Kyle Petty receives special nomination

Kyle Petty Nominated Sportsman Of Year First NASCAR Driver For Sports Illustrated honor NEW YORK -- Kyle Petty has become the first stock car driver nominated for one of the most prestigious honors in athletics. The NASCAR Nextel Cup ...

Kyle Petty Nominated Sportsman Of Year
First NASCAR Driver For Sports Illustrated honor

NEW YORK -- Kyle Petty has become the first stock car driver nominated for one of the most prestigious honors in athletics.

The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver is up for Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman Of The Year" honor, which the national magazine has awarded since miler Roger Bannister won the first in 1955. Others such as the Boston Red Sox, Tiger Woods, Arthur Ashe, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali and Pete Rozelle have won it.

Others nominated this year include cyclist Lance Armstrong, NBA star Reggie Miller, and World Series star Scott Posednik, among others.

Writer Lars Anderson, in making his argument in nominating Petty, noted mostly his and wife Pattie's leadership of the Victory Junction Gang Camp. "Put simply," Anderson wrote, "he's got the biggest heart in American sports today.

"Kyle Petty as Sportsman of the Year? Take a look at those beaming kids and tell me he's not."

The winner will be announced next month.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty