NMPA
c/o Bridget Holloman, Exec. Secretary
P.O. Box 500
Darlington, SC 29540
Phone: (843) 395-8811

2002 NMPA Contest Winners

Writing Division
Spot News
1. Mike Harris, Associated Press – Daytona 500
2. Mike Hembree, Greenville News – As contenders make wreck of things, Burton wins 500
3. Rea White, Winston Cup Scene – Tag! You’re it

Feature News
1. Kenny Bruce, Winston Cup Scene – Born to run
2. Mark Ashenfelter, Winston Cup Scene – Heads up
3. David Poole, Charlotte Observer – A race car driver at heart

Columns
1. Rea White, Winston Cup Scene
            • Attack raises questions concerning fan access
            • Gibbs’ image takes a hit in Stewart fall-out
            • Bristol was great fun, but was it a sport?
            • Is NASCAR selling speed or skin?

2. Mike Hembree, Greenville News
            • Tragic crash at dragway haunts fans
            • Stewart’s car has no cruise control switch
            • Formula One now thinking like NASCAR
            • Racing Sundays just won’t be the same
            • IRL offers hidden gem in racing

3. David Poole, Charlotte Observer
            • Crewman driven to pursue his dream
            • This NASCAR oversight can be easily corrected
            • Stewart vows to steer clear of distraction
            • NASCAR needs some consistency
            • Victory Junction takes green flag

Magazine
1. Mike Hembree, Taking Stock – Drafting, dancing and death on the edge of the continent
2. Dick Berggren, Speedway Illustrated – What’s killing our drivers?
3. Dick Berggren, Speedway Illustrated – How to stay racing and stay married

George Cunningham Award – Mike Hembree, Greenville News

Broadcast Division
Radio
Spot News
1. Mark Garrow, Performance Racing Network – The bouts at Bristol
2. Mark Garrow, Performance Racing Network – The point is the points
3. Performance Racing Network – Sharpie 500

Feature News
1. Betsy Turmell, John Boy & Billy Big Show Racing – Brickyard 400 race highlights
2. Mark Garrow, Performance Racing Network – The life, the legend of Dale Earnhardt
3. Steve Richards, Performance Racing Network – Sam goes to Ground Zero

Barney Hall Award – Mark Garrow, Performance Racing Network

Television
Spot News
1. Joe & Ruth Kelly, RICH TV – Junie Donlavey tribute
2. Joe & Ruth Kelly, RICH TV – Mike Hacker: A will to win

Feature News
1. Lou Charlip, Jim Kenney & Dan Prior, the George Michael Sports Machine – Kevin Harvick
2. Lou Charlip, Jim Kenney & Dan Prior, the George Michael Sports Machine – Tony Stewart
3. Lou Charlip, Jim Kenney & Dan Prior, the George Michael Sports Machine – Ricky Rudd

Photography
Portrait/Personality
1. Phil Cavali, Winston Cup Scene – Times have changed
2. Mark Hawkins, Winston Cup Illustrated – A softer side
3. Jim Fluharty, Winston Cup Illustrated – Frustrating year

Race Action
1. Tom Copeland, Greensboro News & Record – Three wide
2. Phil Cavali, Winston Cup Scene – High octane splash
3. Ray Shough, Winston Cup Scene – Pit fire

Feature
1. Tom Copeland, Greensboro News & Record – Champion
2. Tom Copeland, Greensboro News & Record – Thanks for the spin
3. Phil Cavali, Winston Cup Scene – Unfriendly discussion

Crash
1. Bryan Hallman, Winston Cup Scene – Two the hard way
2. James Price, Winston Cup Scene – Richmond Busch crash fireball
3. Tom Copeland, Greensboro News & Record – Tight pit

Open
1. Dave Dalesandro – The stars come out at night
2. Tom Copeland, Greensboro News & Record – You’re No. 1
3. Phil Cavali, Winston Cup Scene – Cingular expression

Howard O’Reilly Award – Tom Copeland, Greensboro News & Record
Les Lovett NMPA Picture of the Year – Tom Copeland, Greensboro News & Record