Donlavey named "Spirit Award" nominee HARRISBURG, N.C. (Aug. 17, 1998) Veteran NASCAR Winston Cup Series team owner W. C. "Junie" Donlavey has been selected as the second-quarter nominee for the National Motorsports Press ...
Donlavey named "Spirit Award" nominee
HARRISBURG, N.C. (Aug. 17, 1998) Veteran NASCAR Winston Cup Series team owner W. C. "Junie" Donlavey has been selected as the second-quarter nominee for the National Motorsports Press Association/Pocono Spirit Award.
Now in its sixth year, the NMPA/Pocono Spirit Award is designed to recognize sportsmanship, determination, extraordinary performance in the face of adversity, consideration of others and promotion of motorsports.
During the 1998 season, four quarterly nominees will be selected by the membership of the NMPA, with the annual winner being announced at the association's banquet this winter.
Donlavey, owner of the No. 90 Heilig-Meyers Ford Taurus driven by Dick Trickle in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, was selected because of his continued dedication to racing despite undergoing heart surgery earlier this year.
"Junie has endured much in his nearly half-century of team ownership," said Steve Waid, president of NMPA. "But certainly his physical problems this year have been one of his greatest challenges. That he has met the challenge and returned to racing, the sport he loves and to which he has dedicated his life, makes him the ideal nominee for the NMPA/Pocono Spirit Award."
Donlavey, a NASCAR pioneer, has fielded cars since 1950. During his 48-year career as a car owner, the 74-year-old Donlavey has worked with more than 60 drivers in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
Fourteen of NASCAR's "50 Greatest Drivers" competed for Donlavey Racing, including Joe Weatherly, Cale Yarborough, Tiny Lund, David Pearson and Harry Gant. Donlavey's cars have competed in more than 785 races during his storied career.
Past winners of the NMPA/Pocono Spirit Award include Davey Allison and the Allison family in 1992, the families of Allison and Alan Kulwicki as co-winners in 1993, Ernie Irvan in 1994 and 1995, Dale Earnhardt in 1996 and Dave Marcis in 1997.
Source: NASCAR Online