SCHEDULE SET FOR 48th ANNUAL RPM@DAYTONA WORKSHOPS

JOHN SCHNEIDER TO JOIN MANY SPEAKERS AND TOPICS AT RPM

– 45th Annual Auto-Racing Promoter-of-the-Year to be Announced at RPM@Daytona Along with All Regional and Event Award Winners –

Daytona Beach, Florida (January 24, 2021) – The 48th Annual RPM Workshops held at the Plaza Resort & Spa Daytona Beach Resort, February 8th and 9th will have a stellar lineup up of speakers and presenters set for promoters who attend the annual workshops to garner ideas and continue developing and growing their businesses while having the opportunity to connect with a variety of colleagues and exhibitors that touch every corner of the short track racing industry. 

The speaking lineup includes; Randy LaJoie, former multi-time NASCAR champion, who now owns his own racecar racing seat fabrication company – The Joie of Seating – while continuously promoting safety in every form of racing, including starting his own program “Safer Racer”. LaJoie has visited many tracks and events throughout the country and can offer a variety of views on topics that can help promoters in a several different aspects. 

John Schneider, who played Bo Duke will be in attendance at the podium. Schneider has developed a passion for short track racing is highlighted in the most recent issue of Speedway Illustrated.

Noted NASCAR car owner, Bill McAnally, who also promotes All American Speedway in Roseville, California and several other racing events on the West Coast, is also a NAPA AutoCare owner will assist in delivering the “keynote” message which he was slated to do in Reno, Nevada.

Dr. Dick Berggren will also be addressing the RPM@Daytona attendees. Berggren has a unique view of the sport and he has been afforded a great view of the sport from many different perspectives. He has a unique understanding of things and a brilliant delivery. He will provide a valued and educational perspective for all attending.

This lineup is just the tip of the iceberg in the RPM@Daytona schedule. Traditional sessions, include the legal update and “Pro Bono” hour will be expounded upon and delivered in breakout sessions as well as the introduction of the regional Auto Racing Promoter-of-the-Year winner’s along with the 45th Auto Racing Promoter-of-the-Year (ARPY). 

The 48th Annual RPM@Daytona stands as a “can’t miss” event for track promoters nationwide. 

The Racing Promotion Monthly (RPM) Newsletter and RPM Workshops provide an educational and networking program to the motorsports industry. The program provides media and meeting platforms which offer promoters, motorsports management, tracks, sanctions and companies a forum to share, educate and network within. The newsletter and workshops are services of Hoosier Racing Tire and K&K Insurance, with supporting sponsorship coming from Chevrolet Performance Products, RACEceiver, Moffet Productions, IMCA Racing, Eldorado Hotel and Casino, Simes Graphic Design, MyRacePass and Firethorn Marketing.

Further information regarding the RPM e-newsletters and workshops may be found at the company’s website, www.promotersnewsletter.com. Registration for the Workshops can be made here; 2021 Speedweek Workshops @ Daytona – Formstack

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48th Annual RPM@Daytona Schedule


RPM@DAYTONA WORKSHOP SCHEDULE – Subject to change, additional topics and presenters

The Plaza Resort & Spa; 600 N. Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach 32118
 
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2021;
 
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  RPM@DAYTONA Workshop Credentials in Convention entrance area at the Plaza Resort & Spa (congregating will not be permitted). *** NEW LOCATION ***
 
