DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Gray Garrison and the Hawkins family, promoters of North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium, were honored Tuesday as the 40th Auto Racing Promoters of the Year.
Readers of Racing Promotion Monthly, the idea newsletter for auto racing promoters, chose Garrison and the Hawkins family from among six regional nominees.
Honored as Regional Auto Racing Promoters of the Year were the Leiby brothers and Alan Kreitzer, Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Speedway; Rich Farmer, Fremont (Ohio) Speedway; Dan and Scott Ratajczak, and Toby Kruse, 141 Speedway in Wisconsin; Dan Robinson, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.; Region Six, Steve Beitler, Skagit and Gray’s Harbor Speedways in Washington.
The 23rd annual ShowMe 100 received the Racing Promotion Monthly Award for Outstanding Annual Short Track Event.
Journalist Jerry O’Brien, columnist for the WISSOTA Promoters Ass’n’s publication All The Dirt Racing News; promoters Steve and Erika Puvalowski of Michigan’s Tri-City Speedway and IMCA’s Kathy Root received RPM Promoters Workshops Achievement Awards for dedication to racing promotion.
Monday evening, FuelTix, the new standard in Internet and POS ticketing for short tracks, sponsored the FuelTix Exhibitor Appreciation Hour after which Dean Kurtz, Chief Guest Services Officer, Daytona Int’l Speedway, hosted promoters in an exclusive tour of the newly renovated speedway.
Featured speaker Ralph Sheheen of SPEED SPORT Magazine, talked with promoters about the changing motorsports entertainment landscape in remarks Tuesday morning.
Other presenters included journalist Joyce Standridge, 39th ARPY Gary Howe, Alabama promoter Billy Thomas, social media expert Kristin Swartzlander, and marketing consultant Mike Lysakowski. Standridge, advocated greater concern for the average weekly competitor, and asked promoters why their drivers must spend up to compete with traveling stars.
In the Workshops Annual Case Law Summary, attorneys Cary Agajanian and Paul Tetreault updated promoters on court decisions affecting motorsports.