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NASCAR Winston Cup Series Awards
NEW YORK (Dec. 5, 1997)
True Value Man of the Year Winner: Dale Jarrett, No. 88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford Award: $25,000 (Donated to MRO and his local Lutheran church) Quote: "Other than winning the trophy and sitting at that table, this is probably the award that means the most."
Western Auto Mechanic of the Year Winner: Brian Whitesell, No. 24 DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet Award: $25,000 Quote: "I'd like to thank my wife Mary and my family and friends who have always supported me. And Jeff Gordon, who's contributions are the most obvious."
Plasti-Kote Quality Finish Award Winner: Jimmy Fennig, No. 6 Valvoline Ford Award: $50,000 Quote: "As we all know, it takes a team effort to get this award. So, I'd like to thank the entire Valvoline/Cummins team."
AE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Winner: Charlie Siegers, No. 24 DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet Award: $50,000 Quote: "This is a great program for all the NASCAR engine builders."
STP Point Fund Championship Winner: Ken Schrader, No. 33 Skoal Bandit Chevrolet Award: $30,000 Quote: "My wife told me to say, 'Son of a gun' we won the STP award."
Exide "All Charged Up" Award Winner: Jeff Burton, No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford Award: $50,000 Quote: "This was not a fix, believe it or not. Jack (Roush) and Buddy Parrott gave me a hard time about how I qualified, but it worked out pretty well didn't it?
Raybestos "Top Stopper" Award Winner: Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet Award: $50,000 Quote: "I just want to thank my great team for giving me great brakes all year long, I just didn't use them enough."
NASCAR Award of Excellence Winner: Bruton Smith, Founder of Speedway Charities Quote: "No one told me about his, so I'm kind of embarrassed. Thank you, thank you very much."
NASCAR Manufacturer's Championship Winner: Edsel Ford, Ford Motor Company Quote: "We are here to stay, we are here to compete and we are here to win."
NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award Winner: Art Hawkins, Exide Batteries Quote: "This is really comes as a phenomenal surprise."
DuPont Automotive Finishes Point Fund Award Winner: Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet Prize: $50,000 Quote: "They are a great company to be involved with and their involvement has taken us a long way."
MCI Fast Pace Award Winner: Dale Jarrett, No. 88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford Prize: $50,000 Quote: "This is more of a team award than a driver award because it takes a great race team to allow me to go fast."
76 NASCAR High Performance Contingency Program Winner: Dale Earnhardt, No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet Prize: $100,000 Quote: "I'd like to Unocal for their gas and their oils. Unocal's oil has helped us finish 45 straight races, they've done their job."
Winner: Jeff Gordon Prize: $75,000 Quote: "NASCAR has been around a long time and Unocal 76 has been around a long time. And for a large portion of those years, they've been together."
Gatorade Front Runner Award Winner: Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet Prize: $50,000 Quote: "This is a great award, it makes for some great racing out there on the track."
Busch Pole Award Winner: Mark Martin and Jimmy Fennig, No. 6 Valvoline Ford Prize: $50,000 Quote: "I want to thank Ben Leslie, he's the guy who turns the screws on my race car," Martin said. Goodyear Point Fund
Winner: Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet Prize: $10,000 and replica gold car. Quote: "I made a promise to Rick (Hendrick) that I'd win him another one of these gold cars. This one's for Rick."
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year Winner: Mike Skinner, No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Prize: $25,000