Shepherd wins NMPA Pocono Spirit Award

Shepherd Wins NMPA Pocono Spirit Award NASCAR driver's charitable drive cited CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Morgan Shepherd, at 64 the oldest full-time driver in NASCAR Nextel Cup Series racing, was named winner of the National Motorsports Press ...

Shepherd Wins NMPA Pocono Spirit Award
NASCAR driver's charitable drive cited

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Morgan Shepherd, at 64 the oldest full-time driver in NASCAR Nextel Cup Series racing, was named winner of the National Motorsports Press Association's Pocono Spirit Award Sunday night. The award, determined by a vote by the full NMPA, is sponsored by Pocono (Pa.) International Raceway.

Shepherd was the fourth quarter winner of the award, mainly due to his 19th annual Morgan Shepherd Charity Ride, dedicated to helping handicapped and underprivileged people eac December. With a passenger bus and passenger vans, a group of drivers, racing personnel and media travelled from Conover to the PARC Workshop in Stuart, Va., and other towns in the region.

"We carry friends, presents and hope for these people," Shepherd said. "Besides a donation, hopefully a large donation each year, to the PARC Workshop, we are delighted to have the chance to meet with old and new friends, and to show the love of Christ to these folks."

The annual Christmas trip began in 1986 when the Morgan Shepherd Charitable Fund was established to assist the needy and handicapped in the Virginia mountains. That first year the trip culminated with the group putting a new roof on the house of a needy person in Fries, Va., and has grown since then. The trip now assists over 300 needy and handicapped persons each year.

Drivers such as Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Green have been on the trip in the past.

Race fans and corporations can help by making donations via MasterCard or Visa at www.morganshepherd.com.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jeff Green , Morgan Shepherd