there are fewer traditional journalists these days, there are still outlets and opportunities for all of us. We must however be responsive to their requests and treat them with respect. We have actually witnessed this in manners that were less than positive.

From our perspective we have seen an increase in independent freelance photographer credential requests. We have established a policy for photographers that they must be working for an actual media outlet and the outlet must request the credentials. This policy stands true for electronic and print media outlets.

Having a credential and media policy has become more critical these days. Many of us have our own official photographers, therefore we think there isn't a requirement for outside individuals to come in, however, their skills and additional coverage are beneficial if the process is handle properly.

Overall media engagement is still something that can help all of us. Recently, through our Race of Champions brand, have entered into an experiment within our community, partnering with the WNY Media Professionals Group. WNY Media Professionals Group is a urban group, training individuals for careers in the various aspects of the media business.

We were looking for directors and camera operators for our streaming services and it branched out into several different realms to help increase coverage in our sport. Overall a positive and it exposes new people to the sport.

Establish a credential process, be responsive and a welcome host. All of those elements still apply even though the media landscape has changed. Positive results will still come.
Press Credentials are a good thing to have at your events and tracks and they are a nice perk for members of the media to give them some identity as they cover your event.
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Setup an Account and...

All of the folks that were in attendance at the 49th Annual RPM@Daytona Workshops will receive access to the archived "stream" of the Workshops. We know we are behind in this aspect, however, if you set up an account and send us an e-mail, we will be able to grant you access to the Workshops video that was streamed in Daytona.

The LIVE streaming of the Workshops will continue. These videos and additional promoter focused RPM content will be available for a reasonable subscription, making it easy for promoters who cannot attend RPM to still get access to the informative lineup of speakers and topics the event always delivers.RPMWORKSHOPTV (#RPMWORKSHOPTV)
#OURPEOPLEARE
Short Track Racing has always carried a connection with minor league baseball and below is a look at some of their 2023 numbers in comparison to recent attendance numbers and it shows how things have come back. Great news for anyone in the entertainment industry.
TAKING NOTES, LOOKING AT THE ATTENDANCE OF OTHER SPORTS IN COMPARISON

Minor League Baseball Attendance Returning to Pre-Pandemic Numbers

The last few years have been brutal ones for many who work in minor league baseball.

There was the lost 2020 season. There were furloughs, layoffs and payroll cuts that proved to be an off-ramp for a number of longtime minor league front office employees.

Right on the heels of that came the MLB-mandated scaling back of the minor leagues from 160 affiliated ticket-selling teams to 120.

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic didn’t end there. When the minors returned in 2021, there were still capacity restrictions for many teams, and there was still a reluctance by some to return to games.

Last year was supposed to be the return to normalcy, but when the season wrapped, teams across the minors faced a new realm of fears. Attendance across the minors was down 380 fans per game per team compared with 2019, the last year before the pandemic. Some expressed concern that the new sea level for minor league attendance had dipped significantly.

Minor league attendance hasn’t really grown since 2007, when a record 43.26 million fans came to games, an average of 4,170 fans per game. While there’s no hope that the slimmed-down minor leagues will ever again come close to that 43 million total attendance record, throughout the 2010s, the minors had found a nice equilibrium. Most years, the average team drew a little more than 4,000 fans per game.

In 2022, the average team drew just 3,910 fans per game. If that was the new normal, it would mean that it had settled in at a level worse than what Minor League Baseball had seen in any year since the start of the 21st century.

Now, a collective sigh of relief can be heard around the minors. Last year appears to be an aberration. This year looks a whole lot more like 2019 than it does 2022.

As of July 23, MiLB teams were averaging 4,034 fans per team per game. That’s up 124 fans per game across the minors when compared with the end-of-year totals for 2022. Even better for MiLB teams, it’s a 207 fan per game increase over where they were at this time last year.

And it’s just seven fans per game fewer than teams drew in 2019 through July 23.

So what happened? In conversations with front office officials with multiple teams, groups have returned to the ballpark in 2023 in a way they didn’t in 2022. While season-ticket sales and single-game tickets returned to pre-pandemic levels last year, civic groups and corporate outings remained hard to book in 2022.

This year, those groups are back.