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2021
 
8:00 a.m. WORKSHOPS GUEST SERVICES DESK OPENS, Convention Area at the Plaza Resort &
Spa (
Advanced and late-entry credentials available.) 
8:45 a.m. WORKSHOPS TRADE SHOW OPENS, products and services for promoters and short tracks.
9:45 a.m. PROMOTERS’ WELCOME, The Plaza Resort & Spa.
9:45 a.m. 48th Annual RPM@DAYTONA Workshops Opening
10:00 a.m. BILL MCANALLY;. Opening comments and Introduction.
10:30 a.m. FIRST PART OF AWARDS, Winner’s from regions are announced.
11:00 a.m. RANDY LAJOIE, Safety Conversation.
11:45-1:15 p.m.  LUNCH BREAK
1:15 p.m.  WORKSHOP RECONVENES, announcements and introduction of special guests;
                PAUL UNDERWOOD – K&K Insurance
                PAUL MENTING – Hoosier Racing Tire
1:45 p.m. BILL MCANALLY, Marketing Partners, Building the “long-term” relationship
2:15 p.m.  BREAK OUT ROOM CHANGE OVER
2:30-5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Five topics, two rooms. 
THE K&K INSURANCE ROOM
2:45-3:30 p.m. THE LIVE STREAM… Media and Social Media Management seminar, led by Industry Leaders including Josh Holt and Chris Graner.
3:30-4:15 p.m. “CONTACTLESS” POINT OF PURCHASE DISCUSSION led by industry insiders who have experience and specialize in this now important part of our industry. Frank Bolter – Pit Pay, Josh Holt – MyRacePass.
THE HOOSIER TIRE ROOM
2:45-3:30 p.m. PANDEMIC DISCUSSION, WHERE WE STARTED, HOW IT’S GOING AND WHAT’S NEXT? An open discussion in regard to how the industry continues to manage its way through the pandemic. (Jeff Hachmann from World Racing Group to lead discussion).
3:30-4:15 p.m. DINNER WITH RACERS, A PANDEMIC VIEWING; check out Dinner with Racer’s as it aired on Amazon Prime with several interviews and opinions of track management during the pandemic.
4:15-5:00 AFTERNOON AMBIANCE JOIN 43RD ARPY… “Sometimes it Rains, Sometimes it’s a Pandemic” 43rd ARPY Gregg McKarns and his wife, Angie McKarns discuss the trials and tribulations of their season, along with open candor and a look into how this has deeply affected our industry.
5:15 p.m. INTRODUCTION OF THE 45TH AUTO-RACING PROMOTER-OF-THE-YEAR (ARPY) – Main Room
6:00 p.m.  CLOSING REMARKS, ADJOURNMENT

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2021
 
8:15 a.m.  WORKSHOPS GUEST SERVICES DESK OPENS, Convention Area at the Plaza Resort & Spa; Advanced and late-entry credentials available. 
8:30 a.m. WORKSHOPS TRADE SHOW OPENS, Continental breakfast, products and services for promoters and short tracks.  
9:30 a.m. WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS.
9:45 a.m. THE GOOD DOCTOR, DR. DICK BERGGREN: Dr. Dick Berggren has done it all in the sport. From participation and publishing, to promoting to becoming one of the most recognized reporters the sport has ever had.
10:15 a.m. ANNUAL CASE LAW SUMMARY: a review the the year’s case law decisions.
11:15 a.m. PANDEMIC LAW: updating attendees on the circumstances that surround our environment.
11:45 a.m. A VISIT WITH A SPECIAL GUEST (TO BE ANNOUNCED)
12:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  LUNCH BREAK
1:30 p.m.  WORKSHOP RECONVENES, followed by Concurrent Sessions: with influential topics presented in two rooms.
THE K&K INSURANCE ROOM
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – PRO-BONO HOUR, takes an hour to discuss topics individually.
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – PANDEMIC RULES, PROFESSIONALS SPEAK IN REGARD TO THE PANDEMIC; An open discussion in regard to things you need to be aware of while managing your events.
3:00-3:45 p.m. – THE RETURN OF 25 IDEAS: 25 promotional ideas.
3:45-4:30 p.m. – STREAMING BREAKDOWN: Who is watching? Who is buying packages? What sells and how do we know? Compare notes and find out what we know? 
THE HOOSIER TIRE ROOM
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE CRATE DISCUSSION, THE UPDATE AND CONTINUED DISCUSSION led by Bill Martens from Chevrolet Performance.
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – THE ESSENCE OF THE EVENT… What makes an event special? Covered in the most recent RPM Newsletter? How do you make your events special?
3:00-3:45 p.m. – RICK RADUCHA, SITTING IN YOUR SEATS? Long time racing personality, Rick Raducha, talks with tracks about the importance of handicap seating and openly tells his story and how what we do, has made for a lifetime of experiences for him in many different ways.
3:45-4:30 p.m. – RPM WORKSHOPS DISCUSSION What is next? What needs to be discussed? Where do we go from here?
5:00 p.m.  ADJOURNMENT:  Enjoy ‘Speedweeks’. Racing at the World Center or Racing, Daytona International Speedway, the speedweeks short track entertainment at Volusia Speedway Park, New Smyrna Speedway, East Bay Raceway Park or Bubba’s Speedway Park.

DUANE HOWARD SET FOR GRANDVIEW SEASON, SOME CHANGES FOR 602 SPORTSMAN

Photo: Butch Getz Motorsports

BECHTELSVILLE, PA January 23, 2021 . . .  The battle for the 2021 NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Modified title at Grandview Speedway will feature some of best dirt track racers in action each Saturday night and six time champion Duane Howard is optimistic about his chances to win a seventh title. The NASCAR sanctioned track will be entering their 59th consecutive season of weekly racing under the promotion of the Rogers family.

