By Thomas Chemris -

New York, New York -NASCAR Winston Cup Veteran Dave Marcis was at home hunting in Wisconsin when a call came from representatives of Champion Spark Plug, requesting that he come to New York.

"I got a call Monday morning telling me that they wanted me up here, of course I didn't have an airline ticket or dress clothes with me, I was actually hunting. John Glover from Champion Spark Plug Company called and asked me to come. I discussed it with my wife, and she said, 'everything that Champion has done for you, you need to go'," notes Marcis.

"At that time I did not know what it was, he told me that they had a presentation for me."

Arriving in New York at the last minute Marcis found himself at the annual Media Luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria.

It was then he learned that Champion was presenting him with The Schuman award.

An award recognized for lifetime achievements, named for Buddy Schuman, a NASCAR competitor who died in a hotel fire in 1955.

Marcis at age sixty-one is the oldest active driver in NASCAR.

He has a career total of five wins and finished second in the championship race in 1975.

His most impressive accomplishment is that he has competed in more Daytona 500 races than any other driver (32).

When asked how many it has been, he simply replied, "Thirty three, I hope"

Marcis will attempt to run in the February classic in 2002, however whether he makes the field or not that will make his last attempt as an active competitor.

Marcis will continue to be the chief test driver for the IROC series, as well as testing for Richard Childress Racing.