“This feels the most normal since 2019. We’re seeing that group element come back to the ballpark now,” Gwinnett Stripers general manager Erin McCormick said. The Stripers are on pace for their best attendance since 2015.

According to McCormick, last year some groups were still hesitant to come back to the ballpark because of the pandemic. Others said they needed a year of steady revenues before they were able to do staff outings. This year, both those concerns have largely evaporated.

“In 2021, it was a short season; (in) 2022 there were still a lot of unknowns,” McCormick said. “Now this is the first year where it’s a sigh of relief. We’re back. Now we can focus on what we’re doing and grow on that.”

The gains can be seen nearly across the board. Of the 100 teams that had been full-season clubs in 2019, 62 drew fewer fans per game and 27 drew more than 500 fewer fans per game in 2022 than they did in 2019. Just 16 teams saw bumps of 500 or more fans per game when compared with 2019.

This year, 91 of the 120 affiliated teams have seen attendance gains compared to this time last year, and 10 teams were up 500 fans per game or more. Only New Hampshire had seen a drop of 500 or more fans per game.

There’s also something notable afoot. The Twins’ Double-A Wichita affiliate has seen an increase of 1,606 fans per game when compared to this time last year, the biggest increase in the minors. But after them, the next three biggest gainers were all Orioles affiliates.

The Orioles have been one of the best success stories in baseball in 2023, and they have spread the prospect wealth around to all levels. Our No. 1 prospect Jackson Holliday has played at three different levels. Triple-A Norfolk, the only team to not see Holliday yet this year, began the year with what we described as the most talented team in the minors.

The Tides lived up to those expectations with the best record in the International League, all while sending a steady stream of prospects to Baltimore throughout the season.

“Previous (Orioles front offices) would send guys straight from Double-A to the majors,” Norfolk GM Joe Gregory said. “Manny Machado never played here. Now that we’re getting those players for a significant amount of at-bats, the fans in Norfolk see them here longer and then go to Baltimore and make that impact. It’s positive all the way around.”

The Orioles’ ability to keep their farm teams within their geographical footprint has provided a halo effect. Norfolk was up by 1,069 fans per game. Double-A Bowie was up 1,041 per game. Low-A Delmarva had seen a bump of 923 fans per game. High-A Aberdeen cracked the top 20 in attendance growth with an increase of 427 fans per game.

The Orioles’ success had helped the big league team draw more than 4,000 additional fans per game when compared to this time last year. That success had trickled down to Baltimore affiliates, which had collectively drawn 3,460 more fans per game this year.

Return To Form

Minor league attendance has returned to pre-pandemic levels in 2023. Here’s a look at what the 120 full-season clubs were drawing in average announced attendance through July 23 in each year.

Year Attendance per game

2023 4,034
2022 3,830
2021 3,065
2019 4,041
2018 4,051
2017 4,185
2016 4,105
2015 4,188
2014 4,149
2013 4,088
2012 4,064
2011 4,118
2010 4,158

MLB Attendance Has Also Climbed in 2023 to levels not seen since 2017. Here’s a look at average announced MLB attendance through July 23 of each season.

Year Avg. Attendance

2023 28,775
2022 26,525
2021 15,949
2019 28,173
2018 28,555
2017 30,308
2016 30,398
2015 30,456
2014 30,223
2013 30,460
2012 31,405
2011 30,005
2010 29,784

These numbers should peak interest for all of us in regard to the fact that attendance has returned to "pre-pandemic" numbers. It also shows that people remain with expendable income and are willing to get out and do things.
A minor league baseball park in El Paso, Texas with a great crowd on hand.
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#AFEWTHINGS
IMCA Boasts Huge Super Nationals Car Count - Record Number of Entries for Super Nationals 1,022

A record 257 Stock Cars are included in another record total, the 1,013 cars that have seen Super Nationals action this week at Iowa’s Action Track. There were 1,022 received entries for the 41st Annual Super Nationals.

Are you Streaming your Events?

If you aren't, why not?

With the current climate of technology, and things being readily available, streaming is a big deal.

It's also a great source of income once you have the equipment. It does provide challenges of hiring help and making sure they are properly accommodated however, it's something you should be doing and you can look at it like additional ticket revenue once everything is up and running. A true positive all around.

