Of particular interest might be the NMPA Hall of Fame and the site archives. The NMPA Hall of Fame is located at Darlington Raceway and has been around since 1965. Brief bios of the 78 inductees are shown in the HoF section.
The archive section is amazing. It features dozens of articles, the best motorsports writing of the past 12 years. I have spent a lot of time in the archives and I hope that time is helping me to be a better race writer.
The NMPA also hands out various awards. One is the NMPA Spirit Award. Members select quarterly and annual winners based on character, achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship, and contribution to motorsports. Among past winners are Jeff Gordon, Bill France Jr., Benny Parsons, Morgan Shepherd, Kyle Petty, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt, Ernie Irvan, Davey Allison, and Alan Kulwicki.
Below are nominees for the second quarter of 2014:
• Martin Truex Jr.: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex hosted the fifth annual Catwalk for a Cause in May. Money raised through the popular event supports the Martin Truex Jr. Specials Needs Fund at the Levin Children’s Hospital, which assists patients and families of children being treated for cancer.
• Sonoma Raceway: Track officials helped raise more than $210,000 for local charities during race week of the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. Funds were raised through the Children’s Champions Grand Marshal’s Banquet and Ride of a Lifetime charity auction, as well as several other smaller programs.
• Furniture Row Racing: The Denver, Colo.-based team donated the hood of the No. 78 Chevrolet to display the Colorado Freedom Memorial logo during this year’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The memorial honors every fallen Colorado military veteran by name, from all branches of service and conflicts dating back to the Spanish American War (1896).
I think fans and the general public need to know more about the philanthropic efforts of drivers, teams, and race tracks. Many drivers have foundations-Google Jeff Gordon Foundation, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Foundation, Jimmie Johnson Foundation, or the name of your favorite driver and you will find members of the racing family do some amazing things. Those who have automatically condemned Tony Stewart in light of the tragic Kevin Ward Jr. accident ought to check out the Tony Stewart Foundation site.
I haven’t decided who I am voting for yet, though I am leaning toward Martin Truex Jr. because it involves children with cancer and their families. Truex and his girl friend Sherry Pollex are helping cancer patients and were doing so before Sherry was diagnosed with ovarian cancer late this summer.
Thanks for stopping by.
P.S. This isn’t about NASCAR Sprint Cup, rather about viewing outstanding grassroots racing. Some of you may remember The Prelude to the Dream that used to be held at Eldora Speedway in Ohio and featured big name motorsports stars. The cars used were dirt late models. This weekend is the 44th Annual World 100, the biggest race of the season for dirt late model drivers. Preliminary action begins tonight, and all three nights of the event will be shown on PPV’s at www.DirtonDirt.com.
If you watched the NASCAR Camping World Series truck race from Eldora and were impressed with the racing, I will say that the dirt late model racing will be even better at the Tony Stewart owned Eldora track. I’m going to watch, and recommend at least one night to you. It will be money well spent.