NCMA Tribute Award news 2010-01-16

DALE EARNHARDT RECEIVES CREW CHIEF TRIBUTE AT ANNUAL NORTH CAROLINA MOTORSPORTS INDUSTRY AWARDS 9 INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZED CONCORD, N.C. - Dale Earnhardt was honored with the Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award Monday night at...

DALE EARNHARDT RECEIVES CREW CHIEF TRIBUTE AT ANNUAL NORTH CAROLINA MOTORSPORTS INDUSTRY AWARDS

9 INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZED

CONCORD, N.C. - Dale Earnhardt was honored with the Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award Monday night at the 4th Annual North Carolina Motorsports Industry Awards hosted by the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA). For the first time all seven of Dale Earnhardt's former crew chiefs gathered on stage for a fireside chat moderated by long time Earnhardt gas man and Sirius NASCAR radio show host Danny "Chocolate" Myers. The crew chiefs, Bobby Hutchens, David Smith, Larry McReynolds, Kevin Hamlin, Andy Petree, Doug Richert and Kirk Shelmerdine, talked about the mischievous sense of humor that Dale had and his "never give up" attitude.

Bobby Hutchens recalled how Earnhardt accidentally hit him with a helmet while trying to hit gas man Danny "Chocolate" Myers. David Smith reminisced about Earnhardt cleaning the windshield of his race car himself while steering the car with his knees under caution at Richmond.

Richard Childress, the NCMA's 2009 Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award winner, presented the 2010 award to Earnhardt's widow, Teresa.

Teresa Earnhardt Accepting Tribute Award "We all know that Dale would give recognition back to everyone who was part of his legendary career," Teresa Earnhardt said. "I personally say thank you to Dale's team members and friends."

Sam Bass Presenting Artwork at 2010 NCMIA

Legendary NASCAR artist Sam Bass dedicated a one-of-a-kind creation designed specifically for the event. All Crew Chiefs and Richard Childress autographed the artwork, which will be auctioned off in support of the NCMA and the Dale Earnhardt Foundation.

In addition, 9 companies were awarded for outstanding contributions to the motorsports industry. The companies awarded were:

* NASCAR Accepted by Blake Davidson
PRESENTED BY Curt Bruns of JOSTENS

*  BSCI ENERGY IMPACT SYSTEMS Accepted by Matt Ray

PRESENTED BY Craig May of WACHOVIA
*  VICTORY JUNCTION GANG CAMP, INC. Accepted by Patty Petty

PRESENTED BY Tony Smith of GREER & WALKER LLP
*  MEL'S CUSTOM PRODUCTS Accepted by Melanie Packman

PRESENTED BY Greg Fornelli of STOCK CAR STEEL AND ALUMINUM, INC.
*  HOOSIER ASPHALT OVAL SOUTH Accepted by Gary Freeman

PRESENTED BY Rodney Grover of SOCIETY OF MANUFACTURING ENGINEERS
*  NASCAR TECHNICAL INSTITUTE Accepted by John Dodson

PRESENTED BY Chuck Tate of RACERSITES.COM
*  CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY Accepted by Chris Kouri

PRESENTED BY Wendy Stallings of TYSINGER PROMOTIONS
*  SAFETY-KLEEN SYSTEMS INC. Accepted by Buddy Judy

PRESENTED BY Jim Zoretich of CV PRODUCTS
*  JKS MOTORSPORTS INC. Accepted by Will Spencer

PRESENTED BY Chris McKee of AFLAC

Awards are initiated by a nomination process from NCMA membership with the winners determined by the NCMA Board of Directors.

-source: ncma

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Kirk Shelmerdine , Andy Petree , David Smith , Kevin Hamlin , Doug Richert , Tony Smith