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By Christine Corelli on February 22, 2016

(Editor’s note: The following three leadership tips originally appeared in a recent eNewsletter distributed by author, speaker and consultant Christine Corelli.)
 
1. Don't hate people that are smarter than you. Follow this leader’s advice:
 
“I don’t hate people that are smarter, more creative and imaginative than I am. I hire them.”
 
2. Strive to maintain a high-performance culture. Your culture can make you or break you!  Even if you don't live in Chicago, you have probably heard of Lou Malnati's pizza. The business keeps growing and growing.  First of all, it is because they have phenomenal pizza, and second, it is run by Marc Malnati, a...

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By Dan Schechner on February 5, 2016

* CSI: IUPUI: A new study out of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) exploring the use of illicit chemicals on racing tires has revealed a potential game-changer in the pursuit of fair play.

The report, released last month by the Forensic and Investigative Sciences program at IUPUI, examined the use of tire-softening compounds—many of them readily available—that are typically applied days ahead of time in order to avoid detection during race-day tech inspection. It determined that 10 out of 70 (nearly 15 percent) tires on midget cars that finished among the top three in USAC-sanctioned races over a one-year period had been treated with some type of...

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By Louise Ann Noeth on February 1, 2016

With a guy like H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler, there is no such thing as dull and boring. So when we asked a panel of top race track promoters and insiders for the person they admired, we should have expected Wheeler to upend the cart. He did. Rather than providing a name, Wheeler offered up an entire “all-star promoter team,” complete with reasons why he admired each one and what they taught him. And, it should be no surprise that Wheeler’s own name showed up on another’s list. Take a look at the men that matter to the ones who spin the turnstiles and fill the pits weekly at dirt tracks nationwide.

Humpy’s All-Stars

(In alphabetical order, but Wheeler’s own words)
JC...

By John Kilroy on January 26, 2016

The first quarter of the year is an excellent time in the annual racing industry calendar to take stock of various aspects of the business, and look for areas to improve the bottom line. I'd like to use this space to share some thoughts on key issues to review.

The first issues are sales and promotion. It's been mentioned before in this column that too many racing businesses rely on their knowledge of speed, and results on the race track, as the big generator of new customers and revenue. We agree that the success of a small racing business begins here, but we've always argued that one of the fastest ways to increase revenue without padding overhead is to simply be better at selling. Look for ways to raise the average value of...

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