Gordon Third Quarter Man of the Year Nominee

Gordon leads True Value quarter voting DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 16, 1998) Jeff Gordon, whose seemingly endless hours visiting less fortunate children has touched the hearts of many, is the third quarter nominee for the NASCAR True Value Man of...

Gordon leads True Value quarter voting

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 16, 1998) Jeff Gordon, whose seemingly endless hours visiting less fortunate children has touched the hearts of many, is the third quarter nominee for the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year Award.

True Value, the Official Hardware Store of NASCAR, for the third straight year is sponsoring the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year. The award, designed to honor a driver who proves one can be a winner off the track as well as on the track, is based on involvement such as community service and charitable efforts.

Sterling Marlin, the driver of the No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet, and Kyle Petty, driver of the No. 44 Hot Wheels Pontiac, were the nominees for the first two quarters.

Gordon, who drives the No. 24 DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, has had very few days throughout the year that he hasn't donated his time and effort to putting smiles on the faces of children who suffer from various illnesses and handicaps.

Gordon's efforts in just the month of August alone included spending time with 35 children from the Toledo Children's Hospital, greeting and signing an autograph for the son of a man killed in the grandstands at Michigan Speedway, visiting a young girl with scoliosis whose condition is causing her lungs to collapse and making numerous Make-A-Wish Foundation children's wishes come true.

Gordon also video-taped "Think Fast," a television program for children where role models try to help guide children through life's ups and downs.

In addition to Gordon's generous donation of his time and energy, he has also made monetary donations to both Motor Racing Outreach as well as the Marrow Foundation's Bone Marrow Drive in early September.

"I'm honored to have been chosen for the third quarter True Value of the Year Award," Gordon said. "Nobody participates in charities for recognition, we do it because it brings a smile to somebody's face and helps somebody who is less fortunate."

For the purpose of determining the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year Award winner, the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule has been divided into four quarters in which drivers are nominated for their off-track efforts. The national NASCAR True Value Man of the Year Award will be chosen by a blue-chip panel from the list of quarterly nominees. The year-end winner will receive a prize of $50,000, which will be divided evenly between the driver and the charity of his choice.

In addition to the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year Award, True Value sponsors the Man of the Race Award, which goes to the eligible driver who wins each of the 33 NASCAR Winston Cup championship events.

The fourth quarter nominee will be announced Nov. 10, 1998.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Kyle Petty , Sterling Marlin