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Richmond Times-Dispatch Writer and Bristol TV Reporter Among Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Award Winners CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 26, 2006) - The six journalists honored Wednesday evening during the 21st annual presentation of the Miller ...

Richmond Times-Dispatch Writer and Bristol TV Reporter Among Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Award Winners

CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 26, 2006) - The six journalists honored Wednesday evening during the 21st annual presentation of the Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence in honor of Russ Catlin included a writer who detailed former driver Ward Burton's wildlife conservation efforts for the Richmond Times-Dispatch; and a Bristol, Va., television reporter who earned first-place in two categories for a story that allowed viewers to see in Rusty Wallace's face and hear in his voice his belief that son, Stephen, will carry the Wallace racing torch into the future.

The Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence traditionally recognize outstanding motorsports coverage in five categories while honoring the memory of Russ Catlin, a motorsports journalism pioneer. This year, two additional categories were added to recognize outstanding print and electronic coverage of Wallace's "Last Call," the 1989 series champion's final season of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing.

A record number of entries were submitted to the Indiana University School of Journalism where faculty members selected the winners.

Each winner received a plaque and a Rolex watch from Miller Lite NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Kurt Busch following a dinner at the Penske Racing South facility in Mooresville, N.C. The event was part of the NASCAR NEXTEL Media Tour hosted by Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The 2005 Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence in honor of Russ Catlin winners:

Print - Daily
     Nate Ryan - Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Hometown: Richmond, Va.
- Entry: "Call of the Wild (Ward Burton)"
- Judges' Comments: Definitely not your traditional racing story. It's a different kind of story - with excellent history and context. The reader gets to really understand the focus subject (Ward Burton) and can actually get absorbed into wanting to be involved with him.

Print - Other
     Mike Hembree - NASCAR Scene
     Hometown: Spartanburg, S.C.
     Entry: "The Driver and the Dandy"
     Judges' Comments: Well-orchestrated piece that moves along like a good piece of music. Interesting weaving of Tom Wolfe and Junior Johnson with a unique focus that happened to be off the track. Excellent style. Kept readers' attention from start to finish. A very refreshing approach that wraps the reader fully into the article.

Print - "Last Call"
     Rea White - NASCAR Scene
     Hometown: Statesville, N.C.
     Entry: "End of the Show"
     Judges' Comments: Good development of a Rusty Wallace story with a unique approach. Wide variety of sources was a plus. The lead was interesting and drew readers in well. The ability to offer what judges felt was the complete story of the "Last Call" theme was impeccable.

Broadcast - National
     Mike Massaro - ESPN "Outside the Lines"
     Hometown: Ellington, Conn.
     Entry: "Cheat to Win"
     Judges' Comments: This is a good example of solid journalistic work. It's an important topic that was well researched. The information was meaningful without the artificial musical backgrounds that so many other entries had. The interviews were good, and the reporter was not the focus of the story. The simple techniques with solid video footage helped tell the story well.

Broadcast - Local
     Paul Johnson - WCYB - TV
     Hometown: Bristol, Va.
     Entry: "The Crash"
     Judges' Comments: Story was built around the devastating crash Rusty Wallace's son, Stephen, had at Bristol Motor Speedway one year earlier. An interesting angle; and a good idea for a story. Nice local angle to go back on year later to reconstruct the scene. The sound bites were good, and the reporting showed enterprise. It was an honest account, and the videos were appropriate for the nature of the story.

Broadcast - "Last Call"
     Paul Johnson - WCYB - TV
     Hometown: Bristol, Va.
     Entry: "The Crash"
     Judges' Comments: Of the 40-plus entries received in the "Last Call" broadcast category, no piece was able to capture the raw emotion evident on Rusty Wallace's face as this one did. This story was not simply a cloned tribute piece, it allowed the viewer to see in Wallace's face and hear in his voice his belief that son, Stephen, would carry the Wallace racing torch long after the "Last Call" Tour was over.

Photojournalism
     Phil Rider - Sports Illustrated
     Hometown: DeKalb, Ill.
     Entry: "Fire Escape"
     Judges' Comments: Spectacular picture of Ryan Briscoe's crash in the Indy Racing League event at Chicagoland Speedway. Great action shot that's nicely framed. Interesting and effective use of color with strong visual impact. A simple photo of a complex crash.

"With Rusty's 'Last Call,' 2005 was a special year and honoring these journalists for their outstanding work in covering the top motorsports stories is a great way to close the year and move into the new season," said Scott Bussen, director, mainstream brand public relations for Miller Brewing Co. "This is the 21st year for the Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence and the quality and quantity of entries continues to increase, paralleling the growing popularity of American motorsports.

"Miller Brewing Co. is proud to continue its support of these awards that not only recognize the achievements of today's journalists, but honor the memory and accomplishments of Russ Catlin."

Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards Of Excellence in Honor of Russ Catlin

1985
Print: Clyde Bolton, Birmingham News
Electronic: Ken Squier, CBS Sports

1986
Print: Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun
Electronic: Mark Allen, Sunbelt Video

1987
Print: Bruce Martin, Gaston Gazette
Electronic: Bob Hice, WBTV - TV

1988
Print: Ed Hinton, The Atlanta Journal
Electronic: Randy Pemberton, Inside Winston Cup Racing

1989
Print: Tom Higgins, The Charlotte Observer
Electronic: Mark Allen, Sunbelt Video

1990
Print: Deb Williams, Winston Cup Scene
Electronic: Steve Porter, On Pit Road Teleproductions

1991
Print: Deb Williams, Winston Cup Scene
Electronic: Bill Weber, Sunbelt Video

1992
Print: Joe Siano, The New York Times
Electronic Randy Pemberton, Inside Winston Cup Racing

1993
Print: Cary D'Amato, The Milwaukee Journal
Electronic: Ralph Sheheen, Int'l Communications Group

1994
Print: Rob Sneddon, Stock Car Racing Magazine
Electronic: Scott Dowless, Inside Winston Cup Racing

1995
Print: Bones Bourcier, Stock Car Racing Magazine
Electronic: Randy Pemberton, Inside Winston Cup Racing

1996
Print - Daily: Liz Clarke, Dallas Morning News
Print - Other: Bones Bourcier, Stock Car Racing Magazine
Broadcast - National: Pamela Branner , RPM 2Night
Broadcast - Local: Sean Pragano, WCYB - TV

1997
Print - Daily: Lon Wagner, Virginian-Pilot
Print - Other: Bob Zeller, Car and Driver Magazine
Broadcast - National: Julie Smith, RPM 2Night
Broadcast - Local: Charlie Sherman, WMUR - TV
Photojournalism: Phil Cavali, NASCAR Winston Cup Scene

1998
Print - Daily: Bill Koenig, Indianapolis Star
Print - Other: Bob Zeller, Car and Driver Magazine
Broadcast - National: Kathryn Nixon, RPM 2Night
Broadcast - Local: Chuck Howard, WCNC - TV
Photojournalism: Phil Cavali, NASCAR Winston Cup Scene

1999
Print - Daily: Juliet Macur, Orlando Sentinel
Print - Other: Bruce Martin, Circle Track/Stock Car Magazine
Broadcast - National: Donald Schick, RPM 2Night
Broadcast - Local: Chuck Howard, WCNC - TV
Photojournalism: Jim Fluharty, NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated

2000
Print - Daily: Al Levine, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Print - Other: Bob Judd, Road and Track Magazine
Broadcast - National: Mike Massaro, Inside NASCAR/TNN
Broadcast - Local: John Roberts & Clint Wiles, WBTV - TV
Photojournalism: Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

2001
Print - Daily: Godwin Kelly, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Print - Other: Mike Hembree, The Sporting News
Broadcast - National: Ryan McGee, Totally NASCAR
Broadcast - Local: Joe Dodd, Game Day Productions
Photojournalism: Bill Anderson, NASCAR Winston Cup Scene

2002
Print - Daily: Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Print - Other: Mark Ashenfelter, NASCAR Winston Cup Scene
Broadcast - National: Chrissy Pellegrino, Totally NASCAR
Broadcast - Local: Chuck Howard, WCNC - TV
Photojournalism: Phil Cavali, NASCAR Winston Cup Scene

2003
Print - Daily: Liz Clarke, The Washington Post
Print - Other: Godwin Kelly, Racing Milestones
Broadcast - National: Rob Nelson, SPEED Channel
Broadcast - Local: Chuck Howard, WCNC - TV
Photojournalism: Earl Ma, National Speed Sport News

2004
Print - Daily: Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun
Print - Other: Gordon Kirby, Road & Track
Broadcast - National: Matt Dillner, Totally NASCAR
Broadcast - Local: Jeff Gravley, WRAL-TV
Photojournalism: Chuck Yadmark, NASCAR Illustrated

2005
Print - Daily: Nate Ryan, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Print - Other: Mike Hembree, NASCAR Scene
Broadcast - National: Mike Massaro, ESPN Outside the Lines
Broadcast - Local: Paul Johnson, WCYB-TV
Photojournalism: Phil Rider, Sports Illustrated
Last Call Writing: Rea White, NASCAR Scene
Last Call Broadcast: Paul Johnson, WCYB-TV

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Series Automotive
Drivers Ward Burton , Rusty Wallace , Kurt Busch , Ryan Briscoe , Junior Johnson , John Paul , Tim Richmond
Teams Williams , Team Penske