American Sprint Car Series Founder Emmett Hahn To Receive 2004 Bobby Isaac Memorial Award CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 16, 2004) - Emmett Hahn, founder and president of the American Sprint Car Series and co-promoter of the extremely successful...
American Sprint Car Series Founder Emmett Hahn To Receive 2004 Bobby Isaac Memorial Award
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 16, 2004) - Emmett Hahn, founder and president of the American Sprint Car Series and co-promoter of the extremely successful Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, will receive the 2004 Bobby Isaac Memorial Award during pre-race ceremonies for the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race Saturday night, Oct. 16, at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
The Bobby Isaac Memorial Award is presented annually by Lowe's Motor Speedway to an individual or group in recognition of outstanding contribution to short-track racing. Isaac, one of the sport's outstanding racers, was well known for his short-track exploits and commitment, and it is in his honor the award is named.
During the early 1990s, sprint car racing was in decline as sky-rocketing costs drove away competitors and single-file racing resulted in spectators spending their entertainment dollars elsewhere. Hahn, a former driver and veteran racing promoter, had a vision to revive this segment of the sport and founded the American Sprint Car Series. The organization made several rule changes to contain costs and implemented a new race format which improved competition. ASCS crowned its first national champion in 1992 and today is one of the nation's largest sanctioning bodies.
In addition to guiding the American Sprint Car Series, Hahn and fellow promoter Lanny Edwards founded the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in 1987. The annual event, run each January inside the Tulsa Expo Center, has grown into one of the nation's most popular short-track races.
"Emmett's vision for increasing competition while decreasing competitor costs is changing the face of sprint car racing," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "He saw sprint car racing was in trouble and was willing to go out on limb to save this very popular form of racing. Emmett's commitment to short-track racing is very similar to Bobby Isaac's and he is a very deserving recipient of this award."
Previous winners of the Bobby Isaac Award include journalists Chris Economaki and Tom Higgins; promoters Hugh Deery, Henry Furr and John Moose; drivers Jack Ingram and Harry Gant; motorsports equipment manufacturer Brian Butler; and publisher, trade show organizer and car owner Steve Lewis.
Tickets for the UAW-GM Quality 500 on Saturday night, Oct. 16, start at just $29 and can be obtained online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.