Donlavey honored with Myers Brothers Award By Brett Borden NEW YORK (Dec. 3, 1999) NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Dale Jarrett and 51-year NASCAR team owner W.C. "Junie" Donlavey together highlighted the Myers Brothers Breakfast on...
Donlavey honored with Myers Brothers Award By Brett Borden
NEW YORK (Dec. 3, 1999) NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Dale Jarrett and 51-year NASCAR team owner W.C. "Junie" Donlavey together highlighted the Myers Brothers Breakfast on Friday morning at the Waldorf-Astoria. Donlavey received the 1999 National Motorsports Press Association/Myers Brothers Award, while Jarrett presented a check for $220,000 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
You can't get much higher than the season Jarrett had in 1999. Unfortunately, series stalwart Donlavey had to endure the other end of the spectrum of success this year. Yet both were equal Friday when it came to gaining accolades.
"Our winner was in racing before there was NASCAR, and he's been with NASCAR since the beginning," an emotional Steve Waid -- president of the presenting NMPA -- said of Donlavey. "Over the years, some of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history have driven for him, and a lot of the not-so-great have driven for him, too.
"You look in the record book, and you might think he didn't enjoy much success. Well, that doesn't matter. He poured his heart and soul into this sport, and for that he has earned everyone's respect and admiration. You can go in any garage area and you will not find a person who doesn't like our winner this year."
Donlavey said a tough year was made easier to take by the honor recognizing his lifetime contribution.
"You don't really know what an honor all this is to me," Donlavey said. "I've kind of had a pretty bad year this year, and Ford gave me the Ford Spirit Award, and that brought it 'up' real good. But I've known the Myers Brothers since the old Modified days, and to have this award bestowed upon me, it's a great, great feeling, and I thank you very, very much."
"... Right now we'd like to take just a minute and stop receiving and start a little bit of giving." — Dale Jarrett The late Myers Brothers, Billy and Bobby, were pioneers in the formative years of NASCAR through the 1950s.
Jarrett, who is seemingly working on adrenaline at this point in the week, seemed re-energized when he accepted his trophy and points fund award of $50,000 from DuPont Automotive Finishes, but not for incoming financial reasons.
"Trophies are nice these days," said Jarrett, admiring another for his collection. "We've been on the receiving end of quite a few things all week long -- awards, money -- they're all great, and we've talked about our race team and how great a season we've had and that's all nice to hear. But right now we'd like to take just a minute and stop receiving and start a little bit of giving.
"As many of you know, we've had a program over the last few years with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. With us this morning are a few friends of ours; Linda Kay Peterson, who's the chairman of the foundation, and also Greg Smith, the president of Ford Credit.
"After the breakfast this morning, Greg and myself are going to present Linda with a check for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for $220,000."
Outgoing NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon was next in line for award money, and when he accepted his $85,000 Bud Pole Award check, he commented on the man who is replacing him as champion.
"You just saw Dale Jarrett up here ... that's why he's the champion," Gordon said. "He does things like that which really make him a champion on and off the race track. And I think he's going to do a great job representing this sport as the champion."