There are multiple platforms to review and choose, however it is a solid idea to be up on the "live stream" going forward.

Seeking an Arm Band Solution

We are sure many of you were part of the Rock Auto programs that existed over the last number of years that provided many of us with arm bands that we could use in our pit areas and VIP sections.

Rock Auto has ended this great program and now many of us are seeking help in this department.

Anyone with a solution, please feel free to e-mail us at info@racingpromomonthly.com.

RPM in Reno at Silver Legacy

Please note that we have moved in Reno to the Silver Legacy as part of the Row.

While it seems like a simple move, just steps from the previous location in the Eldorado, the Silver Legacy has received many upgrades and has been remodeled. We are looking forward to hosting the Workshops at the Silver Legacy and our annual return to Reno.
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Historic Friendship Motor Speedway is now available for sale

This 40.84+/- Acre property features a 3/8 Mile Oval Dirt over Asphalt Track, Multiple Concession Stands, 9 Vender Booths, Restroom Facilities that have all been recently updated in 2021. In addition to recent updates, the owners have installed new Whelen Track Safety Lights, New Scoreboard, New Westhold Timing & Scoring Loop System, Updated Concession Stand Equipment, New 8'X12' Platform Scales. The grandstand has seating for 4000 people, 97 Trackside Tailgating Spots. Additional fill dirt is being delivered, compacted and seeded by January 1, 2023.

More information can be found here; www.loopnet.com/Listing/11420-NC-268-Elkin-NC/27089397/
Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY for Sale

77 acre property, with a ranch home, in addition to the stock car track is a gokart track. The facility, in the Southern Tier of New York is very near the Pennsylvania border, with pride and upkeep being a focus on the facility, this track is ready for the right owners.

More information can be found here; 4150 Kortwright Rd, Jamestown, NY 14701 | MLS #R1453778 | Zillow (https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4150-Kortwright-Rd-Jamestown-NY-14701/2068607536_zpid/) - www.zillow.com/homedetails/4150-Kortwright-Rd-Jamestown-NY-14701/2068607536_zpid/?
Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina is listed for Sale

The historic Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley, just west of Greenville, was recently listed on a real estate website.

According to the listing from RealtyLink, a real estate development company, ground lease or “built to suit” opportunities are available for the 305-acre property at 3800 Calhoun Memorial Highway.

Starting as a dirt track in 1940, the Greenville-Pickens Speedway hosted the first-ever, start-to-finish live-televised NASCAR race in 1971 after being paved in 1970.

The race track also holds events like the Upstate Holiday Lights Show and the Upper SC State fair.

More information can be found here; Properties - Realty Link (realtylinkdev.com) (https://realtylinkdev.com/property-inventory/?propertyId=1123248-lease) (https://realtylinkdev.com/property-inventory/?propertyId=1123248-lease)
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#Traxpixx
Place a child in a racecar and take a photo, the memories may make a like long fan.
The end of an era is approaching, with the closing of Rockford Speedway in Illinois in October. The Deery family has operated the facility since 1966. The facility was built in 1947 and opened in 1948.

This months "TrackPix" is a salute to the End of the Era at Rockford Speedway; Jody Deery, Dick Trickle and Hugh Deery in victory lane at Rockford. Trickle was an icon at Rockford. Joe Shear and Dick Trickle race on the banks a Rockford where they thrilled fans for many years. Late Models have always been the pillar division at Rockford. Joe Shear and Hugh Deery. If it wasn't for Hugh Deery and Stu Reamer the RPM Workshops may not exist. Hugh Deery was also the very first Auto-Racing Promoter of the Year.
Hugh and Jody Deery at Rockford. They raised their family to run the speedway and their family owned businesses.
The Forest Hills Lodge played host to many banquets and events right outside of turn one on the Rockford Speedway property.
The Rockford Speedway from an overhead view. The quarter mile speedway has provided exciting racing action and everyone will be sad to see it go. The World Famous Trailer and Boat Races at Rockford. The matriarch of Rockford Speedway, Jody Deery, an icon in her community and the glue that kept the speedway together for most of her adult life.
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A sincere RPM "Thank You" goes out to the following group of exhibiting companies who helped make the 50th Annual RPM Workshops at the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores a truly special edition of our annual East Coast gathering;

