Four First Timers Are Among Those Nominated for Promoter Award
Promoters of Oxford, Grandview, Columbus Are Among The Finalists
Four candidates for the Thirty-Third Auto Racing Promoter of the Year (ARPY) Award, chosen by promoters in balloting held by Racing Promotion Monthly, received their first nomination. One regional nominee already received his industry's highest honor, and the eight nominees share 19 previous regional awards. Three operate paved tracks and five dirt tracks. Four sanction their racing and four operate independently.
Leading the nominees are four first-time regional nominees: Bill Ryan, Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway; Billy Thomas, East Alabama Motor Speedway; Toby Kruse, Marshalltown (IA) Speedway; and Randy & Deb Queensland and their family, Deer Creek (MN) Speedway. Multi-time nominees include: Bruce Rogers, Grandview (PA) Speedway, his third nomination; the Doellefeld brothers, Stateline (ID) Stadium & Speedway nominated for the fourth time, Jim Nuckles and the Nuckles Family, Columbus (OH) Motor Speedway, nominated for the seventh time; and 2002 Auto Racing Promoter of the Year Lanny Edwards, Devil's Bowl (TX) Speedway. The selection of Edwards, brings to ten, the promoters who have been re-nominated after winning the penultimate award and gives Edwards a record ten regional awards.
The ARPY ballot will soon be in the hands of promoters. The Thirty-Third ARPY will be revealed during the Thirty-Sixth Annual RPM Promoters Workshops at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, Lake Mary, FL; February 9, 2009.
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 editors of Racing Promotion Monthly, the idea newsletter for auto racing promoters. Voting is conducted in two phases: a preliminary ballot in the newsletter nominates candidates in eight regions. The eight candidates become Regional Promoters of the Year and then appear on a second ballot for final voting.
Lynn Phillips was selected 32nd Auto Racing Promoter of the Year last year. Previous winners of the ARPY award 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.
Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) saw their leader Bill Ryan become a finalist for the ARPY Award.