Meyers Brothers Award goes to Dale Earnhardt

Dale Earnhardt was honored on Friday with the 42nd annual Myers Brothers Award. The award is given each year by the National Motorsport Press Association for "outstanding contributions to the sport." NMPA president, David Poole said that...

Dale Earnhardt was honored on Friday with the 42nd annual Myers Brothers Award. The award is given each year by the National Motorsport Press Association for "outstanding contributions to the sport."

NMPA president, David Poole said that Earnhardt "made a clear mark on the sport. (He) did that and much more. In fact, he figured out not only a way to make his mark, but a way to trademark it, market it and turn it into a whole new branch oof this industry."

"Accepting awards for my father is probably one of the toughest things I do, or have ever done," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I know no matter what I say it would never be as good, or never be as cool or never be as smooth as what he might say.

Poole also announced that the NMPA's Most Popular Driver Award, which has been won 15 times by 1988 Winston Cup champion Bill Elliott, would be titled the "Bill Elliott Trophy" upon Elliott's retirement from driving.

Elliott, who won the last 13 awards that are a result of a fan vote, withdrew his name from consideration for this year's award after Earnhardt was killed in a crash on the final lap of the season opening Daytona 500.

The award, typically presented at the Myers Brothers Breakfast, will be incorporated into Friday night's awards ceremony.

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