This week’s question is from Joseph in Texas: How much do Speedway Managers make? I’m sure most of you can answer this one. Most people think that the job pays well because you get to travel the country meeting racers and enjoying the thrill of the race. While this may be true, the job itself does not pay well. Many of the top managers and crew chiefs make far less than what you would think based on their performance. The most you can expect to make is a good wage, which you may or may not get paid competitively.
The Pay Stands Alone
It’s important to note that the pay for a speedway manager or crew chief does not depend on the performance of the team. The reason for this is simple; if the manager does a good job and the team goes poorly, you will not be paid well. Consider this. If you are in charge of a team that goes undefeated all season and you are one of the best managers that year, you will earn far more money than you would if the team had some mediocre performances and you were not the best manager in the league.
In short, the pay ranges from poor to good, but it is not determined by the performance of the team. This can also be a frustrating fact for young managers who may have spent some time in karaoke bars trying to convince potential sponsors to pay them what they are worth. The key fact to remember is that the job does not pay well, regardless of how good of a manager you may be.
The Amount Of Travel
It’s also important to point out that the job of a speedway manager or crew chief does not entail a lot of travel. When you think about it, traveling to a race every week is probably one of the least exciting parts of the job. This is mainly due to the fact that the races are usually in the same place each year. It’s not like you are going to different states or countries to find races. This can be extremely unproductive if you ask me.
This may be changing, however, as more and more tracks are adding in various travel perks for their employees. The perks vary from added bonus money to free admission to the races to more frequent and longer trips to different tracks.
It’s also important to point out that the job of a speedway manager or crew chief is very stressful. From the very first day that you walk in the door to the last day of the year, you will be stressed. This is why it is not recommended for people who are sensitive to stress. The level of stress also depends on the level of competition in your league. The more intense the competition, the more stress you are likely to experience. It’s a tough job, and I’m sure that many of you are aware of this fact.
The key to staying stress-free is in minimizing the stressors and being aware of when you are starting to become overwhelmed. If you are in a position where you can avoid a lot of the stress, you may want to consider doing so. Look into the different travel perks that your league or organization gives to minimize the stress; it may be just what you need to make the job a bit less stressful.
This is one part of the job that people may not realize is stressful; the lifestyle of a speedway manager or crew chief. It is not just the fact that you are traveling the country and experiencing new things every week, it’s the fact that you are changing your lifestyle. To adapt to this new way of life, you may want to consider getting a pet or buying a houseplant. It’s all about making yourself feel at home in this new environment. This is what I mean by adapting to the lifestyle. The lifestyle of a speedway manager or crew chief can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be incredibly stressful. You have to be aware of this fact and make an effort to minimize the stress as much as you can. The more you know about this job, the better equipped you will be to make the right decision for yourself.
The Industry Outlook
As I mentioned above, the pay for the job of a speedway manager or crew chief does not depend on the performance of the team. This is important to keep in mind when thinking about how much you can expect to earn from this job. It’s no secret that the industry itself is going through some changes. Due to a growing demand for live racing, especially during the summer months, more tracks are opening up than are closing down. More and more people are becoming aware of the fact that this is a job that can be extremely lucrative, provided you know how to go about getting it.
If you are looking to enter this industry, make sure that you have some experience in track side management. If you don’t, you may find it tough to navigate your way around the various tracks and stay organized. Having a good manager is also crucial, someone who can keep you on track and help you understand what is going on at all times. Many experienced managers make six figures a year, so it’s definitely a lucrative job, but one that does require experience before you can land yourself a position. Make sure you are aware of the many perks that this industry provides to those who work in it. While the job may not seem glamorous on paper, it can certainly be an incredibly rewarding one and provide you with a good living if you know how to go about getting it.