JUNIOR JOHNSON NAMED 2011 ACHIEVEMENT IN MOTORSPORTS TRIBUTE AWARD RECIPIENT BY THE NORTH CAROLINA MOTORSPORTS ASSOCIATION
Chris Economaki to Receive Motorsports Media Recognition Award
CONCORD, N.C. (November 16, 2010) -- The North Carolina Motorsports Association ("NCMA") announced today that legendary driver and team owner Junior Johnson will be the 2011 Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award recipient. Johnson will be honored on January 21st, 2011 at the NCMA's 5th Annual Motorsports Industry Awards Banquet. Past recipients have included Benny Parsons (2007), Richard Petty (2008), Richard Childress (2009) and Dale Earnhardt (2010).
Chris Economaki, another legend in the racing industry, was selected to receive the NCMA's first ever Motorsports Media Recognition Award. Economaki wrote his first column for National Speed Sport News at age 14, a publication he eventually owned. Born October 15, 1920 Economaki has worked as a commentator, pit road reporter, and journalist, earning him the title "The Dean of American Motorsports". When the NCMA's awards banquet committee determined it would include a media award into the program, Chris Economaki was a clear choice.
The NCMA also announced seven companies ranging from tracks, education,
media, suppliers and manufacturers that will be recognized at the
upcoming banquet for their contributions to the motorsports industry in
North Carolina. The following organizations will receive Motorsports
Industry Awards at the NCMA's banquet in January:
* North Wilkesboro Speedway
* Winston Salem State University Motorsports Management Program
* NASCAR Media Group
* US Legend Cars International
* Piedmont Racing Expo
* Essex Parts Services
* Goodridge USA
The announcements were made during the NCMA's Annual Membership Luncheon held at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.