Hoosier Racing Tire (Lakeville, Indiana);
K&K Insurance (Fort Wayne, Indiana);`
Chevrolet Performance Parts (Grande Blanc, Michigan);
TicketSpice (Sacremento, California);```
MyRacePass (Lincoln, Nebraska);
Firethorn Marketing (Goodyear, Arizona);
Speed Sport / Speed Sport TV / Turn 3 Media (Mooresville, North Carolina);
IMCA Racing (Boone, Iowa)
NASCAR (Daytona Beach, Florida);
Race Track Wholesale (Independence, Missouri);
Pit Pay (Charlotte, North Carolina);
Simes Graphic Design (Mandan, N.D.);
RACEceiver (Gainesville, Georgia);
MyLaps Timing & Scoring (AMB) (Atlanta, Georgia);
Sports Insurance Specialties (Fort Wayne, Indiana);
Jones Birdsong (Chanhassen, Minnesota);
Vortex Insurance Agency (Overland Park, Kansas);
WISSOTA (St. Cloud, Minnesota);
VP Racing Fuels (San Antonio, Texas);
Sunoco Racing Fuels (Marcus Hook, Pa.);
American Racer Tire (Indiana, Pennsylvania);
Event Sprout (Deerfield, Illinois);
Westhold (Santa Clara, California);
Mercury Marine / Quiksilver (Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin);
Performance Racing Industry (PRI) (Long Beach, California);
United States Motorsports Association (USMA) (Mooresville, North Carolina);
Speedway Illustrated (Epping, New Hampshire);
RaceCals (Auburn, Washingotn);
Spectrum Weather Insurance (Liberty, Missouri);
Fuel Factory (Murrysville, Pennsylvania);
Digital Throttle (Incline Village, Nevada);
Vietti Marketing Group (Springfield, Missouri);
FloSports / FloRacing (Austin, Texas);
T3 Tire Tracking Application (Middleville, Michigan);
Racing with Jesus Ministries (Tolland, Connecticut);

RPM provides a unique up close & personal opportunity to meet with representatives of the business. The folks with these companies took the time to recognize how important you are by being in attendance at RPM to create networking, meetings and one-on-one discussion, all in the business when it comes to RPM and the Annual RPM@Reno Western & RPM@Daytona Workshops.EXHIBITORSPOTLIGHT (#EXHIBITORSPOTLIGHT)
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Make Sure Everyone Signs the Release and Waiver, it is a Requirement of Your Insurance Provider for the Restricted Area

During a trip to a track recently an armband was placed on our wrist to enter the pit area, however we were not asked to sign the standard release and waiver. We did ask and eventually signed, but told "we don't make the people who get in free sign".

Folks, it's hard to believe in 2023 this is still happening, but we witnessed it.

The release and waiver needs to be executed, retained and kept in order to help everyone.

We did notice that in Canada, that many tracks have switched to an electronic form of entry through your mobile device for the back gate which assists in someone slipping through the cracks.

The system is unique in the fact that it forces you to take a "selfie" for identification purposes. As a follow up to this, some sanctions have switched to positive identification through your driver's license or photographic identification for admittance prior to receiving your credentials.

Each year at the RPM Workshops there is a legal session hosted in regard to many of these topics which in recent years has fallen on deaf ears in an empty room. Here is exactly why those sessions still exist.

Taking steps backward with the mindset, "it can't happen to me" only increases your exposure to risk.

If you don't know, we suggest that you work with your insurance provider or legal counsel to have the proper system of checks and balances in place to execute the release and waiver system that remains most common in the short track industry throughout North America.
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ADVOCACY

UNITED STATES MOTORSPORTS ASSOCIATION
** UNITEDSTATESMOTORSPORTS.COM (http://www.UNITEDSTATESMOTORSPORTS.COM)
166 CRYSTAL CIRCLE, MOORESVILLE, NC 28117 704-325-8003 E-MAIL: ** info@unitedstatesmotorsports.com (info@unitedstatesmotorsports.com)
Formed in 2015 by a coalition of industry businesses who recognized the need for greater organization, data and state/local advocacy for racing. Working every day all day as America’s Grassroots Racing Advocate.

ADVERTISING & DESIGN

SIMES GRAPHIC DESIGNS
** WWW.SIMESGRAPHICDESIGNS.COM (http://www.simesgraphicdesigns.com/)
414 MAIN ST., MANDAN, ND 58554 888-457-4637 Simes Graphic is full-service art studio that services short track racing. They design and print all types of brochures, posters, promotional materials.

PRINTED IMAGE
** WWW.PRINTEDIMAGEOFBUFFALO.COM (http://WWW.PRINTEDIMAGEOFBUFFALO.COM)
1906 CLINTON ST, BUFFALO, NY, 14206 Your one stop source for printing, graphics, design & promotional materials for the racing industry.

APPAREL, SOUVENIRS, NOVELTIES

RACE TRACK WHOLESALE
** WWW.RACETRACKWHOLESALE.COM (http://www.racetrackwholesale.com/)

13712 WOODLAND RANCH DRIVE, LONE JACK, MO 64086, 816-718-2231 FAX: 866-365-2231 Wholesale distributor of racing souvenirs, imprinted promotional items, apparel, and track supplies. Serving short track racing since 2008.

AUDIO, VIDEO PRODUCTION

MOFFETT PRODUCTIONS
** WWW.MOFFETT.COM (http://www.moffett.com/)
509 CLARENCE STREET, TOMBALL, TX 77375, 281-440-0044 P
rofessional audio production. Professional TV, Social & Radio commercials. Great creative, fast service, reasonable prices. Radio spots, TV ads,

CRATE RACING ENGINES

CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE PARTS ** WWW.CHEVROLET.COM/PERFORMANCE/CRATEENGINES (http://www.chevrolet.com/PERFORMANCE/CRATEENGINES)
6200 GRAND POINTE DR., GRAND BLANC, MI 48349 810-606-3655 Circle track crate engines. Engine, chassis and other racing/high-performance accessories available at your local GM dealer. For information, contact Bill Martens.

DECALS

RACECALS
** WWW.RACECALS.COM (http://WWW.RACECALS.COM)
24215 SE GREEN VALLEY RD, AUBURN, WA 98092 1-888-928-8322 E-MAIL: ** info@racecals.com (info@racecals.com)
Printing quality decals for the Motorsports industry, coast-to-coast and every genre of motorsports you’ll RaceCals work. Die Cutting; Digital Printing; Banners and Designing are all things you can count on RaceCals for.

INSURANCE, RISK MANAGEMENT

K&K INSURANCE GROUP
** WWW.KANDKINSURANCE.COM (http://www.kandkinsurance.com/)
1712 MAGNAVOX WAY, PO BOX 2338, FT. WAYNE, IN 46801-2338 800-348-1839

K&K INSURANCE GROUP CANADA
** WWW.KANDKCANADA.COM (http://www.kandkcanada.com/)
#101-5800 EXPLORER DRIVE, MISSISSAUGA, ON, L4W 5K9, 800-753-2632 The industry’s largest provider of racing insurance. More than 60 years of underwriting and risk management experience. Motorsport’s most experienced in-house claims staff. International service capability.

JONES BIRDSONG MOTORSPORT INSURANCE
** WWW.JONESBIRDSONG.COM (http://WWW.JONESBIRDSONG.COM)
125 W. LAKE, STE 200, WAYZATA, MN 55391, 952-467-6111 Jones Birdsong Motorsports offers the widest range of products designed to protect motorsports associations, facilities, teams, and special events.

NAUGHTON INSURANCE, INC.
** WWW.NAUGHTONINSURANCE.COM (http://www.naughtoninsurance.com/)
1365 WAMPANOAG TRAIL, EAST PROVIDENCE, RI 02915, 401-433-4000 Motorsports insurance programs for race tracks, teams, sanctioning groups, and drivers since 1947. Programs available in all 50 states.

SPORTS INSURANCE SPECIALISTS
** WWW.SPORTSINSURANCESPECIALISTS.COM (http://www.sportsinsurancespecialists.com/)
14033 ILLINOIS ROAD, SUITE A, FORT WAYNE, IN 46814, 855-969-0305 Sports Insurance Specialists offers a complete motorsports portfolio of participant and spectator insurance. A proven industry leader. “Let’s kick some rIsk.”