Howard, winner of 78 Modified features at Grandview during his career, has teamed up with Butch Getz of Kunkletown, PA and they will be fielding two Bicknell chassis racers powered by Billy the Kid Performance Motors. The entries will sport Penske shocks.

This will be a new ride for Howard after parting ways with veteran car owner Norm Hansell at the end of the 2020 season.

The Oley, PA racer and Getz have decided to make Grandview Speedway their Saturday night home track. They will also be making some appearances at New Jersey dirt tracks along with participating in some of the Short Track Super Series events.

“I think we have a very good team put together and we are looking to have a great season at Grandview and at other stops on our busy schedule,” said the 57-year-old               racer. “Grandview always gives us a great track especially for those of us coming from the back of the pack. The surface is well prepared and allows us to charge to the front.”

Howard’s two daughters, Erica and Jessica, are his two biggest fans. He is proud to point out that Erica is a first year golfer and she finished fourth in county standings.

Competition for Howard at Grandview will be tough as it always has been. He will be going up against 11 time track champion Craig Von Dohren, ten time champ Jeff Strunk, past champion Mike Gular, Doug Manmiller, Kevin Hirthler, Brett Kressley, Louden Reimert, Danny Bouc, along with many others.

For Sportsman 602 stocks there will be no sail panels allowed for the five special dates, the first one set for April 17. NASCAR licenses will not be required for anyone racing a 602 Sportsman.  However if you are racing both a 602 and an Open Sportsman you will need a license in order to earn Grandview and NASCAR points. Any questions can be referred to Ed Scott at 484.239.7583.

First event on the schedule for 2021 is a doubleheader Enduro & Vintage car race on March 20th.

A free-to-the-public practice session takes place on Saturday, March 27th and features all forms of competition practicing. Fans get a chance to see what is new for 2021.

And on Saturday April 3rd the prestigious 4th Annual Bruce Rogers Memorial, paying $7,500 to win, will have Small Block and Big Block Modifieds racing in a 50 lapper. Sportsman will make up the second part of the doubleheader show.

Fans are reminded that season passes priced at $350, good for all Saturday night events, are available by sending payment for the passes wanted to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Enclosed a postage paid self-addressed envelope to speed delivery.

Information on event sponsorships and billboard advertising is available by contacting Ernie Saxton at esaxton144@aol.com or telephone 267.934.7286.

Grandview Speedway, a one-third-mile, banked clay track, is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10-miles north of Pottstown. For information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688.

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Futures class to run together with Rookie Hobby Stocks

(LEHIGHTON, PA. 1-22-21) When Mahoning Valley Speedway promoter Keith Hoffman introduced the Rookie Hobby Stock class last season, at the time little did he or anyone else know the impression it would have with such an influx of young racers looking to drive stock cars.

From the very beginning the division saw an amazing array of up-and-comers, good car counts that stayed steady all year and even a class sponsor in E. Schneider and Sons Inc. Scrap Metal and Recyclers of Allentown.

“I wanted these kids, young and old, to get the feel of racing in a stock car and also what it felt like to win a race at Mahoning Valley and be greeted by a large cheering crowd,’ explained Hoffman.

“We accomplished that and in the process paved the way for the next generation of stars to race here.”

That was indeed the case as eight different winners graced Victory Lane in 11 events held. Hallie Muffley, who never raced a car prior to that, came out as the top winner with three victories while Paul French, Jr., was hailed as the very first class champion.

2021 will see a host of those talents take the step up, which is exactly what the focus of the class is designed for. However, there will be some who may not be quite ready to make that advancement and feel another year of getting better adjusted to the surroundings will be in their best interest.

Parents and guardians agree too, which is what led track management to institute a “Futures” class.

Although those racers not moving up are no longer a rookie with the first year under their belts, the Futures class will combine them with Rookies. Each feature will see two winners, one Rookie and one Futures.

“This was the best course of action that we felt was the right thing to do,” offered Hoffman.

“We saw that some of the Rookies, even though they all did a great job, where not yet ready to make the step into the regular Hobby Stocks or higher and this will now provide a more safe and basic environment for them to do so.”

And, they will have adequate track time to improve and nurture with 21 race dates.

At the present time Hoffman noted that a three-year and out rule will be instituted for the Futures/Rookies.

The Futures/Rookie Hobby Stockers along with all others will get the first opportunity to get on track starting March 13, 20 and 27 with Test and Tune days in advance of the Saturday, April 3 Opening Day which is also race number one of the Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series featuring the Bill Teel Tribute.

Please log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway or Twitter @MahoningSpeed updated info and news. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.

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