Ralph Capitani of Knoxville named top race promoter

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL, February 15, 2002) In the Top of the Surf Ballroom at the Daytona Beach Resort, February 12, Ralph Capitani, promoter of Knoxville Raceway, the capital of sprint car racing, was named the 26th Auto Racing Promoter of the Year...

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL, February 15, 2002) In the Top of the Surf Ballroom at the Daytona Beach Resort, February 12, Ralph Capitani, promoter of Knoxville Raceway, the capital of sprint car racing, was named the 26th Auto Racing Promoter of the Year by Racing Promotion Monthly, the idea newsletter for auto racing promoters. Capitani, received the industry's most prestigious award as two-time nominee. The ceremony was part of the 29th Annual RPM Promoters Workshops, a forum and trade show for over 600 promoters, which concluded Wednesday, February 13, at the hotel. The Auto Racing Promoter of the Year is selected annually in balloting by promoters nationwide.

Honored as Regional Auto Racing Promoters of the Year were Francis Venditti, Seekonk (MA) Speedway, Alan Kreitzer, Silver Spring (PA) Speedway, Johnnie & Dale Pinilis, Bowman-Gray (NC) Stadium, The Nuckles family, Columbus (OH) Speedway, Ron Drager, Flat Rock (MI) Speedway, Capitani, Lanny Edwards Devils Bowl (TX) Speedway and Marion Collins, Mesa Marin (CA) Raceway.

Four other awards were presented during the ceremonies. Bob Harmon received the third annual Stew Reamer Service Award, recognizing lifetime service to the weekly auto racing industry. Mike Kerchner, Editor of National Speed Sport News, presented the thirteenth annual National Speed Sport News Award for outstanding annual short track event to Bruce Rogers for the Freedom 76, held annually at Grandview (PA) Speedway. Dick Berggren publisher of Speedway Illustrated, presented Earl Baltes with the Speedway Illustrated Award for outstanding achievement in promotion for the Eldora Million. Bert and Brigitte Emick, operators of the All Star Circuit of Champions received the 9th annual Don Martin Memorial Award from the family of Don Martin, operators of Lernerville (PA) Speedway.

Workshops Chairman Stewart Doty who produced the Workshop with sponsorship from NASCAR, K&K Insurance Group, Hoosier Racing Tire and the Eldorado Hotel Casino Reno and the support of 600 Racing, GM Racing and Team Ford Racing, said this year's meeting was notable for its strong attendance, a large assembly of trade exhibitors and the largest-ever contingent of first-time attendees. The 30th annual meeting series will begin in December 2002 at Reno, Nevada. The Speedweek Workshop will be held in February of 2003.

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