LUBE, FUEL, ADDITIVES

LUCAS OIL PRODUCTS
** WWW.LUCASOIL.COM (http://www.lucasoil.com/)
302 N. SHERIDAN ST., CORONA, CA 92880,800-342-2512 Nationally known manufacturer and marketer of lubricants and additives for fleets and automobiles, owner Lucas Oil (MO) Speedway, sponsor of drag racing, pulling, motocross, off-road racing, ASCS, MLRA Series, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

MERCURY MARINE / QUICKSILVER
** WWW.QUICKSILVER-PRODUCTS.COM (http://WWW.QUICKSILVER-PRODUCTS.COM)
W 6250 PIONEER RD., FOND DU LAC, WISC. 54936, 920-924-0833 One of the most recognized names in the production of marine engines, equipment, oils and lubricants has adapted their lubricants for successful solutions in multiple applications including motorsports.

SUNOCO RACE FUELS
** WWW.RACEGAS.COM (http://www.racegas.com/)
PO BOX 1226, LINWOOD, PA 19061 800-722-3427 The largest refiner of racing gasoline. National distribution of quality brands. SUNOCO, Turbo Blue, and Trick.

VP RACING FUELS
** WWW.VPRACINGFUELS.COM (http://www.vpracingfuels.com/)
204 EAST RHAPSODY DR., SAN ANTONIO, TX 78216, 210-635-7744 VP Racing Fuels is known as the world leader in racing fuel technology and the official fuel of 60 plus series.

FUEL FACTORY USA
** WWW.FUELFACTORYUSA.COM (http://www.fuelfactoryusa.com/)
4431 WILLIAM PENN HWY., SUITE 6, MURRYSVILLE, PA 15668 1-412-404-3329 E-MAIL: info@fuelfactoryusa Performance-driven, built for racers by racers. Focused on race fuel, plain and simple A desire to go fast and win, with the same goal for you. Fuel Factory, building a culture, built for speed.

MARKETING

DIGITAL THROTTLE, LLC
** WWW.DIGITALTHROTTLE.COM (http://WWW.DIGITALTHROTTLE.COM)
774 MAYS BLVD #10-45, INCLINE VILLAGE, NV 89451 800-314-4702 E-MAIL: INFO@DIGITALTHROTTLE.COM Founded in 2009, we specialize in managing digital advertising for clients in automotive, powersports & motorsports markets. Working across all platforms: Social, Video, Display, Search & eCommerce. Our "real-world" industry experience and online advertising expertise utilize the latest technologies to measure ad performance and adjust every ad campaign to maximize results.

VIETTI MARKETING GROUP
** WWW.VIETTIMARKETING.COM (http://WWW.VIETTIMARKETING.COM)
2914 E. BATTLEFIED ST., SPRINGFIELD, MO 65804 417-553-9105 Navigating each client with the precision and skill derived from 40 years of full-service experience. Taking the specifics of your identity as an idea or program and route your campaign in the most-effective manner possible driving results you can see.

MEDIA & STREAMING SERVICES

SPEED SPORT, SPEED SPORT TV, TURN 3 MEDIA
** WWW.SPEEDSPORT.COM (http://WWW.SPEEDSPORT.COM)
** WWW.SPEEDSPORT.TV (http://WWW.SPEEDSPORT.TV)
142 F SOUTH CARDIGAN WAY, MOORESVILLE, N.C. 28117 704-790-0136 Media provider, formerly National Speed Sport Newss owned by Chris Economaki, Speed Sport has become a multifaceted media company offering publicity platforms for all forms of motorsports in addition to providing a full streaming service led by Chris Graner and Rivet.

PERFORMANCE RACING INDUSTRY (PRI)
** WWW.PERFORMANCERACING.COM (http://WWW.PERFORMANCERACING.COM)
27081 ALISO CREEK RD., STE 150 ALISO VIEJO, CA. 92656 949-499-5413 Since it's inception in 1986, Performance Racing Industry (PRI) has served the motorsports as key source for trends, merchandising, new products, business strategies and more. PRI is also the developer of the world's premier auto racing trade show, held each December in Indianapolis, Indiana.

