Queensland Family Earns ARPY
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Auto racing promoters representing hundreds of America’s short tracks have selected the Queensland family as the 35th Auto Racing Promoters of the Year.
The Queensland family began operating the Deer Creek Speedway in 2002 and thus began the transformation of the three-eighths-mile clay oval situated among the rolling hills of Spring Valley, Minn., into one of the most popular dirt-track racing venues in the United States.
Last month, the Queensland family — Randy, Deb and their children, Justin, Cole, Ryan and Susan — were nominated for the honor by their peers as one of six Regional Auto Racing Promoters of the Year for 2010.
The Queenslands were also awarded the Regional Promoter of the Year Award in 2008. The announcement of the ARPY Award occurred at the 38th Annual RPM Promoters Workshops in Daytona Beach, Fla.
It was also the first time the prestigious award has been bestowed upon the operators of a facility sanctioned by the United States Racing Ass’n.
The appropriately nicknamed Mecca of Modified Racing, Deer Creek Speedway races weekly on Saturday nights from April to September featuring five classes.
Other nominated promoters were Andrew Harpell, Five-Mile Point (N.Y.) Speedway; Shirley and Sylvia Porter, Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway; Gary and Donna Howe, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Speedway; Lanny and Beverly Edwards, Devils Bowl (Texas) and Lawton (Okla.) Speedways; and Adam Nelson, Meridian (Idaho) Speedway.
The Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., was selected as the winner of the annual National Speed Sport News Award for the Outstanding Annual Short Track Event.