Report from Motorsport News International
NASCAR Public Relations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 1996
DAYTONA BEACH Fla.--Larry Phillips of Springfield, Mo., will be honored for his fifth NASCAR Winston Racing Series national championship, NASCAR's national title for weekly short track stock car racing, at the series' annual awards banquet in Nashville, Tenn., on November 1.
Phillips, who was also the Heartland Region champion, will receive a record $114,000 for the title, including a $40,000 bonus from series sponsor Winston cigarettes. More than $800,000 in cash awards will be distributed at the banquet, an invitation-only affair that will be attended by 1,000 at the Opryland Hotel.
The 54-year-old Phillips is the only driver to win more than one national championship since the formation of the series in 1982. He competed during the season at Lebanon (Mo.) I-44 Speedway.
The NASCAR Winston Racing Series consists of 10 regions, and nine other drivers will receive $36,000 as regional champions, including national runner-up John Blewett, III, of Howell, N.J., the Northeast Region champion. Others were Wes Troup, Riverdale, Md., Atlantic Seaboard; Steven Howard, Greer, S.C., Blue Ridge; Steve Boley, Oxford, Ia., Midwest; Bobby Hogge, IV, Salinas, Cal., Pacific Coast; Eddy McKean, Jerome, Id., Great West; Mike VanSparrentak, Kalamazoo, Mich., Mid-America; Carl Trimmer, Tucson, Az., Sunbelt; and Dale Planck, Homer, N.Y., New England.
The rest of the top-10 finishers in each region will also be honored at the banquet.
In addition to Winston, other cash award sponsors include AC Filters, AP Parts, Champion Spark Plugs, Cintas Uniforms, Competition Cams, eatherlite Trailers, Fluidampr, Funacho, Gatorade Sports Beverage, Goody's Headache Powders, JE Pistons, Moroso Performance Products, Opryland USA, Prestone Antifreeze, PRO Shocks, Raybestos Brakes, STP Automotive Products and Unocal Gasoline. Drivers will not be the only stars of the night. Ben Bailey of Fort Collins, Col., will be honored as the 1996 NASCAR True Value Mechanic of the Year award winner, receiving $6,500 as the top mechanic in the NASCAR Winston Racing Series. Bailey represents the Great West Region and received the most votes in a balloting of NASCAR members. Nine regional winners will receive $1,500 each from True Value Hardware. -30-
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