FLOSPORTS / FLORACING
** WWW.FLOSPORTS.TV (http://WWW.RACINGAMERICA.COM)
/ ** WWW.FLORACING.COM (http://WWW.FLORACING.COM)
979 SPRINGDALE RD., STE 120 AUSTIN, TX 78702 512-355-7936 A venture-backed subscription video streaming service dedicated to sports, offering live and on-demand access to hundreds of thousands of competition events across 25+ vertical sports categories in the US and abroad, including a diverse menu in all forms of racing as part of www.floracing.com.

SPEEDWAY ILLUSTRATED
** WWW. (http://WWW.SPEEDWAYILLUSTRATED.COM)
** SPEEDWAYILLUSTRATED.COM (http://WWW.SPEEDWAYILLUSTRATED.COM)
PO BOX 741, EPPING, NH 03042 877-972-2362
Speedway Illustrated is a print magazine devoted to oval-track racing in America. Produced for over 20 years by the most accomplished, award-winning, and longstanding team of journalists in motorsports, you can enjoy the best coverage and do-it-yourself race-winning tech to race safer, be faster, and spend wiser.

PRINTING SPECIALISTS

PRINTED IMAGE OF BUFFALO
** WWW.PRINTEDIMAGEOFBUFFALO.COM (http://WWW.PRINTEDIMAGEOFBUFFALO.COM)
1906 CLINTON STREET, BUFFALO, NY 14206 716-821-1880 Your one stop source for printing, graphics, design and promotional materials for the all of your print house needs.

RACE TIRES

HOOSIER RACING TIRE
** WWW.HOOSIERTIRE.COM (http://www.hoosiertire.com/)
65465 STATE ROUTE 931, LAKEVILLE, IN 46536 574-784-3152 Complete line of custom-manufactured spec racing tires for oval tracks, drag racing and road racing. The only company exclusively manufacturing racing tires.

AMERICAN RACER RACE TIRES
** WWW.AMERICANRACERONLINE.COM (http://www.americanraceronline.com/)
1545 WASHINGTON ST., INDIANA, PA 15701,800-662-2168 Race tires forged in the highlands of Western Pennsylvania for racing around the world.

T3 – TIRE TRACKING APPLICATION
2180 N PAYNE RD LAKE RD, MIDDLEVILLE, MI 49333, 269-348-1347 E-Mail: ** buddy@t3tireapp.com (buddy@t3tireapp.com)
The “Mobile Application” that is changing the tire tracking and inspection game. Easy to use mobile tire scanning application for us at the trackside tire inventory tracking.

RADIOS, COMMUNICATIONS

RACECEIVER RACE COMMUNICATIONS
** WWW.RACECEIVER.COM (http://www.raceceiver.com/)
872 MAIN ST. SW, UNIT D2, GAINESVILLE, GA 30501, 866-301-7223 Raceceiver one-way radios and race communications.

WADDELL COMMUNICATIONS
** WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/WADDELL-COMMUNICATIONS (http://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/WADDELL-COMMUNICATIONS)
12 NOB RD., PLAINVILLE, CT 86062, 860-573-8821 Racing Electronics Authorized Dealer with a focus on successful communication plan for competitors, officials, track and series applications.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

RACING WITH JESUS MINISTRIES
** WWW.RJWM.COM (http://WWW.RJWM.COM)
PO BOX 586, TOLLAND, CT 06084, 860-202-3598 Established in 1980, is known as the Racer’s Church. Ministering to the racing community through established sanctioning bodies, regional touring series and local tracks, seeking to provide opportunities for those we reach to fulfill the Great Commission in their lives.

SANCTIONING GROUPS

IMCA-INTERNATIONAL. MOTOR CONTEST ASSOCIATION
** WWW.IMCA.COM (http://www.imca.com/)
1800 WEST D STREET, VINTON, IA 52349 319-472-2201 The nation’s oldest, largest, and leading sanctioning body. We focus on affordable divisions to assist the profitability of our sanctioned facilities and events.

NASCAR
** WWW.NASCAR.COM (http://www.nascar.com/)
ONE DAYTONA BLVD., DAYTONA BEACH, FL 32114, 386-310-6272 The NASCAR Home Tracks Program offers sanctioning opportunities for weekly racing and touring series events across North America and Europe.

