INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (November 29, 2001) - Dave Argabright of Fishers, Indiana, received the National Sprint Car Poll's prestigious "Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award" on Thursday evening at the awards reception at the Westin Hotel. Argabright, a five-time "Media Member of the Year" award recipient, was co-emceeing the affair and was as surprised as anyone in the banquet hall when the envelope was opened by co-emcee Pat Sullivan. The personable free-lancer is best-known for his "American Scene" columns in Chris Economaki's National Speed Sport News, although his work can also be seen on TNN: The National Network, Speedvision.com, and formerly in Open Wheel magazine.
The Outstanding Contribution Award is the only honor that is voted on by all members of the three voting panels representing 360-, 410-cubic-inch and non-winged sprint car racing. Other nominees for the award this year included Emmett Hahn of the American Sprint Car Series, Dick Jordan of the United States Auto Club, and Ken Wagner of Wagtimes. Past recipients of the award have included such National Sprint Car Hall of Famers as Bert Emick (1985), the late J.W. Hunt (1986), Earl Baltes (1990), the late Don Martin (1993), Ted Johnson & Ralph Capitani (1995), Argabright's "Still Wide Open" co-author Brad Doty (1997), and Jack Miller (1998).
The National Sprint Car Polls are official awards programs of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc., of Knoxville, Iowa.