Myers Brothers Luncheon delivers awards

The annual Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon was held at Cipriani in Midtown Manhattan Friday to celebrate excellence in every area of NASCAR Nextel Cup series competition. Awards Given: Denny Hamlin was ushered in as the 2006 Raybestos Rookie of...

The annual Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon was held at Cipriani in Midtown Manhattan Friday to celebrate excellence in every area of NASCAR Nextel Cup series competition.

Awards Given:

Denny Hamlin was ushered in as the 2006 Raybestos Rookie of the Year by being presented with a portrait and a check for $50,000, "There have been so many great drivers who have won this award.I feel like I am in great company."

Chevrolet was presented for the 30th time the manufacturer's title. In a display of pure class and graciousness they presented Jimmie Johnson's wife, Chandra, with a 2007 Corvette Convertible.

The Marketing Achievement Award went to Allstate Insurance for their innovative commercials with driver Kasey Kahne.

The Buddy Shuman Award was given to NASCAR's Jim Hunter, "I love this sport, I love NASCAR, I love the people in this sport and I thank you for this honor." It was truly a surprise to Hunter who sits on the committee for this award and thought it was being given to Barney Hall, until his name was called.

Bank of America's Mid-Race Leader Award, the USG Improving the Finish Award and the Wix Lap Leader Award were all presented to Tony Stewart.

"When you don't make the Chase, you have to find ways to supplement your income," joked Stewart.

The Budweiser Pole Award for the most top starting spots of the season went to six time pole sitter Kasey Kahne. He also received the Commit Lozenges: Commit to Win Award.

DirectTV's Crew Chief of the Year trophy went to Denny Hamlin's crew chief, Mike Ford.

The Goodyear Fastest Lap Award was presented to Matt Kenseth.

Richard Childress Racing's No. 31 pit crew were awarded the Mechanix Wear Most Valuable pit crew award, while Jimmie Johnson's team won the Checkers/Rally's Championship Pit Crew Award.

Championship awards were also given to Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse Stores for being the championship driver, crew chief and sponsor.

For the fourth consecutive year, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was given the Chex Most Popular Driver honors. The award is voted on solely by race fans.

The Myers Brothers Award was given to 1973 Cup series champion Benny Parsons. Parsons could not be present in New York this week he is recovering from lung cancer but sent a video thanking everyone and promising his return in 2007.

The award sponsored by the National Motorsports Press Association has been a Friday morning 8am breakfast every year, but was moved to a Thursday lunch this year. NMPA President heartily thanked Earnhardt at the events close for his tireless effort over the last several years to get the awards moved from a breakfast to a lunch for all the "nightowls" out there.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Denny Hamlin , Chad Knaus , Jim Hunter
Teams Richard Childress Racing