WISSOTA PROMOTERS ASSOCIATION
** WWW.WISSOTA.ORG (http://www.wissota.org/)
24707 CTY. RD. 75, ST. AUGUSTA, MN 56301 320-251-1360 A member-driven sanction in the Upper Midwest featuring eight divisions of race cars: Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours, Pure Stocks and Hornets. As a member of WISSOTA, you vote on policies and rules and help guide YOUR organization. Click on Promoter Center at ** wissota.org (http://wissota.org/)
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TICKETS, TICKETING SYSTEMS

EVENT SPROUT
** WWW.EVENTSPROUT.COM (http://WWW.EVENTSPROUT.COM)
Rana Ventures, LLC 2549 WAUKEGAN ROAD #782 DEERFIELD, ILL 60015 713-320-0809 specializes in electronic ticketing of events. Easy setup along with the sale of automated ticketing machines.

PIT PAY APP
** WWW.PITPAY.COM (http://WWW.PITPAY.COM)
PIT PAY APP, 7168 WEDDINGTON RD., SUITE 148, CONCORD, N.C. 28027 Pit Pay™? is the only Mobile Pit Pass app for the motorsports industry. Pit Pay, is committed to providing you with a simple, hassle-free experience in the app and at the track.

TICKETSPICE
** WWW.TICKETSPICE.COM (https://www.ticketspice.com/speedways)
9142 D STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA 95814 888-798-9569 TicketSpice brings a specialized ticketing experience to the promoter and the customers to provide effortless online event management and ticket sales, marketing and ticketing that helps event organizers increase their bottomline.

TIMING, SCORING, DISPLAYS

MYLAPS SPORTS TIMING
** WWW.MYLAPS.COM (http://www.mylaps.com/)
2030 POWERS FERRY RD SE, STE.110, ATLANTA, GA 30339 678-816-4000 MyLaps offers the best in class sports timing systems to measure, publish, and analyze race and participant results for all sports and specifically auto racing.

RACECEIVER RACE MANAGEMENT
** WWW.RACECEIVER.COM (http://www.raceceiver.com/)
872 MAIN ST. SW, UNIT D2, GAINESVILLE, GA 30501 866-301-7223 Raceceiver race communications. Raceceiver race management timing and scoring system.

WESTHOLD CORPORATION
** WWW.WESTHOLD.COM (http://www.westhold.com/)
** INFO@WESTHOLD.COM (INFO@WESTHOLD.COM)
5355 E. 38TH AVE., DENVER, CO 80207 408-533-0050 Westhold is a leading seller and manufacturer of race timing and scoring systems, scoreboards, message centers, video displays, and software.

WEATHER INSURANCE

SPECTRUM WEATHER AND SPECIALTY INSURANCE
** WWW.SPECTRUMWEATHERINSURANCE.COM (http://www.spectrumweatherinsurance.com/)
PO BOX 484, LIBERTY, MO 64069 816-810-2346 Spectrum’s expertise has propelled us to become the largest provider of weather and event cancellation insurance in the USA.

VORTEX INSURANCE AGENCY
** WWW.VORTEXINSURANCE.COM (http://www.vortexinsurance.com/)
7400 W. 132 ND ST., SUITE 260, OVERLAND PARK, KS 66213, 913-253-1210 Vortex Insurance offers weather insurance policies to mitigate the financial risk adverse weather presents in business.

WEBSITES & E-COMMERCE

FIRETHORN MARKETING
** WWW.FIRETHORNMARKETING.COM (http://WWW.FIRETHORNMARKETING.COM)
500 NORTH ESTRELLA PARKWAY, GOODYEAR, AX 85338 304-481-2464 - E-Mail: clint@firethornmarketing.com Firethorn Marketing offers develops incredibly easy to manage and fully responsive websites.

MYRACEPASS
** WWW.MYRACEPASS.COM (http://WWW.MYRACEPASS.COM)
PO BOX 81666, LINCOLN, NE 68501 402-302-2464 MyRacePass is a leader in the software development in motorsports specializing in a Race Management System, Website Development, Online Ticket Sales and Apparel Design.

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